Courses & Units

Physical Oceanography Honours (Part 3 of 4) KSM407


The program is designed to develop knowledge and skills in research oriented towards physical oceanography, beyond those gained in undergraduate courses. Students will first complete a literature review, prepare a research plan and proposal, and present an introductory seminar, then conduct an independent research program over a period of about 27 weeks. Finally, students will present a seminar and produce a research thesis. Enrolment consists of four units totalling 50 credit points: KSM405, KSM406, KSM407 and KSM408. Enrolment into these Honours units is restricted to students in K4C Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science (Specialisation) (Honours) and will depend on the student's 3rd year results. Enrolment will be managed by IMAS staff.


Unit name Physical Oceanography Honours (Part 3 of 4)
Unit code KSM407
Credit points 25
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Oceans and Cryosphere
Coordinator Ms Chen Zhao
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to locate, evaluate and synthesize published information within a prescribed field of knowledge.
  • Be able to understand and identify core concepts and key issues within the marine or Antarctic environment.
  • Gain experience of literature research methods and tools, data collection and analysis, and relevant field and/or laboratory techniques.
  • Possess sufficient research and/or technical skills to allow them to complete an in-depth research study in a specialized area related to the marine and/or Antarctic environments.
  • Be able to communicate research concepts and findings in a logical manner, in a variety of written and oral forms commonly used by professionals.
  • Be capable of writing a research proposal or scientific (natural or social) report/paper to a standard acceptable to a funding body and a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Be able to deliver a presentation to a standard required for a meeting of an Australian professional society.
  • Have the capacity to develop a coherent argument and defend a position or outcome supported by evidence based on published literature and/or research data.
  • Have the ability to plan and conduct a program of research investigating a defined problem or question within constraints imposed by time, money and technical resources.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


AssessmentInitial Research Seminar (5%)|Supervisor Assessment (5%)|Final Research Seminar (10%)|Research Proposal (written) (10%)|Research Thesis (written) (70%)
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