Courses & Units

Oceans, Polar and Climate Practicum KSM702



The Practicum provides students with an opportunity to gain the practical skills and deeper insight into the real world of environmental governance, such as by engaging in critical problem solving, testing of theoretical concepts, and collaborative learning in a teamwork setting. The Practicum, which builds on prior assumed knowledge and skills acquired in earlier components of the degree, and previous academic studies, provides students with an opportunity to understand better the links between what they learn at university and the practical application of that knowledge in the community through the development of skills and reflection on a work experience placement. A practicum may be with a government agency (eg, Australian Antarctica Division), business corporation (eg, seafood company), environmental NGO (eg, Ocean Planet) or other organisation that can offer suitable work experience. Drawing from the work undertaken during their practicums, students will complete a paper of some 5,000 - 10,000 words for grading by a member of the participating UTAS academic staff.


Unit name Oceans, Polar and Climate Practicum
Unit code KSM702
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Oceans and Cryosphere

Teaching staff

Prof. Benjamin J. Richardson, Dr Jeff McGee, Prof. Marcus Haward and Dr Julia Jabour, Faculty of Law and IMAS

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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


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Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020
Summer school 2/1/2020 13/1/2020 28/1/2020 23/2/2020
Winter school 1/6/2020 10/6/2020 22/6/2020 12/7/2020

* 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 (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2020: $2,788.00 2020: $3,458.00 090999

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Teaching Pattern

No teaching; this is a work experience placement program


Participation in the practicum (ungraded); final research paper (100%)

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