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
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Oceans and Cryosphere
Coordinator Professor Marcus Haward
Available as student elective? No
Level Postgraduate


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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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022
Summer school 3/1/2022 14/1/2022 31/1/2022 27/2/2022
Winter school 30/5/2022 7/6/2022 20/7/2022 10/7/2022

* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • 1. Plan a project report in response to a negotiated problem
  • 2. Manage the project through working safely and ethically under academic guidance
  • 3. Demonstrate appropriate research methods for the selected project, collect and accurately record and interpret scientific data, logically and draw sound conclusions from those data
  • 4. Report results in the form of a formal report
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090999 $3,657.00 $2,864.00 not applicable $3,656.00

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AssessmentPlacement (30%)|Report (40%)|Reflective Journal (30%)
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