Courses & Units

Advanced Plankton Methods KSM719


Advanced Plankton Methods is a unit within the Marine Biology specialisation of the Master of Antarctic Science Course (S7Z). This unit forms a foundation for quantitative research methods and technology used in studying marine plankton physiology, ecology, and biogeochemistry. This unit provides an introduction to some of the most relevant approaches for quantifying/characterising marine plankton as well as determining physical and chemical properties of the seawater they live in.


Unit name Advanced Plankton Methods
Unit code KSM719
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Ecology and Biodiversity
Coordinator Doctor Lennart Bach
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Winter school On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Winter school 29/5/2023 6/6/2023 19/6/2023 9/7/2023

* 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).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and execute basic techniques to determine physical, chemical, and biological parameters in seawater.
  • Design and interpret results from an experiment with natural plankton communities.
  • Assess the strength and weakness of quantitative methods and technologies used in the study of Plankton.
  • Evaluate the importance of zooplankton groups in the ecosystem using taxonomic and quantitative research methods
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010907 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

KSA712 Advanced Phytoplankton Methods and KSA715 Southern Oceann Zooplankton Ecology


AssessmentQuiz (40%)|Online Quiz (20%)|Microcosm experiment report (40%)
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