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General Marine Systems KSM722


The unit covers fundamental building blocks (cell biology, biochemistry, genetics) and key processes (marine primary and secondary production, and marine microbial ecology) underpinning life in the ocean and introduces students to key organisms (marine algae, invertebrates, vertebrates) of local ecosystems. Students will learn about the dynamics of marine ecosystems and the role of oceanographic and biological drivers of change. The unit has a strong practical component (lab and field) where students will be introduced to a variety of techniques and local marine species. You will develop skills to measure key processes in the ocean, to design studies to assess contemporary marine science questions and how to access, analyse and interpret information for marine stakeholders (conservation, resource management or aquaculture).


Unit name General Marine Systems
Unit code KSM722
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Ecology and Biodiversity
Coordinator Associate Professor Jeffrey Wright
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe biological mechanisms in marine organisms that determine their response to change
  • Explain the relationships between marine organisms and their influence in structuring marine ecosystems
  • Describe key organisms (marine algae, invertebrates, vertebrates) and their role in food web dynamics of marine ecosystems
  • Plan, design and conduct field sampling of marine organisms in a local marine environment
  • Interpret scientific data to provide information on key issues for stakeholders
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
$1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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AssessmentOnline Quiz (15%)|Group Presentation (20%)|Scientific Report (40%)|Essay (25%)
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