Courses & Units

Introduction to Quantitative Marine Science QMS510

Start and finish dates may change subject to staff availability, refer to the QMS website for further details.

QMS units are designed for postgraduate students with a strong background in quantitative analysis, mathematics, physics and chemistry.


The purpose of this unit is to give new graduate students an introduction to the QMS program and to bring all students up to a basic level of specialized computing skill. This self-paced unit provides basic skills in the use and application of a widely used programming language, Python, especially related to marine and Antarctic problems. Additional online resources are also provided for R, a well-known statistics package, as well as the MATLAB programming language.


Unit name Introduction to Quantitative Marine Science
Unit code QMS510
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Ecology and Biodiversity|Oceans and Cryosphere
Coordinator Doctor Sophie Bestley
Delivered By
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 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 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

* 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

  • Explain concepts and principles used in scientific computing
  • Apply scientific computing techniques to solve problems in marine and Antarctic science
  • Obtain and manipulate environmental and climate data
  • Interpret and report the output of marine and Antarctic science related data analyses

Fee Information

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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Teaching Pattern

The unit is offered fully online; students may progress at their own pace. Tutorial workshops will be available roughly bi-weekly.

AssessmentPlots and Maps (25%)|Scripting (25%)|Student-led problem (25%)|Text and File Manipulation (25%)
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