A Practical Introduction to Temperate Marine Biology (XAS101)

Want to be a Marine Biologist? Your journey starts here. This predominantly field-based unit is designed to engage, challenge, excite and inspire you through an experiential and hands-on marine science program.

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This unit will introduce you to concepts of ecological theory and practice allowing you to apply marine biology theories, techniques and sampling methods during a practical field investigation of species diversity within temperate intertidal communities. Emphasis will be placed on extending your understanding of practical techniques used in studying marine biology with the aim of enhancing your ability to design, collect and interpret biological data. It will encourage you to explore issues threatening biodiversity as well as the productivity of the marine system. Climate change, invasive species, pollution, debris and their associated social and economic impacts will be covered. More about the course

As a full unit offering within the University College Program, students who successfully complete this unit will gain 12.5 credit points in a Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Studies/ Bachelor of General Studies. This unit will also contribute to your TE/ATAR score. More about the University College Program

Don’t live in Tasmania but interested in the course? No problem, the course is open to college aged (16,17,18) students Australia wide. Follow the link for more information.

Contact Dr Scott Ling at UTAS to discuss enrolment.


  • Develop a functional understanding of intertidal systems
  • Study and identify marine organisms
  • Learn and apply ecological sampling techniques
  • Collect, interpret and present the biological data from your experiments
  • Explore themes of climate change, pollution, invasive species and marine systems management
  • Experience life as a marine biologist during the 6 day field excursion on Maria Island and presentation day at IMAS in Hobart

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Start your journey to become a marine scientist today. XAS101 runs in July – September 2015 and February – April 2016

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