A Primer of Marine and Antarctic Science

Seventy percent of the planet is covered by ocean. This unit introduces students to Planet Ocean through four modules, covering key topics on:

  1. Marine life and the ecology of temperate and high latitude marine ecosystems
  2. The ocean system as interactions between physical, chemical, geological and ecological features
  3. The role of the oceans in climate change and how climate change affects ocean life and ocean processes
  4. The responsibilities of humans in the stewardship of the oceans; how human activity impacts the oceans and the challenges and approaches to ocean stewardship

We cover the origins of life in the oceans, iconic and ‘weird’ marine life, ‘a day in the life’ of an oceanographer, and a number of topics highly relevant to modern society including technologies for ocean science, responding to climate change, threatened species, and sustainable management of marine resources including fisheries.

Unit details

  • For year 11 and 12 students Australia wide
  • HECS-free
  • Self paced fully online unit, see unit page for start dates
  • Receive credit towards your Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science degree
  • Receive bonus points for your XAS101 application next year

  • View unit page for dates >

Research Vessel Investigator in open ocean

Register your interest below by 25 June, and start studying 12 July, 2021


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June 10, 2021