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Year 11 & 12 Programs


Teachers are encouraged to contact Secondary Coordinator to discuss a customised program for their class.

All programs for Life Science, Biology and Earth and Environmental Science include examples of scientific research from IMAS, CSIRO, AAD and other stakeholder groups or relevant industry. Students interact with live animals and spend time on-board RV Penghana for abiotic and biotic field work, including data collection and citizen science projects.

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Ecosystems Diversity and Dynamics – Tasmanian Marine Ecosystem 

  • Abiotic and biotic factors
  • Energy flow, feeding relationships and food webs
  • Limiting factors and carrying capacity


Classification and Taxonomy

  • Classification of major marine phylum groups
  • Body systems and features of marine animals, plants and algae
  • Classification keys for identification of invertebrates


Human Impacts on Marine Environments

  • Climate change, sea level rise and ocean acidification
  • Introduced marine pest species
  • Microplastics and marine plastic pollution


Ocean Resources

  • Aquaculture in Tasmania
  • The Blue Economy – food and power from the sea
  • Ecosystem services of the ocean


Genetics and Evolution

  • Mitosis and meiosis in jellyfish reproduction
  • Genetic technology in the aquaculture industry
  • Interaction of abiotic and biotic factors in evolution by natural selection


Technology and Robotics in Marine Science

  • Biosensors and medical biotechnology
  • Marine robotics – design and build an underwater remotely operated vehicle
  • Use the RV Penghana underwater remotely operated vehicle


Fieldwork and Scientific Inquiry Skills

Students gain scientific research skills and experience collecting and managing data in the field.

Options include:

  • Benthic biota dredge and classification
  • Abiotic and biotic oceanographic measurements
  • Foreshore site analysis and biological survey (maximum 22 students)
  • Plankton tow and analysis (maximum 22 students)
  • Van veen sediment grab and analysis (maximum 22 students)
  • Lab experiments with live animals (invertebrates)


Multi-Day Marine Science Program

Choose from a 2, 3 or 4 day marine ecology program, including foreshore study and benthic dredge; physical oceanography and climate modelling; features and adaptations of marine organisms; marine robotics; and human impacts on marine environments.  Students will collect and analyse data, contributing to citizen science projects and also our Channel Monitoring Project.

  • Can include Provisional Boat Licence (additional licence fee applies)
  • Maximum of 20 students
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