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2014 KZA305 Scientific Diving

Unit Level: Advanced

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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Diving Pre-requisites Apply.

Recognised open water SCUBA qualification.

Recognised rescue diver qualification.

Recognised Enriched Air Nitrox qualification

A minimum of 30 logged dives and 20 hours underwater post training (note: students who do not have at least 6 logged dives in temperate waters in the 6 months before the course will need specific clearance from the Diving Officer).

A current occupational diving medical completed within 6 months of the start date of the course

A current AQTF registered workplace first aid certification (completed within 3 years before end date of the course).

A current AQTF registered oxygen resuscitation certification (completed within 1 year before end date of the course).

Ability to pass UTAS swim test (details available from Diving Officer or Unit Coordinator).

This unit is classed as a restricted unit which means that a paper enrolment is required and unit co-ordinator approval must be obtained.


Unit Sem 1 Sem 2 Full Yr Spring Summer Winter
KZA305 H

Key Semester Dates
Semester Campus Attendance Note Start Date Census Date Final WW Date* End Date
Summer H On Campus Offering in H 03-FEB-2014 07-FEB-2014 17-FEB-2014 21-FEB-2014

* 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 (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2014 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2014 will be available from the 1st October 2013.

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This unit provides theoretical and practical training in scientific diving, focusing on both safe diving procedures in the conduct of science underwater and a range of scientific techniques used commonly by scientific divers. Students who complete the course satisfactorily will gain formal professional certification as an unrestricted scientific diver, and restricted occupational diver (as per Australian Standards AS2299.2 and AS2815.6). This qualification is recognised nationally and by a large number of countries internationally. Emphasis will be given to the planning and management of scientific diving to maximise both dive safety and scientific return per unit dive time. Students will gain experience with and appreciation of a wide range of scientific techniques used underwater, and learn skills and procedures to conduct safe and efficient scientific diving at a professional level. Particular scientific techniques examined include lifting techniques, spatial reference and navigation, search techniques, suction sampling and use of other air-driven tools, point intersect techniques, line and visual transects, scientific photography underwater, diver-operated sediment and infauna cores, rapid benthic assessment, and tagging marine animals and plants.

Diving procedures commonly required for scientific diving that are covered include, zero visibility and night diving, deep diving, and specialised diving procedures.

This unit attracts a levy of $1850 to cover running costs.

Enrolment in this unit will be limited by a quota (maximum 12 students), and subject to a minimum enrolment of 8 students.

Students with a strong background in tertiary science who do not meet the formal unit prerequisites are advised to contact the unit coordinator to discuss their possible eligibility for this unit.

WEIGHT: 12.5%

ASSESSMENT: exam 60%; practical performance 30%; written project 10%

TEACHING PATTERN: 3 week intensive course (offered in Semesters 3 and 4)

This unit includes specific international contexts/case studies.

Prereq Diving prerequsites apply - see Special Note above
Prereq (KZA211 and KZA212) or (KPA214 and KPA215) or (KPA209 and KPA204) or (any 2 of KGA202, KGA204, KGA205, KGA213, KGA223, KGG240)

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STAFF: Dr Jeff Ross (unit coordinator), Simon Talbot (University Diving Officer), other IMAS diving staff.

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