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National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
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Unit description

Examines the aquaculture industry in Australia and overseas, the main aquaculture techniques and species, focusing on sustainable aquaculture. Examines the main components of aquaculture ventures, including water quality control, disease control, and environmental impacts. Provides practical experience in rearing of fish, invertebrate and seaweed species, emphasising hatchery techniques.

Unit content

1. Overview of the Australian and world aquaculture industry
2. Finfish
3. Molluscs, sea urchins and sea cucumbers
4. Crustaceans
5. Seaweed
6. Diseases in aquaculture
7. Water quality
8. Aquaculture systems
9. Sustainable aquaculture

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1Understand the Australian aquaculture industry in a world contextIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
2Demonstrate knowledge of the major taxa of interest to aquaculture including finfish, molluscs, crustaceans and algae Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
3Understand some of the competing issues in creating a sustainable aquaculture industryIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
4Understand the different aquaculture systems used around the worldIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
5Demonstrate knowledge of the indicators of water quality and their impact on aquaculture speciesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
6Describe the causes and impact of diseases in aquacultureIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
7Do basic tasks in an aquaculture hatcheryKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the Australian aquaculture industry in a world context
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the major taxa of interest to aquaculture including finfish, molluscs, crustaceans and algae
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. Understand some of the competing issues in creating a sustainable aquaculture industry
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. Understand the different aquaculture systems used around the world
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the indicators of water quality and their impact on aquaculture species
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. Describe the causes and impact of diseases in aquaculture
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  7. Do basic tasks in an aquaculture hatchery
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • This text is not compulsory but may assist revision and study: Lucas, JS & Southgate, PC (eds), 2003, Aquaculture: Farming aquatic animals and plants, Blackwell publishing, Carlton.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Residential session 8 hours (3 days)
Assessment
Essay20%
Report20%
Exam: closed book60%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (10 weeks)
Residential session 8 hours (3 days)
Assessment
Essay20%
Report20%
Exam: closed book60%
Notice

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Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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International

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