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AQ2001 - Introduction to Aquaculture

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology (pre 2015)

This subject aims to inspire and motivate students through research-informed teaching in this rapidly developing field. Introduction to Aquaculture discusses the scope and role of aquaculture for increasing food and profit yields of marine, brackish and freshwater organisms. This subject integrates laboratory and field based learning so that students benefit from varied circumstances, contact and settings. Students maintain their own aquaculture organisms (fish or crustaceans, depending on availability) in an intensive aquaculture system, measure water quality parameters at the largest prawn farm in tropical north Australia, experiment with live feeds for use in hatchery production and learn about aquaculture research at the Australian Institute for Marine Science (AIMS), Students will develop practical animal husbandry skills and report writing skills. The course coordinator/lecturer has considerable experience in the aquaculture industry and associated wild fisheries. The biological principles of aquaculture including species selection, hatchery breeding and rearing and grow-out practices. aquaculture technology and systems, overseas experience and Australian potential are addressed.

Learning Outcomes

  • a preliminary understanding of the biological and other principles underlying aquaculture;
  • an appreciation of the potential future of aquaculture and factors that will influence it;
  • an awareness of the environmental demands, including aspects of pollution and disease, for sustained aquaculture;
  • to enable students to evaluate their aptitude, enthusiasm and commitment for undertaking a major, and possibly pursuing a future career, in aquaculture;
  • general understanding of the different types of aquaculture systems;
  • an appreciation of the scope and need for aquaculture in food production.
Students enrolling in this subject should have good understanding of level 1 biology, particularly zoology (eg ZL1001 or BZ1004). A basic understanding of chemistry and statistics is highly recommended (eg CH1001, MA1401).
Prerequisites: At least 12 credit points of Level 1 science BZ, CH, EA, EV, MA, MB, PH or SC subjects.


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coord/Lect: Dr Kate Hutson.
Workload expectations:
  • 25 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); on-course test invigilated and practical reports non-invigilated; (50%).

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 51
Census Date 20-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Dr Kate Hutson
Lecturers: Dr Kate Hutson, <Person not found>, Dr Neil Hutchinson.
Workload expectations:
  • 25 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (50%).

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 53
Census Date 13-Nov-2014
Coordinator: Dr Kate Hutson
Lecturer: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 25 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (50%).
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.