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AQ3004 - Aquaculture: Stock Improvement

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

For aquaculture to grow and address future food security requirements genetic approaches will need to be implemented into production practices. This subject will consider the potential of genetics and how these can be applied to improve desirable traits for aquaculture, such as growth rate, feeding efficiency, disease resistance and market acceptability. Topics covered include: genetic selection, hybridisation, effective breeding numbers, sex reversal, chromosomal manipulation and breeding program design.

Learning Outcomes

  • appreciation of various genetic approaches and breeding programs and where they are best applied;
  • awareness of the recent advances in biotechnology for genetic studies and manipulation relevant to animal breeding;
  • development of practical skills in the handling and manipulation of genetic data.
Assumed
Knowledge:
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of basic biology, physiology, genetics and aquaculture, and should have completed BS2001 (or BZ2001) AND AQ2001 or equivalent.
Prerequisites: At least 12 credit points of Level 2 AQ, BC, BZ, CH, EA, EV, MA, MB or PH science subjects and 3 credit points of level 2 aquaculture subjects.
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
AQ5004

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coordinator: Professor Kyall Zenger
Lecturers: Professor Dean Jerry, Professor Kyall Zenger.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 21 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); assignments (50%).

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.