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AQ3007 - Aquatic Animal Ecophysiology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

The course teaches the principles of aquatic animal physiology and provides insight into the mechanisms involved in the stress, health, growth and reproduction of aquatic animals. A key focus is on how physiological systems respond to important environmental factors and the significance of animal adaptations in their ability to cope with environment stressors, whether it is a managed environment, such as in aquaculture, or in the natural environment.

Learning Outcomes

  • describe the functional relationship between important environmental variables and the physiological systems of aquatic animals;
  • investigate the physiological adaptations of aquatic animals that allow them to cope with environmental extremes;
  • apply experimental techniques of aquatic animal physiology to characterise thermal response, metabolic rate and stress to changing environments.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Project report - (20%) - Individual.
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of basic biology, particularly zoology, and should have completed SC2202 or SC2209 or AQ2001 or equivalent.
Prerequisites: At least 12 Credit Points of level 2 science subjects including at least 3 Credit Points of Aquaculture subjects


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Professor Jan Strugnell
Lecturers: Professor Jodie Rummer, Professor Jan Strugnell.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.