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AQ3007 - Aquatic Animal Ecophysiology

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

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

  • demonstrate competence in experimental techniques of aquatic animal physiology;
  • develop an understanding of the functional relationship between important environmental variables and the physiology of aquatic animals;
  • understand the physiological adaptations of aquatic animals that allow them to cope with environmental extremes;
  • develop insight into the operation of regulatory processes of physiological systems within aquatic animals, and how they interact with each other;
  • demonstrate familiarity with the key literature in the field of aquatic animal physiology.
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of basic biology, particularly zoology, and should have completed BS2001 or BZ2001 or 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.


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 15 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); assignments (50%).

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