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AQ5003 - Aquaculture: Propagation

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Available to students admitted to the Graduate Certificate of Science, Graduate Diploma of Science, Master of Science, Master of Science (Professional), Graduate Certificate of Development Practice, Graduate Diploma of Development Practice or Master of Development Practice.

This subject discusses husbandry of aquaculture broodstock and larval and juvenile culture techniques of finfish, molluscs, crustaceans and sea cucumbers. Topics include: managed reproduction of broodstock animals using nutritional, environmental, hormonal and chemical manipulation; broodstock nutrition; production of triploids and all-female stocks; factors affecting egg and larval quality; current approaches to larval and juvenile rearing. This subject shares lectures, tutorials and practical classes with AQ3003.

Learning Outcomes

  • knowledge of the practical aspects of broodstock management, spawning induction and larval rearing of culture organisms and the current body of science knowledge that underpins these practices;
  • understanding of current challenges experienced by the industry in relation to broodstock management and hatchery production, and current research approaches directed at sustainable commercial aquaculture propagation;
  • development of effective written and oral communication skills that conform with current scientific conventions for reporting, disseminating and evaluating information;
  • development of practical aquaculture skills including: production of slow release pellet implants for delivery of reproductive hormones to finfish broodstock; spawning induction of bivalves; biopsy and histological assessment of spawning condition of finfish broodstock; assessment of larval developmental stage and growth, reproductive status of crustaceans.

Subject Assessment

  • end of semester exam (50%)
  • assignments (50%).
Assumed
Knowledge:
Students enrolling in this subject should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. marine biology, biology or aquaculture) or have acquired equivalent knowledge through other study or industry experience. They should have an excellent understanding of science subjects including basic biology, chemistry, aquaculture and statistics.
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
AQ3003

Availabilities

Townsville, Intensive, Study Period 7
Census Date 09-Jul-2020
Face to face teaching 29-Jun-2020 to 10-Jul-2020
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 10 hours practicals
  • 12 hours fieldwork
  • 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.