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AQ5004 - Aquaculture: Stock Improvement

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
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.

Consideration of the genetics of breeding programs and how these can be applied to improving desirable traits for aquaculture, such as growth rate, feeding efficiency, disease resistance and market acceptability. Consideration of the techniques available for genetic manipulation in aquaculture breeding programs. Major topics include genetic selection, hybridisation, effective breeding numbers, sex reversal and chromosomal manipulation. This subject shares lectures, tutorials and practical classes with AQ3004.

Learning Outcomes

  • appreciation of genetic polymorphism and inter-population and intra-population relationships;
  • appreciation of the potential and limitations of breeding programs;
  • awareness of the recent advances in biotechnology for genetic studies and genetic manipulation;
  • knowledge of the various techniques of genetic selection.
Students enrolling in this subject should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (eg 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.


Townsville, Block, Study Period 10
Census Date 12-Dec-2019
Face to face teaching 02-Dec-2019 to 16-Dec-2019
Coordinator: Professor Kyall Zenger
Lecturers: Professor Kyall Zenger, Mr Jarrod Guppy.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 21 hours practicals
  • 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.