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AQ5004 - Aquaculture: Stock Improvement

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

Available to postgraduate science students.

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 must have a good understanding of GENETICS and EVOLUTION which includes knowledge of DNA structure, microevolutionary processes, genetics of populations and genes and heredity. It would be advantageous for students to have a basic understanding of AQUACULTURE which includes knowledge of aquatic organism physiology and an overview of aquaculture. (BS5470 or BC5101 or BS2470 or BC3101 or BC2023) and (AQ5006 or AQ2001) or equivalent industry experience.


Townsville, Study Period 10, Intensive
Census Date 07-Dec-2023
Face to face teaching 27-Nov-2023 to 11-Dec-2023
Coord/Lect: Professor Kyall Zenger.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 21 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.