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AQ5007 - Aquatic Animal Ecophysiology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology

Available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced), Graduate Diploma, Master of Applied Science, Masters programs, Graduate Certificate of Development Practice, Graduate Diploma of Development Practice, Master of Science and Masters of Development Practice.

The subject 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. This subject shares lectures, tutorials and practical classes with AQ3007.

Learning Outcomes

  • to demonstrate competence in experimental techniques of aquatic animal physiology;
  • to develop an understanding of the functional relationship between important environmental variables and the physiology of aquatic animals;
  • to understand the physiological adaptations of aquatic animals that allow them to cope with environmental extremes;
  • to develop insight into the operation of regulatory processes of physiological systems within aquatic animals, and how they interact with each other;
  • to demonstrate familiarity with the key literature in the field of aquatic animal physiology.
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, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours lectures
  • 2 hours tutorials
  • 20 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); assignments (50%).

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.