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AQ5008 - Aquaculture: Systems Design

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.

This subject discusses the factors which should be considered for the design of a system for culturing aquatic organisms. It addresses fundamental principles and concepts rather than describing how to grow a particular species. Therefore, as a result of studying this subject, students will be able to complete a design for a system for culturing any aquatic species. A sound knowledge of aquaculture practices will be assumed. This subject shares lectures, tutorials and practical classes with AQ3008.

Learning Outcomes

  • to define the requirements for selecting a site for an aquaculture enterprise;
  • to describe and select appropriate forms of infrastructure for an aquaculture enterprise;
  • to describe the requirements for and parameters to be considered in the development and operation of an aquaculture system.
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 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: Dr Igor Pirozzi.
Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours lectures
  • 8 hours tutorials
  • 12 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.