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AQ5008 - Aquaculture: Systems Design

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

Available to students admitted in the Graduate Certificate of Science, Graduate Diploma of Science, Master of Science, Master of Science (Professional)or Master of Marine Biology.

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.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Project report - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Lab/Practical report - (30%) - Group & Individual.
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.
AQ3008 AQ5808


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Dr Leo Nankervis
Lecturers: Mr Gregory Napier, Dr Leo Nankervis.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 24 hours lectures
  • 8 hours tutorials
  • 12 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.