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AQ5009 - Aquaculture of Tropical Species

Credit points: 03
Year: 2018
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Science, Certificate of Science, 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 will introduce the student to aquaculture in tropical Australia and other tropical regions of the World. It will provide information about the status and methods of production of the major species cultured in this region and about the trends and opportunitieis for new species culture. This subject shares lectures and field work with AQ2002.

Learning Outcomes

  • to provide student with a general understanding of aquaculture in the tropics;
  • to enable students to make an informed evaluation of potential and opportunity of aquaculture in the tropics;
  • to give a comparative knowledge of the techniques used for culture various aquatic species in tropical regions;
  • describe trends and opportunities for aquaculture of new species in tropical Australia;
  • to introduce students to general biology, methods of production, status and constraints of the major aquatic species, such as penaeid prawns, redclaw crayfish, mudcrabs, pearl oysters and barramundi, cultured in tropical Australia and tropical regions overseas.
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, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 23-Aug-2018
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Jan Strugnell
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Chaoshu Zeng, Professor Dean Jerry, Assoc. Professor Jan Strugnell.
Contact hours:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 6 hours tutorials
  • 16 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); quizzes or tests (10%); 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.