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AQ5012 - Aquaculture: Hatchery Techniques

Credit points: 6
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Available to students admitted to the Graduate Certificate of Science, Graduate Diploma of Science, Master of Science, Master of Science (Professional), Graduate Certificate of Development Practice, Graduate Diploma of Development Practice or Master of Development Practice.

This subject is a hands-on, teamwork based subject. It covers design, operation and evaluation of the success of hatchery culture systems as well as techniques for production and use of various live feeds and larval culture of aquaculture species.

Learning Outcomes

  • to develop skills in preparing and presenting major technical reports;
  • to develop skills in the critical assessment of methodology and evaluation of success in hatchery production;
  • to develop the problem solving and organisational skills required in commercial hatchery production;
  • to engage students in realistic aquaculture hatchery and larval rearing production;
  • to provide experience in various aspects of aquaculture hatchery protocol;
  • to provide practical skills required for larval rearing of aquaculture species;
  • to provide the practical skills required for production of various live feeds.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > Presentations - (10%)
  • Production success measured by output of hatchery operations; - (20%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (30%)
  • Student initiative, involvement and leadership ability - (40%).
Students enrolling in this subject should have an undergraduate degree in relevant discipline (eg biology or environmental science) 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 26-Mar-2020
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Chaoshu Zeng.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 6 credit point subject is approximately 260 hours.

  • 26 hours tutorials
  • 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.