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AQ5015 - Sustainable Aquaculture

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
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) or Master of Development Practice.

This subject investigates the sustainability of aquaculture as the industry expands and the world faces critical shortages in food supplies. It addresses contentious issues such as wild resource harvesting, the physical effects of aquaculture, aquaculture wastes, disease and parasites, and the impacts of introductions and escapees. It also addresses how to develop and implement sustainable aquaculture systems. Therefore, as a result of studying this subject, students will be able to critically assess the environmental sustainability and suitability of existing and developing aquaculture industries, as well as quantify the benefits of sustainable aquaculture practices. This subject integrates field and laboratory based learning so that students benefit from varied circumstances, contact and settings. Each day of this intensive is centred around one main sustainability theme which is delivered by experts in that area. The subject coordinator has considerable experience in the aquaculture industry, and aquatic animal health.

Learning Outcomes

  • determine the sustainability of an aquaculture system;
  • define sustainability;
  • describe environmental, economic and social aspects of sustainable aquaculture;
  • describe challenges to sustainable aquaculture production;
  • describe best practise for developing and operating a sustainable aquaculture system;
  • describe the benefits of aquaculture in contributing to the UN sustainable development goals.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (25%) - Individual
  • Written > Project report - (25%) - Group.
AQ3005 AQ5005 AQ3015 AQ5815


Townsville, Study Period 3, Intensive
Census Date 02-Feb-2023
Face to face teaching 06-Feb-2023 to 17-Feb-2023
Coordinator: Dr Kelly Condon
Lecturers: Professor Kyall Zenger, Dr Kelly Condon.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 55 hours workshops - Combined Lectures, practicals and field trip
  • 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.