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AQ5807 - Aquaculture: Animal Ecophysiology

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

The subject teaches the principles of aquatic animal physiology and provides insight into the mechanisms involved in the stress, health, growth and reproduction of aquatic animals. A key focus is on how physiological systems respond to important environmental factors and the significance of animal adaptations in their ability to cope with environment stressors, whether it is a managed environment, such as in aquaculture, or in the natural environment.

Learning Outcomes

  • To demonstrate competence in experimental techniques of aquatic animal physiology;
  • To develop an understanding of the functional relationship between important environmental variables and the physiology of aquatic animals;
  • To understand the physiological adaptations of aquatic animals that allow them to cope with environmental extremes;
  • To develop insight into the operation of regulatory processes of physiological systems within aquatic animals, and how they interact with each other;
  • To demonstrate familiarity with the key literature in the field of aquatic animal physiology.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) -
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (50%) - .
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
Prerequisites: AQ5806 or equivalent
AQ3007 AQ5007


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 6 hours tutorials
  • 6 hours was Other - Online group discussions
  • 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.