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MI2031 - Diagnosis of Bacterial Diseases in Aquaculture

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

This subject will present the principles and concepts of the role of microbes in aquatic animal disease, specifically the pathogenesis of the major bacterial diseases affecting tropical aquatic animals in aquaculture settings. Through hands-on experience, the students will learn to identify and investigate clinical signs in the field and develop specialised knowledge regarding correct sampling procedures. The students will develop and plan procedures that will enable traceability in sample collection from pond to laboratory. The students will engage with classical laboratory diagnosis and anti-microbial resistance testing and critically analyse procedures and results to develop decision-making skills for correct diagnosis.

Learning Outcomes

  • critically analyse and evaluate the role of disease in aquatic populations;
  • develop advanced knowledge of the main tropical aquatic animal bacteria;
  • integrate knowledge of specific disease characteristics and clinical signs into a plan for sample collection in the field;
  • apply diagnostic reasoning to identify and manage bacteria in aquatic systems.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (60%) - Individual
  • Written > Literature review - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Lab/Practical report - (20%) - Group.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve a minimum of 40% on course assessment average, a minimum of 40% on the final exam and the aggregate mark for the subject must be 50%



Townsville, Study Period 1, Mixed attendance
Census Date 25-Mar-2021
Face to face teaching (TBA)
Coordinator: Professor Ellen Ariel
Lecturers: Professor Ellen Ariel, Ms Jessica Grimm, Dr Susan Kueh.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 15 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 4 hours tutorials
  • 27 hours practicals
  • 30 hours self study - Self Directed Study
  • 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.