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TV5240 - Aquatic Pathobiology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

Available to graduate students.

This subject covers major concepts of infectious and non-infectious diseases in representative aquacultured animals. The subject also considers surveillance, trade and public health associated with aquatic animal health. Students will gain the ability to assess risks and recommend good practice when it comes to aquatic animal health and suitability for the food chain.

Learning Outcomes

  • plan a farm visit in order to investigate disease outbreak;
  • plan a wild fish kill investigation;
  • advise on disease prevention;
  • recommend appropriate action following disease outbreak;
  • conduct qualitative and semi-quantitative risk assessments with respect to production and public health;
  • advise on the public health suitability of aquacultured produce for human consumption;
  • Discuss the role of aquacultrure in food security and public health;
  • Research various sources and outline the main infectious and non-infectious determinants of disease likely to be present in selected aquacultured species;
  • research various sources and recommend appropriate samples to submit for disease investigation.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > End of semester exam - (55%)
  • Invigilated > Other exams - (10%)
  • project - Literature Review - (35%).
Prerequisites: MI2030 or MI2031 recommended
MI3031 and MI5031


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 27-Aug-2020
Coord/Lect: Dr Leo Foyle, Assoc. Professor Leigh Owens.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 28 hours lectures
  • 3 hours tutorials
  • 6 hours practicals
  • 0 hours - Field visits (depending on necessity)
  • 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.