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AQ5004 - Aquaculture: Stock Improvement

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Available to postgraduate science students.

Consideration of the genetics of breeding programs and how these can be applied to improving desirable traits for aquaculture, such as growth rate, feeding efficiency, disease resistance and market acceptability. Consideration of the techniques available for genetic manipulation in aquaculture breeding programs. Major topics include genetic selection, hybridisation, effective breeding numbers, sex reversal and chromosomal manipulation. This subject shares lectures, tutorials and practical classes with AQ3004.

Learning Outcomes

  • appreciation of genetic polymorphism and inter-population and intra-population relationships;
  • appreciation of the potential and limitations of breeding programs;
  • awareness of the recent advances in biotechnology for genetic studies and genetic manipulation;
  • knowledge of the various techniques of genetic selection.
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.


Townsville, Study Period 10, Intensive
Census Date 08-Dec-2022
Face to face teaching 30-Nov-2020 to 14-Dec-2020
Coord/Lect: Professor Kyall Zenger.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 21 hours practicals
  • 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.