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AQ3003 - Aquaculture: Propagation

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology

This subject discusses husbandry of aquaculture broodstock and larval and juvenile culture techniques of finfish, molluscs, crustaceans and sea cucumbers. Topics include: managed reproduction of broodstock animals using nutritional, environmental, hormonal and chemical manipulation; broodstock nutrition; production of triploids and all-female stocks; factors affecting egg and larval quality; current approaches to larval and juvenile rearing.

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of the practical aspects of broodstock management, spawning induction and larval rearing of culture organisms and the current body of science knowledge that underpins these practices;
  • Understanding of current challenges experienced by the industry in relation to broodstock management and hatchery production, and current research approaches directed at sustainable commercial aquaculture propagation;
  • Development of effective written and oral communication skills that conform with current scientific conventions for reporting, disseminating and evaluating information;
  • Development of practical aquaculture skills including: production of slow release pellet implants for delivery of reproductive hormones to finfish broodstock; spawning induction of bivalves; biopsy and histological assessment of spawning condition of finfish broodstock; assessment of larval developmental stage and growth, reproductive status of crustaceans.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to use a variety of media and methods to retrieve, analyse, evaluate, organise and present information;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner.
Assumed
Knowledge:
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of basic biology and aquaculture principles, and should have completed BS2001 (or BZ2001) AND AQ2001 or equivalent.
Prerequisites: AQ2001 and (BS2001 OR BZ2001 OR AG2001) and allow concurrent for BZ2001
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
AQ3320 AQ5003

Availabilities

Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Chaoshu Zeng, <Person not found>, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 25 hours lectures
  • 26 hours practicals
  • 7 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); assignments (50%).

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.