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AQ5004 - Aquaculture: Stock Improvement

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

Available only to student enrolled in the Graduate Certificate of Science, Graduate Diploma of Science, Master of Applied Science, Graduate Certificate of Development Practice, Graduate Diploma of Development Practice, Master of Science, Masters of Development Practice and Bachelor of Science (Advanced).

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 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Professor Kyall Zenger
Lecturers: Professor Dean Jerry, Professor Kyall Zenger.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 21 hours practicals

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.