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AVBS3009: Aquaculture

2022 unit information

Aquaculture is a rapidly developing area of food production as the world faces a critical point in not being able to meet global demand for seafood. This unit of study explores in detail the husbandry of aquaculture broodstock and larval and juvenile culture techniques of finfish, molluscs and crustaceans. The biological principles of aquaculture including aquatic animal physiology, species selection, hatchery breeding and rearing and grow-out practices, aquaculture farming systems, animal health, welfare and disease and environmental impact are addressed. In this unit of study, you will attain practical skills relevant to aquaculture production and management of aquatic animals, such as animal handling, growth measures, fluid collection, health assessments and necropsy. The unit aims to inspire and motivate you through research-informed teaching and application of the principles of scientific thinking. By the end of this unit, you will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles of: the context of aquaculture in global food production; animal management and welfare of aquaculture species; comparative aspects of farming systems used in aquaculture; health and disease relevant to aquaculture; nutrition of aquaculture species; water quality and the environmental impact of aquaculture.

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Study level Undergraduate
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
6 credit points from (AVBS1002 or BIOL1XXX or GEOS1XXX or MBLG1XXX) and 6 credit points from (AVBS2XXX or BIOL2XXX)
Assumed knowledge:
Fundamentals of animal husbandry and management; aquatic animal biology

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Determine the importance of the production of aquatic animals and plants in the context of domestic and global food resources
  • LO2. Apply the principles of animal husbandry (including areas of animal biology, health, nutrition, reproduction, genetics and growth) to management of the welfare and productivity of aquaculture species
  • LO3. Critique different types of aquaculture production models that are commonly used in Australia and internationally for the production of food fish and non-food fish.
  • LO4. Appraise the management of an aquaculture facility and formulate strategies to improve production with respect to all aspects of aquatic animal husbandry
  • LO5. Conduct work independently and in teams to locate, critically evaluate and analyse scientific literature and communicate effectively in a variety of ways to a variety of audiences
  • LO6. Implement skills and knowledge with a focus on the health, safety and welfare of aquatic animals

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
Normal day Camden, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camden, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camden, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Remote

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