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AVBS3009: Aquaculture

Semester 2, 2021 [Normal day] - Remote

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.

Unit details and rules

Unit code AVBS3009
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.

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Joy Becker,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Take-home short release) Type D final exam Final exam
Long answer questions (essay style)
50% Formal exam period 3 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Presentation group assignment Oral presentation
Oral presentation
25% Week 08 15 minutes+ 5 minutes for questions
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6
Assignment Annotated bibliography
Critical review of literature
25% Week 12
Due date: 16 Nov 2020 at 10:00
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type D final exam = Type D final exam ?

Assessment summary

  1. Oral presentation: In small groups of 2-3 students, they will prepare an informative and critical review detailing the aquaculture production of a species of their choice.
  2. Annotated bibliography
    • a) Literature critique presentation: Student groups (about five people) will be given a journal article to present to the class (10 minutes) and then the class will discuss the merits of the paper.
    • b) Individually, students will find 3 articles on the same topic as they presented for the literature critique. The articles need to demonstrate an advancement on the science from the original article.
  3. Final exam: The final exam includes information from the entire UofS, including practical and tutorial sessions. It will focus on long answer questions (essay style) with an emphasis on integrating concepts and applying to new situations relevant to many areas of aquaculture.  Well planned clear, concise and succinct answers will be favoured

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

Result name Mark Range Description
High Distinction 85-100

higher achievement demonstrating novel or critical approach and application and creativity; original analysis and interpretation of information from a wide variety of scientific literature; evidence of effective strategies and commitment for reflective, lifelong learning; excellent communication of concepts and developments of arguments

Distinction 75-84

goes beyond Credit descriptor to link parts and describe their relationships to the whole topic; explores concepts from a range of perspectives, uses information and data collected from a diverse range of scientific resources; demonstrates initiative in research and reading; uses mature language and well organized; oral communication convincing , clear and interesting (if applicable)

Credit 65-74

answers all parts of the question fully and accurately; contains evidence of a broad and reasonably accurate command of subject matter; uses textbooks and other sources of scientific literature; worked effectively in a group – shared the responsibility equally (if applicable); assessment is informative, interesting and effective in communicating ideas; effective use of supporting visual aids (if applicable)

Pass 50-64

completes one aspect of the task but overall is incomplete; made only minor contribution to the task with partner (if applicable); made limited use of required sources of information; relies on textbooks, assessment does not effectively communicate main points

Fail <50

does not address the main purpose of the task; did not participate with partner in completing the task (if applicable); poor expression or confusing and unclear; does not use external sources of information; fails to communicate effectively

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

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We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction Lecture (2 hr) LO1
Fish Evolution and Diversity Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Critical thinking skills Lecture (1 hr) LO3 LO5 LO6
Week 02 Fish form and function Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Water to support life Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Virtual farm tour online Practical (1 hr) LO2 LO3 LO6
Week 03 Tutorial #1 - CC Tutorial (5 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Aquaculture P&P I RE: Wk 3 CC: Wk 4 Lecture (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Aquaculture P&P II RE: Wk 3 CC: Wk 4 Lecture (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 04 Tutorial #1 - RE Tutorial (5 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 05 Case studies - fish Lecture (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Case studies - invertebrates Lecture (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Biosecurity Lecture (1 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 06 Tutorial #2 - RE Tutorial (5 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Practical skills day #1 -CC Practical (5 hr) LO4 LO6
Week 07 Practical skills day #1 - RE Practical (2 hr) LO4 LO6
Practical #2 -field trip: CC onlhy Practical (1 hr) LO3 LO4 LO6
Tutorial #2 - CC Tutorial (5 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 08 Oral presentations Lecture (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 09 Tutorial #3 - RE Tutorial (5 hr) LO3 LO5 LO6
Week 10 Fish immunology Lecture (2 hr) LO2 LO4
Recognizing disease Lecture (2 hr) LO2 LO3
Fish welfare Lecture (1 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 11 Tutorial #3 - CC Tutorial (5 hr) LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6
Week 12 Aquaculture nutrition and genetics Lecture (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Impacts of climate change Lecture (2 hr) LO2 LO4
Practical #3: field trip - CC Practical (5 hr) LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 13 Post harvest and food safety Lecture (2 hr) LO2 LO3
Exam review Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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