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National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

Examines the biology and ecology of marine and freshwater fishes, especially those important to fisheries and aquaculture. Introduces topics such as taxonomy, anatomy, physiology, feeding, reproduction, age, and growth. Examines the main components of sustainable aquaculture of fishes, invertebrates, and seaweeds, including water quality, disease control, and environmental impacts. Provides practical experience in rearing of fish, invertebrate, and algae species.

Unit content

1.Taxonomy and anatomy of fishes

2. Physiology and functional ecology of fishes

3. Life cycles and reproductive strategies of fishes

4. Introduction to aquaculture and its contribution to global food systems

5. Aquaculture systems (fishes, invertebrates, and algae)

6. Sustainable aquaculture

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 demonstrate knowledge of the diversity and functional biology of fishes
2 apply knowledge and skills in fish dissection, production, and maintenance
3 critically address the role that aquaculture plays in global food production and demonstrate enhanced understanding of the different aquaculture systems used around the world
4 assess some of the competing issues in creating a sustainable aquaculture industry.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the diversity and functional biology of fishes
  2. apply knowledge and skills in fish dissection, production, and maintenance
  3. critically address the role that aquaculture plays in global food production and demonstrate enhanced understanding of the different aquaculture systems used around the world
  4. assess some of the competing issues in creating a sustainable aquaculture industry.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.