ANIML SC 3240RW - Introduction to Aquaculture & Disease Management

Roseworthy Campus - Winter - 2015

This course will provide an overview of the basics of the aquaculture industry, providing introduction to anatomy, physiology, nutrition and genetics in the culture of finfish, crustaceans, molluscs and algae. The focus of this course will be disease pathology and etiological agents focusing on aspects including emergence, detection, management and control. Environmental impacts of aquaculture systems will also be considered.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ANIML SC 3240RW
    Course Introduction to Aquaculture & Disease Management
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Winter
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 7 hours per day over 3 weeks
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge 12 units level II science courses
    Course Description This course will provide an overview of the basics of the aquaculture industry, providing introduction to anatomy, physiology, nutrition and genetics in the culture of finfish, crustaceans, molluscs and algae. The focus of this course will be disease pathology and etiological agents focusing on aspects including emergence, detection, management and control. Environmental impacts of aquaculture systems will also be considered.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr James Munro

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 To have a knowledge of the different types of aquaculture industries and species
    2 To have a knowledge of the science behind aquaculture (genetics, nutrition, anatomy
    and physiology)
    3 To have a knowledge of the diseases that occur in aquaculture
    4 To have a knowledge of the control and management of diseases
    5 To have a knowledge of the impacts of aquaculture on the environment
    6 To be able to produce and assess the quality of aquatic feed
    7 To be able to recognise diseases in aquaculture
    8 To understand the importance of zoonotic diseases within aquaculture
    9 To understand the driving forces of aquaculture worldwide
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 6, 7
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 4, 5, 8, 9
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6, 7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 6, 7
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2, 4, 5, 8, 9
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 9
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Reading resources, text books and online databases which will be available through the Roseworthy Library
    Use of the anatomy & pathology laboratories in the new Veterinary building at Roseworthy
    Use of laboratory spaces on the Roseworthy Campus
    Access to the SARDI facilities at West Beach (joint appointment with SARDI for course

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This is a winter semester intensive course that will run over 3 weeks, with approximately 1 week of practicals and group work within this period. Each contact day will involve up to 7 hours of contact, which could include a combination of lectures, practicals and/or tutorials. There will be some field
    trips involved to aquaculture facilities.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g.,
    lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).

    Learning Activities Summary
    The course content will include the following:

    Lecture topics

    Introduction to Aquaculture:
    • The growth and trends of the aquaculture industry
    • Cultured species (Finfish, crustaceans, molluscs, algae)
    • Potential Aquaculture species - What makes a species able to be farmed?
    • Comparison of World Fisheries – extensive aquaculture systems, intensive aquaculture systems, natural fisheries
    • Limitations in aquaculture
    • Water Quality (i.e. dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity)
    • Aquaculture systems
    • Nutrition       
    • Genetics
    Anatomy Diseases in Aquaculture:
    • Emergence of diseases in aquaculture – from the wild.
    • Non-infectious diseases
    • Parasitology in Aquaculture –finfish, molluscs, crustaceans, intermediate hosts
    • Bacteriology in Aquaculture - finfish, molluscs, crustaceans
    • Virology in Aquaculture - finfish, molluscs, crustaceans
    • Co-infections of Disease Organisms
    • Zoonotic Diseases
    • Management, Control and Detection of Disease
    • Novel/Future Therapies in Aquaculture – ‘Blue Skies’ Technologies
    Environmental Concerns of Aquaculture
    • Impacts of aquaculture verses natural fisheries
    • Endangered species
    • Food/weight conversion ratios
    • Population Growth of Humans
    Practical topics
    • Anatomy of aquaculture species
    • Making aquatic feed and assessment of quality
    • Larval feed production – algae, rotifers, artemia
    • Disease diagnosis
    • Aquaculture farm visits

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Group Assignment Summative

    To be scheduled at the beginning of course

    30% 3, 4, 5
    Oral presentation Summative To be scheduled at the beginning of course 10% 3, 4, 5
    Exam Summative To be scheduled at the beginning of course 40%

    2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9

    Practical Assessment Summative To be scheduled at the beginning of course 20% 6, 7
    Assessment Detail
    Group Assignment & Oral presentation: Students will work in small groups on a topic point chosen from a list of options (eg, a bacterial or viral disease). Students will be expected to assimilate material presented within the class but to also expand their knowledge base through database and literature searches on the relevant topic. The written assignment will be no longer than 3000 words and will be due one week after the intensive course to allow students to assimilate feedback from their oral presentation. The oral presentation will be for 10-15min (plus question time) and will occur early in the 3rd week of the intensive course – students will be given preparation time during the 1st two weeks. The student grade will be based primarily on the ability of the students to present their information to the audience, rather than the scientific content (which is assessed in the written assignment).

    Exam: A final exam will be held for students at the end of the 3rd week of the course. This will cover theoretical material and will include a combination of multiple choice and short answer questions to show overall understanding of the material that has been presented.

    Practical Assessment: Students will hand in two practical reports based on practicals on disease diagnosis and feed composition. These practicals will take place throughout the 3 week intensive course. The reports will involve collation of material and analysis of data from the practical classes involved. The reports will be no longer than 1500 words each and will be due on the final day of the course.


    Late Submission
    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A mark of zero will be allocated to late submitted assessment.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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