3 x 50-minute lectures weekly
1 x 50-minute tutorial fortnightly
6 x 180-minute practicals per semester
1 Admission into GCSCAQ-Graduate Certificate in Science (Aquaculture)
1a Admission into GDPSCAQ-Graduate Diploma in Science (Aquaculture)
1b Admission into MSCAQ-Master of Science (Aquaculture)
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b))
Enrolment not permitted
BIOL2731 has been successfully completed
Topic description
The topic covers advanced knowledge in the biology and culture of live food organisms including algae, rotifers, cladocerans, copepods, Artemia that are used for aquaculture. The theory and practice of nutritional requirements (protein, lipid, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals), aquaculture feed formulation and manufacture for a variety of aquatic species will be included. This topic teaches the fundamental impacts of the biological processes of aquatic organisms (photosynthesis, respiration, excretion of metabolites and biota/substratum interaction) upon water quality. It also covers advanced technologies and approaches (aeration, buffering) to minimise the deleterious effects of these processes in various aquaculture systems. The topic extends to pond management through nutrient fertilisation and liming. Completion of this topic will enable students to gain advanced understanding in the theoretical and applied aspects of green water culture, feed preparation, and feeding practices and water quality management in the culture of a variety of fish, mollusc and crustacean species.
Educational aims
Graduate Diploma in Science (Aquaculture)

  1. Apply skills and comprehensive knowledge in global aquaculture
  2. Use the knowledge in aquaculture nutrition and water quality for the management of global aquaculture operations
Graduate Certificate in Science (Aquaculture)

  1. Use key knowledge in aquaculture nutrition and water quality for the management of global aquaculture operations
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of this topic, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Manage live feed production and feed formulation for aquacultured organisms at an advanced level
  2. Demonstrate advanced ability and understanding in feeding management in any aquaculture operations
  3. Manage water quality in intensive and extensive aquaculture systems for commercial enterprises at advanced levels
  4. Identify and solve practical issues with the advanced knowledge from literature