Associate Degree in Aquaculture (J2A)

Overview

Duration
Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years
Entry requirements
ATAR Clearly-In Rank: See entry requirements
Course rules
Current students
View 2016 information
Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2
Duration
Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years
Entry requirements
ATAR Clearly-In Rank: See entry requirements
Course code
Course rules
CRICOS: 056038A
Current students
View 2016 information
Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2
The Associate Degree in Aquaculture is offered by IMAS (Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies) and is available at Launceston.  This course offers student education and training in aquaculture and preparation for the workplace. This is achieved through a mix of vocational, scientific and technological activities together with work experience. The course emphasises the development of skills which lead to independence in the work place alongside the ability to work in a team situation.

Students successfully completing the Associate Degree in Aquaculture with grades of Credit or better for the following units:  JFA221 Aquaculture Production Techniques and JFA222 Aquaculture Hatchery Production Techniques are eligible to articulate into the Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Environment) majoring in Aquaculture.

Career outcomes

Graduates are well prepared to work in all facets of the aquaculture industries such as production including fin-fish and shellfish, live feeds and algal culture, and systems maintenance.

Course structure

The Associate Degree in Aquaculture is a two year full-time course, or may be undertaken part time over 5 consecutive years.  The coursework program consists of 16 X 12.5% weighted units (total of 200%) selected from the schedule below; units are assessed by assignment and examination across Introductory (100 level) and Intermediate (200 level) units.

Schedule

This unit provides a general introduction to the biology of aquatic animals and investigates phylogenetic relationships, and how the anatomy, physiology and life history of animals are adapted to meet their requirements for locomotion, feeding, excretion, osmoregulation, gas exchange, communication…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit gives students a sound understanding of seafood processing and handling methods. Students will learn wet processing methods, high and low temperature preservation techniques, sashimi handling as well as traditional preservation methods of smoking, salting, canning, drying and low…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces students to the basic principles and practices of aquaculture. Theoretical aspects introduce students to environmental awareness and socio-economic impacts related to commercial aquaculture. Lifecycles, production systems, water quality requirements and health management of key aquaculture species are…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit explores the chemistry of skeletal muscles - bonding and interactions that allow muscles to work, and nutrient cycles - carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus - reactions and their conditions. Through these themes, this unit covers introductory chemistry for students…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Aquatic Biology B provides a general introduction to fundamental biological processes underpinning aquatic biology by integrating cell biology, biochemistry, physiology, reproduction, classification, genetics and evolution with knowledge about aquatic plants, microbes and animals. You will develop practical laboratory skills to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides an overview of aquaculture recirculation, cage, tank, raceway and pond systems and their associated technologies such as filtration, aeration, waterconditioning, fish pumps, graders, counters, feeding system etc both in Australia and overseas. The unit takes a hands-on…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides an introduction to economic concepts. Students learn to explain fundamental economic problems, principles and concepts and to compare and contrast microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts. Students discuss how international trade impacts upon the marine environment and critically appraise…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Choose ONE introductory unit from the list:

This is an introduction to quantitative (mathematical and statistical) skills. Topics covered include algebraic, trigonometric and matrix operations, solving systems of equations, ordinary differential equations, derivatives and anti-derivatives of polynomial functions, basic mathematical modelling, sigma notation, hypotheses testing and linear…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Introduces the management and interpretation of quantitative information. A 'hands-on' course, developed using data which is drawn from disciplines of relevance to the students. Topics include: collecting, processing and presenting quantitative information; descriptive statistics for summarising data; data exploration techniques;…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the practical and theoretical concepts involved in the production of current and future commercially important aquatic species (including molluscs, crustaceans and finfish). Students will be able to relate the biology of culture species…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Microbiology is the study of single-celled organisms and viruses, which are ubiquitous on Earth and which are intimately involved in our lives, with both good and bad effects. General Microbiology is an introductory unit that gives students an overview of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will integrate knowledge about larval and early life history biology with the practices and processes that underpin hatchery operations for algal, molluscan, crustacean and finfish production. This unit will expose students to a range of practices across key…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Work placement is an essential part of our strategy for developing aquaculture skills and gaining an appreciation of the work environment. It complements the information gained in the course, allows students to experience government, commercial and research environments, to learn…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Choose ONE introductory unit from the list:

This unit provides an introduction to ecology. Students learn to apply ecological principles and statistical methods to explain patterns of distribution and abundance, compare and contrast ecological relationships and evaluate how humans impact upon the distribution and abundance of different…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit gives students a sound understanding of seafood processing and handling methods. Students will learn wet processing methods, high and low temperature preservation techniques, sashimi handling as well as traditional preservation methods of smoking, salting, canning, drying and low…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Choose ONE introductory unit from the list:

This unit provides students with understanding of aquatic animal health issues, relevant to aquaculture and wild fisheries. Disease diagnosis, biosecurity in aquaculture, disease control and treatment are discussed. Host, environment and pathogen relationships are examined. A wide range of exotic…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit outlines quality control systems and the sensory and non-sensory evaluation of seafood. Topics will include key attributes of a quality control system, system requirements, product attributes and measurement. Students will learn to apply a range of nonsensory and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Plus TWO intermediate student electives

Entry requirements

Admission Prerequisites

Students may enter through a number of pathways:

  • Satisfactory completion of Year 12 (TCE, VCE, HSC or equivalent), preferably with English, Mathematics or a Science subject.  An ATAR score of 40 or above is required for entry.
  • Applicants with relevant industry experience may be given special consideration
  • Students completing relevant VET/TAFE certificate level units may be given special consideration

Articulation from

Applicants who have completed relevant nationally accredited VET (Vocational Education & Training) units of competence will be considered for admission into the Associate Degree in Aquaculture.

Articulation to

Students successfully completing the Associate Degree in Aquaculture with grades of Credit or better for the following units:  JFA221 Aquaculture Production Techniques  and JFA222 Aquaculture Hatchery Production Techniques are eligible to articulate into the Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Environment) majoring in Aquaculture.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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