Courses & Units

Aquatic Microbiology and Health ZAS209

This unit is being phased out, no new enrolments are being taken.


Microorganisms, though invisibly small, collectively make up the majority of the living matter on Earth and have profound influences on many aspects of our lives. Microbes play a critical role in the aquaculture industry, mostly through negative impacts on animal and human health and the environment. This subject will introduce students to the ecology and biology of microorganisms, the impacts of viruses, pathogens and parasites on the environment and animal and human health and will draw on contemporary, real-world examples to explore these concepts. Students will acquire an understanding of microbial cell structure and life cycle, taxonomy, identification and detection. This will be applied to current and emerging pathogens, viruses and parasites relevant to aquaculture production, whilst addressing biosecurity implications and control measures. A range of excursions and practical project activities will be used to extend, enrich and exemplify the subject.


Unit name Aquatic Microbiology and Health
Unit code ZAS209
Credit points 6.25
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Applied Science


Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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Teaching Pattern
  • Lectures online
  • Tutorials 1-2 hours per week
  • Labs/workshops/field trips: up to 6 days per term
  • Portfolio - Field trip report, presentation (30%)
  • Poster (20%)
  • Case studies (50%)
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