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Aquatic Microbiology and Health ZAS227

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


In this unit you will investigate diseases that impact the aquaculture industry, using case studies from local industries.  You will explore the effects of aquatic viruses, bacteria and parasites on animal and human health.  You will acquire an understanding of the biology, life cycle and taxonomy of pathogens in aquaculture, and learn relevant identification and detection techniques. You will also develop an understanding of biosecurity implications and control measures. This unit will include an industry-relevant inquiry-based learning experience leading to the development of an original case study or industry survey.


Unit name Aquatic Microbiology and Health
Unit code ZAS227
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Applied Science

Dr Robin Katersky Barnes

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Term 1 On-Campus Domestic
Launceston Term 1 On-Campus Domestic
Cradle Coast Term 1 On-Campus Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 1 3/2/2020 24/2/2020 11/3/2020 9/4/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the effects of aquatic pathogens in aquaculture

2. Describe & assess the signs of disease in aquaculture

3. Investigate & report on industry practices relating to the management of disease in aquaculture

4. Apply discipline based skills and knowledge in dynamic practice situations

5. Analyse and communicate core concepts related to discipline knowledge and practice

6. Analyse and evaluate applications of innovative and/or entrepreneurial practice

7. Develop and communicate understandings related to graduate attributes and transferable skills as adaptive practitioners



Band CSP Student Contribution Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 050701

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Teaching Pattern
  • Lectures online
  • Tutorials 1-2 hours per week
  • Labs/workshops/field trips: up to 6 days per term

AT1: Sector-specific disease fact sheet (40%)

AT2: Original case study/industry survey proposal (20%)

AT3: Original case study/industry survey report (40%)

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