Courses & Units

Fisheries Biology and Population Dynamics KSM314



This unit provides students with a detailed understanding of fisheries biology and population dynamics. Biological concepts include how morphology, behaviour, habitat preferences and life history strategies affect the exploitation of fisheries taxa. The unit also covers the logistical and quantitative methodologies associated with undertaking a biological investigation into the population dynamics of a species. These assessments include abundance estimation, reproductive biology, age determination, dietary analysis and biological modelling.


Unit name Fisheries Biology and Population Dynamics
Unit code KSM314
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Fisheries and Aquaculture

James Haddy

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

* 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).

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Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Define life history components and natural processes that influence populations of aquatic taxa.
2. Record, describe and explain morphological, anatomical and habitat characteristics of aquatic taxa in relation to the behaviour and exploitation of the organism.
3. Collect and record biological data to quantify key population dynamic parameters of an aquatic species.
4. Use Microsoft Word and Excel to manage and analyse biological data to present qualitative and quantitative descriptions of exploited species.
5. Develop and recommend management strategies that enable the sustainable harvest of fished stocks based on life history biology.


Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
050701 $493.00 $493.00 not applicable $2,783.00

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Teaching Pattern

Lecture - 120 minutes x weekly, Practical - 180 minutes x weekly


Assignment 1 (15%), Assignment 2 (15%), Computer test 1 (10%), Computer test 2 (20%), Final exam (40%)

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