Courses & Units

Aquatic Molecular Diagnostics and Health KSM716


The unit provides students with the latest techniques in molecular biology and their application in health diagnostics, and molecular studies of aquatic animals and plants. The unit introduces students to ubiquitous and pathogenic organisms, explores current techniques and health management, in aquatic animal health and their role in the production of aquatic species in a range of environments.

Students engage with applied learning experiences throughout the unit and will be encouraged to critically assess and use molecular experimental design, data and models. Students will gain advanced understanding of the scientific process and relate data collected to commercial and research applications.


Unit name Aquatic Molecular Diagnostics and Health
Unit code KSM716
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Fisheries and Aquaculture
Coordinator Associate Professor Andrew Bridle
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the relationships between aquatic organisms and pathogens in their environments.
  • Critically review molecular and traditional diagnostic methods to identify aquatic pathogens.
  • Synthesise scientific data to assist in major disease diagnosis and management of aquatic organisms.
  • Analyse global trends in commercial aquaculture disease management tools to inform their application to different species.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
$515.00 $515.00 not applicable $2,967.00

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AssessmentQuizzes (20%)|Fact sheet and oral presentation (20%)|Case Study (30%)|Practical Report (30%)
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