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Aquatic Animal Nutrition and Physiology KSM717


The unit provides students with the fundamental basis of physiology and nutrition, and how they interact to control growth and metabolism, reproduction, osmoregulation and welfare of aquatic animals. The applied relationships between nutrition and feeding behaviour, feed formulation, physiology and biochemistry of aquatic animals is explored and their role in the production of aquaculture products across a range of environments.

Students will engage with commercial be encouraged to critically assess and use nutritional and physiological experimental design, data and models. Students will gain advanced understanding of scientific process and relate data collected to commercial and research applications.


Unit name Aquatic Animal Nutrition and Physiology
Unit code KSM717
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Fisheries and Aquaculture
Coordinator Doctor Daniel Pountney
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the physiological basis of growth and performance in aquatic animals focusing on environmental and nutrient requirements
  • Discuss dietary components and feed formulation in relation to the sustainable use of global resources in aquafeed.
  • Apply nutritional and physiological concepts to optimise production of major groups of farmed aquatic animals.
  • Critically review experimental designs and research outcomes by analysing experimental data, methods and results with reference to published literature
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
050701 $515.00 $515.00 not applicable $2,967.00

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AssessmentTest (20%)|Practical Report (20%)|Scientific Manuscript (40%)|Literature Review (20%)
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