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Biology of Aquaculture Animals and Plants ZAS119

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


Hobart and Cradle Coast students will need to travel to Launceston to attend a 2-day laboratory workshop for this unit


In this unit, you will be introduced to the biology and biological processes of aquatic animals and plants commonly encountered in aquaculture operations. You will be introduced to phylogenetic relationships and investigate the anatomy, physiology, and life history of eukaryotes, protozoa, finfish, shellfish, crustaceans, micro-organisms, algae, jellies, hydrozoans, bryozoans, seabirds, marine mammals and relevant pest species. You will develop practical skills in sample collection, animal and plant identification, microscopy, dissection techniques, scientific drawing and science communications.

This unit also incorporates learning through practice by exposing you to authentic learning experiences. These experiences are placed at the centre of learning and assessment, for you to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary to respond to industry, community and/or global needs.

You will be introduced to:

  • a range of methods, tools, techniques and approaches to practice
  • principles and perspectives such as values, ethics, empathy and leadership in real world scenarios
  • reflection and deliberative thinking as a means of developing knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations
  • ways of understanding problems and developing solutions through active inquiry


Unit name Biology of Aquaculture Animals and Plants
Unit code ZAS119
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Applied Science

Christopher Mabin

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* 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

  1. Identify species and explain the biology and life history of organisms encountered in aquaculture practices
  2. Apply biological techniques in a laboratory setting and perform individual and collaborative tasks
  3. Present scientific information in the field of aquatic 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
  • Lectures online
  • Tutorials 1-2 hours per fortnight
  • Labs/field trips/workshops: up to 4 days per semester, including a 2-day laboratory workshop held in Launceston.

AT1: Laboratory SOP (20%)

AT2: Data collection, interpretation and scientific report (35%)

AT3: Portfolio: Scientific drawings and issues report (45%)

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