Courses & Units

Biology of Aquaculture Animals and Plants ZAS119

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


In this unit, you will receive an introduction 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 field and laboratory skills in sample collection, animal and plant identification, microscopy, dissection techniques, scientific drawing and science communications.


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? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Term 3 On-Campus Domestic
Launceston Term 3 On-Campus Domestic
Cradle Coast Term 3 On-Campus Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 3 22/7/2019 26/8/2019 27/8/2019 27/9/2019

* 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 2019 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2019 will be available from the 1st October 2018.

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Learning Outcomes

1. Identify species and explain the biology and life history of organisms encountered in aquaculture practices

2. Apply basic biological techniques in a laboratory setting and perform individual and collaborative field and laboratory tasks

3. Present scientific information in the field of aquatic biology

4. Identify, evaluate and use relevant discipline tools and techniques

5. Identify and evaluate relevant behaviours, principles and perspectives in the workplace

6. Use reflective and deliberate thinking to generate plans for self-development

7. Apply practice and discipline based skills and knowledge to communicate solutions to real world problems



Band CSP Student Contribution Field of Education
2 2019: $1,169.00 050701

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

AT1: Laboratory SOP – 20%

AT2: Data collection, interpretation and presentation – 30%

AT3: Portfolio: Scientific drawings and issues report – 50%

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