Courses & Units

Aquaculture Principles and Processes ZAS120

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


In this unit, you will be introduced to key principles and processes of aquaculture. This includes examining processes that support all stages of the aquaculture production cycle, including husbandry, hatchery and grow-out, through to harvesting and preparation for distribution. You will examine these processes with reference to principles, theory and management techniques applicable to aquatic science and aquaculture operations. This will include water quality requirements, stock handling, health and welfare of stock, biosecurity management of key aquaculture species and an introduction to aquaculture management software. You will develop and apply your skills and knowledge in these areas through a work-integrated learning placement or project-based experience.

In conjunction with the discipline theory, this unit introduces learning through practice by exposing you to authentic learning experiences. These experiences are placed at the centre of learning and assessment, so you have the opportunity 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 Aquaculture Principles and Processes
Unit code ZAS120
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 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. Explain key aquaculture principles and processes and their relationship to biological requirements of species
  2. Analyse processes and techniques applicable to culture of aquaculture species
  3. Apply key aquaculture techniques and practices in a workplace or simulated work-integrated experience
  4. Critically reflect on application of aquaculture knowledge and workplace skills to generate plans for self-development


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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50 credit points of first year level study.


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

AT 1: Process Map and Presentation (30%)

AT 2: Process Map and Report (30%)

AT3: Work Placement (40%)

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