Courses & Units

Aquaculture Principles and Processes ZAS120

Cradle Coast, Launceston, Hobart


Cradle Coast students will need to travel to Launceston or Hobart to attend a 1-day workshop for this unit


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
College/School University College
Discipline Applied Science
Coordinator Doctor Christopher Mabin
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain key aquaculture principles and processes and their relationship to biological requirements of species
  • Analyse processes and techniques applicable to culture of aquaculture species
  • Apply key aquaculture techniques and practices in a workplace or simulated work-integrated experience
  • 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 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,783.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

1 Please refer here more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses can be found here
3 Please refer here for eligibility for HECS-HELP
4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP

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50 credit points of first year level study

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern
  • Lectures online
  • Tutorials 1-2 hours per fortnight
  • Workshops/field trips: up to 3 days per semester, including 1 day workshop (Hobart and Launceston)
  • Work placement: up to 5 days per semester


AssessmentAT2: Process Map and Report (30%)|AT1: Process Map and Presentation (30%)|AT3: Work Placement (40%)
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