Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will develop detailed knowledge of the microbiological taxonomy of fungi, bacteria and viruses, their habitats and economic value. Theory will be applied through preparation of agar plates, quantitative analysis of plates, bacterial species identification, investigation of aquatic animal health and diseases (infectious and non-infectious), farm hygiene, and relevant legislation and quarantine laws. In addition, the subject will develop skills in handling aquaculture animals on farms and the translocation of aquaculture animals. This subject combines theory and practice through investigation and experimental skills including drug therapy dose calculation and application.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Demonstrated capacity to undertake the subject, requiring approval from the Course Coordinator and Admission into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAnaesthetic and sedative techniques for aquatic animalsRecommendedRoss, L & Ross, B 20083RD EDN, BLACKWELL SCIENCE LTD, MELBOURNE
ReadingsAquaculture microbiology and biotechnologyRecommendedDidier, M 2009ENFIELD, N.H., SCIENCE.
ReadingsAquaplan: Australia's national strategic plan for aquatic animal health 2005-2010RecommendedDepartment of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, 2005DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FORESTRY, CANBERRA.
ReadingsBacteria from fish and other acquatic animals: A practical identification manualRecommendedBuller, N 2004CABI PUBLISHING, WALLINGFORD.
ReadingsBacterial fish pathogens: diseases of farmed and wild fishRecommendedAustin, B & Austin D 2007PRAXIS PUBLISHING LTD, CHICHESTER, UK.
ReadingsBrock biology of microorganismsRecommendedMadigan, M, Martinko, J, Dunlap, P & Clark, D 200912TH EDN, PEARSON EDUCATION, INC., SAN FRANCISCO, CA.
ReadingsCurrent trends in the study of bacterial and viral fish and shrimp diseasesRecommendedYin, L 2004WORLD SCIENTIFIC PUBLISHING, SINGAPORE.
ReadingsFish disease: diagnosis and treatmentRecommendedNoga, E 2010IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY, IOWA.
ReadingsFood microbiologyRecommendedAdam, M & Moss M 20083RD EDN, RSC PUBLISHING, CAMBRIDGE, UK.
ReadingsMicrobiology an introductionRecommendedTortora, G, Funke, B & Case, C 20048TH EDN, PEARSON EDUCATION, INC, SAN FRANCISCO.
ReadingsSystemic pathology of fish: a text and atlas of normal tissues in teleosts and their responses in diseaseRecommendedFerguson, H 20062ND EDN, SCOTIAN PRESS, LONDON.
ReadingsThe new illustrated guide to fish diseases in ornamental tropical and pond fishRecommendedBassleer, G 2006BASSLEER BIOFISH, WESTMEERBEEK, BELGIUM.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
Two 2.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
Aquatic disease management plan (1500 words)40
Literature reivew (1000 words)25
Practical report/journals (3 x 800 words)35