Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces students to the production of various species of microalgae (phytoplankton) and zooplankton in aquaculture facilities. Students will develop an understanding of invertebrate zoology and taxonomy, the general features and composition of freshwater and marine algae and invertebrates. Key areas to be investigated include the establishment and maintenance of culture systems of a wide variety of species and their commercial potential. Students will develop knowledge and practical skills relevant to industry including quantification, harvesting and preservation of micro-algae and zooplankton in natural water.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAlgal culturing techniquesRecommendedAnderson, R 2005ACADEMIC PRESS, NEW YORK, USA
ReadingsBiodiesel from MicroalgaeRecommendedChisti, Y 2007BIOTECHNOLOGY ADVANCES, VOL. 25, NO. 3, PP. 294-306
ReadingsDevelopmenta of rotifer strains with useful traits for rearing fish larvae.RecommendedHagiwara, A, Suga, K, Akazawa, A, Kotani, T & Sakakura, Y 2007AQUACULTURE, VOL. 268, ISS, 1-4, PP 44-52
ReadingsEffect of temperature and nitrogen concentration on the growth and lipid content of nannochloropsis occulata and chlorella vulgaris for biodiesel productionRecommendedConverti, A, Casazza, A, Ortiz, E, Perego, P & Borghi, M 2009CHEMICAL ENGINEERING AND PROCESSING: PROCESS INTENSIFICATION, VOL. 28, NO.6, PP. 1146-1151
ReadingsHandbook of microalgal culture: Biotechnology and applied phycologyRecommendedRichmond, A 2004BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, OXFORD, UK
ReadingsLipid accumulation and CO2 utilization of nannochloropsis occulata in response to CO2 aeration.RecommendedChiu, S, Kao, C, Tsai, M, Ong, S, Chen, C & Lin, C 2008BIORESOURCE TECHNOLOGY, VOL. 100, NO. 2, PP. 833-838
ReadingsLive feed in marine aquacultureRecommendedStottrup, G & McEvoy, A 2003BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, OXFORD, UK
ReadingsPlankton culture manualRecommendedHoff, F & Snell, T 20046TH EDN, FLORIDA AQUA FARMS, FLORIDA, USA

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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
One 3.0 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%
Group case study (1000 words)30
Literature review (1000 words)20
Practical Demonstration (2 x 15 minutes)30
Practical Workbook20