agr3aqe aquaculture engineering




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will develop students' theoretical and practical knowledge relevant to the construction and management of aquaculture facilities. Students will develop an understanding of physical laws describing the behaviour of gases, liquids, forces, motion and energy, in relation to water flow. A capacity for critical analysis will be developed through an evaluation of the relationships between environmental properties, physical laws, functional design and operating characteristics of aquaculture plant and equipment. Skills required in all forms of practical aquaculture - including simple pipe construction, pumps and filtrations - will be learned through practical application at the NMIT aquaculture facility. The subject will also to extend students' knowledge of aquaculture facilities such as pond aquaculture systems, cage systems and recirculation aquaculture systems for the production of aquatic animals and maintenance of suitable water quality.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAquaculture EngineeringRecommendedLekang, O 2006BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, OXFORD, UK.
ReadingsCage aquacultureRecommendedBeveridge, M 20043RD EDN, BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, UK
ReadingsEffects of waves and currents on gravity-type cages in the open seaRecommendedHuang C, Hung-Jie T & Liu, Jin-Yuan 2008AQUACULTURAL ENGINEERING, VOL. 38, PP. 105-116.
ReadingsEnvironmental sustainable land-based aquacultureRecommendedTal, Y, Schreier, K, Sowers, J, Stubblefield, AR & Zohar, Y 2009AQUACULTURE, VOL. 286, PP. 28-35.
ReadingsEvaluation of nitrifying bacteria product to improve nitrification efficacy in recirculating aquaculture systemsRecommendedKuhn, D, Drahos, D, March, L & Flick, G 2010ACQUACULTURAL ENGINEERING, VOL. 43, PP. 78-82.
ReadingsRecirculating aquaculture systemsRecommendedTimmons, M & Ebeling, B 20073RD EDN, NRAR PUBLICATION, USA.
ReadingsThe physics of open-water shellfish aquacultureRecommendedStevens, C, Plew, D, Harstein, N & Fredriksson, D 2008AQUACULTURAL ENGINEERING, VOL. 38, PP. 145-160.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Understand the behaviour of liquids and gasses in relation to the design an aquaculture Facility

Using workshop sessions and practical exercises in the laboratory and aquaculture facility, students gain knowledge on the behaviour of fluids and the construction and maintenance of facilities.

02. Apply technical knowledge to construct simple pipe and plumbing systems for aquaculture facilities

Undertaking practical exercises in the laboratory and aquaculture facility, students will construct simple systems to gain knowledge on the application and behaviour of fluids and the construction and maintenance of facilities.

03. Identify and evaluate different soil types in relation to their suitability for pond construction

Students will use field trip, laboratory practical sessions and group discussion in workshop sessions to identify soil characteristics suitable for the construction of an aquaculture facility.

04. Investigate and design solutions for aquaculture engineering problems

Students will investigate and discuss solutions to aquaculture engineering problems in small groups. Practical testing in the laboratory and aquaculture facilities will be used where appropriate.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2019, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

PracticalWeek: 31 - 43
Two 3.0 hours practical per week from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Design assignment (1,200-words)3002, 04
Literature/product review presentation (15 minutes, 750-words equivalent)2001, 03
Two practical and group reports (Total 2,000-words per student)5001, 02, 03, 04