sci1az algology and zooplankton




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.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - 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
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

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Use nutrition research and practices to enable live feed production in relation to algology and zooplankton.

Using group discussion in workshop sessions and practical exercises in the laboratory and aquaculture facility, students gain knowledge based on research for zooplankton and algae nutrition.

02. Use taxonomy tools effectively to identify species composition of microalgae (phytoplankton) and zooplankton.

Students will use group discussion in workshop sessions and practical sessions to effectively identify different species of algae and zooplankton. Keys using a variety of media will be used.

03. Apply management techniques and methods to an algology or zooplankton enterprise.

Workshop sessions will provide the basic knowledge of management techniques for an algology or zooplankton enterprise. Practical sessions in the aquaculture facilities and field visits will supplement and expand this knowledge. Small groups will develop management plans and present them to the class.

04. Use applicable scientific terminology appropriately.

Group discussions in workshop sessions will help all assessment exercises to use applicable scientific terminology and referencing. Presentations by groups will be at a standard scientific acceptable and individual and group tutoring will be used.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2019, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Group case study (500-words per student)3001, 03, 04
Two literature reviews (1,000-words each - total 2,000-words equivalent)2001, 02, 03, 04
Two practical demonstrations x 20 minutes each (350-words equivalent each, total 700-words equiv.)3001, 02
Practical Workbook (1,000- words equivalent)2002, 03