AQUATIC ANIMAL NUTRITION

AGR2AAN

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will introduce detailed knowledge and skills required for aquatic animal and feeding management in varieties of aquaculture systems in order to gain economically optimal growth. In addition, this subject develops practical knowledge and skills required on feed formulation and nutritional composition, identify sustainable and suitable food form and types, feeding equipment including automatic feeders, feeding behaviour and feeding frequency. You will have the opportunity to obtain practical skills to conduct feeding experiments and trials using prepared feeds and evaluate of diet performance at the Melbourne Polytechnic Aquaculture Training and Research Centre.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMichael Stear

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SBATE or requires Subject Coordinator approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is taught at the Epping Campus of Melbourne Polytechnic.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
Readings'Murray cod nutrition', in B Ingram & S De Silva (eds),RecommendedDe Silva, S, Gunasekera, R, Collins, R, Abery, N, Ingram,PRIMARY INDUSTRIES RESEARCH VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
ReadingsGastrointestinal and metabolic effect of feeding schedule on voluntary feed intake and growth of European eel, AnguillaRecommendedHeinsbroek, L, Goedegebuur, B, Bloemhof,G, Flach, R and de Jong, G 2007ACQUCULTURE INTERNATIONAL, VOL. Flach, R and de Jong, G 2007
ReadingsGrowth performance, feed efficiency and fatty acid composition of juvenile Murray cod, Maccullochella peelii peelii, fed graded levels of canola and linseed oilRecommendedFrancis, D, Turchini, G, Jones, P & De Silva, S 2007AQUACULTURE NUTRITION, VOL. 13-5, PP
ReadingsHandbook on Ingredients for Aquaculture FeedsRecommendedHertrampf, J & Piedad-Pascual, F 2003KLUWER ACADEMIC PUBLISHERS,
ReadingsImpacts of fish oil replacement in Murray cod nutritionRecommendedFrancis, D, 2007PH.D. THESIS, SCHOOL OF LIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES, DEAKIN UNIVERSITY
ReadingsPerformance of intensively farmed Murray cod Maccullochella peelii peelii (Mitchell) fed newly formulated vs. currently used commercial diets & a comparison of fillet composition of farmed & wild fishRecommendedDe Silva, S, Gunasekera, RAQUACULTURE
ReadingsPerformance of juvenile Murray cod, Maccullochella peelii peelii (Mitchell), fed diets with different protein to energy ratioRecommendedDe Silva, S, Gunasekera, R, Collins, R & Ingram, B 2002AQUACULTURE NUTRITION, VOL. 8, PP. 79-85.
ReadingsPlankton culture manualRecommendedHoff, F & Snell, T 20046TH EDN, FLORIDA AQUA

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify the importance of key nutritional components of diets and the nutritional requirements of aquatic animals

Activities:
Lectures and practical sessions will be used to teach the nutritional requirements of aquatic animals. Recent research findings will be discussed.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Describe the principles of feed distribution and growth, and develop feed requirement plans for aquatic animals

Activities:
Lectures and practical sessions, case studies and practical exercises using the aquaculture facilities will be used to apply feed principles. Students will have the opportunity to test feeding theories and plans.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour)

03. Formulate and produce diets suitable in form and nutritional composition for feeding to aquatic animals

Activities:
Lectures and practical sessions, case studies and practical exercises in the aquaculture facilities will be used to apply feed principles to the formulation of diets. Students will have the opportunity to test feeding theories and plans.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour)

04. Conduct experiments to evaluate performance of diet nutrient profiles of particular species in relation to the economics of feeding and environmental sustainability

Activities:
Lectures and practical sessions, case studies and practical exercises in the aquaculture facilities will be used to apply feed principles. Students will have the opportunity to test feeding theories and plans. An oral presentation to the class will form the basis of discussions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2020, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMichael Stear

Class requirements

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

Practical Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Nutritional management plan (1,500-words)40 02, 03
5x Quizzes based on theory, practical and calculation tasks (1,000-words: 200 words per quiz)25 01, 02, 03, 04
Project report (best practice) (1,500-words)35 01, 03, 04