BIO-3011 Advances in Aquaculture - 15 ECTS
On completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Have thorough knowledge about the principles of fish breeding with a focus on the interaction between genetics, nutrition and health.
- Learn the role of gut microbiota and its importance in promoting fish health and welfare in a nutritional context.
- Develop an understanding of the biological basis (molecular, cellular, physiological) controlling the reproduction, growth and condition of aquaculture species common to the Norwegian aquaculture industry.
- Have understanding of the challenges facing modern aquaculture industry with reference to environmental issues and interactions between farmed and wild fish stocks; transfer of diseases and parasites, the impact of escaped fish, and the threats and benefits of GM fish.
- Have knowledge of the general requirements needed for developing sustainable aquaculture practices.
- Appraise the general theory, methods and techniques behind modern aquaculture practices.
- Knowing the principles of feed composition and management with focus on Atlantic salmon aquaculture.
- Have gained sufficient understanding of the interactions between open-ocean aquaculture and the environment to be able to point out main ecological impacts and possible mitigation measures.
- Obtain practical experience (hands-on) in techniques of artificial fertilization, chromosome manipulation, functional physiology and molecular biology.
- Develop critical evaluation of scientific literature and ability to compare, discuss and summarize experimental work for communication to a specialist or general audience.
- Produce a formal oral presentation of research results from selected literature.
- Write own scientific reports based upon the results of laboratory experiments and exercises.
Organize work independently and develop basic teamwork skills.
4 hour written exam (80%). Laboratory reports (20%). A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail.
Coursework requirements: students presentation during the seminars. In order to sit an examination, the student must complete and gain approval for any coursework requirements.
Students require to attain a pass grade (A to E) in the laboratory report in order to be able to take the ordinary or re-sit written examination. There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination. The re-sit examination is a written exam only.