BIOSCI 727 : Aquaculture


2020 Semester Two (1205) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Current assessment of the national and global status of aquaculture and fisheries, including consideration of future prospects. Examples of algal, invertebrate, and fish aquaculture in New Zealand, and a review of general environmental and biological problems and the role of scientific knowledge in aquaculture management. Coverage of factors contributing to wild fisheries management, including spawning, larval survival, recruitment, principles of stock assessment and fisheries modelling. A sound knowledge of BIOSCI 328 or equivalent is assumed.

Course Overview

The course provides a current assessment of the national and global status of aquaculture and fisheries, including consideration of origins of aquaculture, current challenges, and future prospects. Examples of algal, invertebrate, and fish aquaculture in New Zealand and elsewhere will be examined. In addition, there is a review of general environmental and biological problems faced by aquaculture activities and the role of scientific knowledge in dealing with many of these problems. Of specific focus is the use of genetics in aquaculture, fin fish welfare in production systems, and the evaluation of environmental impacts created by aquaculture. A sound knowledge of BIOSCI 328 or equivalent is assumed.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Understand how scientific methodology and understanding is used to solve aquaculture problems (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  2. Understand the structure, political and financial nature of aquaculture and fisheries (global and NZ perspectives) (Capability 1 and 6)
  3. Understand the global significance of aquaculture production as well as some of the issues the activity creates (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  4. Understand the environmental impacts of aquaculture, and how they are managed in a New Zealand setting (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6)
  5. Understand decision making processes in New Zealand for marine aquaculture activities (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  6. Understand the growing importance of managing genetic resources in commercial aquaculture (Capability 1, 3 and 6)
  7. Understand how hatchery technology varies for fin fish and shellfish and how it has formed the basis for domestication of most aquatic species that underpins large scale aquaculture production (Capability 1 and 4)
  8. Understand the role of finfish husbandry, nutrition and exercise in maintaining the aquaculture production and welfare of finfish (Capability 1 and 4)
  9. Understand the global and New Zealand status of aquaculture (Capability 1 and 4)
  10. Understand the history, current status and future directions of aquaculture in New Zealand (Capability 1, 3 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignments 40% Individual Coursework
Coursework 20% Group & Individual Coursework
Final Exam 40% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Final Exam

Key Topics

1. Global Aquaculture Issues
2. New Zealand Aquaculture
3. Hatchery Systems in Aquaculture
4. Genetics in Aquaculture
5. Fin Fish Productivity, Quality and Welfare
6. Aquaculture and the Environment

Learning Resources

All learning resources will be supplied or will be available through the University of Auckland's online library services.

Special Requirements

One of the two major assignments for this course requires a practical component that is completed at home using everyday items available to all students. Additional equipment is available on a loan basis to students.
A full day field trip is organised for a date of least disruption to class work for students taking the course.  The field trip is not compulsory but is a valuable opportunity for enhancing the learning outcomes from the course.
You may also be asked to attend a public resource consent hearing to improve your understanding of the environmental approval process used for managing aquaculture developments.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point, 700 level course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect around 2 hours of seminars every fortnight, 4 hours of reading and thinking about the course content each week, as well as around 5 hours of work on assignments and course work preparation. In addition, there is an 8 hour (one day field trip) to visit aquaculture facilities.

Other Information

An effort is made to build in some flexibility in the course content to fit around the demands and interests of students taking the course.  For example, coursework components are selected to match personal interests of students, and due dates for class assignments are negotiated with the class to best fit with competing course demands.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website at

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page:

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter (


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 12/02/2020 08:12 p.m.