Subject description for 2019/2020

Aquaculture Practice and Principles (AK303F)

Aquaculture Practice and Principles


Course description

Understanding of the principles of water quality mangement, culture of different fish species and types, culture of invertebrates, system design and construction, essentials of nutrition, reproduction, flesh quality health and welfare and environmental impact.


No costs except semester registration fee and syllabus literature.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
The student should:

  • have a broad general knowledge and overview of aquaculture species and practices worldwide
  • possess necessary factual knowledge of the fundamental principles of aquaculture, and the basic concepts behind production planning and the issues relating to aquaculture production
  • have knowledge of the general principles of sustainability in aquaculture

The student should:

  • be able to acquire and apply technical knowledge and relevant information from research and development on practical and/or theoretical issues in aquaculture
  • have the ability to analyze textual material from the relevant scientific literature
  • be able to practice the profession in its most important applications by making informed quantitative assessments of published results from aquaculture.
  • be able to document the knowledge and work processes involved in the communication of new scientific results

General competence
The student should:

  • master the methods that are necessary to develop a production plan and basic farm design.
  • be able to communicate about the main issues, challenges and solutions seen within the field of aquaculture.
  • be able to exchange views and experiences and present evidence based opinions with others who are involved in aquaculture thereby contributing to the continued development of good research practices within aquaculture

Course type

Compulsory: MSc in Aquaculture (including part-time)

Mode of delivery

Face-to-face teaching.

Teaching activities and methods

Lectures and group work. The teaching is given in blocks, 2-3 days over 4 blocks.

Course literature

The reading list can be found in Leganto

Course evaluation

Mid-term oral evaluation with written report, electronic evaluation at the end of the semester.

Assessment and examinations

Compound evaluation (first instance 2019 autumn).
  • Oral examination, worth 0/100 of the grade (first instance 2019 autumn).
  • Take- home examination, 2 Days, worth 100/100 of the grade (first instance 2019 autumn).

Overlapping courses

AK303F-001 Aquaculture Practice and Principles - portfolio assessment - 4 study points.
AK303F-002 Aquaculture Practice and Principles - home examination - 6 study points.
AK303F-001 Aquaculture Practice and Principles - portfolio assessment - 10 study points.

Included in these studies



Course coordinator
ECTS Credits 10 Course location Bodø Faculty
Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture