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Aquaculture Nutrition AK320F


Aquaculture Nutrition AK320F

ECTS Credits 10
Level Graduate
Course type Elective: MSc in Aquaculture
Start semester Spring 2020
Year of study 1st study year
Course location Bodø
Faculty Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture
Teaching language English
Application deadline  

Course description

The following topics are covered, mainly pertaining to fish: Importance of nutrition and feeds in sustainable aquaculture. Approaches to study feed and nutrient requirements. Digestive physiology. Metabolic integration and energy utilization. Nutrient classes: functions and requirements for individual nutrients. Nutrition and health. Feed ingredients: nutrient digestibility and availability. Aquatic feeds: formulation and technology. Feeds and quality of farmed fish. Larval fish nutrition and feeding: an overview. Shellfish nutrition and feeding: an overview. Advances in aquaculture nutrition.


No tuition costs. Semester registration fee and syllabus literature.

Learning outcomes


The student should have:

  • A general understanding of the importance of feeds and feeding for sustainable aquaculture¿
  • An overview of digestive physiology and energetics; macro and micronutrient requirements of fish; larval nutrition¿
  • An insight into the influence of nutrients, feeds and additives in maintaining fish health ¿
  • A knowledge of feed ingredients, feed technology, and quality of fish as food¿
  • An awareness of the current trends in the feed industry and research priorities in aquaculture nutrition


The student should:

  • From an academic point of view become skilled in different aspects of fish nutrition including the design of nutrition experiments, formulation and preparation of experimental diets¿
  • From an industrial point of view become familiar with different types of feeds, technology related to it and feeding practices¿
  • From an environmental perspective be able to decipher ways to find sustainable resources that may be utilized as feed ingredients

General Competence

The student should:

  • Be able to make use of the knowledge acquired through this course as a background either for undertaking further studies in aquaculture nutrition or for participating in farming activities or for working in the feed industry ¿
  • Be able to competently discuss issues related to aquafeeds


KJ301F Laboratory safety (or equivalent) must be taken prior to the lab work.

Mode of delivery

Face-to-face teaching.

Teaching activities and methods

There will be four blocks of teaching during the semester. Each block extends over 2 days and includes approximately 12 hours of teaching. In addition there will be laboratory classes (of approximately 8 hours).

Course literature

The reading list can be found in Leganto
This course is built upon the foundation course AK220F Fish Nutrition and Feeding offered at the Bachelor's level or similar recognized courses. It is expected that the students have an understanding of basic biochemistry including the metabolic pathways. Information on self-study web resources on these topics will be made available in the fronter classroom prior to the commencement of the teaching.

Course evaluation

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

Exam description

Due to the Covid-19 epedemic, a number of assessments and exams at Nord University has been changed.

Changes are made in accordance with the Temporary Regulations on Supplements to Regulation 31/01/2019 no. 63: Concerning Studies and Examinations at Nord University - Extraordinary Measures as a Result of the Coronavirus Epidemic- according to §2 of the Corona Epidemic, Assessment Methods, Sections 1-3.

To meet this, the assessment form for spring 2020 for this topic is changed to composite assessment: written assignment 30/100 and oral exam 70/100. Letter Marks.

Assessment and examinations

Compound evaluation, grading scale A-E, Beste A, Ikke bestått F
  • Assignment, comprises 30/100 of the grade, grading scale A-E, Beste A, Ikke bestått F.
  • Written examination, 4 hours, comprises 70/100 of the grade, grading scale A-E, Beste A, Ikke bestått F.

Overlapping courses

AK320F-001 Aquaculture Nutrition - paper - 3 study points.
AK320F-002 Aquaculture Nutrition - written examination - 7 study points.
AK320F-001 Aquaculture Nutrition - paper - 10 study points.

Included in these studies



Nordic Master in Sustainable Production and Utilization of Marine Bioresources Master in Sustainable Production and Utilization of Marine BioresourcesMaster's degree (2 years)
Master in Biosciences in BiosciencesMaster's degree (2 years)
Master of Science in Aquaculture of Science in AquacultureMaster's degree (2 years)
Master of Science in Aquaculture, part-time programme of Science in Aquaculture, part-time programmeMaster's degree (2 years)
Master of Science in Biology and Aquaculture of Science in Biology and AquacultureMaster's degree (2 years)
Master in Biosciences in BiosciencesMaster's degree (2 years)