Course Synopsis – Master of Science in Aquaculture


SA 6014 : Research Methodology
Credit Hours : 4 (3+1)

This course exposes students the importance of scientific analysis of empirical data and ethical reporting in science. Students will be exposed to design of experiments, sampling from populations and hypothesis testing. The common statistical techniques used in aquaculture include student t-test, multiple comparisons, data transformation, correlation, regression, and non-parametric statistics. At the end of the course, students will be able to report statistical results and practice scientific writing principles.

SA 6024 : Biosecurity and Seafood Safety
Credit Hours : 4 (3+1)

The aim of this course is to emphasize the importance of biosecurity and seafood safety. It also aims to provide students the best biosecurity management concept that can be used to develop an environmentally responsible and sustainable aquaculture. Topics covered include a food-chain perspective from chemical contaminants in farmed fish and potential impact on human health and also methods of improving fish health, quality and safety, as well as managing such issues. Students will also learn about good aquaculture practices (GAqP) in different aspects of best practice which includes local and global nature of aquaculture, roles of stakeholders, compliance issues in the authorization of new projects, and environmental, management and operational specifications that make up best practices around aquaculture.

SA 6034 : Sustainable Aquaculture
Credit Hours : 4 (4+0)

The aim of the course is to introduce students to the aquaculture sustainability issues that will include understanding and management of the industry’s ecological and socio economic aspects on a local and global scale. The course will discuss the issue of sustainability in details, including all its components, technological, environmental, social, and economic. This course will also explain the impacts of aquaculture, as well as management practices for mitigation and resilience, to enhance sustainability. At the end of the course, students are expected to have a comprehensive knowledge and understanding on the issues and impacts of aquaculture, factors affecting aquaculture sustainability, and management principles to achieve sustainability of the aquaculture industry.

SA 6223 : Special Topics in Aquaculture
Credit Hours : 3 (3+0)

This course exposes the students to the recent development and issues in aquaculture industries. Lectures on the current aquaculture technologies and issues will be given by prominent lecturers of the related subjects. Students are also required to select, digest and criticize, make a presentation and submit a report on a recently published journal that highlighting the technologies and issues. All the topics will be related to aquaculture but not limited to environmental issues, production technologies, feed and nutrition, health management, socio-economic and policy, engineering and biotechnology.

SA 6224 : Aquaculture Business Management
Credit Hours : 4 (3+1)

The aim of this course is to develop knowledge and skills that would enable students plan and run their enterprises based on sound economic principles. This includes understanding of the basic aquaculture business concept, dimension and dynamics, and production and marketing concepts, thus help identify potential business opportunities and economic benefits. The course will also describes the business planning, marketing management, financial management, capital budgeting and risk management, operation and the aquaculture farm management and human resource management. Students will also get idea of incentive schemes and government facilities to start aquaculture business, and policies and regulation for best management practices of aquaculture. At the end of the course, students would be able to develop a critical understanding of economic theories and knowledge that would be helpful to aquaculture business decision making and to develop aquaculture business plan.

SA 6243 : Fish Health Management
Credit Hours : 4 (3+1)

This course introduces students concepts regarding maintenance of health quality of cultured fish. Principles of diagnosis and proper diagnostic techniques, use of chemotherapeutants and biological control will be taught to students. Important pathogenic diseases in aquaculture caused by parasites, bacteria and virus will be highlighted. Disease due to nutritional imbalance and other disease not caused by pathogens will be discussed.

SA 6253 : Advance in Post Harvest Technology
Credit Hours : 3 (2+1)

This course emphasizes on the quality control of live and fresh fish during handling, transportation and storage with application of HACCP; physicochemical and biochemical changes. Methods of quality assessment and factor which contribute to fish spoilage; refrigeration, depuration o fish fin and shellfish; current technological development in post-harvest technology. Quality regulation related to fish and fishery products.

SA 6233 : Fish Nutrition
Credit Hours : 3 (2+1)

This course emphasize on farmed fish and shrimp nutrition, feeding regimes and behavior in relation to aquaculture. Understanding of nutrition and dietary requirements for all cultivated aquaculture species. Explore of an importance of five different nutrients such as proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Comprehensive study on the science of aquaculture nutrition and feeding concerned with these dietary nutrients to finfish and shrimp culture. Role of natural’s food organisms and the benefit of artificial diets in aquaculture systems. Feed formulation; pellets, micro-encapsulated diets, artificial planktons, etc and storage.

SA 6083 : Case Study I
Credit Hours : 3 (1+2)

The course emphasizes the writing of technical report based on current issues in aquaculture. The report writing process starts with developing a review outline that will provide the foundation for each student to complete their technical report at the end of semester. Scientific information presented in the proposal will cover latest knowledge in research, various research techniques and development as well as advanced technology in respective field. Emphasis will be given on originality and the ability to critically analyse the literature.

SA 6263 : Case Study II
Credit Hours : 3 (0+3)

The course emphasizes on writing of technical report based on current issues in aquaculture. Scientific information presented in the proposal must cover latest knowledge in research, different research techniques and development as well as advance technology in respective field. Emphasis should be given on originality and ability to do critical analysis on the literature.

SA 6043 : Advanced Fish Nutrition and Physiology
Credit Hours : 3 (2+1)

The aim of this course is to provide fundamental knowledge of nutritional biochemistry and feeding physiology in fish. This course focuses on classification, structure, importance and requirement of macro nutrients; protein, lipid and carbohydrate and micro nutrients; vitamins and mineral. It also covers nutritional energetics, including energy production, balance, retention as well as various nutrients catabolism. This course also enables students to study nutrients uptake and utilization from physiological perspective. It includes anatomy and physiology of digestive tract, digestibility, transportation, storage and mobilization of nutrients reserved. In addition, this course emphasizes on analysis of macro and micro nutrients in aquafeed and fish enzymatic response to certain ingredients. At the end of the course the students will be able to explain the differences between nutrients action as well as perform suitable nutrients analysis in-vivo and in-vitro.

SA 6063 : Open Water Aquaculture System
Credit Hours : 3 (2+1)

This course aims to expose the students to the system, engineering and technology of open water aquaculture production systems, which include Ocean Ranching, Suspended and Floating (cages, raft, net pan, surface long-line) and Submerged systems.Students will learn the design, management, operation and cost of the system for hatching and nursery, grow-up and stocking purposes. The course also covers the uses of the systems in producing fishes, shellfish, macroalgae and also other crustacean and gastropods. Challenges faced by the system in an open environment and the current issues will also be discussed in detail. In this course, the students will have their hand on the production systems for substantial amount of time. At the end of the course, students will be able to manage and operate open water production facilities for aquaculture purpose.

SA 6073 : Fish Reproductive Physiology
Credit Hours : 3 (2+1)

This course provides understanding on reproductive physiology of male and female reproductive system of vertebrate and invertebrate aquatic organism. The course focuses on the processes involved in the production of gametes and how their development is synchronizes in both sexes to achieve fertilization, the processes involved in sexual differentiation, the reproductive strategies which have been adopted in order to achieve fertilization and spawn at the most suitable times of the year. The roles of the endocrine system and signal transduction processes in controlling reproduction are examined. Topical examples of reproductive adaptations and technologies in fish and shrimp culture are considered such as hormonal manipulation, the development of gene silencing through RNA interference (RNAi) and surrogate broodstock technologies.

SA 6103 : Live Feed Technology
Credit Hours : 3 (2+1)

The aim of this course is to develop the different live feed culture technology particularly in larval rearing aspect. Phytoplankton and zooplankton will be cultured for aquatic organisms. In addition, this course emphasizes on the advance culture technology of cysts and resting eggs production of major zooplankton. Different mass production technology for live feed including photobioreactos, tank, and plastic bag will be highlighted. Advance harvesting technology and nutritional profile analysis will be performed. At the end of the course students will be able to culture and mass produced live feed based on available technology and culture practices.

Credit Hours : 3 (2+1)

This course aims to equip students with advanced theoretical and practical knowledge on how to design the major aquaculture systems and sub-systems so that students have an in-depth understanding of the system design and they can design each system by themselves. Through this course, students will learn how to compute each of the components throughout a design process of major systems – open systems, semi-closed systems, and closed systems. Students will also learn details on how to design supporting systems (sub-systems) such as water supply system, pumping station, aeration (or oxygenation) system, treatment system etc. Students will also be exposed to advanced tools such as computer software in the design process. At the end of the course, students are expected to have knowledge and skills to design aquaculture systems and support systems.

Credit Hours : 3 (3+0)

The aim of this course is to provide understanding in fish breeding and its importance in aquaculture. In this course, student will be exposed to several main topics comprises of introduction to fish breeding, advance breeding techniques including monosex production, polyploidy, androgenesis and gynogenesis. It also discusses about chromosomal genetics and concept of selective breeding, sex determination and control in fish production. In this course, student will also be exposed to concept of SFP and SPR, application of biotechnology in fish breeding, and the impact of genetic improvement programme towards wild stocks and the ecosystem. At the end of the course, student should be able to apply the knowledge in fish breeding in aquaculture seed production.