Course Synopsis – Diploma in Fisheries


Diploma in Fisheries

PROGRAM’S CORE COURSES


FIS 2001 : FISHERIES SCIENCE I
Credit Hours : 4 (3 + 1)


This course aims to introduce students to the field of fisheries science encompassing capture fisheries and aquaculture. The course also reveals the diversity of fishery resources and their habitats, fishing gears and methods of capture fisheries as well as fish culture systems and methods. It also explains the fisheries management methods that are commonly practiced as well as fisheries rules and regulations.

AQU 2201 : FISH NUTRITION I
Credit Hours : 4 (3 + 1)

This course explains to students about the relationship between mouth structure and feeding habits of fish. It will also explain the food chain including natural food and tropic level. This course will also describe basic principles of nutrition, classification, requirement and functions of nutrients for fish including nutritional related diseases. Formulation, processing and storage of fish feed and good nutritional practice will also be discussed.

AQU 2202 : WATER AND SOIL QUALITY MANAGEMENT
Credit Hours : 3 (2 + 1)


This course introduces students about the water and soil quality management for aquaculture. This course will explain water contents and their relations with water quality. Basic concept in water quality analysis; titration, solvent extract, spectrophotometry, atomic absorption spectroscopy and portable probes and sensors such as pH meter, SCT meter, hydolab and other relevant instruments will also be covered. This course will also emphasize on soil classification and their suitability for aquaculture as well as water and soil treatment though physical and chemical treatment methods.

AQU 2301 : FISH HEALTH
Credit Hours : 4 (3 + 1)


This course gives an introduction about fish health and discusses the stress factors that affect fish health. It will also give an introduction to common ectoparasites and endoparasites, bacteria and fungus that infects cultured fish. Fish disease monitoring, diagnosis methods, submission for diagnosis and fish treatment methods will also be covered in this course.

FIS 2002 : FISHERIES TECHNOLOGY INSTRUMENTATION
Credit Hours : 3 (2 + 1)


This course provides an introduction and exposure to the types of tools and techniques used in the field of fisheries. It covers the equipment for shipping, fishing and seafood safety (of fisheries). Students are also exposed to the techniques and handling of laboratory tools applied in the analysis of the management of fisheries resources, such as water quality, fish health and genetics.

FIS 2003 : FISHERIES APPLIED STATISTIC
Credit Hours : 3 (3 + 0)


This course explains the use of statistics in rekabentuk experiments usually used in the field of fisheries. Students were exposed to some of the subjects would like pengiraan purata statistics, mod, medium, variances, ranges and others use calculators and computers. Offering ways to study the data will also be taught. Various important exams such comparisons t test, z test, ANOVA, correlation and regression were also taught. At the end of this course, students will learn the use of each test for different rekabentuk and able to interpret the results of the respective data.

FIS 2101 : FISH BIOLOGY
Credit Hours : 4 (3 + 1)


This course aims to introduce students to the biology, ecology and evolution of fishes. Modern fishes and their natural habitats will also be described. The course also discusses several major aspects of fish in terms of their morphology and anatomy, diversity, functions and adaptations as well as systematic and evolution. Major groups of fishes in Malaysia will be emphasized. Besides, zoogeography and fish community ecology of the major aquatic ecosystems will also be discussed.

FIS 2102 : BIOLOGY OF AQUATIC INVERTEBRATE I
Credit Hours : 3 (2 + 1)


This course aims to provide students with fundamental biological aspects of invertebrates in aquatic environment. Several aspects including systematic and evolution, morphological characteristics, life history, nutrition and reproduction of commercially important aquatic invertebrates will be emphasized. It also provides brief outlooks of some lower invertebrates with regards to their life cycle, locomotory structures, feeding behaviours and their commercial values.

FIS 2701 : PROCESSING AND MARKETING OF FISHERIES PRODUCTS
Credit Hours : 4 (3 + 1)


This course aims to equip students with fundamental knowledge and skills in processing and marketing of fisheries products in particular uses of low value fishes turned into valuable products. Students will be learning the techniques to prepare minced fish meat, leached meat or surimi from fresh fish as well as making various fisheries products such as fishballs, fishcrackers, nugget and burger. Techniques to preserve fishes such as salting, drying, canning, freezing and chilling will also be emphasized. Besides, techniques of processing, storage, handling and packaging will also be discussed. At the end of the course, issues related to quality control and safety measures as well as marketing strategies will be discussed.

FIS 2801 : FISHERIES ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Credit Hours : 4 (4 + 0)


This course provides exposure to the students about the knowledge in the field keusahawanan.Ianya also provides an opportunity for students to apply knowledge gained from their own field masing.Kursus also intended to provide guidance to students who are interested in entrepreneurship as a career choice in the future.

FIS 2602 : FISHERIES RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
Credit Hours : 3 (3 + 0)


This course provides an introduction to the management of fisheries resources. It introduces students to the principles, theories and practices in the management of fishery resources, fishing practices and sustainable resource exploitation techniques, policies and rules and laws that applied in the management of fisheries resources. Students will gain a basic understanding of the measures of conservation and management of fishery resources. It also discusses the strategy of sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources is practiced at national and international levels.

FIS 2992 : INDUSTRIAL TRAINING
Credit Hours : 12 (0+12)


Students are required to undergo industrial training for 12 weeks in selected governmental or private agencies. During the internship, students will be supervised by both course coordinator and supervisor from the agencies. Training programs are based on the consensus between both parties. Students are required to comply to the rules and orders as given by the agencies. After the internship, students are required to prepare and submit a complete report for evaluation.

UNIVERSITY’S ELECTIVE COURSES


 

FIS 2201 : FISHERIES ECOSYSTEM
Credit Hours : 3 (2+1)


This course aims to introduce students to principles and concepts of ecosystem-based fisheries resource management. Aspects such as biosphere, ecosystem as well as the interactions between biotic and abiotics components in major fisheries ecosystems will be discussed. Besides, concepts of energy flow and productivity in fisheries ecosystems will be explained. The importance of habitat ecology and impact of pollutions to the equilibrium of ecosystem will also be discussed. Structure and biological analysis in fisheries production will also be introduced to students. At the end of the course, various aspects of fisheries ecosystem management towards sustainable fisheries will be emphasized.

FIS 2401 : RECREATIONAL FISHERIES I
Credit Hours : 3 (2 + 1)


This course aims to introduce students to the importance of recreational fisheries as one of the alternatives in fisheries resource management. Students will be exposed to the concept of recreational fisheries management as well as techniques and problems associated with this fishery. Students will also learn the unique characteristics of recreational fisheries as compared to other types of fisheries. Management of commercial fishing ponds and techniques in baits production for fishing will be discussed in the end of the course.

FIS 2601 : FISH POPULATION DYNAMIC I
Credit Hours : 3 (3 + 0)


This course will provide students with the concepts and basic elements of fish population dynamics theories. It also discusses about basic laws of population dynamics, biological principles of the fish population dynamics, basic methods and principles of forecasting, trends of changes in population structure, length-frequency distribution and uses of data to estimate the age, growth parameters, mortality and recruitment patterns of fish populations. Besides, selection of fishing gear and measurement of sex maturity, fecundity, gonadosomatic index as well as total and natural mortality will also be emphasized. Effects of capture fisheries and principles of fish population productivity will be discussed at the end of the course.

AQU 2001 : PRINCIPLE OF AQUACULTURE
Credit Hours : 3 (2 + 1)


This course gives an introduction about the history and aquaculture development. It comprises of differences between aquaculture practices, biological and economics principles in aquaculture, the needs and physical-chemistry of water, live feed culture, breeding biology and techniques in fish and shrim (natural breeding and induced breeding). The course also covers broodstock pond preparation and management, nursery and production, packaging and transportation of fish fry.

AQU 2501 : AQUACULTURE SYSTEM AND DESIGN I
Credit Hours : 3 (2 + 1)


This course introduces students to the different types and concepts of aquaculture design system that includes pond culture, cages, raceways, tanks and hatchery. Integrated farming systems, recirculating aquaculture system, live feed culture system and aquaculture supporting systems will also be discussed in this course. Students will be exposed to the procedures of aquaculture projects implementation starting from sites selection to suitable design and culture system selection.

FIS 2103 : PENGENALAN KEPADA BIOTEKNOLOGI PERIKANAN
Credit Hours : 3 (2 + 1)


Kursus ini memberikan pengenalan kepada bidang bioteknologi meliputi prinsip-prinsip bioteknologi dan perkembangan bioteknologi dalam bidang perikanan. Kursus ini menerangkan tentang aplikasi bioteknologi dalam pengkelasan taksonomi, kajian populasi dan pengurusan sumber perikanan. Ia juga menerangkan mengenai aplikasi bioteknologi dalam pengenalpastian kompaun bioaktif daripada organisma akuatik. Kursus ini juga membincangkan tentang isu-isu semasa dan perkembangan terkini dalam bioteknologi perikanan.

AQU2203 : TEKNIK PEMBIAKBAKAAN IKAN
Credit Hours : 3 (2 + 1)


Kursus ini memberikan pengetahuan mengenai teknik-teknik utama dalam pembiakbakaan ikan yang terdiri daripada penghibridan, kacukan silang dan penghasilan monoseks. Ia menerangkan dengan terperinci setiap teknik pembiakan dan kaedah untuk melaksanakan pembiakan tersebut serta kaedah untuk menilai kejayaan setiap teknik pembiakan yang dilakukan. Ia juga menerangkan tentang kepentingan dan aplikasi setiap teknik pembiakan di dalam akuakultur serta membincangkan perkembangan terkini di dalam teknik pembiakan ikan.

FIS 2104 : FISHERY MICROBIOLOGY
Credit Hours : 3 (2 + 1)


This course discusses the scope and history of microbiology, as well as the use of microscopy in observing the diversity of structure and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. This course focuses on microorganisms in the aquatic environment, the interaction between microorganisms and aquatic life, water-borne diseases and methods of controlling microorganisms use chemical agents, physical and wastewater treatment sludge. Methods of culturing and isolation of microorganisms using aseptic technique in the laboratory are emphasized.

MNS 2201 : OCEANIC PRINCIPLES AND NAVIGATION
Credit Hours : 3 (2 + 1)


This course explains the ropes, cables and skills to make a bundle, ‘splice’ and wiring. Make calculations on the strength of the rope to anchor items. Distinguish the types of ships, engines, design and function of the vessel. Anchoring process, send and receive Morse code using audio and visual. Read and identify the flag alphabet for visual communication.

UNIVERSITY’S CORE COURSES


BBB2000 : ENGLISH FOR COMMUNICATION 1
Credit Hours : 3


This course is designed for students with limited English language proficiency. It provides the students with a variety of real-life situations which enable them to communicate their thoughts, opinions, feelings and queries. A variety of reading passages and dialogues are utilized to increase students’ language input while numerous written works are assigned to improve their language output. Relevant grammatical structures including correct use of sentence structures and vocabulary are systematically presented and practiced throughout the course.

CSC2100 : SISTEM KOMPUTER DAN APLIKASI
Credit Hours : 3


This course introduces students to the basic digital technology which covers the latest technology of hardware and software. The course also provides the knowledge of software packages and their applications in problem solving.

COM2100 : PENULISAN DAN PENYAMPAIAN UCAPAN
Credit Hours : 3


Kursus ini bertujuan untuk melatih para pelajar mempersiapkan diri dengan kemahiran menyediakan dan menyampaikan pengucapan awam. Kursus ini merupakan satu pengenalan kepada prinsip-prinsip pengucapan awam, penyelidikan dan pencarian bahan ucapan serta penyediaan ucapan. Ia juga merangkumi jenis-jenis ucapan seperti ucapan tanpa diduga, ucapan informatif, taklimat, ucapan memujuk dan ucapan di dalam krisis. Pelajar juga didedahkan kepada pelbagai kemahiran seperti latihan memberi taklimat, menyampaikan ucapan dan mengkritik ucapan. Selain itu, para pelajar juga diajar penggunaan vokal dan komponen bukan verbal di dalam pengucapan. Penekanan juga diberikan kepada kemahiran mendengar, etika dan kredibiliti.

NCC2002 : KENEGARAAN MALAYSIA
Credit Hours : 3


Kursus ini menekankan pengajian tentang hal-ehwal negara Malaysia. Ia bermula dengan latar belakang sejarah awal negara sehingga penubuhan persekutuan Malaysia. Ia juga membincangkan beberapa aspek berkaitan sistem dan struktur pentadbiran di Malaysia termasuklah sistem demokrasi berparlimen, Perlembagaan Malaysia dan Rukun Negara sebagai ideologi kebangsaan. Dasar-dasar utama negara seperti Dasar Pembangunan Negara, Dasar Luar Negara dan Wawasan 2020 juga turut dibincangkan.

NCC2000 : TAMADUN ISLAM DAN TAMADUN ASIA
Credit Hours : 2


Kursus ini bermula dengan pengenalan ilmu ketamadunan, interaksi antara pelbagai tamadun (Melayu, Cina, India dan Islam) dalam Tamadun Melayu serta peranannya dalam pembinaan Tamadun Malaysia. Kursus ini turut membincangkan isu-isu kontemporari Tamadun Islam, Tamadun Asia dan juga Islam Hadhari serta pendekatannya dalam proses pembangunan negara.

NCC2001 : HUBUNGAN ETNIK
Credit Hours : 2


Kursus ini memfokuskan perbincangan berkenaan konsep-konsep asas budaya dan hubungan etnik serta meneliti sejarah dan perkembangan hubungan etnik di Malaysia. Ia bertujuan mewujudkan masyarakat Malaysia yang bersatu padu menurut acuan Malaysia dan hubung jalin antara wilayah ASEAN. Di akhir kursus, pelajar dapat memahami dan menangani cabaran global dalam hubungan budaya dan etnik di Malaysia.