Course Outline

ENS371 Sustainable Aquaculture

Course Coordinator:Nicholas Paul ( School:School of Science, Technology and Engineering

2024Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


Aquaculture is a global, interconnected and rapidly expanding industry transforming regional economies, removing pressure on fisheries and solving environmental issues. In this course, you will apply theoretical and practical knowledge of aquaculture to interpret trends and future scenarios relating to the economic, environmental and social sustainability of the industry in Australia and overseas. Developing and pitching a research proposal for your discipline that investigates a sustainability problem or opportunity builds useful skills for your future career.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Asynchronous Learning Material 1hr Week 1 13 times
Laboratory 1 – On campus Laboratory (Week 2 - computer, Week 4 - wet, Week 6 – wet) 3hrs Week 2 3 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On Campus Tutorial (Week 1, Week 3, Week 5, Week 7-11) 2hrs Week 1 8 times
Tutorial/Workshop 2 – On Campus Workshop 3hrs Week 13 Once Only

Course Topics

Global trends in aquaculture; Key aquaculture species in Australia and Queensland; Production constraints and opportunities; Water Quality; Environmental and economic impacts; Integrated aquaculture and restoration; Seafood marketing and certification; Social and livelihood impacts; Entrepreneurship and commercialisation; Crowd funding and community engagement; Pitching to fund research for a sustainable future

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Education for Sustainable Development Goals
1 Demonstrate and apply theoretical and practical knowledge to interpret local through to global sustainability trends in aquaculture Knowledgeable
14, 14.1.2, 14.1.5, 14.2.4, 14.2.5, 14.3.1, 14.3.3
2 Develop a research pitch for an aquaculture opportunity by: • reviewing literature and scanning current trends • justifying your pitch in terms of potential benefit Creative and critical thinker
8.1.5, 9.1.5, 9.2.1, 9.2.3, 9.3.3, 9.3.4, 14.2.3
3 Effectively communicate in writing (pitch outline, research proposal, laboratory reports) and orally (research pitch) Knowledgeable
8, 9, 12, 14, 14.1.2, 14.1.5, 14.2.1, 14.2.3, 14.3.1

* Competencies by Professional Body

Education for Sustainable Development Goals
8.1.5 The learner understands how innovation, entrepreneurship and new job creation can contribute to decent work and a sustainability-driven economy and to the decoupling of economic growth from the impacts of natural hazards and environmental degradation.
8 Decent Work and Economic Growth: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
9.1.5 The learner is aware of new opportunities and markets for sustainability innovation, resilient infrastructure and industrial development.
9.2.1 The learner is able to argue for sustainable, resilient and inclusive infrastructure in their local area.
9.2.3 The learner is able to find collaborators to develop sustainable and contextual industries that respond to our shifting challenges and also to reach new markets.
9.3.3 The learner is able to innovate and develop sustainable enterprises to respond to their countries’ industrial needs.
9.3.4 The learner is able to access financial services such as loans or microfinance to support their own enterprises.
9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure: Build infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
12 Responsible Consumption and Production: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
14 Life below Water: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
14.1.2 The learner understands the connection of many people to the sea and the life it holds, including the sea’s role as a provider of food, jobs and exciting opportunities.
14.1.5 The learner knows about opportunities for the sustainable use of living marine resources.
14.2.4 The learner is able to reflect on their own dietary needs and question whether their dietary habits make sustainable use of limited resources of seafood.
14.2.5 The learner is able to empathize with people whose livelihoods are affected by changing fishing practices.
14.3.1 The learner is able to research their country’s dependence on the sea.
14.3.3 The learner is able to identify, access and buy sustainably harvested marine life, e.g. ecolabel certified products.
14.2.3 The learner is able to influence groups that engage in unsustainable production and consumption of ocean products.
14.2.1 The learner is able to argue for sustainable fishing practices.

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Not applicable


Not applicable



Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

This course applies skills and knowledge you have acquired during your first and second years to the multidisciplinary context of aquaculture, covering production, business, social and environmental aspects. While it does not assume prior knowledge of aquaculture, or seafood more generally, the course contains graduate level assessment and is normally taken in the third year of study. You will be expected to have the ability to work independently, communicate effectively, work collaboratively in laboratories and tutorials, generate and interpret data, and manage your time effectively

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Verbal feedback to individuals and class will be provided about academic progress throughout the course. Class feedback will be provided on laboratory reports, including those early in the semester. Written feedback to individuals will be provided on the pitch outline (Assessment 1a) which should then be incorporated into the research proposal (Assessment 1b) and oral pitch (Assessment 2).

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1a Written Piece Individual 5%
Two pages (about 500-750 words excluding references)
Week 4 Online Submission
All 1b Written Piece Individual 25%
2500 words (excluding references)
Week 12 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Oral Individual 25%
10 minutes [3 minutes oral presentation approx. 7 minutes of Q&A]
Week 13 In Class
All 3 Report Individual 45%
3 pages per laboratory report; 2 pages per discussion report
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Online Submission
All - Assessment Task 1a:Research pitch proposal
This task will develop your creativity and communication of sustainable aquaculture
Product: Written Piece
Following the steps in Canvas, you will create a written proposal for your pitch in two stages. Each stage will be assessed. 

For your outline (stage 1) you will generate a two-page written piece covering the:
•	Brief background to your topic of interest 
•	Statement of current problem or opportunity 
•	Research question with the overarching approach you will use 
•	Anticipated outputs and potential impact of the research
•	Budget and timeframe with key items that you would spend your budget on (up to $50,000)
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Quality of the written text and structure of the report. 
Depth and logical development of the idea and its sustainability context. 
Incorporation and quality of data and references. 
Incorporation and quality of figures and tables.
1 2 3
All - Assessment Task 1b:Research pitch proposal
This task will develop your creativity and communication of sustainable aquaculture
Product: Written Piece
Following the steps in Canvas, you will create a written proposal for your pitch in two stages. Each stage will be assessed. 
For your full proposal, you will use the feedback from the outline to provide a written piece of up to 2500 words. This written piece serves as a foundation for your oral presentation (Assessment 2). The full proposal will cover the same headings as the outline but expand on the following items:
•	literature review in the background information and data on the size of the opportunity (economic, social or environmental)
•	identify competitors or alternatives for the topic
•	expand on the methods of research that you are proposing including a flow diagram
•	identify a “best case scenario” for the impact of your work
•	justify your budget items and timeline for activities in the table format provided
No. Learning Outcome assessed
see task 1a
1 2 3
All - Assessment Task 2:Oral Presentation of research pitch proposal
To “pitch” your research proposal to peers
Product: Oral
Submit: Last two weeks of semester. 
Your oral presentation is to be 10 minutes duration: 3 minutes of speaking about your research grant proposal and approximately 7 minutes for questions from the audience. Follow the format of the sections of the written piece when preparing a sequence of PowerPoint slides (the “pitch deck”).
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrate knowledge of your topic by reviewing the literature and identifying a significant opportunity in sustainable aquaculture
Design a research project to investigate an problem (research question, methods, budget & timeline, potential impact)
Communicate your research proposal in the form of an oral PowerPoint presentation (structure & content: relevance, use of terminology; delivery: clarity of slides, audibility & body language, timing, response to audience questions)
All - Assessment Task 3:Short Reports
To demonstrate and apply theoretical and practical knowledge of aquaculture to interpret laboratory activities and sustainability discussion
Product: Report
Submit: After each laboratory and after each discussion topic (6 in total). Each report is to follow the template of question and answers provided. Each laboratory report is approximately three pages and will be 3 in total for wet laboratories and computer laboratories (10% each). Include results or graphs where appropriate. Each discussion report is approximately two pages and will be 3 in total (5% each).
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrate and apply theoretical and practical knowledge to interpret laboratory activities
Communicate in writing in the form of laboratory reports (structure, English expression, presentation of results/diagrams/graphs etc)

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements


How are risks managed in this course?

Risk assessments have been performed for all laboratory classes and a moderate level of health and safety risk exists. Moderate risks are those associated with laboratory work such as working with chemicals and hazardous substances. You will be required to undertake laboratory induction training and it is also your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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