Graduate Certificate of Science in Aquaculture Science and Technology

Courses and Study Australian courses Graduate Certificate of Science in Aquaculture Science and Technology

Training in the principles and techniques of tropical aquaculture with focus on fish, shellfish and pearls.

Campus
Townsville, External
Start dates
February, July
Duration
6 months full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus, Off campus

Career opportunities

A postgraduate qualification from JCU can enhance your career prospects, enable you to reskill and change careers completely, or develop a specialist area of expertise and personal interest.

A range of opportunities await graduates in the academia as well as in private and public sectors.

Aquaculture technicians, for instance, are involved in freshwater and marine farming, hatchery management and research into farmed species. They can be involved in research, equipment design, site development, and the harvesting, processing and shipment of products.

Graduates can also get jobs as research assistants or support staff for teaching. With a PhD, you can gain research positions (Postdoctoral, Fellowships) that are often funded for a few years or apply for permanent positions as a lecturer and researcher.

In the private and public sectors, opportunities exist in non-governmental organisations (e.g. Nature Conservation Agency), federal institutions including the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Environment Protection Authorities (EPA), to name a few.

Course overview

For more information regarding this course, please contact Associate Professor Chaoshu Zeng.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Subjects

GCertSc – Aquaculture Science and Technology Major

Major code

GCS-AST

Credit point value

12 credit points

Major Structure

Select INTERNAL or DISTANCE ED

INTERNAL

CORE SUBJECTS

AQ5003:03 Aquaculture: Propagation or AQ5006:03 Aquaculture: Principles and Practices

BZ5001:03 Quantitative Methods in Science or SC5055:03 Research and Communication Skills in the Natural Sciences

OPTIONS

Select 6 credit points (2 subjects) of specified level 5 subjects from List 1

List 1

AQ5002:03 Aquaculture: Feeds and Nutrition

AQ5003:03 Aquaculture: Propagation

AQ5004:03 Aquaculture: Stock Improvement

AQ5006:03 Aquaculture: Principles and Practices

AQ5007:03 Aquatic Animal Ecophysiology

AQ5008:03 Aquaculture: Systems Design

AQ5009:03 Aquaculture of Tropical Species

AQ5010:06 Aquaculture: Production and Evaluation Report

AQ5012:06 Aquaculture: Hatchery Techniques

SC5008:03 - Professional Placement

AQ5015:03 Sustainable Aquaculture

SC5901:03 - Special Topic 1

MI5003:03 Advanced Marine Microbiology

TV5240:03 Aquatic Pathobiology

DISTANCE ED

CORE SUBJECTS

AQ5806:03 Aquaculture: Introductory Principles and Practices

AQ5809:03 Aquaculture in the Tropics

OPTIONS

Select 6 credit points (2 subjects) of specified level 5 subjects from List 2

List 2

AQ5016:03 Aquaculture in Practice

AQ5802:03 Aquaculture: Nutrition and Feeding Practices

AQ5815:03 Sustainable Aquaculture Principles and Practices

Pathway into course

Please consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

The Diploma of Higher Education is a one-year course (or two years, part-time) designed to help people who may not meet the academic requirements for entry into a Bachelor degree course. The course is also designed to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful university students.

The Diploma consists of a combination of introductory and first year degree subjects.  Successful completion of the Diploma will give you a recognised qualification in its own right.

Graduating with the Diploma will also allow you to enter many JCU Bachelor degree programs and may give you credit, for some of the subjects you successfully complete.

Please contact pathways@jcu.edu.au if you have any questions or call Anne Chatelain (07) 47815740 in Townsville or Gabi Newman (07) 4232 1155 in Cairns.

Handbook

Graduate Certificate of Science

Course code

53911

Course type

Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree in science; or

other qualifications or professional/industry-based experience recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies as equivalent to the above.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Science, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply specialised theoretical and technical knowledge in one or more science disciplines

  • Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate knowledge from a range of sources

  • Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based laboratory and/or field experiments/practices by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools, as appropriate to one or more science disciplines

  • Organise, analyse and interpret complex scientific data using mathematical, statistical and technological skills

  • Communicate complex scientific ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences through advanced written and oral English language skills and a variety of media

  • Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex problems, especially related to tropical, rural, remote or Indigenous contexts, by applying scientific knowledge and skills with initiative and high level judgement

  • Explain and apply regulatory requirements, ethical principles and, where appropriate, cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts

  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their professional learning needs and performance, autonomously and in collaboration with others.

Course Structure

OPTIONS

Select a specialisation from Table A

TABLE A (SPECIALISATIONS)

Type of specialisation

Mandatory

Single

Credit points in major

12 credit points

Special requirements

Nil

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Aquaculture Science and Technology

Townsville

Internal

Distance Ed (online)

Fisheries Biology and Management

Townsville

Internal only

Marine Biology and Ecology

Townsville

Internal only

Natural Resource Management

Townsville

Cairns (Suspended 2017)

Internal only

Protected Area Management

Townsville

Cairns (Suspended 2017)

Internal only

Sustainability

Cairns

Part-time only

Internal only

Tropical Biology and Conservation

Cairns

Townsville

Internal only

Tropical Urban and Regional Planning

Cairns

Townsville

Internal only

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Not all majors available in Cairns

Townsville

Not all majors available in Townsville

Candidature

Expected time to complete

6 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

2 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

6 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 12 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title

Graduate Certificate of Science

Approved abbreviation

GCertSc

Inclusion of majors on testamur

The major studied shall appear on the testamur.

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate of Science are eligible for entry to the Graduate Diploma of Science, and may be granted advanced standing for all subjects completed under the Graduate Certificate.

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