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Fundamentals for Studying Aquaculture Organisms



Course format On-site
Datum 2020-09-21 - 2020-10-16

Course Description:

The main goal of this course is for students to obtain basic knowledge and understanding of chemistry, biology and mathematics applied to aquaculture. In this context, the course covers basis of inorganic chemistry, from atoms to chemical bonds and reactions. Organic- and biochemistry is discussed, focusing on important molecules for life (for example, sugars, proteins, fatty acids) and associated chemical processes. The student will review basic cell biology and how cells work together forming organs and organisms. Introduction to the biology and anatomy of organisms. The taxonomic system will be discussed in the light of comparative anatomy and function of organisms relevant for aquaculture, from microbes to vertebrates. Throughout this course the student will gain experience in conducting necessary calculations (basic algebra), and apply those using small datasets in a spreadsheet (excel).

The course is taught over four weeks, where the first two consist of lectures and smaller student projects. In the third week a three day on campus period is planned, where students work further on calculations, give presentations, participate in discussions and take anatomy laboratory. In the final week of the course students mostly return assignments and take a final exam.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this course, the student should be able to

  • make basic calculations in the context of aquaculture
  • describe the nature of different elements (molecules, organs, …)
  • describe chemical bonds and reactions
  • explain the basics building units of life from atoms and molecules to cell, organs and organism.
  • explain most important chemical processes taking place in cells for ex photosynthesis, respiration, energy production, protein synthesis.
  • compare basic biology and anatomy of organisms relevant for aquaculture (microbes, plants, invertebrates, vertebrates)


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