BI3067 - Aquaculture in the Ecosystem


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 60/100
Assignment 40/100 ALLE

Course content

It is expected a continued growth in aquaculture, both nationally and internationally. The importance of aquaculture for the production of food is likely to increase, and it will result in increasing focus on the environmental interactions of aquaculture. In Norway and Europe, most of the growth will happen in sea-based systems, and the aquaculture production must therefore be organised within the marine ecosystem without negative environmental effects. This course will provide a research-based understanding of developments in sea-based aquaculture, with a focus on environmental, technological and biological challenges that need to be resolved to ensure a sustainable development of the aquaculture sector.
The course will treat the challenges of the growth of the aquaculture sector, general marine ecology, water transport models, waste from fish farming, genetic interactions, parasite dynamics linked to fish farming, spread of diseases, introduction of alien species, artificial reef issues, coastal zone planning and new sustainable feed raw materials.
The main focus of the course will be on the sea-based aquaculture and environmental aspects related to it. However, mussel farming, cultivation of macroalgae and integrated multitrophic aquaculture (IMTA), and the importance of these within an ecological understanding of the aquaculture will be covered.

Learning outcome

Candidates will understand ecological interactions between marine aquaculture and the marine environment, including aquaculture installations, operation of seabased farms, possible genetic interactions of fish farming, spread of parasites and the use of feed resources. Candidates will gain an understanding of the principles for future sustainable aquaculture production and which bottlenecks that is critical for such development. He / she should also be able to put Norwegian aquaculture into a global situation.
Candidates should be able to describe principles for evaluating interactions between environment and aquaculture, and understanding future trends in aquaculture.
General competence:
Candidates should have good knowledge of comprehensive solutions for planning and operating sea-based aquaculture facilities. He / she must understand the dynamics of the marine ecosystem and learning forms and activities

Learning methods and activities

Lectures: 30 hours
Study report/semester assignment:10 days
Compulsory assignments:
Approved report

Compulsory assignments

  • Assignment

Further on evaluation

All assessment components included in the course must be passed. In the case of 'fail' or 'retake', only the final examination needs to be re-taken. The individual components will not be graded and assessment consists of an overall final grade.

Supplementary regulations UTF §5-6 at NTNU applicable for re-sit examinations (oral and written) in science courses are:
1. Final examination in each semester -for courses with prefix BI, IT and KJ a final examination is held during the examination period every semester.
2. New assessment incase of “fail” - please refer to the course description for details on which components of the course need to be retaken in case of re-assessment.

Exam Language: English

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Will be announced at the beginning of the course

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Biotechnology/Aqua Culture
  • Water Engineering in Fish Farming
  • Aqua Culture
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Marine Biology
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Assignment and written examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Assignment 40/100 ALLE
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination (1) 60/100 2021-05-25 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen. Please note that the exam form has changed as a preventive measure in the ongoing corona situation.

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