BIA3004 - Aquaculture research topics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 100/100 20 minutes E

Course content

This course presents a few (3-5) selected research topics within aquaculture of salmonids in Norway. Theoretical introductions are followed by practical research work and reports within each topic. The topics may be different from year to year, but will be found within these research fields: «Technology», «Fish welfare», «Fish behaviour» and «Environmental interactions». Focus is on methods for aquaculture of salmonids in seawater, and how these methods can be improved (including methods for reducing environmental impacts). Most of the topics will be linked to the ongoing research at the Institute, and especially to the work being conducted for the Institutes’ aquaculture license. The theoretical introductions will include lectures and seminars where scientific reports/articles are discussed. Each topic will be led by a person with first-hand knowledge of the topic.

After the teoretical introductions the students will conduct practical work within each topic, and after that they will make report / give presentation on the topic. All reports/presentations for the topics must be approved, and a participation of at least 80% of other obligatory activity (field work, lab work, visits). It is possible to apply for other report/presentation to replace a topic report/presentation.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the students:

  • have a good understanding of a few selected topics within Norwegian sea-based salmonid farming.
  • have knowledge of research- and developmental work within these topics

Skills - the students:

  • are able to plan and perform practical research work
  • can work on sea-based breeding cage, based on rules and good practice

General competence - the students:

  • has the ability to report personal project work within aquaculture, oral and written
  • can discuss recent innovations within the selected topics

Learning methods and activities

Teaching is given as lectures and lab work / excursions followed by supervised work with results and reports.It is planned for full working days that are concentrated in the first half of the semester.

Each topic starts with theory and background. Practical work / exercises / labs are then carried out within each topic, and the students submit individual topic reports based on this. The reports must be in IMRoD format and must be approved. All theme reports and at least 80% of other mandatory activities (visits, lab) must be completed. Other reporting can, upon application, be approved as a substitute for a thematic report in the course.

Compulsory assignments

  • Subject report
  • Attending lab and excursions

Further on evaluation

Approved obligatory exercises is neccesary to be able to take the exam. Oral exam.

Specific conditions

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

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Aquacultural Engineering (BIHAV)
Biomarine innovation (298BMI)

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Scientific reports and/or articles will be specified within each of the topics.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Aqua Culture
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biological Sciences Ålesund


Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 100/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Oral examination 100/100 E
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.

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