Courses-Level-1G

Course units effective from June, 2018 to date

Course Code

Course title

Lectures (hrs)

Practical & Field work (hrs)

Credit value

LEVEL 1G

FIS101G2

Principles of Fisheries

30

2

FIS102G2

Fish Evolution and Diversity

20

24

2

FIS103G2

Marine & Coastal Environment and Oceanography

20

24

2

FIS104G2

Introductory Aquaculture

20

24

2

FIS105G2

Ornamental Fish / Plant Culture and Fish Feeds

20

24

2

Sub Total – Level 1G

 

 

10

Level

1

Course Title

Principles of Fisheries

Course Code

FIS 101G2

Credit Value

2

Hourly Breakdown

Theory

Practical

Independent Learning

30

—-

70

Objectives:

·      Provide the fundamental knowledge on principles of fisheries

·      Introduce the impacts of fisheries on fish populations

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO):

·      List the components of fishery

·      Outline the general knowledge on fish biology

·      Define the fundamental terms in Fisheries Science

·      Explain direct and indirect impacts of fisheries on fish populations and exploited food-webs

·      Discuss the important aspects related to Fisheries Science

·      Analyze the fish productivity and trend of fish production in World and Sri Lanka

Course Contents:

Component of Fisheries: Fish, Fishermen, Fishery. Fish and Fishes; Principle of Fish biology, Life Cycle of a fish. Fishing crafts and gears; Traditional, motorized and mechanized fisheries according to major gears. Classification of Fisheries. Overview of aquatic resources of the world and Sri Lanka. Potential of Aquatic resources; Major riverine and estuarine systems; Major brackish water lakes and their fisheries; Fisheries of major reservoirs. Potential of the Sri Lanka’s EEZ. Classification and definition of fishery zones and fishery resources of world. The concept of population and unit stock. Biological structure of fisheries resource in space and time. Indicators of dynamics in a fishery resource. Data requirements for stock assessment. Principles of stock assessment.

Teaching and Learning Methods:

Lecture presentation, Group activity, Recitation oral questions, Class projects, Tutorial discussion, Problem solving sessions

 

Assessment Strategy:

                        In – course assessment/s :                                                                                30%

                        End of Course Examination of two hours duration                                    70%

                        (Expected to answer four out of six questions)

 

 

References:

·   Handbook of Fish Biology and Fisheries, Paul J.B.H. and John D. R., 2004. Blackwell publishing.

Level

1

Course Title

Fish Evolution and Diversity

Course Code

FIS102G2

Credit Value

Hourly Breakdown

Theory

Practical

Independent Learning

20

24

54

Objectives:

  • Provide information on systematics, anatomy and morphology of fish
  • Familiarize with the evolutionary origins of finfishes

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO):

·         Explain the origin of fish with geological time scale

·         Examine fish species through observation and description in order to classify the fishes

·         Compare and contrast the anatomical and morphological diversity among fishes

·         Survey the diversity of biological adaptations of fossil fishes

·         Evaluate the evolutionary adaptations of commercially important bony fishes

·         Support the adaptations found in fishes to survive in different habitats

Course Contents:

Origin and evolution of fishes, Pre Devonian origin of fish, Devonian, Post Devonian, Geologic time scale, Systematics, Anatomy and Morphology, Diversity in structure and habit of fish and their adaptations; Evolutionary adaptations of commercially important bony fishes; Fossil records; Cartilaginous and bony fishes; Main features of pelagic, mid-water and deep sea fishes and their adaptations.

Teaching and Learning Methods:

Lecture presentation, Group activity, Recitation oral questions, Class projects, Tutorial discussion, Problem solving sessions and computer labs.

Assessment Strategy:

            Theory:           

In – course assessment/s:                                                                               30%

                         End of Course Examination of two hours duration                                    70%

                        (Expected to answer four out of six questions)     

             Practical/ Field work: 

In – course assessment/s:                                                                                 

Spot exam /Recording / Field Report / Field assessment                                30%

                         End Course Examination of two hours duration                                        70%

 

Overall mark for the unit =   (3MT + 2MP)/ 5 Where MT and MP are the marks scored for theory and practical / field work respectively.

References:

  • The diversity of fishes, Helfman, G. 2010., Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Fishes of the World, Nelson, J. 2016., 5th Edition. John Wiley & Sons.

Level

1

Course Title

Marine and Coastal Environment and Oceanography

Course Code

FIS103G2

Credit Value

2

Hourly Breakdown

Theory

Practical

Independent Learning

20

24

54

Objectives:

  • Introduce the fundamental knowledge on components of marine ecosystem with physical and chemical process
  • Know oceanographic concepts related to fisheries
  • Impart skills to operate oceanographic equipment

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO):

  • Define and explain the components of marine ecosystem
  • Analyze the physico-chemical parameters of the marine environment in the field visit
  • Discuss the major source of marine pollution
  • Compile the knowledge on distribution of environmental parameters 
  • Elaborate ecological changes in oceanic environment

·         Test the environmental conditions

Course Contents:

Origin and history of the ocean; Marine ecosystems; Classification and Zonation; Submarine geomorphology; Physical, chemical and biological properties of sea water; Sampling and sampling equipment; Methods and instrumentation; Marine communities; Collection, identification and preservation techniques; Major sources of pollution; Pollution of coastal and marine water bodies; Up-welling and productivity in sea ; Water currents and fish movements; Thermocline and fish distribution; Temperature and salinity distribution; Sea Surface Temperature and Chlorophyll distribution; Lagoons and estuaries and their classification; Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs)

Teaching and Learning Methods:

Lecture presentation, Laboratory experiment, Field work, Group activity, tutorial discussion, spot exam, recording

Assessment Strategy:

                        Theory:                                                                                   

In – course assessment/s:                                                                    30%

                         End of Course Examination of two hours duration                         70%

                        (Expected to answer four out of six questions)                                          

             Practical/ Field work: 

In – course assessment/s:                                                                                 

Spot exam /Recording / Field Report / Field assessment                      30%

                         End Course Examination of two hours duration                               70%

Overall mark for the unit =   (3MT + 2MP)/ 5 Where MT and MP are the marks scored for theory and practical / field work respectively.

References:

  • Essentials of Oceanography, Alan P. T. and Harold, V. T. 2007. Prentice Hall.
  • Coastal Environments and Global Change, Gerd, M. and Roland G. 2014. Wiley.

Semester

1

Course Title:

Introductory Aquaculture

Course Code:

FIS104G2

Credit Value:

2

Hourly Breakdown

 

Theory

Practical

Independent Learning

20

24

54

Objectives:

·      Impart basic knowledge in aquaculture production systems

·      Introduce the design, construct, operate and maintain aquaculture facilities

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO):

·      Recall the cultivable species and their biology

·      Define and explain the principles of aquaculture

·      Categorize the types of aquaculture practices

·      Explain different techniques involved in aquaculture practices

·      Appraise best management practices in aquaculture

·      Design an eco-friendly aquaculture in selected site

Course Contents:

Role of aquaculture in sustaining food security and livelihoods; Types of aquaculture practices; History and status of aquaculture in the world; Asian region and Sri Lanka;  Aquaculture resources; Culturable indigenous and exotic species;  Pond culture; Water quality parameters in aquaculture; Site selection; Selection of species; Control of  pests and predators; Culture of some important invertebrates for fish food – blood worms, artemia, moina etc.;  Harvesting techniques; Hatchery and transport techniques; Best Management Practices (BMPs) in aquaculture; Fattening of commercially important species; Culturing marine animals in pens and cages; Integrated farming; Sea ranching; Culturing aquatic animals in ponds; Aquaculture and environment; Inland fisheries enhancement; Culture based fisheries

Teaching and Learning Methods:

Lecture presentation, Field work, Laboratory experiment, Group activity, spot exam, problem solving, tutorial discussion

Assessment Strategy:

                        Theory:                                                                                   

In – course assessment/s:                                                                    30%

                         End of Course Examination of two hours duration                         70%

                        (Expected to answer four out of six questions)                                          

             Practical/ Field work: 

In – course assessment/s:                                                                                 

Spot exam /Recording / Field Report / Field assessment                     30%

                         End Course Examination of two hours duration                              70%

Overall mark for the unit =   (3MT + 2MP)/ 5 Where MT and MP are the marks scored for theory and practical / field work respectively.

Reference:

·         Aquaculture: An Introductory, Robert R. S. 2017. CABI

Semester

1

Course Title:

Ornamental fish / plant culture and fish feeds

Course Code:

FIS 105G2

Credit Value:

2

Hourly Breakdown

Theory

Practical

Independent Learning

20

24

54

Objectives:

  • Introduce various techniques of ornamental fish and plant culture
  • Create basic understanding on the nutritional requirements of fish/shellfish
  • Introduce the fish feed manufacture

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO):

·     Name ornamental fish species and plants

·     Demonstrate culture techniques for ornamental fish and plants by observing an ideal farm in Sri Lanka

·     Recognize ornamental fishery resources and industry in Sri Lanka

·     Distinguish the techniques involved in ornamental fish or plant culture

·     Organize the methods for formulation of feed for culture of fish

·     Plan the techniques involved in processing and storing of fish

Course Contents:

Present status of world ornamental fish industry; Sri Lankan ornamental fish industry;  Important species of ornamental fishes; aquatic plants; Design and construction of an aquarium; Propagation of aquarium plants; Culture techniques and tissue culture; Soft coral propagation; Export and import requirement; Acclimatization, packing and transport; Chemical composition and nutritive value of fish and shell fish types;  Feed formulation and analysis; Processing and storing of fish; Evaluation and standardization of diets;  Live feeds;  Artificial feeds and their preparation techniques; Feeding regimes; Feed stimulants.

Teaching and Learning Methods:

Lecture presentation, Group activity, tutorial discussion, industrial visit, panel discussion, presentation, viva

Assessment Strategy:

                        Theory:                                                                                   

In – course assessment/s:                                                                    30%

                         End of Course Examination of two hours duration                         70%

                        (Expected to answer four out of six questions)                                          

             Practical/ Field work: 

In – course assessment/s:                                                                                 

Spot exam /Recording / Field Report / Field assessment                            30%

                         End Course Examination of two hours duration                                    70%

Overall mark for the unit =   (3MT + 2MP)/ 5 Where MT and MP are the marks scored for theory and practical / field work respectively.

References:

·         Ornamental Fish Culture and Aquarium Management, A D. Dholakia, 2010. Daya Publishing House