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Course unit
SCO2043943, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IF0360, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge GEROLAMO XICCATO AGR/20

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/20 Animal Husbandry 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Laboratory 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
TROCINO ANGELA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge (bacelor degree) of chemistry and biochemistry, animal biology, anatomy and physiology of aquatic species. It is suggested to have previously taken the exam of Production, Inspection and quality of farmed organism.
Target skills and knowledge: In the first part of the course, the student will get theoretical and practical skills on fish and crustaceous nutrition and feeding; the technics of feed formulation and preparation; the plants and equipment for inland and marine extensive and intensive aquaculture.
In the second part of the course, the morphology, habitat and needs of the main species of cultivated fish, crustaceous and mollusks are proposed and the main techniques of reproduction, rearing and feeding of these species are described.
These theoretical and professional competencies will be acquired with the frequency of classroom lessons, seminars, guided tours to intensive and extensive aquaculture facilities, and laboratory experiences on chemical and nutritional analyses of fish diets and feed formulation exercises.
Examination methods: Written exam (multiple choice, open answers and exercises).
Working students can ask to be examined in oral form in order to evaluate their knowledge and competencies obtained with teaching methods different from frontal lessons, laboratory experiences and technical visits to fish farms (i.e. study of books and multi-medial documents, discussion of working experiences).
During the lesson period, if they like and individually, students can select one argument (presented or not by the teacher) concerning fishery and aquaculture activities or a cultured fish species and present to the other students a 15 min powerpoint presentation. Both slides and oral presentation will be in English. The technical contents and the quality of presentation will be evaluated and will concur to the final score of the exam.
Assessment criteria: Students will have to demonstrate theorical knowledge and practical skills as well as the capability of critically analysing and solving problems of management in the aquaculture chain with emphasis on the control and management of aquatic environment, feed formulation and extensive and intensive rearing techniques.
Course unit contents: CFU no. 1. Metabolism and nutritive requirements of energy, protein and amino acids, lipids and fatty acids, minerals and vitamins.
CFU no. 2. Feed distribution and rationing of fish. Raw materials utilised for feeding farmed species. Formulation of compound feeds. Basic technology of industrial fish and crustaceous feed preparation.
CFU no. 3. Systems and equipments for water distribution and treatment (decantation, filtration, depuration, oxygenation), fish rearing and feeding. In-land plants and marine cages.
CFU no. 4. Techniques of extensive aquaculture. Characteristics and management of fish valley and reared species. Integrated valliculture. Reproduction and larval and juvenile feeding and rearing in hatchery.
CFU no. 5. Intensive rearing techniques of fish (European seabass, gilthead seabream, trout, eel, carp, sturgeon).
CFU no. 6. Intensive rearing techniques of shellfish (Manila clam, mussel) and crustaceous (Kuruma prawn).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The module will consist of whole class teaching, including seminars held by Italian or foreign teachers, which will provide students with theoretical knowledge and main instruments to get skills in the organization of aquaculture chain, in the control and management of aquaculture plant and equipments, in the basic knowledge of nutrient metabolism and digestive physiology, in the rearing and feeding systems of the principal farmed species, in the quality and nutritive characterization of fish diets.
The practical activities will consist of classroom exercises for calculations of energy and protein requirements; fish farm dimensioning; presentation of slides and movies of model farms and equipments; guided tours to model fish farms (hatchery, extensive fish valley, intensive fish plants) to analyse in field the rearing techniques and problems of fish farms besides understanding their economical and productive dimension; laboratory activities for the evaluation of nutritional and technological quality of feeds for aquatic species.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The teaching material used during lessons (Powerpoint presentations) is available as pdf for students on the Moodle platform of the Biology Department at the address:
Further technical and scientific articols and multi-medial documents, as well as links to websites for subject studies, photo and video of technical visits, powerpoint presentations by the students, will be available on the same platform.
Students are strongly recommended to attend all lessons.
To obtain more information or arrange an appointment, please contact the teacher (
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)