Aquaculture

Organized by MAI Zaragoza
Mai Coordinators: Prof. Dr. Carmen Hernández

Aims

Aquaculture constitutes the production of food that has most grown over the past 20 years and currently is an activity consolidated able to supply the growing demand for fish products, as opposed to the stagnation of catches by fisheries from the late 80's. This development requires a continued demand of specialized professionals in the various fields of this activity: nutrition, pathology, genetics, reproduction, engineering and economics of the most representative species.

Objectives

  • To gain an insight into the scientific and technical basis of aquaculture production and the problems encountered in the sector, and to be able to provide solutions from a perspective of sustainability that respond to particular demands of the sector and can achieve safe and high quality products.
  • To be able to integrate the diverse components of aquaculture production considering the interaction between different processes, and to know how to apply the most relevant and innovative techniques and methodologies that contribute to a greater efficacy of culture processes and related research.
  • To know how to design, implement and assess production and management strategies that may increase enterprise benefits and competitiveness and satisfy consumer demands, considering the species and the technical, environmental and socio-economic factors.
  • To assume the responsibility of planning and carrying out, under the supervision of a tutor, but in a manner that must be largely autonomous, a work of initiation to research or to professional practice in aquaculture, whose results may be potentially publishable or applicable.
  • To prove knowledge of the scientific and technical information underpinning the research or professional project conducted, command of the techniques and methodologies relevant to such research or project, and capacity to objectively evaluate the significance of results and conclusions.
  • To know how to communicate the reasoning and conclusions of tutored works carried out in a group or autonomously, to develop skills in the preparation of informative and synthetic documents, and to acquire experience in the preparation and presentation of oral communications delivered and defended before an audience.

PART 1
THE MASTER OF CIHEAM - ZARAGOZA PROGRAMME

TRAINING SEQUENCE

The programme is organized in 11 Units (60 ECTS)

Unit 1
03-05 Oct. ’16    INTRODUCTION (1 ECTS)

Unit 2
06 Oct.-04 Nov. ’16    NUTRITION IN MARINE CULTURES (12 ECTS)

Unit 3
07 Nov.-02 Dec. ’16    HEALTH MANAGEMENT IN MARINE CULTURES (12 ECTS)

Unit 4
05-20 Dec. ’16    REPRODUCTION (4 ECTS)

Unit 5
15-31 Mar ’17    GENETIC IMPROVEMENT IN MARINE CULTURE (6 ECTS)

Unit 6
19-28 Apr. ‘17    ENGINEERING SYSTEMS (3 ECTS)

Unit 7
02-09 May ’17    ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT (3 ECTS)

Unit 8
30 Jan.- 24 Feb. ’17    HATCHERY TECHNIQUES (8 ECTS)

Unit 9
27 Feb.- 14 Mar. ’17    ON-GROWING TECHNIQUES (5 ECTS)

Unit 10
03-07 and 17-18 Apr. ’17    CULTURE TECHNIQUES OF SELECTED SPECIES (3 ECTS)

Unit 11
10-19 May ‘17    AQUACULTURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT (3 ECTS)


EXAMINATIONS
Participants take 1 written examination for each unit. Exams of Units 1 to 4 are held on January and those of Units 5 to 11 are held on May-June. Written exams consist of a set of questions that require a concise answer. Some of the questions are multiple choice. Lengthy questions are avoided.
Participants may retake failed exams once.

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
The working language is Spanish, therefore participants should prove knowledge of Spanish at the start of the course. From the beginning of July to the end of September IAMZ organizes an intensive course of Spanish for those who require it. In the selection of candidates, knowledge of English is nevertheless valued, as some lectures can be in English and part of the documentation distributed may be written in this language.

PART 2
THE MASTER OF SCIENCE THESIS

Supervised research work: Thesis and defence (60 ECTS)
Duration: 11 months

This part is organized in 2 Units

 

INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (30 ECTS)

The aim of this unit is to provide the prior knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to carry out a research or professional project in a particular topic in the speciality of aquaculture.

Learning outcomes:

  • To improve skills in the search for scientific and/or technical information, as well as in its selective and systematic treatment.
  • To develop criteria for defining the objectives of a particular research study or professional project.
  • To know how to plan the work in order to best achieve the objectives set and to optimise time.
  • To develop skills in the use of techniques and methodologies relevant to the execution of a research or professional project and to discern the advantages and disadvantages of each one for each particular project.
  • To know how to integrate knowledge and to learn how to analyse and contrast results or strategies.
  • To value the guidance received to plan and develop the work, fostering dialogue, criticism and capacity to work as a member of a team.
  • To develop skills for self-directed learning and autonomous work.
  • To improve the capacity of response to unforeseen situations and the ability to reorient a research or a project if need be.

MASTER THESIS (30 ECTS)

The aim of this unit is to apply previous education received throughout the Master programme to carry out original research or a professional project in the topic chosen in the previous unit, that concludes with the elaboration of a written thesis.

Learning outcomes:

  • To be able to apply previously acquainted knowledge, methods and techniques in a discerning manner.
  • To develop skills in the analysis of problems and in the definition of objectives.
  • To know how to correctly design the diverse experiments included in the research project or the different activities constituting the professional project.
  • To be competent in data collection and analysis according to a pre-established research protocol or project plan.
  • To gain experience in the analysis of results or strategies and the elaboration of conclusions that may contribute to clarify and find possible solutions to problems.
  • To develop skills in the synthesis and presentation of contents and in the preparation of scientific or technical texts.
  • To gain practice in the preparation and presentation of oral communications and in their public defence.
  • To acquire attitudes to favour exchange and collaboration with other researchers and professionals.

Research or professional work is carried out in well-recognized institutions (universities, research centres or firms), generally throughout Spain or in the participant's country of origin, under the scientific supervision of a thesis director that must be a doctor of renowned prestige. Participants choose the topic according to their interest of training, which is approved by a Committee. If the participant so requires, the organizing institutions advise on the choice of the most appropriate thesis director and institution to carry out the desired project, and likewise propose topics related to their research activities or other topics of interest previously accorded with other institutions.

The assessment of acquired competences for both units is made by an examining board composed of representatives of the organizing institutions and external members selected in each case for their expertise and prestige in the field of the research or professional work. For the first unit, this assessment is based on: (i) an oral examination by the examining board; (ii) the evaluation done by the thesis director on the performance of the candidate; and (iii) the evaluation based on the reports presented periodically by the participant, with the support of the thesis director, on the development and progress of the research or professional work. For the second unit, assessment is based on quality of the thesis and on its public presentation and defence.

Research or professional activities: most common topics for Master of Science theses

  • Effects of diet composition on nutrient efficiency, production performance and reproductive parameters
  • Control and manipulation of the reproduction system
  • Health management
  • Influence of culture environmental conditions and management techniques on yield and quality production
  • Study of technical and economic viability of the establishment of new culture site
  • Potential culture of new species