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TITLE Introduction to Agriculture, Aquaculture, Fisheries and other Biological Resources

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION 1. Principles of exploitation and management of biological resources
2. Principles of Agriculture
3. Agricultural practices in Malta
4. Principles of Horticulture
5. Horticultural practices in Malta
6. Principles of Fisheries Management
7. The Fisheries industry in Malta
8. Principles of Aquaculture
9. The Aquaculture industry in Malta
10. Organic Farming
11. Organic Aquaculture


1. Site assessment
2. Visit to Aquaculture plant
3. Visit to horticultural plant
Students are informed that regular attendance to lectures, practical classes and visits is obligatory. Students will be allowed to sit for the examination and a grade may be awarded to a particular study-unit only if attendance to lectures, practical sessions and visits has been regular and if they have submitted all assignments and report as required.

Study-unit Aims:

This unit is designed to cover the biological principles governing the food production industries, that is, Fisheries and Aquaculture as well as Agriculture and Horticulture. It also covers the main methodologies used in animal and crop production and their relation with the environment with particular emphasis on the sustainability aspect.

Although the coverage is wide ranging, emphasis is also placed on local production methods and associated practices.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

Describe the principles underlying the commercial activities of Fisheries, Aquaculture, Agriculture and Horticulture;

List, describe and discuss the relevant production methods and practices;

Have first hand knowledge of the commercial activity in these sectors in Malta through field visits and other associated field work.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

Identify the main technologies, species, etc., suitable for a particular country/region;

Assess a particular site/area in terms of its suitability for developing a commercial activity in these sectors;

Carry out some basic exercises relevant to these sectors such as project design, drawing up of relevant environmental monitoring programmes, etc.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

STICKNEY, R.R. (2005) Aquaculture:An Introductory Text. CABI Publishing. ISBN 0-85199-081-9.

LUCAS, J.S. and P.C. Southgate (Ed) (2003) Aquaculture: Farming aquatic animals and plants. Fishing News Books.

STICKNEY.R.R. and McVey (2002) Responsible Marine Aquaculture. World Aquaculture Society CABI Publications. ISBN 0-85199-604-3.

IKENOUE, H. and KAFUKU, T. editors (1992) Modern methods of aquaculture in Japan. Elsevier ISBN-0-444-98665-0 (Vol 24).

BEVERIDGE, M. (1996) Cage Aquaculture. Fishing News Books, 2nd edition.

Cacaud, P. (2005) Fisheries Laws and Regulations in the Mediterranean. GFCM.

Randon, S.F. (1995) The Fishing Industry in Malta. Past, Present, Future. Publikazzjonijiet Independenza.

Cadima, E.L. (2003) Fish Stock Assessment Manual. FAO Tech Paper 393. FAO.

In view of the diverse aspects of agriculture, reading material will be suggested by the lecturers. For adequate coverage, extensive references to sources other than standard textbooks may be required. Copies of articles etc., will be provided by lecturers.

B.Sc. (Hons) 1st, 2nd and 3rd Year Study-Units or equivalent

Students are to note that they will be allowed to sit for this study-unit examination and will be awarded a grade only if they have regularly attended lectures and practical classes, if they have submitted any assignments, including practical reports and if they satisfy all other study-unit requirements.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Fieldwork

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Fieldwork No 25%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 75%

LECTURER/S Simeon Deguara (Co-ord.)
Leyla Knittweis

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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