Course Content and Outcome Guide
Course Number: AQS 110
Course Title: Aquarium Science Practicum 1
Credit Hours: 2
Introduces aquatic animal husbandry work environment and the care of captive aquatic animals. Emphasizes daily animal care and exhibit readiness.
Intended Outcomes for Course
- Prepare food for the animal collection and clean animal collection areas to industry standards.
- Assist with opening and closing procedures at the aquatic facility.
- Culture, harvest, and distribute live food organisms to the animal collection.
- Interpret exhibits and aquatic animal work areas to facility patrons in a positive and informative manner.
- Identify fishes and invertebrate behaviors.
- Design and implement a fish transport strategy.
Course Activities and Design
The format for this course is a combination of off-campus experiential learning, lecture, and demonstration experience. Emphasis will be placed on the skills needed for performing normal job duties in a variety of fields related to the aquarium sciences, including scientific research, aquaculture, and educational display. Lectures will concentrate on higher-level skills related to aquarium sciences including, but not limited to; specimen collection, mathematics, specimen transportation and acclimation, and workplace philosophy.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Off campus time spent with professional mentors developing husbandry skills as well as professional workplace personal interaction and task performance.
- Employee-style evaluations twice per term evaluate student performance at off-campus practicum site and growth throughout the term.
- In class exams to evaluate learning of higher level skills presented in lectures.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Day to day reality of aquarist work in a variety of different fields and settings
- Professional networking within the aquarium science field.
- Higher level mathematics including medical dosing and algebraic manipulation of equations.
- Safe operation and troubleshooting of aquarium systems
- Career opportunities available within the aquarium science industry
- Professional philosophies of successful employees within the aquarium science industry.
- Cleaning and care of exhibits or enclosures.
- Disinfection procedures and proper food handling.
- Diet preparation and animal feeding.
- Typical opening and closing procedures.
- Observation and documentation of different animal behaviors.
- Proper live animal and/or animal specimen handling.
- Verbal interpretation of exhibits or projects.
- Importance of dependability in the workplace.
- Balancing of budget and husbandry concerns.
- Managing, multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment.
- Goal setting and achievement in a professional environment.
- Fish and Invertebrate handling/transport.
- Diet planning, preparation, and delivery.
- Maintenance of assigned systems with limited direct supervision.
- Performance of husbandry tasks with limited supervision.
- Record and verbally recount work performed.
- Calculation of proper medical dosing through algebraic mathematics.