Ichthyology and Fisheries Science Honours
The Honours degree the Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science (DIFS) offers is aimed to produce free-thinking and critical young scientists capable of performing independent research.
The Honours course is comprised of advanced studies in data analysis, evolution and systematics, speciation, biodiversity, fish biology and ecology, conservation, stock assessment and quantitative fisheries resource management, fisheries oceanography, aquaculture and an advanced course in scientific writing. There are two field excursions, the first to gain insight and practical experience in field sampling techniques and the second to obtain insight into operational aquaculture ventures. Students are required to design a production facility and prepare a business plan for a hypothetical aquaculture venture. A major research project is undertaken through the year, and a report submitted for the final examination, in a form suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The course is run on the basis of lectures, tutorials, seminars and extended essays. The examination consists of three theory papers, a practical examination, an oral examination and the project report. Practical and theoretical work done during the year count towards the final mark.