Certificate of Fisheries Studies

The certificate in fisheries studies is a one year course.

Admission Requirements

F5Science with average – B+ in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Maths and English.


Course Structure

Course Code: CFS
Course Name: Certificate of Fisheries Studies
Duration: 1 year
Core Units: 12 Units
Total Credit Points: 120
Campus: Ranadi

Unit CodeUnit TitlePre requisiteSemester OfferedYearCredit Point
FS511Mathematics and Computer Science*118
The Unit introduces students to the basic concepts of mathematics and computer applications in Mathematics. The Unit comprises of two components; I & II. Component I is an introduction to mathematical concepts in algebra and calculus. Component II is an introduction to basic computational methods in mathematics using mathematical and statistical packages for analysis. Students are aided to understand and appreciate the use of these packages as interface between computer applications and data manipulation, and its importance in fisheries studies, research and information dissemination. The course is designed to achieve the following outcomes: enhance students’ analytical skills; help students to appreciate the application of computers in mathematical manipulations; keep students abreast with developments in information technology and; hone students’ interest in the use of modern technology in mathematical computations.
This Unit provides students with basic concepts and knowledge in general physics. Topics covered include concepts and applications in kinematics, dynamics, gravitation, energy, momentum and heat. These topics are delivered through classroom lectures (theory) and laboratory practicals. The practicals involve laboratory experiments and report writing. The Unit is designed to give students the opportunity to develop an understanding of general physics, enhance problem solving skills and apply general physics in fisheries studies and in everyday life situations.
FS513Fishery Biology and Aquaculture1110
The Fisheries Biology and Aquaculture Unit is designed to help students learn about general concepts in fisheries biology, their importance and application in the field of aquaculture in the Pacific region and in the Solomon Islands. The Unit comprises of two parts. Part I focuses on the study of fisheries biology, while Part II builds on the introduction of general aquaculture systems. Topics covered include introduction to fisheries biology (with focus on fish population dynamics), fish biology (i.e., marine and freshwater) and aquatic plant ecology. General aquaculture presents students with topics related to marine fish and aquaculture (i.e., marine and freshwater) with plant aquaculture discussing the subjects of aquatic plants, water pollution and disease management.
FS514Food Microbiology1112
This Unit gives students the opportunity to learn about different micro-organisms found in food, as well as others used to produce food. The Food Microbiology Unit comprises of 13 topics ranging from the most conventional theories in the field, to the more recent and well developed concepts and technologies. The Unit offers a wealth of theoretical and practical knowledge relating to microbiology and chemistry designed to help students understand microbes associated with different food types and other complex food systems. This provides students the opportunity to learn about the integration between the two and be able to solve microbiological problems in food, normally encountered in everyday life.
FS515Fishing Gear Design and Method1112
This Unit offers students the opportunity to learn about the design of new fishing gears and how to improve existing ones in order to help reduce overharvesting of the fish Stock. The Unit is delivered as both theory (i.e., classroom based lecturers) and laboratory hands-on practicals. The two teaching methods run concurrently through the semester. Topics covered in the Unit include: material composition and specification of fishing gears; Fishing methods (i.e., the Purse seine method, Gill netting, Pole and line fishing, Longline, Seine nets, and the Trawl and gear method); Classification and justification of different categories of fishing gears; Effectiveness and impact of different fishing gears; and Fisher behavior and its impact on the fish stock and marine ecosystems. Students are equipped with the knowledge to identify traditional fishing gears and methods that can promote sustainable harvest and how to pre-serve such methods.
FS516Introduction to Fisheries Theories1110
The Introduction to Fisheries Theories Unit provides students basic understanding of the various areas and disciplines in fisheries studies and, most importantly, the relationship between them. The Unit consists of topics from a wide range of fisheries disciplines, including physical ocean, management, aquaculture, and fisheries economics. It is essentially an introductory Unit, capturing the four main strands in Fisheries studies. The Unit offers students the opportunity to understand fishery-related theories that provide supporting knowledge and skills of the different disciplines in Fisheries studies.
FS521Marine Ecology*2112
The Unit is primarily concerned with marine ecosystem population, taxonomy and community ecology in marine ecosystems, including hard and soft shores, mangroves, deep ocean and others. In this Unit, life histories, characteristics of populations and interactions within and among species of plants, animals and micro-organisms are discussed, to provide the basis for understanding ecological principles. Students are taken through different methods used in surveying and monitoring coral reefs. The Unit introduces students to subjects covering the complexities of various ecosystems associated with the global ocean as well as the biology of a variety of marine organisms. Contemporary issues involving complexities of organisms of marine ecosystems and human usage are discussed, including fisheries, marine protected areas, marine networks, pollution impact and climate change. A variety of subjects relating to the structure and functions of marine ecosystems and communities are also discussed in this Unit. Consideration is also given to relevant marine organism physiology. The application of these concepts to the local Pacific region marine ecosystems, especially the Solomon Islands, is a particular focus in the Unit.
FS522Introduction to Pathology & Aquatic Diseases2110
This Unit supports students to develop the capacity to become model fish farmers, researchers, and aquatic animal health professionals. Topics covered include; introduction to pathology, introduction of cultured fish, diagnosis of cultured fish, disease of cultured fish and disease prevention. The purpose is to develop students’ knowledge, understanding and skills, and to allow professionals in aquaculture to produce and promote high quality healthy seafood assessments in the Solomon Islands in particular, and the Pacific region in general.
FS523Introduction to Nutrition2110
The Introduction to Nutrition Unit, is designed to help students learn about the general concepts of nutrition, nutrient groups, including their roles and functions and how they can be applied in aquaculture development and management, with emphasis on fish feed formulation and testing. Topics covered include; introduction to nutrition and living organisms, nutritional terms, nutrient groups and requirements in fish, classifications, goals of nutritional science, feed types and management. The Nutrition and living organism component focuses on the links between fish nutrition and humans. Students will study how these links can be integrated via quality feed formulation (i.e., for fish) that may have positive impacts on human health.
FS524Seafood Science218
The Seafood Science Unit is designed to help students learn about the nutritional value of seafood, their functional properties, mechanisms of spoilage, and various attractive preservative methods that can extend the shelf life of seafood products. Topics covered provide detail descriptions of different marine species, the highly essential nutrient content, and post-harvest handling methods that ensure maximum health benefits from the nutrient content. Fundamental principles of preservation, controlling postmortem changes, microbial safety and quality maintenance are also highlighted. The Unit also offers practical laboratory sessions that simulate real situations to equip students with technical knowledge and practical skills required in food production, nutrition, and quality assurance in the seafood industry.
FS525Fishing Gear Engineering2112
The Fishing Gear Engineering Unit is structured to help learners acquire the skills needed to become professional fishing gear experts, designers, and engineers. Topics covered include; general principles of basic engineering, force vector, equilibrium of a particle, equilibrium for a rigid-body, hydrodynamics for fishing gear elements, calculations for fishing gear design and constructions, model tests of fishing gears, and selectivity of fishing gears. Students are aided to develop the relevant knowledge and skills in fishing gear Engineering, that will help them become professionals in the fishing gear built environment, and become part of the high quality construction management force in the Solomon Islands and abroad.
FS526Fisheries Economics and PoliciesCategory218
The Fisheries Economics Unit, introduces students to basic economic concepts, principles and their applications in fisheries studies. Students are introduced to the importance of economics in policy formulation, and specific policies governing the exploitation, utilization, and management of fisheries resources, as well as their conservation. The Unit includes the introduction of fundamental economic terms, concepts, and principles, together with basic models and modelling concepts in fisheries. Through case studies, students are given the opportunity to gain comparative knowledge about contemporary fisheries management approaches in the Solomon Islands and other countries in the world.