Having successfully completed the AquaH programme, the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge on, and to apply the following subject specific competencies:
1. Possess a broad knowledge at an advanced level in essential disciplines underpinning health management in aquaculture (immunology, applied microbiology, virology...)
2. Integrate knowledge of fish and shellfish (micro)-biology, immunology, genetics and (viral) diseases in the use of aquatic organisms in aquatic production systems.
3. Design and implement strategies for innovative health management in aquaculture
4. Design a research plan in which the problem definition, hypothesis, research objectives and research questions are described in relation to relevant literature.
5. Acquire a scientific approach to formulate and test hypotheses to design research protocols, and to collect and analyse data
6. Discuss and defend their viewpoints and conclusions in a professional and academically correct way
7. Acknowledge and endorse ethical issues in science research
8. Understand the ethical issues of animal production and experimentation
9. Interact with peers, with various stakeholders in the aquaculture sector, and with the other societal stakkeholders concerning personal research, thoughts, ideas, and research proposals, both written and orally.
Specific competencies for the learning path ‘Ecosystems and Health’ (NTNU):
· Understand how infectious diseases develop and spread in populations, as well as general principles and measures to prevent the introduction and further spread of infectious agents
· Evaluate the consequences of technological, ecological, economic and social aspects of how the environment and the ecosystem affect fish health, welfare and environmental issues from larval to adult stages of fish on marine fish farming and aquaculture
Specific competencies for the learning path ‘Disease prevention management and Health’ (WU):
· Design ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable production systems of fish and other marine organisms in a global perspective in circular aquaculture systems
· To evaluate critically with knowledge of the influences of nutrition on health and feed improvement disease resistance, which strategy needs developing to activate the immune system and use innovative tools such as generation vaccines.
Specific competencies for the learning path ‘Physiology and Health’ (UAB/UB):
· Understand underlying processes of stress response, the innate and adaptive mechanisms of immune defences, the regulatory systems involved, infections patho-physiological responses in aquatic organisms
· Understand how to influence physiological mechanisms and use that knowledge to develop tools improving health of fish and shellfish.
TRANSFERABLE AND GENERIC SKILLS
Having successfully completed the AquaH programme, the student will master the following transferable and soft skills:
1. Read, use and reference published work of others, in an appropriate manner
2. Find and critically use online information as a means of communication, and as a source of information
3. Collaborate in an interdisciplinary and international team with respect for gender and cultural diversity.
4. Continue to develop the skills necessary for self-managed and life-long learning
5. Identify and work towards targets for personal, academic and career development
6. Develop an adaptable and flexible approach to study and work
7. Use English as lingua franca in science but recognise worldwide diversity in the use of English, which will enhance her/his communication skills
8. Be aware that other languages are used in Europe and recognise the value of cultural diversity in Europe and worldwide
9. Endorse gender equality by experiencing study and working activities
10. Identify themselves as open- minded citizens of the world.