What this course is about?
This Aquaponics course is an introductory course into the field of Aquaponics. Aquaponics is an ancient food growing technology that has been around since the earth has had water with fish and plants growing together naturally. Aquaponics is nature at work similar to an ecosystem in nature. In nature, the fish eat whatever they find for food, and their waste is broken down by the bacteria in the water, creating nutrients for the plants. The plants then absorb these nutrients; and in doing so, they help clean the water for the fish.
The word “aquaponics” comes from two separate words. The first word is “aqua”, which, of course, means water; but in this case, the “aqua” is from another compound word “aquaculture” (the raising of fish). The second word is “ponics”, which is Latin for work, and comes from its use in “hydroponics” (working at growing plants in water, hydro).
By completion of this course the learner will understand the technology of Aquaponics, be able to design and managed his or her own aquaponics system.
Who should be doing this course?
Any person interested in Aquaponics and who wants to learn more about this technology should enrol for this course. Does not matter if you are young or old or what your previous experience or knowledge of Aquaculture or Agronomy is. Keep in mind that this is an introductory course and the course is not presented on an advanced level.
The completion of Biology and Science as subjects on secondary school level is advisable for any candidate who are planning to enrol for this course.
The primary purpose of this course is to give the participant a basic understanding of the technology in Aquaponics. How it works? How to build your own aquaponics system and how to operate and manage the system.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
• Understand what Aquaponics is
• Understand how this technology work
• Be able to design your own aquaponics system
• Be able to operate and manage your own aquaponics system on a day to day basis
• Be able to grow various different plants in an aquaponics system.
• Be able to make a success of an aquaponics project or aquaponics business venture.
HOW YOUR COURSE MARK IS CALCULATED?
Your course is mark is calculated using the average mark obtained in each of the Chapter tests. In order to pass this course, you must obtain a final course mark of at least 50%. This means that even if you fail a few of the chapter tests, if your test marks in the other chapter tests are high enough you will still be able to pass the course. Good Luck!
Study at your own pace!
We’ve created our courses to suit your busy life! The duration of this course is based on a student guide where one 300 – 500 word article is read per day, and the assessment is done on a separate day after the relevant articles have been reviewed. But you can do the course in your own time and at your own pace. If you choose to do two readings per day, it will take you half of the estimated time, four readings per day means doing the course in a quarter of the time etc. We leave that decision up to you!