Teacher guide Salmon Growing in Tasmania

TLF ID M020821

This is a unit of work on aquaculture with a particular focus on the Tasmanian salmon farming industry. The unit provides a series of structured investigations leading to a design challenge which asks students to create an improved salmon pen. Activities include: an introduction to aquaculture and sustainable farming methods; the life cycle of salmon; an overview of the production process; and research and innovation in the Tasmanian salmon industry. The unit’s activities are supported by background information and online support resources for teachers, detailed tasks for students, and links to videos and websites. It is accompanied by a video of the same name that provides a case study of operations of Huon Aquaculture a major salmon producer in Tasmania.

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Educational value
  • This resource provides an excellent context for work in both strands of the design and technologies curriculum for years 9 and 10 students. In relation to the Knowledge and understanding strand, the unit's overall thrust supports the content description about critically analysing factors, including social, ethical and sustainability considerations, that impact on designed solutions for global preferred futures and the complex design and production processes involved. The unit's research activities are equally supportive of content descriptions that refer to investigating and making judgments on the ethical and sustainable production of food, on how the characteristics and properties of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment and of technologies can be combined to create designed solutions.
  • The design activity suggested for assessment purposes provide opportunities for students ito address the Processes and production skills strand. They are of particular relevance to the content descriptions about developing, modifying and communicating design ideas by applying design thinking, creativity, innovation and enterprise skills of increasing sophistication, and evaluating design ideas, processes and solutions against comprehensive criteria for success recognising the need for sustainability.
  • Although intended for the design and technologies curriculum, many of the unit's activities, particularly its case study of Huon Aquaculture, are also of value for the economics and business curriculum in year 9. The company's production process, on-site research activities and emphasis on improved pen design are of value for the content description about the nature of innovation and how and why businesses seek to create and maintain a competitive advantage in the market, including the global market.
  • The resource is very likely to engage its intended audience. The subject matter is the subject of public debate and the activities are well-suited to years 9 and 10 students. The information for teachers is useful and the video is of value for both teachers and students.
Year level

9; 10

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