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Course Details

Course Code: SCIN311 Course ID: 4290 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course will present the principles and methods used in studying the biology of fishes, the ecological requirements of freshwater and anadromous fishes, and the principles and practices in sport fishery management. Students will participate in case studies and critically analyze existing fisheries management plans to ascertain their effectiveness and scientific validity. This course will also emphasize the value of collaboration in effective fisheries management. (Prerequisites: BIOL134, SCIN130, or SCIN206)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session D 8 Week session
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to fulfill the following learning objectives (LO’s):

LO-1 Identify the major taxonomic groups of fishes.
LO-2 Detail the issues facing fisheries on a global scale.
LO-3 Detail the history of fisheries management and the techniques and tools used to manage these taxa.
LO-4 Critically review fisheries management plans to determine their effectiveness and feasibility.
LO-5 Analyze current fisheries regulations and treaties to assess effectiveness and recommend changes to address identified gaps or emerging technologies and research in fisheries management.
LO-6 Explain the role of collaboration in implementing successful fisheries management both in the U.S. and on the global scale.


Depth of understanding for a topic, thoughtful responses to at least two of your classmates that demonstrates your understanding of their response and/or adds useful information (i.e., not just ‘yes, that’s good’ or ‘I agree’). Postings will be evaluated on their quality and the degree to which the postings promote discussion with classmates. Participation on all discussion boards is required. First posts will be due on Wednesday of each week (except for the first week for those that add the class late, the posts will be due on Sunday). Minimum word lengths for each post are given within each assignment. Minimum responses to at least two other students’ posts are assignment and 125 words for each response post.


Demonstrate critical reading of the material; demonstrate ability to acquire useful information on selected topics; demonstrate ability to integrate material into responses (in your own words).


Complete brief weekly quizzes on weeks 1-6’s reading assignments (multiple choice or fill in the blank).

Final Project

Minimum of 5 pages long, maximum of 7 pages. There are multitudes of fish species that are threatened and in need of management. In some cases, the species is more or less threatened, but simply require management because of the economic or societal importance of the species. Your Final Project will be to choose a fish species and write a ‘Case Study’. This case study will outline the Status of the fish, the (Socio)Economic Impact of the fish, the Environmental Impact of the fish, and your own Assessment of the likelihood of the Fish’s Population Stability and what must be done to Manage the Species. Please see the detailed instructions for your Final Project, provided in the Assignment section of the course website.

Please see the Student Handbook to reference the University’s grading scale.

NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Week 1 Virtual Introduction Forum 5.00 %
Week 2 Forum 5.00 %
Week 3 Forum 5.00 %
Week 4 Forum 5.00 %
Week 5 Forum 5.00 %
Week 6 Forum 5.00 %
Week 7 Forum 5.00 %
Week 8 Forum 5.00 %
Assignments 25.00 %
Assignment #1 Weeks 1 &2 Seafood Field Trip 6.25 %
Assignment #2 Case Study Analysis Weeks 3 and 4. 6.25 %
Assignment #3 Comparing Fishery Case Studies: Weeks 5 and 6. 6.25 %
Assignment #4 FAO Case Study analysis. Week 7 6.25 %
Quizzes 25.00 %
Quiz #1 5.00 %
Quiz #5 5.00 %
Quiz #4 5.00 %
Quiz #3 5.00 %
Quiz #2 5.00 %
Final Project 10.00 %
Final Project Week 8 10.00 %
Extra Credit 1.00 %
Quiz #6 1.00 %

Required Technology

  • See the Technology Requirements section of the undergraduate catalog for the minimum hardware and software requirements.
  • Microsoft Office 365 is available to APUS students for free. To sign up, visit If you have questions about accessing the software, please contact Classroom support at
Book Title:Fishery Biology (custom)- E-book links are provided inside the classroom
Publication Info:CLASS-Wiley
Unit Cost:$77.62
Electronic Unit Cost:$35.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.