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Fall 2024 Course Information
Aquaponic System Design Essentials

Course Description
Aquaponic System Design Essentials is a lecture-based course focused on the art of aquaponic system design. With a sole emphasis on design principles, this course provides a streamlined exploration of the intricacies involved in creating efficient aquaponic systems. Through a condensed curriculum, the course will guide you through the essential aspects of designing an aquaponic system. From selecting the appropriate components to optimizing the layout and flow dynamics, we'll cover the key considerations necessary for successful system design. Whether you are an aspiring aquaponics designer, a hobbyist seeking to elevate your skills, or a professional looking to specialize in aquaponics, this course is tailored to equip you with the core knowledge required to craft efficient and effective aquaponic systems. Join us to embark on a focused learning journey that will empower you to unleash your creativity and expertise in aquaponic system design. Recommended Course Prerequisite: Small Aquaponics Basics

Teng Yang
Office: 765-775-3314

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Disability Support Services

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(Required) Small-scale aquaponic food production: integrated fish and plant farming. FAO Fisheries and aquaculture technical paper. (See comment section below for digital book option)
Somerville, C., Cohen, M., Pantanella, E., Stankus, A., & Lovatelli, A.
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 978-92-5-108533-2

(Optional) Aquaponics food production systems: combined aquaculture and hydroponic production technologies for the future (See comment section below for digital book option)
Goddek, S., Joyce, A., Kotzen, B., & Burnell, G. M.
Edition: 2019
ISBN: 978-3-030-15943-6
Publisher: Springer Nature

Course Access
Approximately 2-3 weeks before the first day of class at K-State, the K-State campus coordinator, Ashley Schultz, will email course access instructions to visiting students for courses taught by K-State. These instructions are also available on the Visiting Students webpage at K-State. By following the course access instructions, visiting students create their K-State eID and complete the K-State Course Access Form. Students meeting all deadlines for eID creation and submission will have access to Canvas by the first day of class.

Exam Proctor

This course does not require an exam proctor.

Synchronous Components

This course does not include synchronous components.


No required synchronous components. However, students may attend a synchronous zoom lecture on Tuesdays from 2:30-3:20pm CST. The lectures will be recorded for anyone who cannot attend the zoom lecture.

Textbook Information
The required textbook, Small-scale aquaponic food production: integrated fish and plant farming. FAO Fisheries and aquaculture technical paper, is available as a free digital book online or free through the K-State Library once you have course access. 

The optional textbook, Aquaponics food production systems: combined aquaculture and hydroponic production technologies for the future, is available as a digital book online or free through the K-State Library once you have course access. 

University Members
Members of the Great Plains IDEA are universities accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Member universities recruit, admit and graduate students, teach in an academic program and contribute to the leadership and maintenance of the alliance. Membership in the alliance is a selective process that engages institutional leadership at all levels.

Macy Burgess is a graduate of the family and community services degree.I made the decision to switch specializations in my master’s program mid-way through my degree. This change took me from the traditional on-campus experience to the Great Plains IDEA online experience. The switch seemed intimidating to me but it ended up being an incredible experience that I would not have gotten if I'd taken all classes at one university. Getting to dive into courses offered at schools all over the country was beneficial as it opened pathways for communication and sharing of knowledge with students and faculty I would not normally have interacted with. 

– – Macy Burgess, Family and Community Services Graduate Student,
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