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SCM3011 - Tropical aquatic biology

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Dr Cathy Yule


Malaysia First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit examines the biology of tropical aquatic ecosystems. It focuses on South East Asia, (the Malaysian region in particular) but will also encompass aquatic environments in other parts of the tropics. The ecology and diversity of communities in coral reefs, oceans, sandy and rocky shores, estuaries, lakes, rivers and swamps is examined. The students will gain an understanding of the physical and chemical factors that affect these environments. Conservation and management issues such as the impacts of tourism, pollution, fisheries, wetland drainage, and river regulation are studied.


On completion of this unit, students will have gained an introduction to the diversity and ecology of freshwater and marine environments in the tropics with particular reference to the Malaysian region. The students will gain an understanding of the conservation and management issues relating to aquatic ecosystems. The students will develop skills to design and analyze sampling programs to examine the flora and fauna of aquatic habitats and to assess changes.


Examination (3 hours): 50%
Practical reports (two): 40%
Essay (4-5000 words): 10%

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and 1-hour tutorial and one 3-hours practical or equivalent per week


BIO1011, BIO1022 + Recommended: BIO2011