Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedSunway Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr. Robyn Wilson


This unit introduces students to the tropical environments of Southeast Asia from coral reefs and mangrove swamps to lowland rainforests and mountains. It explores the flora, fauna, climate, biogeography and ecosystems of the region. A comparison is made with the Australian environment and other ecosystems of the world. Human impacts on the environment such as pollution, energy use, food production and human population growth are discussed and ameliorative measures explored. The field trip enables students to compare the ecological processes of three different tropical environments.


On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of environmental issues in the Southeast Asian region
  2. Demonstrate a knowledge of the diversity of ecosystems and flora and fauna in SE Asia in comparison with other regions of the world
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of weather, climate, geology, biogeography, nutrient cycles, community interactions, on the ecology of SE Asian plants and animals
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of conservation issues in SE Asia, in particular with respect to human impacts
  5. Access and critically analyse sources of scientific information
  6. Exhibit scientific writing skills.


Field trip assignment: 10%
Essay: 15%
Mid-semester test 20%
Final examination: 55%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Catherine Yule

Contact hours

3 hours of lectures per week, 1 hour tutorial per week, 1 day field trip per semester