BIO3800 - Tropical environmental management - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Malaysia School of Science

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Holly Barclay


Dr Holly Barclay

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


BIO2011, BIO2810 or BIO2800


ENV3737, ENV3011, ATS3546


This unit introduces students to environmental management issues in Southeast Asia, with a necessary emphasis on the philosophies, procedures, processes and examples from Malaysia. Students will gain an understanding of the need for effective environmental management, and how local ethics and legislation drive this process. The unit covers fundamental environmental management concepts such as environmental impact assessment, auditing, and monitoring, as well as environmental standards, and valuation methodologies. This theoretical content will then be elaborated and enhanced by introducing students to key environmental issues in tropical Southeast Asia, which will be supported by examples and detailed case studies. Students will engage in interactive tutorial activities that are designed to expand on the content delivered in the lectures. The practical component of the unit comprises a group project, based on a field trip to a local site that is relevant to the key environmental issues introduced in the unit.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge and skills gained in this unit towards effective environmental management and sustainable resource management;
  2. Apply knowledge and understanding of the philosophical, ethical and legal need for effective environmental management;
  3. Undertake sampling and survey activities to identify potential environmental impacts and minimise them;
  4. Collect, collate, manage and analyse environmental data;
  5. Report the results of environmental analyses in a variety of relevant media;
  6. Contribute to the environmental decision making process in Southeast Asia;
  7. Work collaboratively and effectively in teams in tropical environments.


Two written assignments (15% each):30%

Major project report and presentation: 25%

Examination (2 hours): 45%

Workload requirements

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 1-hour tutorial per week
  • One full-day field trip

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