6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
Due to the physical nature of this unit, students need to have the ability to swim at least 400m non-stop.
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 be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the diversity and ecology of freshwater and marine environments in the tropics with particular reference to the Malaysian region;
- Demonstrate understanding of the conservation and management issues relating to aquatic ecosystems;
- Design and analyse sampling programs to examine the flora and fauna of aquatic habitats and to assess changes;
- Demonstrate the ability to identify aquatic animals and plants from tropical Malaysian ecosystems;
- Demonstrate advanced scientific report writing skills;
- Make effective oral and visual presentations;
- Work collaboratively and effectively in the field in tropical environments.
Field trip assessment/report: 40%
Examination (2 hours): 50%
- Two 1-hour lectures
- One 3-hour practical session or equivalent (field trips) per week
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