The aim of this module is to gain the understanding of marine biological aspects of the major water masses in tropics and human dependency on these water masses in a change World. Marine Biodiversity is interesting because it involves so many of the sciences. The course emphasizes critical thinking, scientific processes, environmental issues, and interrelationships among disciplines.
Dr. Takaomi Arai is working as a professor at the Faculty of Science, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. He is currently studying on biology and ecology of aquatic organisms and environmental science and pollution in tropical waters.
Dr. Yasuaki Tanaka specializes in coral reef sciences. He focuses on the response of coral reef organisms and ecosystems to changing seawater conditions from the perspectives of recent local and global environmental issues.
Dr. David Marshall specializes in the evolutionary and ecological physiology of marine species. He is especially interested in understanding behavioural and physiological capacities of organisms to withstand novel environmental conditions associated with climate change.
Online forums will be used to support the scaffolding of knowledge, understanding and abilities. The teaching style will include video conferencing, discussion forums and activity based learning techniques. The focus of the teaching style will be determined through learning diagnostics, undertaken by students, which will identify learning styles needs. A cooperative learning framework is used as a means of supporting equity for both teaching and learning styles.
Humans depend extensively on marine systems for food and the provision of ecosystem services. However, anthropogenic degradation of the environment is severely impacting these systems. The aim of this module is to gain the understanding of marine biological aspects of the major water masses in tropics and human dependency on these water masses in a change World. Especially, the module will teach the students focusing on Climate Change Biology, Coral Reef Ecology and Marine Pollution and Environment in Southeast Asia. The students will be able to understand human impact on marine biodiversity in the area.