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MASTER IN TROPICAL BIOLOGY

The program consists of three semesters and is a combination of coursework (34 credits) and research (6 credits). The goals of the program are to produce: (i) professional, highly qualified and competent researchers and administrative/executive officers in the field of sustainable biology, (ii) academicians who are capable of carrying out advanced study and lifelong learning as well as capable of applying analytical skills in solving problems related to tropical biology, and (iii) tropical biology-related industry entrepreneurs with deep knowledge and high technical skills.

The program is designed to produce biologists who are able to integrate fundamental Ecology, Physiology and Genetics in Tropical Biodiversity scientifically and research-oriented. Graduates in the program will be created to be scientifically minded, creative and innovative. They will be provided with the latest technical and analytical skills, along with competencies in information management for advanced learning. Graduates from the program will be able to engage in a variety of careers that require knowledge and skills in tropical biology, both in the public and private sectors.

The teaching and learning methods are blended learning that incorporates conventional and mix learning approaches which inline with the program objectives. These include lectures, tutorials, labs, fieldworks, workshops, case studies, critical reviews, computer-aided teaching, seminars, industry-related talks and a dissertation. Teaching and learning activities are conducted over the weekend or after work hours for the convenience of students who have personal' commitments or working.

 

Assessments

Student progress is assessed based on continuous assessment (70% -100%) and final assessment (20% - 30%) on based on synopsis and course content. Continuous assessments are conducted through methods such as tests (Test 1 and 2), practicals, project evaluations, case study base on current problems/issues, quizzes, presentations, assignments, writing of learning reflections, forums and discussions, formatively and summatively. While final assessments are carried out through final examinations, summatively. A master dissertation will begin in Semester II and be evaluated at the end of Semester III.

 

Entry requirements

Local:

  • Bachelor degree in Biology or other related disciplines with a minimum CGPA of 2.75 or equivalent, as accepted by the University Senate;

 OR

  • Bachelor degree in Biology or other related disciplines with CGPA 2.50-2.74, must pass a special faculty assessment;

OR

  • Bachelor degree in Biology or other related disciplines with CGPA less than 2.50, must has at least 5 years of working experience in biology related fields.

 

International

  • The same entry requirements as above and submits relevant documents for Senate consideration.
  • English (minimum 550 TOEFL or 6.0 IELTS).

 

Program Structure

Students must take 28 credit hours of main courses and at least 12 credit hours of elective courses along with a mobility seminar. The program runs for a minimum of THREE (3) semesters and a maximum of SIX (6) semesters.

 

Main Courses (28 credit hours)

No.

Course Code

Course Name

Credit

1

BGY5101

 BIOSYSTEMATICS OF TROPICAL ORGANISMS

4(3+1)

2

BGY5301

 TROPICAL ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY

3(3+0)

3

BGY5404

 TROPICAL ECOLOGY

3(3+0)

4

BGY5508

 ADVANCED GENETICS

3(3+0)

5

BGY5701

 APPLIED BIOSTATISTICS

3(3+0)

6

BGY5901

 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

3(3+0)

7

BGY5902

SPECIAL TECHNIQUES IN TROPICAL BIOLOGY SCIENCES

3(3+0)

8

BGY5990

 MASTER DISERTATION

6(0+6)

 

Elective Courses (at least 12 credit hours)

No.

Course Code

Course Name

Credit

1

BGY5102

 COMMERCIAL TROPICAL ORGANISM BIOCHEMISTRY

3(2+1)

2

BGY5103

 TROPICAL INVERTEBRATE BIOLOGY

3(2+1)

3

BGY5104

 ADVANCED MYCOLOGY

3(2+1)

4

BGY5107

 CONSERVATION OF BIODIVERSITY

3(3+0)

5

BGY5108

 TROPICAL WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

3(3+0)

6

BGY4304

 DEVELOPMENTAL NEUROTOXICOLOGY

3(2+1)

7

BGY5310

 ADVANCED ICHTHYOLOGY

3(3+0)

8

BGY5303

 ENDOCRINE AND REPRODUCTIVE OF TROPICAL ANIMALS

3(3+0)

9

BGY4406

 BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY OF SEAGRASSES

4(3+1)

10

BGY5401

 ADVANCED ECOTOXICOLOGY

3(3+0)

11

BGY5402

 MARINE BENTHIC ECOLOGY

3(3+0)

12

BGY5403

 ADVANCED LIMNOLOGY

3(2+1)

13

BGY5405

 BIOREMEDIATION OF TROPICAL AQUATIC ECOSYSTEM

3(3+0)

14

BGY5406

 BEHAVIOURAL ECOLOGY

3(3+0)

15

BGY5509

 CONSERVATION GENETICS

3(3+0)

16

BGY5510

 ADVANCED GENETIC POLYMORPHISM

3(3+0)

17

BGY5511

GENETIC TECHNOLOGIES FOR TROPICAL BIOLOGY RESEARCH

3(2+1)

 


Study Scheme

SEMESTER 1 (Year 1)

Sept. – Jan. (14 weeks of lectures + 2 weeks of examinations)

Course Code

Course Name

Credit

BGY5101

 BIOSYSTEMATICS OF TROPICAL ORGANISMS

4(3+1)

BGY5301

 TROPICAL ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY

3(3+0)

BGY5404

 TROPICAL ECOLOGY

3(3+0)

BGY5508

 ADVANCED GENETICS

3(3+0)

BGY5701

 APPLIED BIOSTATISTICS

3(3+0)

                       Total credits

16

                       Percentage of Lecture Learning

94%

                      Percentage of Practical Learning

6%

 

SEMESTER 2 (Year 1)

Feb. – June (14 weeks of lectures + 2 weeks of examinations)

Course Code

Course Name

Credit

BGY5901

 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

3(3+0)

BGY5902

 SPECIAL TECHNIQUES IN TROPICAL BIOLOGY SCIENCES

3(3+0)

 

 ELECTIVE COURSE

3(2+1)

 

 ELECTIVE COURSE

3(2+1)

 

 ELECTIVE COURSE

3(3+0)

BGY5990

 MASTER DISERTATION

3(0+3)

                       Total credits

18

                       Percentage of Lecture Learning

72%

                       Percentage of Practical Learning

28%

 

SEMESTER 3 (Year 1)

*Short Semester

June – Aug. (7 weeks of lectures + 1 week of examinations)

Course Code

Course Name

Credit

 

 ELECTIVE COURSE

3(3+0)

BGY5990

 MASTER DISERTATION

3(0+3)

                       Total credits

6

                       Percentage of Lecture Learning

50%

                       Percentage of Practical Learning

50%

 

Program Fees

LOCAL (RM-Ringgit Malaysia)

 No. of Semester

Fee/Semester

Fee/Credit

Total

Semester 1

RM 1,206

RM 6,000
(RM 375 x 16 credits)

RM 7,206

Semester 2

RM 950

RM 6,750
(RM 375 x 18 credits)

RM 7,700

Semester 3

*Short Semester

RM 950

RM 2,250
(RM 375 x 6 credits)

RM 3,200

Throughout the Study

RM 3,106

RM 10,000
(RM 375 x 40 credits)

RM 18,106

INTERNATIONAL (RM-Ringgit Malaysia)

No. of Semesters

 Fee/Semester Fee/Credit Total

Semester 1

RM 2,206

RM 6,400
(RM 400 x 16 credits)

RM 8,606

Semester 2

RM 1,950

RM 7,200
(RM 400 x 18 credits)

RM 9,150

Semester 3

*Short Semester

RM 1,950

RM 2,400
(RM 400 x 6 credits)

RM 4,350

Throughout the Study

RM 6,106

RM 16,000
(RM 400 x 40 credits)

RM 22,106

 

For any enquiry, please contact us at:

Deputy Dean (Research & Postgraduate Studies)
Faculty of Science
Universiti Putra Malaysia
 
Email:  fs_kjbio@upm.edu.my/fs_tdps@upm.edu.my
Phone: +60397696614/6613 , +60397697447/6603

 

 

 

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