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Maldives Field Trip - ENV00030M

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  • Department: Environment and Geography
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Callum Roberts
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2017-18

Module aims

The module aims to:

  • Familiarise students with common families and species of fish and corals in the Indian Ocean
  • Increase students knowledge of other major biota in the Indian Ocean
  • Provide students with knowledge of the range of environmental impacts affecting coral reefs, and a broad understanding of the mechanisms involved
  • Make students aware of the principal management issues affecting coral reefs, particularly with respect to Marine Protected Areas in the Indian Ocean
  • Give students experience of the principal survey methods used to monitor coral reef communities
  • Develop understanding of the strategies and issues involved in designing sampling programmes

Module learning outcomes

  • Identify major functional groups within a coral reef ecosystem
  • Identify common fish and coral species
  • Undertake surveys to assess the abundance and diversity of fish, corals and other reef invertebrates
  • Propose the most appropriate strategies for monitoring reefs and reef biota at either specific sites or across larger areas
  • Recognise likely causes of coral mortality and coral community degradation and suggest measures to combat them
  • Appreciate the principal management issues arising in coral reef areas and be able to address them
  • Contrast Indian Ocean reef biota and management issues with those from other areas

Generic / Employability Skills:

  • Gained practical field work experience work in a variety of underwater sampling techniques and species identification
  • Gained experience in how to handle and analyse field data
  • Become able to appreciate the difference between a healthy and a degraded coral reef
  • Experienced life in a highly remote location with very basic facilities


Task Length % of module mark
Essay: 3000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay: 3000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback on your report will be e-mailed within four weeks of your hand-in.

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