This course is part of the "Exploring Taiwan" series courses at NTU and aimed for the introduction to the biodiversity in Taiwan. The course is conducted in English, in order to ease the learning for international students, and to provide an opportunity for local students to learn their own culture and surroundings in English.
Taiwan is a mountainous island with various habitats nursing many kinds of organisms. Although Taiwan is known for the high density of population, natural vegetation still covers around 68% of the entire island. About a quarter of the 4000 plant species are endemic, while over 50,000 animal species are known to Taiwan. There are 114 mammal species, 543 bird species, 99 reptiles, 38 amphibians, 2800 fish, and around 20,000 named insects in Taiwan. The rich biota in Taiwan largely owes to its diverse ecosystems, but it also reflects the complicate natural history of organisms originated from various neighboring regions, including East Asian continent, Japan, and South East Asia islands.
The course does not have a pre-requisite, but we highly recommend the students took some general biology courses, for basic biological terminology throughout the lectures. The content includes the introduction to the natural history of Taiwan, its flora and fauna, and also the exotic species and the conservation issues in Taiwan. The objective of this course is to provide an overview of the biodiversity in Taiwan, including plants, insects, and animals, in order to let the students know the beauty of Taiwan’s biota.
|校名：||National Taiwan University|
|英文課程名稱：||Introduction to the biodiversity of Taiwan|
Essays (30%), term paper (20%), group report and final presentation (30%), and the involvement in the classroom (20%) will all be part of your grade.
Each students will need to write essays from three of the four outside-classroom visits during the course: two campus tours, a visit to Taipei Zoo, and a visit to TFRI insect museum. Several questions will be handed before the visits and you will then write the essays accordingly. Only the first three essays you submitted will be used for grading, so don't hand in more than three essays. Each of the three essays correspond to 10% of the final grade.
Students will be divided into groups up to 4 persons and conduct an interview of researcher(s) who study biodiversity related subjects in Taiwan. You have to turn in the name before the lecture on 3/27. DO NOT conduct the interview without the confirmation of the lecturers (JMH or YTL). - we don't want the researchers to be heavily interfered. The deadline to hand in the written report is 6/5, and it corresponds to 15% of the final grade. At the end of the semester (6/12 and 6/18), each group will need to present the result of interview, i.e. to introduce the researcher in 10-15 min of presentation (15% of the final grade). Further instructions on the interview will be provided separately.
The involvement means your presence, behavior, and the discussion during the class. You will be told your approximate grade standing within two weeks of the final exam, based on your running average scores.
|先備課程：||The course does not have a pre-requisite, but we highly recommend the students took some general biology courses, for basic biological terminology throughout the lectures.|
The objective of this course is to provide an overview of the biodiversity in Taiwan, including plants, insects, and animals, in order to let the students know the beauty of Taiwan's biota.
The course is intended to provide the students an overview to the biodiversity of Taiwan.