The development in technology for in situ tests have been very rapid for the last one decades especially in the field of civil engineering and environmental industries. Many testing methods and material characterization have been introduced which include the geophysical engineering and environmental techniques. The effectiveness, accuracy and fast as well as relatively low operational cost have made geophysical techniques become important tools in engineering site investigations and in environmental monitoring works. There are various geophysical techniques that can be used to obtain many engineering parameters of material below surface and this field requires skilled and experienced geophysicists to interpret geophysical data collected from the field.
This programme is designed to provide students with specialist training into all aspects of Applied Geophysics, from the basic physical principles through practical applications to state of the art technical geophysical innovations. The main thrust of the course is towards Engineering and Environmental Geophysics industries. The broad-based approach allows graduates to pursue their career options including consulting, research and teaching as well as to prepare themselves for further studies at higher levels. It is also targeted at working professionals wishing to update their knowledge or acquire new skills in the field of engineering and environmental geophysics.
Course Work & Full Time
Minimum 2 semesters (1 year)
Maximum 4 semesters (2 years)
Intake – 2 times a year (March & October)
*subjected to UKM academic calendar
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STPD6024 Research Methodology
This course provides guidance in planning, implementing and succeed in scientific research. Students are introduced to the philosophy of science and ethics necessary to be adopted by researchers. Students are given exposure to determine and manage risks in scientific research. Apart from that, issues and rules related to research such as intellectual property, copyright, plagiarism etc. will be discussed. Subsequently, students are guided to plan their research and prepare a research proposal. For this, students are trained with techniques in information search both manually and on-line, identifying issues and research objectives, planning research and experimental design within their period of study. Students are required to prepare their research proposal according to the format and free from plagiarism. Students are given the opportunity to present and defend their proposal in a seminar. Students will be evaluated based on written and oral presentation of the research proposal, and final examination
STAB6054 Conservation Ethics and Legislation
Ethics and law are essential to conservation. The former sets the objective, and the latter the legal basis. This course will briefly introduce by way of background, the basic issues relating to conservation ethics and law. General ethical concerns, the evolution of laws relating to biological resources, habitat and ecosystems, at both global and national levels will be sketched. Various principles and concepts relating to biological conservation will also be discussed, to identify the inherent values (ethics). Institutional roles and functions will be outlined to describe the accountability and responsibility attached in implementing laws for conservation. The relationship between science, ethics and law will also be analysed in brief.
STAB6084 Natural Resource and Environmental Economics
The course discusses the economic principles of natural and environmental resource conservation. Issues in sustainable economy of renewable and non-renewable resources, economic valuation of natural resource goods and environmental functions and their incorporation into a cost benefit analysis of development projects versus conservation will be given special attention. A discussion on the use of economic and market-based instruments to encourage natural and environmental resource conservation will be provided.
STAE6013 Management of Lake Ecosystems and Wetlands
This course will commence with the introduction of lakes and wetland ecosytem. Its uses and ecosystem function based on case studies of Tasik Chini and Putrajaya lake, which have been intensively studied and researched. The management of both lakes as natural and manmade in terms of lake ecosystems and as a wetland will be widely discussed. The significance of research such as limnology, bathymetry and ecohydrology that could give a better understanding in both lakes and wetland. It is important to stress the issues of governance as most Acts on lakes and wetland are under the jurisdiction of state acts. Case studies in Malaysia and other countries are taken into account. The watershed poses an important scenario to climate change; therefore the microclimate influence plays an important role. Watersheds are confine to areas surrounding ridges, which needs to be mapped using GIS and remote sensing to look at large areas as a whole. Both flora and fauna are related to forest and its climate.
STAE6303 Procedures and Techniques in EIA
The focus of this course is on the procedure and technique of EIA based on the existing environmental law. These include screening, elaboration on prescribed activity, scoping, preliminary and detailed EIA, evaluation of impact, mitigation and data reporting. Procedures on environmental auditing and monitoring will also be discussed. Social impact analysis shall also be looked at in order to achieve a comprehensive study on the environment in relation to sustainable development.
STAE6323 Assessment and Monitoring of Air and Water Quality
This course will commence with discussions on types of noise, air and water pollution, their principle sources, indexes used to assess their qualities as well as the pertinent law and regulations. Various monitoring techniques including use of bioassays, biomarkers and biosensors will be discussed. Field and laboratory measurements of water, air and noise parameters, calculation of the various indexes and computer modeling for noise, air and water quality will be undertaken. Students are also required to write an essay of not more than 5000 words on a related project paper of their choice; either in group or individually.