JJ1303N-MPU 3303 Environmental and Natural Resources in Malaysia

Module Provider: International Study and Language Institute
Number of credits: 0 [0 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: JJ13301N MPU3301- Malaysia’s Multi Ethnic & Cultural Society
Current from: 2022/3

Module Convenor: Ms Nur Amira Zureena Zulkurnain
Email: n.a.z.zulkurnain@reading.edu.my

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is delivered at University of Reading Malaysia only.

This module provides an overview of Malaysia’s physical environment and natural resources. Students will be given an understanding of the issues and challenges with the sustainability and management of natural resources in Malaysia.


  • To learn facts about the natural environment and natural resources in Malaysia.

  • To introduce the challenges posed by exploiting natural resources within a developing nation.

  • To learn about efforts to reach sustainability in managing natural resources in Malaysia.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module, the students will be able to:

  • Describe key features of Malaysia’s physical environment.

  • Describe the extent to which natural resources can be found within Malaysia.                    

  • Discuss the challenges of managing environmental and natural resources in the context of Malaysia’s development.

Additional outcomes:

The module aims to encourage students to be able to effectively carry out problem-solving, leadership and teamwork. The module also aims to encourage the development of confidence in oral communication skills and IT skills.

Outline content:

Series of lectures covering the following main topics:

  • Introduction to the geographical distribution of natural resources in Malaysia

  • Tropical rainforest

  • Water resources: rivers and lakes

  • Petroleum and natural gas

  • Mineral resources

  • Agriculture

  • Biodiversity and sustainability

  • Renewable resources

  • Resource management

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lectures and tutorials with two contact hours per week (or four when being delivered intensively), with project work to complete between sessions.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 22
Tutorials 12
Project Supervision 4
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 25
    Exam revision/preparation 12
    Peer assisted learning 15
    Preparation for presentations 15
    Group study tasks 15
Total hours by term 120 0 0
Total hours for module 120

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 40
Oral assessment and presentation 10
Class test administered by School 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

The project is in the form of a video summarising one aspect of the content learnt, plus general engagement and attendance (as required by the Malaysian educational authorities).


The in-class test is 1.5 hours in the last week of term.

Formative assessment methods:

A series of BlackBoard homework tasks, due weekly.


Individual feedback will be given on written assignments, including plans and drafts, and formal spoken presentations.

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: https://www.reading.ac.uk/cqsd/-/media/project/functions/cqsd/documents/cqsd-old-site-documents/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A minimum mark of 40%. Percentage scores will be recorded for transcript purposes.

Reassessment arrangements:

None. This module is outside the scope of regular undergraduate assessment arrangements.

If a student fails an MPU module, they will be required to repeat it.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) Required text books: None

2) Specialist equipment or materials: None

3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: None

4) Printing and binding: None

5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: None

6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: None

Last updated: 22 September 2022


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