Course Information
Course title
Exploring Taiwan: natural environment and resources 
Semester
105-1 
Designated for
SCHOOL OF FORESTRY AND RESOURCE CONSERVATION  
Instructor
HSIAO WEI YUAN 
Curriculum Number
Forest5035 
Curriculum Identity Number
625 U1900 
Class
01 
Credits
Full/Half
Yr.
Half 
Required/
Elective
Elective 
Time
Wednesday 8,9(15:30~17:20) 
Remarks
Restriction: overseas Chinese students and international students
The upper limit of the number of students: 75. 
Ceiba Web Server
http://ceiba.ntu.edu.tw/1051Forest5035_01 
Course introduction video
 
Table of Core Capabilities and Curriculum Planning
Table of Core Capabilities and Curriculum Planning
Course Syllabus
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Course Description

We have many international students in National Taiwan University. To fulfill the needs of international students of English courses, the College of Bio-resources and Agriculture opens a course “Exploring Taiwan – Natural Environmental and Resources”, which is taught in English. The instructors of this course are all the best of Taiwan in their fields, including atmospheric science, environment science, physical and social geography. They will help students to learn more about the beautiful nature of Taiwan. Besides the lectures, students could also learn deeply through the 3 various field trips. 

Course Objective
It will give international students a wide range of background knowledge, increasing their understanding of Taiwan and enabling them to take advanced courses lectured in Chinese or partake in research in the future. 
Course Requirement
i. Students should preview the required reading material each week before class.
ii. Students should review the PPT files given with the lectures after class.
iii. Students are supposed to attend each class. Besides, the final exam would be based on the content taught from lectures. 
Office Hours
Appointment required. 
References
 
Designated reading
 
Grading
 
No.
Item
%
Explanations for the conditions
1. 
Attendance 
15% 
 
2. 
Pop quiz 
15% 
 
3. 
Final exam 
30% 
 
4. 
Group project 
30% 
 
5. 
Field trip report 
10% 
 
6. 
In-class discussion (extra point) 
0% 
(extra point) 
 
Progress
Week
Date
Topic
Week 1
09/14  Introduction - Prof. Hsiao-Wei Yuan 
Week 2
09/21  Geology of Taiwan - Prof. Ludvig Löwemark 
Week 3
09/28  (No class because of typhoon) Tea Culture and Science in Taiwan(TBA) - Prof. Kai-Hsien Chen 
Week 4
10/05  Field trip to National Taiwan Museum 
Week 5
10/12  Typhoon hunter - Prof. Chun-Chieh Wu 
Week 6
10/19  Tea Culture and Science in Taiwan - Prof. Kai-Hsien Chen 
Week 7
10/26  Population in Taiwan - Prof. Lan-hung Chiang 
Week 8
11/02  Birds of Taiwan - Prof. Hsiao-Wei Yuan 
Week 9
11/09  Flora of Taiwan - Prof. Jer-Ming Hu 
Week 10
11/16  Campus tour to NTU Herbarium Museum - Prof. Jer-Ming Hu 
Week 11
11/23  Freshwater fish in Taiwan - Prof. Chi-Chang Liu 
Week 13
12/11  Field trip to Taipei city zoo (09:30-11:30) 
Week 14
12/14  Snakes in Taiwan - Prof. Si-Min Lin 
Week 15
12/21  Amphibians in Taiwan - Prof. Chi-Chang Liu 
Week 16
12/28  Group Report Presentation 1 
Week 17
2017/01/04  Group Report Presentation 2 
Week 18
2017/01/11  Final Exam 
Week 12-1
11/27  Field trip to Guandu Nature Park (09:30-11:00) 
Week 12-2
11/30  Pelagic Ecosystems - Prof. Chih-Hao Hsieh