Freshwater Ecology

Course Information
TitleΟΙΚΟΛΟΓΙΑ ΡΕΟΝΤΩΝ ΥΔΑΤΩΝ / Freshwater Ecology
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
SchoolForestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID420000124

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have acquired basic knowledge concerning the running water ecosystems , springs, rivers and torrents. They will understand the cycle and the distribution of water in nature, the classification of rivers and river zones. They will have knowledge about the abiotic and biotic factors that are important for running waters, including general information about their living organisms that colonize them, ie the plankton, the benthos and the fishes. They will have gained knowledge about the food chains, the productivity and the trophism of running waters.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Design and manage projects
  • Respect natural environment
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
About natural waters in general: water cycle and its distribution in nature, running waters (rivers, streams, torrents), classification of rivers, rivers zoning, springs and estuaries. Abiotic agents: Physical agents: Light, Transparency, Color, Temperature, Suspended solids, movements and water flow, water quality criteria. Chemical agents: Oxygen, Biochemical Oxygen Demand, Carbon dioxide, hydrogen ion concentration (pH), electrical conductivity, Anions, about chemical salts, carbonic acid salts, Alkalinity, Halogens, Salinity, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Calcium, Micronutrients, water quality criteria. Biotic factors: About biotic factors in running waters, Plankton, Phytoplankton, Zooplankton, the structure of their populations, their movements and dynamics. Annual and seasonal variations of their populations, their nutrition and reproduction. Benthic organisms, Phytobenthos, Zoobenthos, diet and life cycles. Waterfowl: fish, diet and food habits, reproduction, fecundity, age and growth. Food chains, productivity and eutrophication of natural waters.
Inland waters ecology, Aquatic Organism Ecology, Hydrobiology
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
Course Organization
Laboratory Work
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Α) Κοκκινάκης Κ. Αντώνης 2008. Οικολογία Ρεόντων Υδάτων, Φοιτητικές Σημειώσεις. Β) Κουσουρής Θ. 1998. Το Νερό στη Φύση, στην Ανάπτυξη, στην Προστασία του Περιβάλλοντος.Εθνικό Κέντρο Θαλασσίων Ερευνών.ISBN:960-85952-6-6.
Additional bibliography for study
Α) Kokkinakis K. Antonis (2008). Ecology of running waters, Notes for Students. Β) Kousouris Th. 1998. The water in nature, in the development, and the environmental protection. National Center of Marine Research. ISBN :960-85952-6 6.
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