Research Methodology and Scientific Writing

Course Information
TitleΕΡΕΥΝΗΤΙΚΗ ΚΑΙ ΣΥΓΓΡΑΦΙΚΗ ΜΕΘΟΔΟΛΟΓΙΑ / Research Methodology and Scientific Writing
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
SchoolForestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID420000443

Programme of Study: PPS of School of Forestry and Natural Environment (2011-2012)

Registered students: 2
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Range Science and Wildlife ManagementCompulsory Course belonging to the selected specialization (Compulsory Specialization Course)116

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Understand threats to biodiversity in regional and global level Understand the factors that cause rarity or decline the population of wildlife species Develope methods for analyzing population viability (PVA) Implement management plan for endangered wildlife species
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Design and manage projects
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Biodiversity, rarity and ecological processes. Features of small populations. Factors that affect population decline: demographics, genetics and environmental. Causes and processes of species extinction. Threats to habitats, invasive species and diseases in wildlife. Principles of population viability analysis (PVA), minimum viable population, minimum dynamic area (MDA). Case studies. Estimation of extinction risk and setting conservation priorities. Ecosystem management. Adaptive management and monitoring programs for populations and habitats. Setting criteria for conservation reserve establishment. Degradation factors in protected areas. Conservation plan for endangered wildlife species inside and outside of protected areas.
conservation, extinction, ecological processes
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
Reading Assigment
Written assigments90.3
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Soule, M.E. (1986) Conservation Biology: The Science of Scarcity and Diversity. Sinauer Associates, Inc., Sunderland-Massachusetts. Morris, W.F. & D.F. Doak (2002) Quantitative Conservation Biology: Theory and Practice of Population Viability Analysis. Sinauer Associates, Inc., Sunderland-Massachusetts.
Additional bibliography for study
Morris M. et al. (1999) A Practical Handbook for Population Viability Analysis. The Nature Conservancy.
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