Course Information
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID420001279

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the course the students will be able to: 1. recognize specific behavioural patterns in the domestic animals which indicate initiation of reproductive activity, periparturition time, introduction of a new member to the herd/flock etc., 2. identify possible aggressive behaviour towards other members of the herd/flock or towards humans and be able to manage such dangerous ethological cases, 3. investigate the causes/reasons of expression of distinct behavioural patterns, 4. apply functional and acceptable husbandry on the livestock in order to minimize the activation of stress-born factors, 5. raise and manage livestock as part of their own ecosystem biodiversity and not as automated livestock products engines
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Respect natural environment
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Part I. The basic aspects (instincts, learning), periodical rhythms (photoperiod). Hormones and reproductive behaviour of animals. Behaviour during ingestion of food. Aggressiveness, frustration and playing behaviour. Motivation. Adaptation. Ethological patterns (feeding, reproductive, periparturition time) of farm animals. Chemical sensation and behaviour (pheromones). The function of vision and the behaviour. Acoustic communication. The orientation of motivation and migration. The evolution of the behaviour of animals. Part II. The concept of the animal well-being. Animal husbandry regulations. Measures and actions to minimize stress and eliminate stress-born causes and factors. Appropriate confinement environment, Animal Transportation, Natural Disasters.
Ethology, welfare, domestic animals
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Use of 1. power point 2. E-mail access to all students for info purposes and lecture clarification
Course Organization
Reading Assigment12
Written assigments12
Student Assessment
Mid Term Exam: 20%, Written Class Assignment: 20%, Final Exam: 60%
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
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