Rangeland Ecology

Course Information
TitleΛΙΒΑΔΙΚΗ ΟΙΚΟΛΟΓΙΑ / Rangeland Ecology
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
SchoolForestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID420000064

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours5
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
With the end of this course, students will be able to: 1. Analysis and understanding of the processes involved in the functioning of the rangeland ecosystem 2. Understanding the ecological role of grazing 3. New ideas and approaches on grazing to maintain rangeland ecosystem equilibrium and environmental protection 4. Develop critical thinking 5. Practice solving problems
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Rangeland ecosystems structure and function. Water re¬lations at the community level. Structure and function of the rangeland ecosystem, Energy, Water and Biogeochemical circuit. Feedback Mechanism in the rangeland ecosystem. Water relations at plant level and community level. Effects of grazing on morphogenesis and physiology of rangeland plants. Mechanisms of plant resistance. Effects of grazing on vegetation and soil. Dynamics of rangeland vegetation, plant physiology and productivity in relation to grazing. Succession and climax stage. Ecological disturbances in rangeland ecosystems.
rangeland ecosystem, productivity, grazing, adaptation, succession, climate, population dynamic
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Using lectures and laboratory exercises slideshow software, with a display of the effects of grazing and other anthropogenic influences on biodiversity and productivity of rangeland ecosystems. E-mail communication with students.
Course Organization
Laboratory Work30
Reading Assigment5
Written assigments15
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Summative)
  • Plant indentification (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Παπανάστασης Β.Π. Νοιτσάκης.1992. Λιβαδική Οικολογία. Γιαχούδης-Γιαπούλης.Θεσσαλονίκη
Additional bibliography for study
Κούκουρα Ζ. 2008. Κλείδες αναγνωρίσης λιβαδικών φυτών. Πανεπιστημιακές Παραδόσεις
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