Freshwater Ecology

Course Information
TitleΟΙΚΟΛΟΓΙΑ ΡΕΟΝΤΩΝ ΥΔΑΤΩΝ / Freshwater Ecology
Code214Ε
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
SchoolForestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CommonNo
StatusActive
Course ID420000124

Programme of Study: UPS School of Forestry and Natural Environment (2009-today)

Registered students: 48
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses423

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
600130680
Type of the Course
  • Scientific Area
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Erasmus
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.
Keywords
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
ActivitiesWorkloadECTSIndividualTeamworkErasmus
Lectures
Laboratory Work
Fieldwork
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities
Total
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative)
Bibliography
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.
Last Update
27-01-2014