Course Information
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorParaskevi Malea
Course ID40001569

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīma Viologías (2017-sīmera)

Registered students: 18
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses846

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours5
Total Hours120
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
  • Distance learning
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Prerequisite courses are not applied in the current (2012) Biology School Undergraduate Program. However, teachers do recommended knowledge and skills acquired in courses such as: Oceanography, Marine Biology, Microbiology, Environmental Plant Physiology, General Ecology.
Learning Outcomes
This course aims in understanding key issues in morphology, classification, ecology and ecophysiology of algae and marine seagrasses, phylogeny and genomics algae, harmful algal blooms, assessing the ecological quality of coastal waters using macrophytes as biomarkers, applied phycology and commercial uses algae. Student learn to apply the basic knowledge to be able to interpret and assess changes in different scales; they become familiar with algal sampling, microscopic analysis and identification, and the use of keys based on algae groups features. Student build skills in specific literature search and databases use. Students elaborate individual and collaborative essays. Finally, students develop critical thinking in the protection and management of aquatic ecosystems.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Morphology, taxonomy, ecology and ecophysiology of algae. Algal phylogeny and genomics. Harmful algal blooms. Zones of vegetation. Communities of hard and soft substrate. Biotic index in marine macrophytes for coastal waters ecological quality assessment. Biomarkers of marine macrophytes for biomonitoring of coastal systems.Macrophytes as bioindicators of pollution. Applied phycology (commercial use, pharmaceutical substances, biofuels). Laboratory exercises: 1.Macrophytes (macroalgae, seagrasses) taxonomy, 2.Methods for estimation of primary production, 3.Particulate material in seawater, 4.Microalgae microscopy and taxonomy, 5.Identification of toxic cyanobacteria in lakes, 6.Molecular identification of genes producing phycotoxins Field work: Study of communities of hard and soft substrates. Techniques of micro- and macro-algae collection in marine and lacustrine ecosystems. Assessment of abiotic parameters in algae collection and research. Processing water samples for further analyses.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • 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
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Power point oral presentations, use of electronic databases, electronic submission of essays in Wikipedia, students e-collaboration via electronic teaching platform (Blackboard)
Course Organization
Laboratory Work271.1
Reading Assigment401.6
Written assigments301.2
Student Assessment
1. Written examination on course material (75% of final grade). Exams based on multiple choice test and answering questions of knowledge or critical thinking; self-assessment multiple choice test. 2. Practical laboratory skills, preparation and presentation of short essays, familiarity with literature search, study books and articles, publication of modern Phycology topics in Wikipedia, cooperation in teams, field work areas (25% of final grade).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • ανάρτηση εργασιών στη βικιπέδι (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
ΦΥΚΗ Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 34271 Έκδοση: 1/2011 Συγγραφείς: GRAHAM ISBN: 978-960-87655-9-7
Additional bibliography for study
Διδακτικές Σημειώσεις-Διαλέξεις των διδασκόντων αναρτημένες σε ηλεκτρονική πλατφόρμα διδασκαλίας (e-learning)
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