Course Information
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorMaria Touraki
Course ID40001180

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

Registered students: 61
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses845

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours5
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
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The class aims at the knowledge of the biological and related chemical characteristics of the main environmental pollutants, as well as their effects on the health of living organisms, in particular on the various levels of organism organization, such as molecules, biochemical pathways, cells, tissues, organisms and populations. Also, it aims at the knowledge and understanding of the basic defense mechanisms against the high concentration of pollutants in the environment, as well as at the knowledge of methods used for the, on time, prevention of the pollution of the ecosystems. In addition, it aims on the environmental sensitization of the students. Skills: The course aims at the understanding the key issues on the evaluation of pollution (biomonitoring of pollution) on biochemical, cellular and population level. It aims also at the ability of using the optical microscope, photometer and other scientific instruments and techniques for the understanding of the physiology of the organisms, the evaluation and parameterization of the function of the organisms. Practice on the study and understanding of scientific text.
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 interdisciplinary team
  • 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)
Major classes of pollutants. Routes by which pollutants enter ecosystems. The fate of pollutants in organism and ecosystems. Biochemical effects of pollutants. Effects on the physiology of organisms. Effects on cells and tissues. Effects of pollutants on whole organisms. Toxicity: principles and evaluation. Biomarkers, by which pollution is evaluated. Biomonitoring of pollution in fields. Changes in population dynamics. Changes in communities and ecosystems.
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 Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Lectures are presented by live or video-lectures, Power point presentations with self assessment tests. The relevant material together with currently critical articles are provided in eLearning. Communication with students is performed via eLearning.
Course Organization
Laboratory Work150.6
Reading Assigment753
Written assigments180.7
Student Assessment
1. Written examination on course material . Examination with answers on questions of knowledge. 2. A prerequisite for a positive evalulation is the succesful submission of a written laboratory report.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Σημειώσεις από τις παραδόσεις των διδασκόντων που αναρτώνται στην πλατφορμα eLearning του ΑΠΘ
Additional bibliography for study
Principles of Ecotoxicology (Walker, Hopkins, Sibly and Peakall). Taylor and Francis
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