GENERAL ECOLOGY

Course Information
TitleΓΕΝΙΚΗ ΟΙΚΟΛΟΓΙΑ / GENERAL ECOLOGY
CodeEC.02.11
FacultySciences
SchoolBiology
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorAntonios Mazaris
CommonNo
StatusActive
Course ID40001664

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

Registered students: 206
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course216

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours5
Class ID
600167979
Type of the Course
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
Course Category
General Foundation
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
Cognitive: To introduce and clarify key ecological concepts and approaches, to introduce the methodology of ecological research, to offer basic information on the various ecological themes, and to enable students to develop reasoned positions on ecological issues. Affective: Inspiration from the understanding of the complexity and constant flux of the natural world, and the transition from fixed knowledge to production of knowledge. Skills: Development of the ability a) to apply different experimental methods and sampling techniques in the ecological research, b) to address various scientific issues (ecological, primarily) in a rational way, c) to write scientific papers (ecological, primarily) in formal way.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Respect natural environment
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Theory: Scope of Ecology. Methods and tools in ecological research. Soil, temperature, light and organisms. Introduction to population dynamics: population increase and regulation, life tables, intraspecific competition. Community analysis: niche and habitat. Communities in time and space: gradient analysis, ordination, succession. Complexity, stability and disturbances. Food webs and productivity. Nutrient cycles, the water cycle and disturbances. Interactions: competition, predation, parasitism, mutualism. Secondary metabolism and its ecological role. Island Biogeography. Biodiversity at the level of species and biome. Introduction to resource management. Practical exercise: Writing a scientific paper. Estimation of abundance and standing biomass of photosynthetic organisms in marine and/or freshwater systems. Patterns of change of demographic attributes; ecosystem services, ecological footprint of different societies, and enviromnental impacts of different uses of the natural resources. Field work: Defining appropriate sampling size; application in estimating primary productivity in a Mediterranean ecosystem. Phenology of flowering and floral attributes. Estimation of decomposition rate: use of different materials, under different conditions or in different types of ecosystems; all carried out in Seich-Sou forest.
Keywords
Ecology, Population, Community, Ecosystem, Biome, Biodiversity, Island biogeography, Biotic resources
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • 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
Description
Power Point for teaching The software Excel for practical εxercises E-learning and the webpage of the Department of Biology for communication with the students
Course Organization
ActivitiesWorkloadECTSIndividualTeamworkErasmus
Lectures451.8
Laboratory Work180.7
Fieldwork150.6
Reading Assigment662.6
Written assigments281.1
Exams30.1
Total1757
Student Assessment
Description
Written examinations. Also, the students' reports are evaluated. By the reports the teachers evaluate the students' ability to respond correctly and on time to teachers' instructions as well as their ability to synthesize data and present them in a comprehensive way.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Bibliography
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Βώκου Δ. (2008). ΓΕΝΙΚΗ ΟΙΚΟΛΟΓΙΑ. UNIVERSITY STUDIO PRESS. ΘΕΣΣΑΛΟ ΝΙΚΗ Netwig, W. S. Bacher, R. Brandl (2011). ΒΑΣΙΚΕΣ ΕΝΝΟΙΕΣ ΟΙΚΟΛΟΓΙΑΣ (Mετάφραση Β. Δέτσης) ΚΛΕΙΔΑΡΙΘΜΟΣ. ΑΘΗΝΑ
Last Update
19-01-2021