Forest Botany I (Spermophytes Systematics)

Course Information
TitleΔασική Βοτανική Ι (Συστηματική Σπερματοφύτων) / Forest Botany I (Spermophytes Systematics)
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
SchoolForestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID600019421

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Dasologías kai Fysikoý Perivállontos (2020-sīmera)

Registered students: 75
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Compulsory CoursesCompulsory Course325

Class Information
Academic Year2023 – 2024
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours5
Class ID
Course Type 2021
Specific Foundation
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
The students will comprehend and learn morphological traits of important plant organs and realize their use in the taxonomy of Spermatophytes become familiar in the identification of Spermatophyte plant specimens, with the use of keys. gain knowledge of diagnostic traits of families and genera of Spermatophytes associated with forest ecosystems. be able to identify in situ plant species of important forest ecosystems.
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
  • Respect natural environment
Course Content (Syllabus)
Basic concepts and definitions of plant systematics and taxonomy. Morphological traits used in the taxonomic determination of plants. Floral diagrams. Inflorescences, fruit types, seeds. Methods of plant determination (taxonomic keys, written description, plant sample comparison, comparison of plants based on pictures, determination by specialists). Diagnostic features of major taxa (division, class, order, family) found in forest ecosystems of Greece, listed below: Gymnospermae: Cycadophyta (Cycadaceae, Zamiaceae), Ginkgophyta (Ginkgoaceae), Pinophyta (Pinaceae, Araucariaceae, Cupressaceae, Taxaceae, Ephedraceae). Angiospermae: Laurales (Lauraceae), Magnoliales (Magnoliaceae), Piperales (Aristolochiaceae), Alismatales (Araceae), Dioscoreales (Dioscoraceae), Liliales (Liliaceae), Asparagales (Alliaceae, Amaryllidaceae, Asphodelaceae, Iridaceae, Orchidaceae), Poales (Cyperaceae, Juncaceae, Poaceae, Sparganiaceae, Typhaceae), Ranunculales Berberidaceae, Papaveraceae, Ranunculaceae), Proteales (Platanaceae), Buxales (Buxaceae), Saxifragales (Crassulaceae, Grossulariaceae, Saxifragaceae), Santalales (Santalaceae), Caryophyllales (Amaranthaceae, Caryophyllaceae, Droseraceae, Plumbaginaceae, Polygonaceae), Malpighiales (Euphorbiaceae, Hypericaceae, Salicaceae, Violaceae), Fabales (Fabaceae, Polygalaceae), Rosales (Rhamnaceae, Rosaceae, Ulmaceae, Urticaceae), Fagales (Betulaceae, Fagaceae, Juglandaceae), Geraniales (Geraniaceae), Myrtales (Myrtaceae, Onagraceae), Brassicales (Brassicaceae), Malvales (Cistaceae, Malvaceae, Tiliaceae), Sapindales (Anacardiaceae, Sapindaceae, Aceraceae, Hippocastanaceae), Cornales (Cornaceae), Ericales (Ericaceae, Primulaceae), Boraginales (Boraginaceae), Gentianales (Apocynaceae, Gentianaceae, Rubiaceae), Lamiales (Lamiaceae, Oleaceae, Orobanchaceae, Plantaginaceae, Scrophulariaceae, Verbenaceae, Gesneriaceae, Lentibulariaceae), Solanales (Convolvulaceae, Solanaceae), Aquifoliales (Aquifoliaceae), Apiales (Apiaceae, Araliaceae), Dipsacales (Caprifoliaceae, Dipsacaceae, Valerianaceae), Asterales (Asteraceae, Campanulaceae).
Plant systematics, Taxonomy, Spermatophytes, Identification key, Terminology
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
Course Organization
Laboratory Work260.9
Reading Assigment240.8
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities30.1
Plant collection200.7
Student Assessment
Achievement of learning goals is evaluated at the end of the semester on the basis of written exams, laboratory exams (identification of plant taxa) and the assembly of a collection of plant specimens. Successful pass of the course requires successful pass on all three assignments (written and laboratory exams accepted collection of plant specimens) Written exams comprise multiple choice and short/extended answer questions. Total grade is the sum of all grades scored in the three exams/assignments multiplied by a fixed weight of importance as follows: Written exams grade: 70% Laboratory exercises grade: 10% Plant collection: 20%
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
ΔΑΣΙΚΗ ΒΟΤΑΝΙΚΗ ΜΕΡΟΣ Ι - ΣΥΣΤΗΜΑΤΙΚΗ ΣΠΕΡΜΑΤΟΦΥΤΩΝ Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 8534 Συγγραφείς: ΑΘΑΝΑΣΙΑΔΗΣ ΝΙΚΟΛΑΟΣ ΓΙΑΧΟΥΔΗ 1985 Συστηματική των Φυτών Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 50657760 Συγγραφείς: Michael G. Simpson Διαθέτης (Εκδότης): UTOPIA ΕΚΔ 2016
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