Rangeland Ecology

Course Information
TitleΛιβαδική Οικολογία / Rangeland Ecology
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
SchoolForestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID600019425

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

Registered students: 60
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
General 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)
Learning Outcomes
1. Analysis and understanding of the processes involved in the functioning of the rangeland ecosystem 2. Understanding the ecological role of grazing 3. New ideas and approaches on grazing to maintain rangeland ecosystem equilibrium and environmental protection 4. Develop critical thinking 5. Practice solving problems
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Relationship between rangelands, forests and agricultural land and their economic importance, Categories of forage plants, Classification and types of rangelands, Concept of rangeland ecosystem, Structure and function of the rangelands, Ηomeostatic mechanisms, Productivity of rangeland ecosystem: methods for measuring primary production, determination of productivity coefficients, net production and grazing, Importance of rangeland productivity, Biological cycle of forage plants: seasonal growth rates, Physiology of forage plants: photosynthesis, respiration, transpiration, water deficit, the significance for rangeland ecosystem of C3 and C4 plants, Effects of grazing on morphogenesis and physiology of rangeland plants, Mechanisms of their resistance to grazing, Effects of grazing on rangeland composition and production, Effects of grazing on soil, rangeland hydrology and water production. Effects of grazing on nutrients of the rangeland ecosystem, Environmental factors affecting rangeland ecosystems, Effects of climate and fire on rangelands, Dynamics of rangeland vegetation. Interactions between forage plant and animals, Mutualism, Competition, Succession and climax stage, Ecological disturbances in rangeland ecosystems, Causes of rangeland disorders, Analysis of disturbances in rangelands: land use, fires, changes in the atmosphere, abandonment, desertification, invasive species etc., Protection of rangeland and ecosystem services of rangeland ecosystems, Protected rangelands, Protection of the natural environment and grazing of animals, Categories of rangeland landscape, Structure of rangeland landscape, Effects of grazing and climate on the rangeland landscape.
rangeland ecosystem, productivity, grazing, adaptation, succession, climate, population dynamic, abiotic and biotic factors
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
Using lectures and laboratory exercises slideshow software, with a display of the effects of grazing and other anthropogenic influences on biodiversity and productivity of rangeland ecosystems. E-mail communication with students.
Course Organization
Laboratory Work501.7
Reading Assigment
Student Assessment
The evaluation of the course is based on the written examination in the theory of the course, the laboratory exercises. and participation in the Excursion. The evaluation of the course is based on the written examination of the course either at the end of the semester or with 2 midterm exams during the semester. The exams of the course include multiple-choice questions and short/extended answers from the taught course material. The examination of the laboratory exercises takes place at the end of the semester and includes a) plant identification and b) written examinations. In order to secure a promotional grade, it is required to secure a promotional grade in both components (Theory, Laboratory) as well as to participate in the Excursion. The final grade is as follows: Course examination grade 90% Laboratory grade 10%
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Παπανάστασης Β.Π. Νοιτσάκης.1992. Λιβαδική Οικολογία. Γιαχούδης-Γιαπούλης.Θεσσαλονίκη Οικολογία Λιβαδιών. Παπαναστάσης Β. και Ισπικουδης Β, 2012 Εκδόσης Γιαχούδη - Γιαπούδη Ο.Ε Θεσσαλονίκη (2012)
Additional bibliography for study
Κούκουρα Ζ. 2008. Κλείδες αναγνωρίσης λιβαδικών φυτών. Πανεπιστημιακές Παραδόσεις
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