(Course Code: 101Υ, Course outline)

Semester:  1 Teaching Credits:  4 ECTS Credits: 5 Type:


Prerequisite Courses:  – Course type: General background Instructor:   Triantaphyllos Akriotis / Erifili Zafeiriou / Niki Georgi
With the successful completion of the course students will be able to:
• understand the basic principles and concepts of Biology, especially with respect to the chemical compounds of living organisms, the uses and
management of chemical compounds and energy by living organisms, the  structure of cells and cellular division, heredity and evolution by natural
• use an optical microscope and other basic laboratory apparatus
• perform basic laboratory techniques for the study of biological samples
• assess contemporary issues and applications of Biology, especially Genetics and biotechnology, with a critical and scientific ally based approach
Topics per Week: Lectures:

  1. Introduction – The diversity of Life
  2. Cells
  3. The chemistry of life – properties of water
  4. Large biological molecules
  5. Cellular respiration
  6. Photosynthesis
  7. Food digestion and excretion (in animals)
  8. Cellular division (mitosis – meiosis)
  9. Introduction to Genetics
  10. DNA transcription, mutations
  11. Biological applications – biotechnology
  12. Genetically modified organisms
  13. Evolution


Laboratory exercises:

  1. Microscope – stereoscope
  2. Cell
  3. Organelles
  4. Plasmolysis
  5. Micro-organisms – Gram staining
  6. Photosynthetic pigments
  7. Mitosis




Theory – Lectures
(hours / week)
Exercises – Laboratories
(hours / week)
Other Activities:  –
Grading: Theory final examination (60%)

Laboratory exercises (40%)

Notes: Lecture slides in PowerPoint format, written instructions for the laboratory exercises
Basic Textbook:
  • Starr, C. κ.α. 2014. Βιολογία: βασικές έννοιες και αρχές. UTOPIA ΕΚΔΟΣΕΙΣ ΕΠΕ. (Greek translation)
  • Campbell, Reece, 2010. ΒΙΟΛΟΓΙΑ. Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Κρήτης. (Greek translation)
  • Simon, E. 2015. Βιολογία: Βασικές Έννοιες. ΠΑΡΙΣΙΑΝΟΥ A.E.E.E.E. (Greek translation)
  • Campbell N.A., 2002. Biology, 4th edition. Benjamin Cummings Publishing, 1206 pp.
  • Campbell N.A., 2006. Biology: Concepts & connections, 5th edition. Pearson/Benjamin Cummings783 pp.

The course is taught in Greek. For exchange students, English literature is proposed and examinations are given in English

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