Introduction to Ecology
(Course Code: 104Υ, Course outline)
|Semester:||3||Teaching Credits:||3||ECTS Credits:||5||Type:||Compulsory|
|Prerequisite Courses:||–||Course type:||General background||Instructor:||Dimitrakopoulos P.|
This introductory course aims at describing the fundamentals of biological organization (from populations to ecosystems and landscapes) as well as the core methods, concepts and processes of the living world and the biosphere.
Upon completion of this course, students are expected to understand and master:
- Initial concepts of Population, Community and Ecosystems Ecology together with essential principles of evolutionary and functional Ecology.
- Tools of Ecology
- Knowledge on impacts (man-made and natural) upon the functioning and integrity of natural systems.
|Topics per Week:||
| Theory – Lectures
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|Exercises – Laboratories
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|Grading:||Methods of evaluation: two written tests (50% of the total grade each) (Multiple Choice Questions, Short statements on specific questions, Critical Arguments on scientific judgment issues).|
|Notes:||Presentation files of lectures & exercises‐laboratories|
The course is taught in Greek. For exchange students, English literature is proposed and examinations are given in English.
|Internet Links:||1. Hellenic Ecological Society: http://www.helecos.gr/
2. European Ecological Federation: http://www.europeanecology.org/
3. Ecological Society of America: http://www.esa.org/
4. The International Association for Ecology: http://www.intecol.net/