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Description of Courses

Description of courses offered for the European Class 2011

• Courses at the School of Biology (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) will start in the beginning of February. Exams will take place at the end of May-beginning of June.
• Classes associated with the language and culture of the host country are compulsory and information is given in the University’s webpage (www.auth.gr). A fee is asked for these classes covered by the Erasmus Office of the sending University. They start on the 31st of January (http://www.smg.edu.gr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8&Itemid=13)

1. River and Lake Water Quality,  Credits (ECTS) = 12

2. Environmental Education And Public Awareness, Credits (ECTS) = 3

3. Μarine Biology, Credits (ECTS) = 6

 

Course Title River and Lake Water Quality
Course Code 66-ES4052
Type of Course Optional, Scientific Area, Skills Development, Specialization
ODL project, Laboratory Work, Fieldwork, Project.
Level of Course Undergraduate
Year of Study 4th
Semester 7th and 8th
Credits (ECTS) 12
Name of Lecturers M. Lazaridou, E. Michaloudi, M. Moustaka, D. Bobori (text also written by K. White, A. Canard, I. Cancio, G. Dussart, D-G. Manoleli, J. Thome, J. Hegner)
Course Objectives

Cognitive: Knowledge of the fundamental structure and function of rivers and lakes focusing on the hydromorphological, chemical and biological elements required by the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) for the evaluation and monitoring of the ecological status of freshwaters.Affective: Awareness on protection and management of freshwater ecosystems.

Skills: Use of field polymeters, realise field sampling, perform species identification of phytoplankton, zooplankton and macroinvertebrate organisms, use of biotic indices, specialised software (for statistical analyses). Using bibliography, analysing, writing and presenting relative subjects (access to the electronic library of AUTH), working individually or in groups.

Prerequisites

Course Contents 1. Physical characteristics (light, temperature, water movement, etc.)
2. Chemical characteristics (O2, CO2, ions + pH, nutrients + sulphur + conductivity, TDS, TSS, salinity)
3. Organisms and sampling methods (benthos + plankton + nekton + macrophytes)
4. Food webs – Productivity
5. Pollution and studies of special cases
6. Management Legislation – Restoration
Recommended Reading References are given in each chapter
Teaching Methods ODL package, laboratory and field work.The taught material can be found on-line, as part of the Educational Package BLACKBOARD at http://blackboard.lib.auth.gr. Select «English (United States)» down and left at the first screen. Choose «Μαθήματα» (black button next to the «Community» button). In the «Search for Course:» field give «water quality» and press «GO». The course «Water quality of running water (05U005)» should appear as the only result. Click on it to get the taught material. From the menu on the right, choose «Course Documents» and then the Course reader.
Learning Activities Performing specific assignments, practising technical or laboratory skills, writing papers, reading books and papers.
Assessment Methods Written examination, oral presentation, test, writing essays, report on fieldwork, continuous self-assessment.
Laboratory Exercises 1. Determination of nutrients (D. Bobori), 2. Phytoplankton (M. Moustaka), 3. Zooplankton (E. Michaloudi), 4. Macroinvertebrates (M. Lazaridou, E. Michaloudi, PhD and Master students), 5. Biological Indices (M. Lazaridou), 6. Statistical analyses (M. Lazaridou), 7. Written assignments concerning the ecological status of river and lake ecosystems (M. Lazaridou, M. Moustaka, D. Bobori, E. Michaloudi).
Outdoor Exercises Sampling for benthic macroinvertebrates, and fish in river ecosystems, recording of hydromorphological, physical and chemical characteristics – pressure assessment (M. Lazaridou, D. Bobori, PhD and Master students).
Tutorials Enhancement and debate of topical subjects
Blackboard / Website Blackboard
Language of Instruction English
Course Title Environmental Education And Public Awareness
Course Code E.EB.7.6
Type of Course

Optional,Background, Scientific Area, General Knowledge, Skills Development, Specialization.

Lecture, Practical, Guided Personal Study, Project.

Level of Course Undergraduate
Year of Study 4th
Semester 7th
Credits (ECTS) 3
Name of Lecturers Despoina Vokou, Kostas Aivazidis, Nikos Krigas
Course Objectives

Cognitive: Understanding and application of learning theories, instructional designs and assessment methods concerning environmental Education Issues. Establishment of public awareness programs for particular social groups concerning the Conservation of Protected Areas based on their Biological and Ecological peculiarity.

Affective: Appreciation of the need to conserve and protect the Natural environment. Development of positive towards the Natural Environment: Views, Values, Attitudes and Behavior.

Skills: Handling of educational software and skill acquisition on the design, production, application and evaluation of educational material concerning the environment, both in the formal educational process and the public awareness through the institutions dealing with Biodiversity.

Prerequisites

Good level of English and ICT skills

Course Contents 1. Historic evolution of Environmental Education (E.E), 2.Principles and Objectives in EE, 3.Different approaches of the concepts “Environment” and “Education”, 4. Knowledge, Values, Views, Attitudes and Behaviour, 5. Design, Application and Assessment of EE programs, 6. Assessment – criteria, 7. Educational Methodology and use of Projects, 8. Special programs towards the public awareness and elements of Social Ecology.
Recommended Reading On blackboard for every lesson
Teaching Methods By discourse based on optical and sound material and laboratory exercises in which project methods are applied
Learning Activities Attending lectures, performing specific assignments, writing papers, reading books and papers.
Assessment Methods

Written examination, oral presentation, continuous assessment.

Formative assessment with feedback on assignments.

Summative assessment with criterion referenced assessment on written exams.

Laboratory Exercises 1.Educational Methods in E.E. and their application. 2. Special projects for the understanding from pupils/students of environmental concepts 3.Presentation and assessment of existing environmental educational material 4. Design and production of educational material.
Outdoor Exercises

Tutorials 1. Tutorial on the preparation of laboratory exercises
Blackboard / Website

Language of Instruction English

Guidelines_Prof. D. Vokou:

«Five students of the group, one from each country, will fill in the questionnaire separately.
The two students from Sweden and and the two from Germany will decide themselves who will fill it in and who will work subsequently for the data analysis. Next week we will provide information of how to analyse the 5 different sets of data.»

ConsultationNoAnswer.doc
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Course Title Marine Biology
Course Code Z.ΕΒ.6.25
Type of Course Directional, Scientific area, Skills development, Direction
Lecture, Indoor and outdoor exercises, Written reports
Level of Course Undergraduate
Year of Study 3rd
Semester 6th
Credits (ECTS) 6
Name of Lecturers E. Voultsiadou, C. Chintiroglou, K. Ganias
Course Objectives

Cognitive: Training students on key issues of the marine ecosystem structure and function. Uunderstanding human impact on the marine environment.

Affective: Awareness on marine life through the knowledge of its diversity, organization, and threats.

Skills: Gaining experience in identifying major groups of marine organisms, focusing on the characteristic species of the main communities. Knowledge and use of sampling tools.

Prerequisites

Course Contents Subject and history of Marine Biology. Methods of marine research. Characteristics of the marine ecosystem and comparison with the terrestrial ecosystem. Marine organisms (plants, invertebrates, fishes, reptiles, birds, mammals). Rocky shore and soft-bottom intertidal communities. Estuarine ecosystem. Sublittoral communities. Major tropical ecosystems (coral reefs, mangrove forests). Life in the epipelagic zone. Life in great depths (mesopelagic, bathypelagic zone, benthos in the deep sea, deep-sea hot springs). Evolution of life in the sea. Resources from the sea. Human impact on the marine environment (pollution, conservation). Characteristics of the Mediterranean ecosystem.
Name of Lecturers E. Voultsiadou, C. Chintiroglou, K. Ganias
Recommended Reading It is given at each lecture.
Teaching Methods Lectures, educational films, practical training in the field, reports and discussion during lectures and exercises.
Learning Activities Attending lectures, watching educational films, training in the field, report preparation.
Assessment Methods Written exams assessing knowledge and critical thinking, evaluation of reports, general assessment of the students’ knowledge and interest during the teaching activities.
Indoor Exercises  (optional) 1. Educational films, 2. Presentation of reports and discussion
Outdoor Exercises

1. Intertidal soft-substratum communities, 2. Intertidal hard-substratum communities 3.Communities of seagrasses, 4. Communities associated with sponges, 5. Communities of the soft photophilic algae, 6. Mussel beds communities, 7. Sublittoral soft-substratum communities, 8. Polluted marine ecosystems, 9. Estuarine ecosystems. 10. Sampling marine organisms, fishing gears of coastal and dynamic fisheries 12. Fisheries resources.

Teaching staff E. Voultsiadou, C. Chintiroglou, K. Ganias
Teaching assistant C. Antoniadou
Blackboard / Website

Language of Instruction English
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