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PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY

Lesson code: 
GM.01.02
Teaching Units: 
3
Credits (ECTS): 
5
Teachning (hours): 
2
Practical (hours): 
0
Laboratory (hours): 
2
Cognitive:
Teaching Methods: 

Teaching includes lectures and laboratory exercises

Course Contents: 

 

Ι. Properties of gas and liquids: 1. The gas laws (ideal gas equation, real gases and van der Waals equation). Kinetic theory of gases. 2. Liquids properties (surface tension, viscosity, etc). ΙΙ. Basic concepts and laws of thermodynamics: 1. Internal energy, work, heat and enthalpy of chemical systems. 2. The first, second and third law of thermodynamics. 3. Entropy, Gibbs energy,  Helmholtz energy. 4. Chemical equilibrium. ΙΙΙ. Non-electrolyte solutions: 1. Gas mixtures. 2. Gases dissolved in liquids. 3. Liquid solutions. 4. Solids dissolved in liquids. Colligative properties. 5. Gibbs phase rule - Phase equilibrium and phase diagrams. Physicochemical properties of water. 6. Interfacial properties, adsorption, colloidal systems, chromatography. ΙV. Basic concepts of electrochemistry: 1. Electrolyte solutions. 2. Ions in solutions and transport of ions. Galvanic cells. Membrane potential. Donnan equilibrium. Selective electrodes. Electrokinetic phenomena. 3. Ionic reactions. V. Basics of chemical kinetics. VΙ. General features of spectroscopy - Spectroscopic techniques.
 
 
 
Laboratory Exercises: 
Liquid viscosity measurements using Traube viscometer. Surface tension measurements. Electrolyte conductance and conductometric methods. pH measurement and potentiometric methods. Ultraviolet-Visible absorption spectroscopy. Polarimetry.
Recommended books: 
1. Physical Chemistry.The basics, Ν.Α. Katsanou, 3rd ed (1999), Papazisi Publications. Athens
Learning Activities: 

Attending lectures, practising technical or laboratory skills

Assessment Methods: 

Written examination on theory and laboratory exercises, reports on laboratory work

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Philosophy and Modern Aspects in Biology

Lesson code: 
GM.01.05
Teaching Units: 
2
Credits (ECTS): 
2
Teachning (hours): 
2
Practical (hours): 
0
Laboratory (hours): 
0
Cognitive
Teaching Methods: 

Teaching includes lectures, video projections, and discussions.

Course Contents: 

The development of the Biology as a science - The main breakthroughs. The biological systems: Levels of organization - Stability and change - Surviving strategies. Biological Evolution - Contradictions. Trends in biological research and application.  Bioethics. Man as a part of the biological system. What to expect for the fututre?

Lecturers: 
Recommended books: 

Scouras, Z. 2004. Philosophy and Modern Aspects in Biology. University Studio Press, Thessaloniki-Greece.

 

Learning Activities: 

Attending lectures and participating in discussions.

Assessment Methods: 

Written examination and continuous assessment.

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PLANT MORPHOLOGY

Lesson code: 
BO.01.04
Teaching Units: 
4
Credits (ECTS): 
7
Teachning (hours): 
3
Practical (hours): 
0
Laboratory (hours): 
3
Teaching Methods: 

Hall lectures and indoor practical courses

Course Contents: 

Introduction. Origin, evolution and chemical composition of plants. The typical plant cell. Subcellular organelles and structures: cell membranes, endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi complex, the nucleus, ribosomes, mitochondria, plastids, microbodies, cytoskeleton (microtubules and actin filaments). Cell division (mitosis), cell wall, plasmodesmata and pits, vacuoles, metabolic products. The plant tissues: meristems, epidermis, periderm, parenchyma, supporting, vascular and secretory tissues.

Laboratory Exercises: 

1. Introduction. Use of light microscope. Form and size of plant cells. 2. Nucleus and plastids. 3. Starch grains (shape diversity, properties, starch staining). 4. Vacuoles. Plasmolysis. Cytoplasmic streaming. Protein grains. 5. Cell wall. Cellulose and lignin detection. 6. Epidermis, stomata, trichomes. 7. Parenchyma, collenchyma, sclerenchyma. Periderm and lenticels. 8. Vascular tissue, cambium. 9. Secretory tissue

 

 

Recommended books: 

1. Eleftheriou E.P. 2007. Botany – Plant cell biology and plant tissues. University Studio Press, Thessaloniki.

2. Galatis B., Apostolakos P., Katsaros Chr. 1995. Introduction to Botany. A. Stamoulis Publishers, Athens.

 

Recommended reading: 

  Provided at the end of the teaching book.

Learning Activities: 

Attending lectures, practising technical or laboratory skills

Assessment Methods: 

Written examination, reports on laboratory work

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MORPHOLOGY & SYSTEMATICS OF INVERTEBRATES

Lesson code: 
ZO.01.03
Teaching Units: 
5
Credits (ECTS): 
8
Teachning (hours): 
4
Practical (hours): 
0
Laboratory (hours): 
3

Teaching Methods: 

Teaching includes lectures, laboratory work and field exercises

Course Contents: 

Principles of Systematic Zoology. Introduction to Zoology. Protozoa. Animal tissues. Origin and evolution of the animal kingdom.  Morphology, anatomy, taxonomy and phylogeny of the phyla Porifera, Cnidaria, Ctenophora, Platyhelminthes, Aschelminthes, Mollusca, Annelida, Arthropoda, Echinodermata and minor animal phyla.

 

 

Laboratory Exercises: 

1. Usage of optical microscope on 1. Protozoa, 2. Animal tissues, 3. Porifera and Cnidaria, 4. Platyhelminthes, Aschelminthes and Annelida, 5. Molluscs, 6. Insects, 7. Crustacea, Chelicerata, Chilopoda and Diplopoda, 8. Echinodermata.

 

 

Υπαίθριες ασκήσεις: 

1. Marine environment (Potidea, Chalkidiki): Observation and identification of marine invertebrates living in the intertidal and subtidal zone, at the species level. 2. Terrestrial environment (Seih-sou): Observation and identification of organisms living in the forest, at the order level.

Recommended books: 

1. Lazaridou M. 1991. Invertebrate Zoology. Giachoudis-Giapoulis Publ., Thessaloniki.

2. Hickman, Roberts & Larson. 2002. Zoology: Integrated principles. Volume I. Ion Publ., Athens.

Learning Activities: 

Attending lectures, practising technical or laboratory skills

Assessment Methods: 

Written examination, reports on laboratory work and fieldwork

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MICROBIOLOGY

Lesson code: 
GM.01.06
Teaching Units: 
4
Credits (ECTS): 
7
Teachning (hours): 
3
Practical (hours): 
0
Laboratory (hours): 
3
Cognitive: Comprehension of structure and funct
Teaching Methods: 

Teaching includes lectures and laboratory exercises.

Course Contents: 
Introduction. Biological macromolecules. Viruses. The life cycle of viruses. Relations of viruses with cells hosts. Prokaryotic cell structure and function. Nutrition. Microbial growth. Metabolism. Environmental effects on microbial growth. Bacterial genetics. Genetic exchange in prokaryotes. Recombination. Mutations. Plasmids. Classification of micro-organisms.
Lecturers: 
Laboratory Exercises: 
1. Aseptic techniques.  Preparation and sterilization of culture medium. 2. Isolation of microorganisms from the environment. Pure culture.  3. Determination of microbial numbers. 4. Biochemical activities of bacteria. Bacterial sensitivity to antibiotics. 5. Bacterial morphology and staining methods (Gram stain, endospore stain).
Recommended books: 
1. Koliais S.  2001. Microbiology. 3η edition. University Studio Press, Thessaloniki.
2. Μ.Τ.Madican, J.M. Martinko, J.Parker. 2005. Brock Biology of Microorganisms. Volume I, Crete University Press, Heraklion
Learning Activities: 

Attending lectures, practising laboratory skills.

Assessment Methods: 

Written examination. Written examination on laboratory exercises.

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MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS FOR BIOLOGISTS

Lesson code: 
EC.01.01
Teaching Units: 
4
Credits (ECTS): 
5
Teachning (hours): 
3
Practical (hours): 
1
Laboratory (hours): 
0


Teaching Methods: 
Teaching includes lectures, and a number of 2-3 exercises given each week as homework. The exercises are corrected, assessed and returned back to the students.
Course Contents: 
 Differential and difference equations as mathematical models of dynamical systems. Mathematical models of Biological systems. Stability analysis. Frequency distributions. Parameter estimation. Statistical tests. Linear regression and correlation. Analysis of Variance.

Recommended books: 

1. S. Sgardelis 2006. Mathematical models in Biology. University studio press. Thessaloniki.

2.F. Kolyva-Machaira and E. Mpora-Senta 1998. Statistics: theory and applications. Ziti publishers.

Learning Activities: 

Attending lectures, solving exercises

Assessment Methods: 

Written examination, up to 2 degrees are added to the final for the students that solve all exercises correctly (more than 20 in a semester) correctly.

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http://users.auth.gr/~sgardeli