Ecotoxicology


COURSE OUTLINE

 

  1. GENERAL
SCHOOL AGRICULTURAL AND FORESTRY SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
STUDY LEVEL Undergraduate
COURSE CODE AGRON0013 SEMESTER 8th
COURSE TITLE ECOTOXICOLOGY
INDEPENDENT TEACHING ACTIVITIES

 

TEACHING HOURS PER WEEK ECTS
Lectures and laboratory course 5 5
COURSE TYPE Compulsory
PREREQUISITE COURSE(S):
LANGUAGE (TEACHING AND EXAMS) Greek
THE COURSE IS OFFERED TO ERASMUS STUDENTS No (due Covid-19)
COURSE WEBSITE (URL) https://eclass.duth.gr/courses/OPE01188/

 

  1. TEACHING OUTCOMES
Teaching outcomes
Upon the completion of the course the students will have acquired knowledge on ecotoxicity and environmental threats, methodologies to measure ecotoxicity and will be able to propose solutions on environmental issues
General capabilities
§  Independent work

§  Literature search, data analysis and synthesis

§  Development of inductive reasoning

 

  1. COURSE CONTENT
Trophic levels, Interactions with environmental contaminants. Ecotoxicology and chemical-biological analysis (Definitions). Properties of ecotoxic substances, relation to ecosystem response. Ecotoxicity parameters. Main ecotoxic substances in agriculture. Distribution of ecotoxic substances in the environment. Chemical transformation, biotransformation and degradation. Dose response curves in ecotoxicology. Organism responses (absorption of toxic substances, isolation of toxic substances, excretion of toxic substances, cancerogenicity, mutagenicity, teratogenicity. Effects on respiration, photosynthesis, nutrition, growth, reproduction. Bioaccumulation, biomagnification and bioconcentration of toxic substances. Acute and chronic effects of toxic substances. Toxicity tests in Ecotoxicology. Bioindicators and biomarkers

 

  1. TEACHING AND LEARNING ASSESSMENT METHODS
DELIVERING METHOD In classroom
IT USE §  Power point, videos

 

TEACHING ORGANIZATION Activity Semester workload

 

Lectures 39
Laboratory courses 26
Essay 15
Independent study 45
Course total

(25-hour workload per credit unit)

 

125

STUDENT ASSESSMENT

 

Written exams at the end of the semester both on theoretical and practical courses.

 

 

  1. PROPOSED LITERATURE
§  C.H. Walker, R.M. Sibly, S.P. Hopkin, D.B. Peakall Principles of Ecotoxicology, Fourth Edition. CRC Press, ISBN 9781439862667 – CAT# K12907.