|SCHOOL||AGRICULTURAL AND FORESTRY SCIENCES|
|COURSE TITLE||PRINCIPLES OF AGRONOMY|
|INDEPENDENT TEACHING ACTIVITIES
|TEACHING HOURS PER WEEK||ECTS|
|Lectures and laboratory course||5||5|
|COURSE TYPE||General Background|
|LANGUAGE (TEACHING AND EXAMS)||Greek|
|THE COURSE IS OFFERED TO ERASMUS STUDENTS||YES|
|COURSE WEBSITE (URL)|
- TEACHING OUTCOMES
|The aim of the course is the acquisition and consolidation of basic knowledges related to the growth, development and adaptability of plants – especially field crops, as well as to understand the effects of the environment (soil and air) on agriculture. Through the theoretical approaches and laboratory exercises, students become familiar with the practical problems of Greek agriculture, so that, as tomorrow’s Agriculturalists, to be able to respond successfully to their professional life and to contribute to the proper guidance of producers in the cultivation of plants that combine high performance and optimal quality.|
|§ Independent work and Team work: As part of laboratory exercises the students work, individually and in groups, in the Laboratory of Agronomy and in the Farm of Democritus University on various practical items associated with Field Crops (such as seed recognition, seed germination, preparation and establishment of the student field, basic principles of fertilization).
§ Decision making: Through several case studies the students are familiarized in decisions on resolving the most important problems related with Field Crops.
§ Literature search, data analysis and synthesis
§ Development of inductive thinking
- COURSE CONTENT
|INTRODUCTION – CONTENT OF THE COURSE
Introduction (Agriculture as an art and science, agriculture and human nutrition, origin of crop plants, classification of crop plants with different criteria)
Structure and function of field crops
Environment and development of plants – Climate (solar radiation, temperature, rainfall and other precipitation, wind, light, evapotranspiration, photoperiod, the agricultural climate of Greece and distribution of crops)
Environment and development of plants – soil, and biotic factors.
Growth, development and yield of crops.
Plant nutrition and fertilization.
Seed and seeding.
Cropping systems (monoculture, intercropping, convention agriculture, sustainable agriculture)
Cropping systems (Integrative crop production, organic agriculture, precision agriculture, new technologies in agriculture, good agricultural practices, environmental indices, application of good agricultural practices).
Brief presentation of the main field crops that are important for Greece. The products and the quality of these products.
- TEACHING AND LEARNING ASSESSMENT METHODS
|DELIVERING METHOD||Lectures in the amphitheater, Laboratory exercises at the Laboratory of Agronomy and at the Farm of the University|
|IT USE||§ Power point, videos
§ On-line databases
§ Communication via e-mail and website
|TEACHING ORGANIZATION||Activity||Semester workload
|Laboratory exercises in groups in the Lab. Of Agronomy and in the University Farm||13 weeks|
(25-hour workload per credit unit)
|In order to pass this course, each student must complete all of the following compulsory requirements:
· Evaluation language: Greek
· Written evaluation at the theoretical part at the end of the semester.
· Written and oral evaluation in the laboratory at the end of the semester.
· The final results derive by combining the performance in theory (80%) and in laboratory (20%).
- PROPOSED LITERATURE
|1. Καραμάνος Α. «Γενική Γεωργία. Αρχές Φυτικής Παραγωγής στις Αροτραίες Καλλιέργειες»
2. Δόρδας Χρ. «Μαθήματα Γενικής Γεωργίας»