Principles of Oceanography

School  Natural Sciences
Academic Unit
 Geology Department
Level of Studies
Course Code
Εξάμηνο σπουδών  1ο
Course Title
 Principles of Oceanography 
Independent Teaching Activities
 Lectures, Laboratory Work
Weekly Teaching Hours
 2(L), 2(LW)
Credits  5
Course Type
 General knowledge, Scientific Area, Skills development
Prerequisite Courses
Language of Instruction & Examinations
 Greek. Teaching may be however performed in English in case that foreign students attend the course
Is the Course offered to Erasmus Students
Course Web-Page (URL)
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course , the students will be able to:

  • Define, explain and summarize the basic principles of Oceanography
  • Analyze and evaluate scientific data to create a conclusion about oceanographic processes
  • Clarify the dynamics of the oceans
  • Discuss and combine techniques for the management of the oceans
General Competences
  • Data retrieval, analysis and synthesis of data and information through the use of new information technologies
  • Adapting to new situations.
  • Decision making.
  • Individual work
  • Production of new research ideas.
  • Respect for the natural environment.
  • Promotion of free, creative and inductive way of thinking 


  • Introduction to the oceans, including a history of oceanography and its early development
  • Practices and methods in oceanography
  • Introduction to the study of the seafloor and marine sediments
  • Geological aspects related to ocean basins
  • Basic properties of the oceans


  • Navigation and positioning in the sea, production of maps related to the seafloor relief
  • Analysis and interpretation of marine sediments
  • Analysis and interpretation of physical properties of sea water (temperature, salinity, density)
Delivery  In classroom and in laboratory (face-to-face)
Use of Information & Communication Technology
  • Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) (power point) in teaching
  • Support of Learning Process and Dissemination of educational material through the e_class  platform.
Teaching Methods
Activity Semester workload
Lectures (2 conduct hours per week x 13 weeks)  2X13 = 26 (hours)
Laboratory work (2 conduct hours per week x 13 weeks)  2X13 =26 (hours)
Individual Study 34 (hours) 
Interpretation and writing of the exercises   3X13 =39 (hours)
 Total number of hours for the Course  125
 Student Performance Evaluation

Ι. Theory

  • Final Exam, written, of increasing difficulty, which may include Multiple choice test, Questions of brief answer, Questions to develop a topic, Judgment questions and Exercise solving.
  • Students are obliged to attend all scheduled laboratory classes and to deliver all the laboratory exercises, during the semester in order to be able to participate to the final exams.
  • Marking Scale: 0-10.
  • Minimum Passing Mark: 5.

ΙΙ. Laboratory

  • Students are obliged to attend all laboratory classe and to deliver the results of all exercises.
  • Maximum number of non delivered laboratory exercises: 3  
Attached Bibliography

Books :

  1. «Μηχανική των ωκεανών», υπό Παπαθεοδώρου Γ., Φερεντίνος Γ., Γεραγά Μ., Εκδόσεις Πανεπιστημίου Πατρών, ISBN: 978-960-530-142-2, Ιστότοποι,

Relative scientific journals:

  1. Marine Geology
  2. Deep-Sea Research
  3. Journal of Physical Oceanography
  4. Global and Planetary Change.