The Science of Biology

School  Natural Sciences
Academic Unit
 Geology Department
Level of Studies
Course Code
Εξάμηνο σπουδών  1ο
Course Title
 The Science of Biology
Independent Teaching Activities
Weekly Teaching Hours
Credits  3
Course Type
Prerequisite Courses
 Typically, there are not prerequisite course.
Language of Instruction & Examinations
Is the Course offered to Erasmus Students
 Υes (in English)
Course Web-Page (URL)
Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic principles and processes of the Science of Biology
  2. Comprehend the cell functioning and to gain basic knowledge in Genetics and Biotechnology
  3. Comprehend the plant and animal organisms functioning
  4. Gain basic knowledge on evolution and life diversity
  5. Gain basic knowledge on ecology, biological communities and ecosystems, the biosphere and the biodiversity at multiple scales.

At the end of this course the student will have further developed the following skills/ competences:

  1. Ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories of the Science of Biology
  2. Ability to apply such knowledge and understanding to the solution of biological issues
  3. Ability to interact with others on biological multidisciplinary problems
  4. Study skills needed for continuing professional development
General Competences

Generally, by the end of this course the student will, furthermore, have develop the following general abilities (from the list above):

  • Adaptation to new situations
  • Decision making
  • Autonomous (Independent) work
  • Group work
  • Work in multidisciplinary conditions
  • An Introduction to the Science of Biology
  • How are the cells functioning? Elements on Genetics and Biotechnology
  • How are the plant organisms functioning?
  • How are the animal organisms functioning?
  • Elements on Evolution and Diversity of Life
  • Populations, Communities and Ecosystems – An introduction to Ecology
  • Biodiversity and Biosphere
Delivery  Lectures, seminars (face to face). 
Use of Information & Communication Technology
  • Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) (e.g. powerpoint, videos) in teaching.
  • The lectures content of the course for each chapter are uploaded on the internet, in the form of a series of ppt files, where from the students can freely download them.
Teaching Methods
Activity Semester workload
 Lectures  39
 Autonomous study  50
 Total number of hours for the Course  89
 Student Performance Evaluation
 Written examination at the end of semester (100%)
Attached Bibliography
  1. Starr Cecie, Evers Christine, Starr Lisa (2014). Βιολογία, Βασικές Έννοιες και Αρχές . Utopia Publishing.
  2. CAMPBELL NEIL A., REECE JANE B. (2015). ΒΙΟΛΟΓΙΑ, ΤΟΜΟΣ Ι Η χημεία της ζωής - Το κύτταρο - Γενετική (μετάφραση: Κοκκορόγιαννης Θόδωρος, Βακάκη Βασιλική). Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Κρήτης.