Environmental Oceanography

School  Natural Sciences
Academic Unit
 Geology Department
Level of Studies
Course Code
Εξάμηνο σπουδών  8ο
Course Title
 Environmental Oceanography
Independent Teaching Activities
 Lectures, Laboratory Work and Seminar
Weekly Teaching Hours
 2 (L),21(LW) 1S
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)  https://eclass.upatras.gr/courses/GEO322/
Learning Outcomes

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

  • Define, explain and summarize the human activities that lead to the degradation of the oceans
  • Adapt new technologies to estimate the impact of the human activities to the oceans
  • Discuss and compile methods for the management of these effects.
General Competences
  • Data retrieval, analysis and synthesis of data and information through the use of new information technologies
  • Individual work
  • Team work
  • Work in a multidisciplinary environment
  • Respect for the natural environment.
  • Promotion of free, creative and inductive way of thinking 

Theory and laboratory

  • Marine pollution and water pollutants.
  • Typology of pollutants
  • Sources of marine pollutants
  • Marine litter
  • Physical and Biological parameters of pollutants
  • Effects of pollutants to the oceans. Examples in national and international level
  • Methodologies for the evaluation of the marine pollution
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)  2 X 13 = 26 
Laboratory work (2 conduct hours per week x 13 weeks) 1 X 13 =13 
Seminar  1 X 13 =13
Interpretation and writing of the exercises 30
Individual study 43
 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 classes and to deliver the results of all exercises.

Maximum number of non delivered laboratory exercises: 3  
Attached Bibliography

Books :

  1. «Περιβαλλοντική Ωκεανογραφία», Εκδόσεις Πανεπιστημίου Πατρών

Relative scientific journals:

  1. Marine Pollution Bulletin, Environmental Earth Sciences