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School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Now offering two distinct diplomas: Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering



School Environmental Engineering
Course Level Undergraduate
Course ID ENVE 112 Semester 1st
Course Category Required
Course Modules Instruction Hours per Week ECTS
Lectures and Laboratory Assignments 4
Th=2, E=0, L=2
Course Type General Background
Instruction/Exam Language Greek
The course is offered to Erasmus students Yes
Course URL (in Greek)



Learning Outcomes

1. Systems & ecosystems:

  • the students will gain knowledge on the concept of “system” and its use for the study of ecosystems
  • the students will learn the basic models applied in Ecology

2. Organisms in the environment:

  • the students will have knowledge on the basic groups of organisms, which live in ecosystems
  • they will learn the basic metabolic steps/pathways, through which energy is produced and transferred within an ecosystem
  • the students will learn the concept of “limiting factor” and its role
  • they will learn the major environmental factors, which affect the energy flux

3. Populations:

  • the students will learn the basic models applied for the study of populations growth within an ecosystem
  • they will study/analyze the growth of populations through different exercises and small projects
  • they will be able to understand the growth strategies of various species

4. Ecosystems:

  • the students will be able to understand the energy flux through food chains & webs
  • they will evaluate the energy model
  • they will gain knowledge on nutrient cycling
  • they will gain experience with exercises & projects

5. Environmental problems & pollution:

  • the students will have knowledge of the major environmental problems, in terms of the alteration and degradation of ecosystems
  • they will gain knowledge on the concept & importance of biodiversity
  • they will be aware of the pollution of water/soil/atmosphere & climate change

6. Environmental management:

  • the students will focus on the basic steps of wastewater treatment
  • they will work with environmental indicators for the assessment of environmental quality
General Competencies/Skills
  • Review, analysis and synthesis of data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Teamwork
  • Environmental protection
  • Work in interdisciplinary environment


1. Systems & ecosystems

  • The concept of system
  • Mathematical models
  • System stability
  • Application of models in ecology

2. Organisms in the environment

  • Categories of organisms
  • Chemical synthesis of the cell
  • Metabolism - enzymes
  • Photosynthesis – Respiration - Chemosynthesis
  • Limiting factor
  • Interactions between organisms and the environment

3. Populations

  • Populations dynamics
  • Models on population growth
  • Populations interactions
  • Natural selection & evolution
  • Population growth strategies

4. Ecosystems

  • The flux of energy through ecosystems
  • Limiting factors in various environments
  • Nutrient cycling
  • Aquatic ecosystems

5. Deterioration of natural environment

  • Deforestation
  • Corrosion
  • Desertification
  • Salination
  • Biodiversity

6. Toxic pollution

  • Toxic pollutants
  • Bioaccumulation
  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Xenobiotics
  • Heavy metals & inorganic compounds ενώσεις

7. Water pollution

  • Sources & effects of aquatic pollution
  • Oxygen deficiency
  • Eutrophication
  • Contamination
  • Toxic pollutants
  • Oil spills
  • Thermal pollution

8. Atmospheric pollution

  • Sources & effects of atmospheric pollutants
  • Acid rain
  • Ozone layer depletion
  • Greenhouse effect
  • Climate change

9. Environmental management

  • Aquatic pollution prevention & control
  • Environmental indicators & life cycle analysis


Lecture Method Direct (face to face)
Use of Information and Communication Technology
  • Power point presentations
  • E-class support
Instruction Organisation Activity Workload per Semester
- Lectures 40
- 10  Lab assignments 30
- 10 Lab group reports 20
- Autonomous study 10
Course Total 100

Assessment Method

Ι. Written final examination (60%).

  • Questions of theoretical knowledge. 
  • Theoretical problems to be resolved.

ΙΙ. Lab work (40%).

  • Ten lab exercises - team reports: 60% of the Lab grade
  • Final written lab exam: 40% of the Lab grade


  • Οικολογία, Οικοσυστήματα και Προστασία του Περιβάλλοντος, Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 41959128,  Έκδοση 2007, Συγγραφέας: Κ. Χατζημπίρος. ISBN 978-960-266-121-5. Εκδόσεις ΣΥΜΜΕΤΡΙΑ.
  • Οικολογία, Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 45453, Έκδοση: 3η/1996, Συγγραφέας: Σ.  Λυκάκης. ISBN: 978-960-266-165-9. Εκδόσεις Σ. ΑΘΑΝΑΣΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ & ΣΙΑ Ο.Ε.
  • E-class presentations & notes
  • ECOLOGY - From Individuals to Ecosystems, Michael Begon, Blackwell publishing, 4th edition. ISBN-13: 978-1-4051-1117-1 (hard cover : alk. paper)
  • Ecology – Concepts & applications, Manuel C. Molles Jr., McGrawHill Higher Education, 4th edition. ISBN 978-0-07-305082-9


Course Instructor: Associate Professor D. Venieri (Faculty - EnvEng)
Lectures: Associate Professor D. Venieri (Faculty - EnvEng)
Tutorial exercises:  
Laboratory Exercises: I. Gounaki (LTS - EnvEng)