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Compulsory 13B002 1st 5 Hrs/Wk 3 Hrs/Wk 7 9.5

1. To provide a course on Zoology, introducing students to the principles of animal developmental, phylogeny and diversity.

2. To prepare students for more specialized courses such as developmental biology, evolutionary biology and histology.

3. To show how animals take their form and how animal evolution has shaped the animal diversity.

4. To outline the different animal phyla and provide the evolutionary links between unicellular and multicellular organisms.

5. To investigate the differences in body forms and diversity of animals at the systems level.

6. To develop anatomy, taxonomy and integrative biology skills.


At the end of the course students should: a) Acquire enhanced knowledge on animal development, taxonomy, phylogeny, diversity and evolution, b) Be able to develop cogent and critical arguments based on animal form diversity and evolutionary histories, c) Be able to perform, analyze and report on experiments and observations from animal anatomy and comparative physiology, d) Be able to integrate related topics from separate parts of the course such as comparative anatomy, evolutionary histories and evo-devo approaches.


Science of Zoology (1 Hr) - Biological Evolution-Animal Taxonomy (2 Hrs) - Reproduction (2 Hrs) - Introduction to Developmental Biology (1 Hr) - Principles of Animal Development (2 Hrs) - Unicellular Eukaryotes (2 Hrs) - Transition to Multicellularity (1 Hr) - Pathogenic Unicellular Eukaryotes (2 Hrs) - Porifera-Cnidaria (2 Hrs) - Principles of Parasitism (1 Hr) - Platyhelminthes (2 Hrs) - Lophotrochozoa (2 Hrs) - Animal-derived Biomaterials (1 Hr) - Mollusca (2 Hrs) - Annelida (2 Hrs) - Toxins-Poisons (1 Hr) - Lesser Ecdysozoa (2 Hrs) - Myriapoda-Chelicerata (2 Hrs) - Insects and Humans (1 Hr) - Hexapoda (2 Hrs) - Crustacea (2 Hrs) - Animal Cognition (1 Hr) - Ambulacraria (2 Hrs) - Early Chordates (2 Hrs) - Big Sharks: Threat or Threatened (1 Hr) - Osteichthyes (4 Hrs) - Animal Homeostasis (1 Hr) - Amphibia (4 Hrs) - Animal Diversity in Greece (1 Hr) - Reptilia (4 Hrs) - Animal Behaviour (1 Hr) - Aves (4 Hrs) - Comparative Anatomy (1 Hr) - Mammalia (4 Hrs)


1. Unicellular Eukaryotes – 2. Porifera-Cnidaria – 3. Mollusca – 4. Worms – 5. Land Arthropods – 6. Crustacea – 7. Osteichthyes – 8. Amphibia – 9. Reptilia – 10. Mammalia

  Lectures: Skarlatos Dedos, Associate Professor of Zoology (Coordinator) - Anastasios Legakis, Professor of Animal Diversity - Panayiotis Pafilis, Associate Professor of Animal Diversity - Persefone Megalofonou, Professor of Ichthyology - Dr. Chl. Adamopoulou, Laboratory Teaching Staff - Dr. I. Anastasiou, Laboratory Teaching Staff - Dr. V. Krikoni-Kyritsi, Laboratory Teaching Staff
  Practicals: Skarlatos Dedos, Associate Professor of Zoology (Coordinator) - Anastasios Legakis, Professor of Animal Diversity - Panayiotis Pafilis, Associate Professor of Animal Diversity - Persefone Megalofonou, Professor of Ichthyology - Dr. Chl. Adamopoulou, Laboratory Teaching Staff - Dr. I. Anastasiou, Laboratory Teaching Staff - Dr. V. Venou, Laboratory Teaching Staff - E. Galenou, Laboratory Teaching Staff - Dr. Chr. Georgiadis, Laboratory Teaching Staff - Dr. B. Krikoni-Kyritsi, Laboratory Teaching Staff

Upon completion of the course, written exams are taking place in February at the end of the fall semester. The written exams last for 3 hrs in which time students are required to answer to 10 theoretical questions pertinent to the lectures and also answer to 10 practical questions pertinent to the practicals they attended.

Students must have attended all practical classes to be eligible to sit for the practicals’ exams otherwise they are obliged to attend the course the following year. Exam papers are marked with a range of 0-10 (lowest-highest) and a student is regarded as passing the course only when he/she has scored at least 5/10 in the theoretical as well as practicals’ exams.

Any student that has failed to either or both of these can re-sit for the exams in September at the end of the academic year. Students with disabilities or learning difficulties can ask for an oral exam, in addition to the written exam, which will take.
  If you require more information, please contact the Course Coordinator, Assoc. Prof. Skarlatos Dedos at: Tel. +30 210 727 4705; e-mail: sdedos[at]biol.uoa[dot]gr