Biological Concepts and Systems


  1. The objective of the course is on the one hand to familiarise students with the subject and several basic concepts of biological systems, while on the other hand to present and demonstrate the various modelling techniques and to study in vivo indicative experimental models. The course surveys the concepts and problems of systems theory as applied to biological problems with emphasis on modern and/or specialised subjects, such as self-organisation, autonomy, autopoiesis and behavioural emergence. The course also briefly presents some fundamental approaches and problems of behavioural and evolutionary biology that constitute systematic modelling targets, such as sociobiology and the species problem.

  2. At a practical level, a number of examples are given on modelling, experimentation and study with mathematical, computational and graphical methods, as well as a comparison and evaluation of the various methodologies.


	Elpida Tzafestas
	Associate Professor
	Cognitive Science Laboratory
	Department of History and Philosophy of Science (M.I.Th.E.)
	National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
	University Campus, Ano Ilisia 15771 Athens
	Tel. (+30) 210-727 5522,
	     (+30) 210-727 5506
	Fax. (+30) 210-727 5530


Course material

Practical assignments (indicative)

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