Search result: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2020
|Environmental Engineering Bachelor|
|Elective Block: Environmental Planning|
|101-0414-00L||Transport Planning (Transportation I)||W||3 credits||2G||K. W. Axhausen|
|Abstract||The lecture course discusses the basic concepts, approaches and methods of transport planning in both their theoretical and practical contexts.|
|Objective||The course introduces the basic theories and methods of transport planning.|
|Content||Basic theoretical links between transport, space and economic development; basic terminology; measurement and observation of travel behaviour; methods of the four stage approach; cost-benefit analysis.|
|Literature||Ortuzar, J. de D. and L. Willumsen (2011) Modelling Transport, Wiley, Chichester.|
|103-0357-00L||Environmental Planning||W||3 credits||2G||M. Sudau, S.‑E. Rabe|
|Abstract||The lecture covers tools, methods and procedures of|
Landscape and Environmental Planning developed. By means of field trips their implementation will be illustrated.
|Objective||Knowledge of the various instruments and possibilities for the practical implementation of environmental planning.|
Knowledge of the complex interactions of the instruments.
|Content||- forest planning|
- Intervention and compensation
- ecological network
- agricultural policy
- landscape development concepts (LEK)
- swiss concept of landscape
- riverine zone
- natural hazards
- field trips
|Lecture notes||- lecture notes concerning the instruments|
- Copies of selected literature
|Prerequisites / Notice||Additional information on mode of examination:|
No calculators allowed
|Elective Block: Soil Protection|
|701-0524-00L||Soil Biology||W||3 credits||2V||O. Daniel, B. W. Frey|
|Abstract||Soil organisms play a key role in natural soil functions. The course focuses on anthropogenic impacts such as management, land-use change and climate change on soil biodiversity.|
|Objective||Basic knowledge on biological structures and functions in soil. Discussion of biological interactions, nutrient cycles and energy fluxes in the subsurface. Here we try to answer the following questions: How do environmental factors influence soil organisms? How they can be studied and how they are influenced? Which ecosystem functions are performed by soil organisms? What are important microbial processes in the carbon and nitrogen cycle?|
|Content||Structure of the habitat soil: Chemical, physical and biological factors coupling soil-water-air. Structure of soil biocoenoses. Soil fauna-environment and soil microorganism-environment interactions. Nutrient cycles, organic matter decomposition and biologically catalyzed processes in soil. Evaluation of soil biological methods.|
|Lecture notes||Handouts and student assignments will be distributed during the course.|
|Literature||No specific books required. Some recommendations will be given in the course|
|Prerequisites / Notice||Prerequisites: basic knowledge in soil physics, soil chemistry, zoology and mikrobiology.|
|701-0518-00L||Soil Resources and Global Change||W||3 credits||2G||S. Dötterl, M. W. Evangelou|
|Abstract||Introduction into the importance, concepts and areas of action related to soil development and the use of soil resources in a changing world.|
|Objective||Understanding the |
- conditions under which soils develop and are used at the global scale
- consequences and problems of the use of soil and the resulting pressure on soil resources
- impact of climate and global change on the future development of soil resources
|Content||Soil functions and soil formation; regional and global soil development, impacts of land use on soil water and gas circulation; forms of soil pollution and degradation; regional and global estimates of soil degradation; soil amendment and remediation of contaminated soils; planning and legal implementation of soil protection.|
|Lecture notes||Handouts will be available for download. Related scientific articles will be recommended after each session.|
|Literature||Some useful text books to know of: |
- Scheffer/Schachtschabel - Soil Science, Springer, Heidelberg, 2016.
- Brady N.C. and Weil, R.R. The Nature and Properties of Soils. 14th ed. Prentice Hall, 2007.
- Press & Siever: Allgemeine Geologie, 7th ed., Springer, Heidelberg, 2016.
- Mason/Burt - Physical Geography, 5th ed., Oxford Uni. Press, Oxford, 2015.
|Prerequisites / Notice||Prerequisites: Interest in physical geography and soil development. Basic knowledge in chemistry, biology and geology. A previous participation in lecture "Pedosphere" (701-0501-00L) is recommended.|
|Elective Block: Civil Engineering|
|101-0206-00L||Hydraulic Engineering||W||5 credits||4G||R. Boes|
|Abstract||Hydraulic systems, schemes and structures (e.g. dams, intakes, conduits, pipes, open channels, weirs, powerhouses, locks), fundamentals in river engineering and natural hazards|
|Objective||Knowledge of hydraulic systems and their main hydraulic components and structures; competence in planning and design of hydraulic structures with regard to serviceability, reliability and cost-effectiveness|
|Content||Hydraulic systems: High-head storage power plants and low-head run-of-river power plants.|
Weirs: weir and gate types, hydraulic design.
Intakes: intake types, desilting facilities and sand traps.
Channels: design, open and closed channels.
Closed conduits: linings, hydraulic design of pressure tunnels and shafts.
Dams and reservoirs: dam types, appurtenant structures
River engineering: flow computation, sediment transport, engineering and environmental measures.
Natural hazards: types, basics of countermeasures
Inland navigation: channels and locks.
Exercises in written form, exercises in hydraulic and computer laboratory.
|Lecture notes||Comprehensive script "Hydraulic structures" in German.|
|Literature||literature references are given at the end of each chapter of the script. Recommended books: see course description in German|
|Prerequisites / Notice||strongly recommended: basic knowledge in hydraulics (fluid mechanics)|
| Elective Block: Energy|
Offer in HS (as from HS19 on):
-227-1635-00L Electric Circuits
-151-1633-00L Energy Conversion
At least 10KP must be achieved for the elective block: Energy.
|529-0191-01L||Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Technologies||W||4 credits||3G||L. Gubler, E. Fabbri, J. Herranz Salañer|
|Abstract||The course provides an introduction to the principles and applications of electrochemical energy conversion (e.g. fuel cells) and storage (e.g. batteries) technologies in the broader context of a renewable energy system.|
|Objective||Students will discover the importance of electrochemical energy conversion and storage in energy systems of today and the future, specifically in the framework of renewable energy scenarios. Basics and key features of electrochemical devices will be discussed, and applications in the context of the overall energy system will be highlighted with focus on future mobility technologies and grid-scale energy storage. Finally, the role of (electro)chemical processes in power-to-X and deep decarbonization concepts will be elaborated.|
|Content||Overview of energy utilization: past, present and future, globally and locally; today’s and future challenges for the energy system; climate changes; renewable energy scenarios; introduction to electrochemistry; electrochemical devices, basics and their applications: batteries, fuel cells, electrolyzers, flow batteries, supercapacitors, chemical energy carriers: hydrogen & synthetic natural gas; electromobility; grid-scale energy storage, power-to-gas, power-to-X and deep decarbonization, techno-economics and life cycle analysis.|
|Lecture notes||all lecture materials will be available for download on the course website.|
|Literature||- M. Sterner, I. Stadler (Eds.): Handbook of Energy Storage (Springer, 2019).|
- C.H. Hamann, A. Hamnett, W. Vielstich; Electrochemistry, Wiley-VCH (2007).
- T.F. Fuller, J.N. Harb: Electrochemical Engineering, Wiley (2018)
|Prerequisites / Notice||Basic physical chemistry background required, prior knowledge of electrochemistry basics desired.|
|227-0803-00L||Energy, Resources, Environment: Risks and Prospects||W||6 credits||4G||O. Zenklusen, T. Flüeler|
|Abstract||Multidisciplinary, interactive course focussing on current debates around environmental and energy issues. Topics include: energy transition, nuclear energy and climate change, 2000-Watt-Society. Concepts such as risk, sustainable development and eco-efficiency are applied to case studies. The course is designed for a pluridisciplinary audience and provides a training ground for critical thinking.|
|Objective||Develop capacities for explicating environmental problems, for scrutinising proposed solutions and for contributing to debates. Analyse complex issues from different perspectives and using a variety of analytical concepts. Understand interactions between the environment, science and technology, society and the economy. Develop skills in critical thinking, scientific writing and presenting.|
|Content||Following a multidisciplinary outline of current issues in environmental and energy policy, the course introduces theoretical and analytical approaches including "risk", "sustainability", "resource management", "messy problems" as well as concepts from institutional design and environmental economics. Large parts of the course are dedicated to case studies and contributions from participants. These serve for applying concepts to concrete challenges and debates. Topics may include: energy transition, innovation, carbon markets, the future of nuclear energy, climate change and development policy, dealing with disaster risk, the use of non-renewable resources, as well as visions such as 2000-watt society.|
|Lecture notes||Presentations and reader provided in electronic formats.|
|Literature||Reader provided in electronic formats.|
|Prerequisites / Notice||-|
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