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Science Education Master Information
Educational Science (for all Directions)
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
851-0240-01LDesigning Learning Environments for School (EW2 TD) Information Restricted registration - show details
Prerequisites: successful participation in 851-0240-00L "Human Learning (EW1)".

Adresses to students enrolled either in Teaching Diploma* (TD) or Teaching Certificate (TC) in Computer Science, Mathematics or Physics.
*Except for students of Sport Teaching Diploma, who complete the sport-specific course unit EW2.
W3 credits2VE. Stern, P. Greutmann, J. Maue
AbstractTeaching is a complex skill. The lecture comprises (a) presentations about the theoretical background of this skill, (b) discussions of practical aspects, and (c) practical exercises.
ObjectiveThe participants have the conceptual und procedural knowledge, and skills necessary for long-term planning, preparing, and implementing good lessons. They can apply this knowledge on different topics of their scientific STEM-background.
ContentWe discuss characteristics of successful lessons and how to design such lessons by using curricula and lesson plans, teaching goals and a variety of teaching methods.
Lecture notesThe lecture comprises interactive parts where the participants elaborate and extend their knowledge and skills. Thus, there is no comprehensive written documentation of the lecture. The participants can download presentation slides, learning materials, and templates from "Moodle".
LiteratureThe necessary literature can be downloaded from "Moodle".
Prerequisites / NoticeThe lecture EW2 can only be attended by students who already successfully completed the lecture Human Learning (EW1).
There will be two independent lectures for different groups of students. You will get further information in an email at the beginning of the semester.
To get the Credits you have to
- regularly attend to the lecture
- have the grade 4 or higher in the final written exam.
851-0240-24LDesigning Learning Environments for Schools (EW2 LD) - Portfolio
- Enrolment only possible with simultaneous enrolment in course 851-0240-01L Designing Learning Environments for School (EW2 LD)!

- Prerequisites: successful participation in 851-0240-00L "Human Learning (EW1)".

- Adresses to students enrolled either in Teaching Diploma* (TD) or Teaching Certificate (TC) in Computer Science, Mathematics or Physics.
*Except for students of Sport Teaching Diploma, who complete the sport-specific course unit EW2.
W1 credit2UP. Greutmann, J. Maue
AbstractIn this lecture, you design a portfolio, i.e. a complete and elaborated teaching enviroment for schools, based on your scientific STEM-background
ObjectiveThis lecture is an implementation and transfer of the theoretical inputs provided by the lecture "Designing Learning Environments for School" (EW2).
851-0238-01LSupport and Diagnosis of Knowledge Acquisition Processes (EW3) Restricted registration - show details
Enrolment only possible with matriculation in Teaching Diploma (except for students of Sport Teaching Diploma, who complete the sport-specific course unit EW3) and for students who intend to enrol in the "Teaching Diploma"
Prerequisites: successful participation in 851-0240-00L "Human Learning (EW1)".
W3 credits3SL. Schalk, P. Edelsbrunner
AbstractIn this seminar students learn advanced techniques to support and to diagnose knowledge acquisition processes in school.
ObjectiveThe main goals are:
(1) You have a deep understanding about the cognitive mechanisms of knowledge acquisition.
(2) You have a basic understanding about psychological test theory and can appropriately administer tests.
(3) You know various techniques of formative assessment and can apply these to uncover students' misconceptions.
Biological Direction
Specialised Courses
Introductory Courses
Selection of courses will be agreed with the course coordinator.
Spec. Courses in Respective Subject with Educational Focus
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
551-0963-00LSpecialized Biology Course with an Educational Focus: Teaching Diploma Restricted registration - show details W12 credits26AE. Hafen, H. Stocker, M. Zwicky
AbstractSpecialist aspects of biology are covered from the angle of imparting these to pupils, their historical development, and their significance for the subject, the individual and society.
ObjectiveAfter successfully completing the module, students should be in a position:
- to call up more in-depth specialist knowledge of biology, covering a wide range of topics, and to impart this to others.
- to explain biological concepts and principles, as well as the way they fit together.
- to analyse controversial topics and to give factual explanations for these.
- to conduct more in-depth work on a research topic and to compile a tuition unit based on this topic
- to prepare tuition units involving complex learning matter at a high specialist level which are suitably tailored to the recipients, and to teach these in a manner conducive to learning.
ContentDemanding biological topics are dealt with under consideration of the special needs of persons involved in teaching. The module comprises four parts:

1) Lecture (Tues. 08.00-09.45 hrs)
2) Colloquium (every second Tues. 10.15-12.00 hrs., begins on first lecture day)
3) Seminar with presentation (every second Tues. 10.15-12.00 hrs., begins in second lecture week)
4) Semester thesis in a research group (7 weeks)
Lecture notesUnterlagen für den Unterricht werden online mit Hilfe der e-learning Platform OLAT abgegeben.
LiteratureLiteratur und Literaturhinweise werden mit der e-learning Platform OLAT abgegeben.
Prerequisites / NoticeThis Course lasts for two semesters. It can be started in autonm or in spring. Booking is only required once.

Performance Assessment:
Performance is assessed during the course of the entire modul, with a final test. Active participation in the colloquia and group seminars is required. The thesis report and an oral presentation have to be completed.

The Specialized Biology Course with an Educational Focus (12 CP) can be acknowledged, in agreement with the advisor of the respective elective major, as one of the two obligatory research projects (each 15 CP). In such a case, additional 3 CP must be obtained in another course.

In case of overbooking of the course, students enrolled in the Teaching Diploma in Biology will have priority for registration.

The course is organized jointly with the University of Zurich (Fachbereich Biologie) and is held at the Life Science Zurich Learning Center of the ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich.
402-0787-00LTherapeutic Applications of Particle Physics: Principles and Practice of Particle TherapyW6 credits2V + 1UA. J. Lomax
AbstractPhysics and medical physics aspects of particle physics
Subjects: Physics interactions and beam characteristics; medical accelerators; beam delivery; pencil beam scanning; dosimetry and QA; treatment planning; precision and uncertainties; in-vivo dose verification; proton therapy biology.
ObjectiveThe lecture series is focused on the physics and medical physics aspects of particle therapy. The radiotherapy of tumours using particles (particularly protons) is a rapidly expanding discipline, with many new proton and particle therapy facilities currently being planned and built throughout Europe. In this lecture series, we study in detail the physics background to particle therapy, starting from the fundamental physics interactions of particles with tissue, through to treatment delivery, treatment planning and in-vivo dose verification. The course is aimed at students with a good physics background and an interest in the application of physics to medicine.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe former title of this course was "Medical Imaging and Therapeutic Applications of Particle Physics".
Subject Didactics
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
551-0972-00LSubject Didactics Biology II Restricted registration - show details
Prerequisite: Subject Didactics Biology I (551-0971-00L)
W4 credits3GP. Faller
Abstract- Imparting scientific working methods in biology teaching (planning, carrying out, analysing / interpreting and reporting on investigations and experiments).
- The use of computers in the teacher's work
- Demonstrating and developing exemplary teaching methods for different themes in school biology
ObjectiveThe contents and learning objectives of the Subject Didactics I course unit are developed further in Subject Didactics II and put into practice taking key biological tuition topics by way of examples.
In addition, further topics are taken up with the students, as up-and-coming teachers, and covered in greater depth.
Content- Vermittlung von Fertigkeiten (Kompetenzen) im Unterricht.
- Exemplarische Unterrichtsbeispiele zu verschiedenen biologischen Themen.
- Ausserschulische Lernorte, weitergehende Konzepte.
Lecture notesWird laufend in der Vorlesung abgegeben.
LiteratureBerck K.-H. und Graf D.; Biologiedidaktik (2010); Quelle & Meyer Verlag.
Gropengiesser, H., Harms, U. & Kattmann, U. (Hrsg.); Fachdidaktik Biologie (2013); Köln: Aulis
Prerequisites / NoticeFür den Datenaustausch und als Diskussionsforum wird die Internetplattform BSCW eingesetzt.
Chemical Direction
Specialised Courses
Introductory Courses
Selection of courses will be agreed with the course coordinator.
Spec. Courses in Respective Subject with Educational Focus
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
529-0961-00LFundamental Aspects of Chemistry with an Educational Focus AW4 credits2AA. Togni, R. Alberto
AbstractSelected topics in general chemistry:
1) Acids, super acids, acidity functions, and unconventional solvents
2) Inorganic medicinal chemistry
3) History of radioactivity and modern radiochemistry
4) Molecular geometry and structure
ObjectiveIn this course unit, participants acquire extended and more in-depth knowledge of selected chemistry topics. The selection is based to a large extent on the partial aspects of chemistry that are typically taught at high school. By gaining a broader understanding, teachers are put in a position where they can comprehend the topics that are to be taught in a wider and, to some extent, unconventional context and critically process these in respect of their teachability and learnabiltiy. At the same time, interrelationships between the classical sub-disciplines of chemistry are highlighted, along with the unique features of chemistry as one of the central natural sciences.
ContentContent of the four modules:
1) Acids, super acids, acidity functions, non acqueous media, and unconventional solvents.
2) Inorganic medicinal chemistry: Metals in biological systems, metal-containing drugs.
3) History of radioactivity and modern radiochemistry: From the discovery of radioactivity to modern element synthesis.
4) Molecular geometry and structure: From the VSEPR model to the electron localization function (ELF), hypervalent compounds and their applications.
Lecture notesFolien und ausgewählte Literatur werden zur Verfügung gestellt.
LiteratureAusgewählte Artikel aus der Primärliteratur werden vorgestellt, kommentiert und zur Lektüre empfohlen.
Prerequisites / NoticeFV A (gelesen im Frühjahrsemester) und FV B (gelesen im Herbstsemester) bauen nicht aufeinander. Die Reihenfolge der Belegung ist somit indifferent.
Subject Didactics
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
529-0952-00LSubject Didactics Chemistry II Information Restricted registration - show details
Prerequisites: Students may only enrol in this course after having completed the course Subject Didactics in Chemistry I 529-0950-00L.


Information for UZH students:
Enrolment to this course unit only possible at ETH. No enrolment to module 090PCh2 at UZH.
Please mind the ETH enrolment deadlines for UZH students: Link
W4 credits3VA. Baertsch
AbstractIntroduction to Teaching Chemistry at High School Level
ObjectiveStudents have basic didactic knowledge for chemistry lessons at a middle school. They can design and reflect on lessons, engage students actively in class, easily explain challenging concepts, use experiments for theory, teach in the lab and correct exams.
ContentSchwerpunkte im zweiten Studiensemester bilden die folgenden Themen:
- Laborunterricht: Offene Fragestellungen und präzise Anleitungen
- Hausaufgaben, Prüfungen und Noten
- Der Alltagsbezug gibt dem Unterricht Bedeutung
- Medien: Animationen, Filme, Wandtafel und Tablet
- Stöchiometrie
- Reaktionsgeschwindigkeit und Katalyse
- Dynamisches Gleichgewicht
- Säure/Base-Reaktionen
- Redox-Reaktionen
- Organische Chemie
- Strukturaufklärung
- Chiralität
- Biochemie
Lecture notesDie Unterlagen sind auf der Plattform http://fdchemie.pbworks.com zugänglich
LiteratureE. Rossa: Chemie-Didaktik, Cornelsen Verlag, 2015
H.-D. Barke et al: Chemiedidaktik kompakt, Lernprozesse in Theorie und Praxis, Springer Verlag, 2. Auflage, 2015
H.-D. Barke: Chemiedidaktik: Diagnose und Korrektur von Schülervorstellungen, Springer Verlag, 2006
H.-J. Bader et al: Konkrete Fachdidaktik Chemie, Oldenbourg Verlag, 2002
Physical Direction
Specialised Courses
Introductory Courses
Selection of courses will be agreed with the course coordinator.
Spec. Courses in Respective Subject with Educational Focus
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
402-0738-00LStatistical Methods and Analysis Techniques in Experimental PhysicsW10 credits5GM. Donegà, C. Grab
AbstractThis lecture gives an introduction to the statistical methods and the various analysis techniques applied in experimental particle physics. The exercises treat problems of general statistical topics; they also include hands-on analysis projects, where students perform independent analyses on their computer, based on real data from actual particle physics experiments.
ObjectiveStudents will learn the most important statistical methods used in experimental particle physics. They will acquire the necessary skills to analyse large data records in a statistically correct manner. Learning how to present scientific results in a professional manner and how to discuss them.
ContentTopics include:
- modern methods of statistical data analysis
- probability distributions, error analysis, simulation methos, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, setting limits and introduction to multivariate methods.
- most examples are taken from particle physics.

Methodology:
- lectures about the statistical topics;
- common discussions of examples;
- exercises: specific exercises to practise the topics of the lectures;
- all students perform statistical calculations on (their) computers;
- students complete a full data analysis in teams (of two) over the second half of the course, using real data taken from particle physics experiments;
- at the end of the course, the students present their analysis results in a scientific presentation;
- all students are directly tutored by assistants in the classroom.
Lecture notes- Copies of all lectures are available on the web-site of the course.
- A scriptum of the lectures is also available to all students of the course.
Literature1) Statistics: A guide to the use of statistical medhods in the Physical Sciences, R.J.Barlow; Wiley Verlag .
2) J Statistical data analysis, G. Cowan, Oxford University Press; ISBN: 0198501552.
3) Statistische und numerische Methoden der Datenanalyse, V.Blobel und E.Lohrmann, Teubner Studienbuecher Verlag.
4) Data Analysis, a Bayesian Tutorial, D.S.Sivia with J.Skilling,
Oxford Science Publications.
Prerequisites / NoticeBasic knowlege of nuclear and particle physics are prerequisites.
402-0742-00LEnergy and Environment in the 21st Century (Part II) Information W6 credits2V + 1UM. Dittmar
AbstractDespite the widely used concepts of sustainability and sustainable
development, one remarks the absence of a scientific
definition. In this lecture we will discuss, based on the natural laws and the scientific method, various proposed concepts for a
development towards sustainability.
ObjectiveA scientifically useful definition of sustainability?
Unsustainable aspects of our lifestyle and our society?
(unsustainable use of ressources, environmental destruction
and climate change, mass extinctions etc)
How long can humanity continue on its current unsustainable path,
what are the possible consequences? Historical examples of society collapse. What can we learn from them.
Existing Gedanken models/experiments (like Permaculture) promise to transform the human society into the direction of sustainability.
If these ideas would theoretically transform our global society
into a sustainable one, what are the large scale limitations and why
do we not yet follow these ideas?
ContentIntroduction ``sustainability" (24.2.); Population Dynamik (3.3.);
finite (energy)-resources (10.3.); waste problems (17.3.);
water, soil and industrial agriculture (24.3.); biodiversity (31.3.); (un)-sustainable development (7.4./28.4./5.5); example for sustainable systems (12.5./19.5.); human nature, Ethics and earth-care(?) (26.5./2.6.)
Lecture notesWeb page:
http://ihp-lx2.ethz.ch/energy21/index.html
Literaturefor example:
Environmental Physics (Boeker and Grandelle)
A prosperous way down: Principles and Policies (H. Odum and E. Odum)
Prerequisites / NoticeBasic knowledge of the ``physics laws" governing todays energy
system and it use to deliver ``useful" work for our life
(laws of energie conservation and of the
energy transformation to do work).

Interest to learn about the problems (and possible solutions)
related to the transition from an unsustainable use of renewable and non renewable (energy) resources to a sustainable system
using scientific method.
402-0368-13LExtrasolar PlanetsW6 credits2V + 1US. P. Quanz
AbstractThe course introduces in detail the observational methods for the detection and characterization of extra-solar planetary systems and it
covers the physics of planets (in the solar system and in extra-solar systems) and gives a description of planet formation and evolution models.
ObjectiveThe course should provide useful basic knowledge for
first research projects in the field of extra-solar planetary systems and related topics.
ContentContent of the lecture EXTRASOLAR PLANETS
1. Introduction: Planets in the astrophysical context
2. Planets in the solar systems
3. Detecting extra-solar planetary systems
4. Properties of planetary systems
5. Intrinsic properties of extra-solar planets
6. Planet formation
7. Search for bio-signatures
402-0787-00LTherapeutic Applications of Particle Physics: Principles and Practice of Particle TherapyW6 credits2V + 1UA. J. Lomax
AbstractPhysics and medical physics aspects of particle physics
Subjects: Physics interactions and beam characteristics; medical accelerators; beam delivery; pencil beam scanning; dosimetry and QA; treatment planning; precision and uncertainties; in-vivo dose verification; proton therapy biology.
ObjectiveThe lecture series is focused on the physics and medical physics aspects of particle therapy. The radiotherapy of tumours using particles (particularly protons) is a rapidly expanding discipline, with many new proton and particle therapy facilities currently being planned and built throughout Europe. In this lecture series, we study in detail the physics background to particle therapy, starting from the fundamental physics interactions of particles with tissue, through to treatment delivery, treatment planning and in-vivo dose verification. The course is aimed at students with a good physics background and an interest in the application of physics to medicine.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe former title of this course was "Medical Imaging and Therapeutic Applications of Particle Physics".
Subject Didactics
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
402-0910-00LPhysics Didactics I: Special Didactics of Physics Teaching Information Restricted registration - show details
Limited number of participants.
In addition to registering for this course in myStudies, students must apply until 31 January 2018 at mamohr@ethz.ch.
Applications will be recognised in the order of arrival.

Simultaneous enrolment in Introductory Internship Physics - course 402-0920-00L - is compulsory for Teaching Diploma Physics.

Information for UZH students:
Enrolment to this course unit only possible at ETH. No enrolment to module 090Phy1 at UZH.
Please mind the ETH enrolment deadlines for UZH students: Link
W4 credits3GM. Mohr
AbstractThe course introduces the principles of subject-oriented didactics in physics: preparation of lectures, planing, boundary conditions, teaching methods, auxiliary materials, experiments, exercises, tests, use of different media
ObjectiveDie Studierenden verfügen über fachdidaktische Grundlagen für den Physikunterricht an einer Mittelschule. Sie können eigene Lektionen unter Berücksichtigung der vielfältigen Rahmenbedingungen planen und durchführen. Sie reflektieren ihren Unterricht und sind bestrebt, ihn didaktisch und pädagogisch weiter zu entwickeln.
Die Studierenden kennen die Einsatzmöglichkeiten, Chancen und Schwierigkeiten verschiedener Unterrichtsmethoden und Hilfsmittel. Sie können die Eignung von Unterrichtsformen im Hinblick auf eine Lernsituation beurteilen. Sie bemühen sich in ihrem Unterricht, geeignete Methoden angepasst an die Klasse und das Thema umzusetzen.
Die Studierenden sind mit Grundlagen des Experimentierens im Physikunterricht vertraut. Sie kennen zahlreiche Experimente zu verschiedenen physikalischen Themen und sind darauf sensibilisiert, Demonstrations- und Schülerexperimente im Unterricht zielgerichtet einzusetzen.
ContentLektionsplanung und –durchführung: Lehrplan, Stundentafel, Zeitbudget, Berücksichtigung von Vorwissen, Alltagsbezug, Übungs- und Hausaufgaben, Prüfungen und Noten, Weiterbildung, Beurteilung
Fachspezifisches: Demonstrations- und Schülerexperimente, Arbeitsmittel zu physikalischen Themen des Grundlagen- und Schwerpunktunterrichts
Einsatz verschiedener Unterrichtsmaterialien: Experimente, Computer, Taschenrechner, Video, Simulation
Unterrichtsformen: Lernaufgabe, Werkstatt, Puzzle, Projekt, Arbeitswoche, Gruppenarbeit, Praktikum
Allg. Didaktik: praktische Beispiele zu Themen aus AD I
Lecture notesA script is available during the lecture.
402-0909-00LPhysics Didactics II: Motivating Instruction Commensurate with the Level Restricted registration - show details
Prerequisite: sucessful completion of course 402-0910-00L Physics Didactics: Special Didactics of Physics Teaching (Lecturer: M. Mohr).

Information for UZH students:
Enrolment to this course unit only possible at ETH. No enrolment to module 090Phy2 at UZH.
Please mind the ETH enrolment deadlines for UZH students: Link
W4 credits3GC. Wagner, A. Vaterlaus
AbstractUnterrichtssequenzen zu vorgegebenen physikalischen Themen werden unter Berücksichtigung der Interessensforschung und der historischen Entwicklung in einem blended Learning Ansatz erarbeitet.
ObjectiveDie Studierenden kennen verschiedene Möglichkeiten der Unterrichtsgestaltung durch unterschiedliche Lernformen und können diese anwenden. Sie beziehen Resultate der Interessensforschung, das Vorwissen sowie das Wissen um häufige Fehlvorstellungen in ihre Unterrichtsentwicklung mit ein und können den Lernerfolg mit Hilfe verschiedener Beurteilungsinstrumente evaluieren.
ContentZu vorgegebenen Themen der Physik werden Lerngelegenheiten für die Gymnasialstufe entwickelt. Dabei soll der Einführung ins Thema, der Stoffauswahl, der Lernform sowie der Ergebnissicherung besondere Aufmerksamkeit geschenkt werden. Diese Lerngelegenheiten werden in einem blended Learning Ansatz mit Referee- und Vorstellungssequenzen ausgearbeitet. Am Ende des Semesters liegen detailliert ausgearbeitete und evaluierte Unterrichtseinheiten zu einem Themenbereich der Mittelschulphysik vor.
Lecture notesWird durch die Teilnehmer im Kurs erarbeitet.
Literaturezum Beispiel: P. Häussler, W. Bünder, R. Duit, W. Gräber, J. Mayer, "Perspektiven für die Unterrichtspraxis", IPN (1998), ISBN 3-89088-124-6
Prerequisites / NoticeDie Inhalte von Fachdidaktik 1 werden in der Fachdidaktik 2 vorausgesetzt.
402-0904-00LProfessional Exercises: Experiments in Physics Teaching Information Restricted registration - show details
Limited number of participants.

Prerequisite: Participation and successful completion in the course Physics Didactics I: Special Didactics of Physics Teaching (402-0910-00L)

Sending an email to mamohr@ethz.ch till 31 May 2018 is mandatory.
Registrations will be made on a first come first serve basis.
W2 credits4GM. Mohr, H. R. Deller, M. Lieberherr, C. Prim
AbstractIn this one-week block course, students practice conducting experiments at high-school level. To do this, the students move between three cantonal high schools in the German-speaking part of Switzerland.
Objective- Students develop their skills in conducting experiments in such a way that they can perform fundamental demonstration experiments and pupil experiments both correctly and successfully in their lessons.
- They are inclined to allocate a high priority to pupils' experiments and are familiar with different forms of organisation.
ContentDie Studierenden arbeiten in Zweiergruppen mit dem reichhaltigen Material einer Mittelschulsammlung unter den im Unterricht üblichen Bedingungen. Anhand geeigneter Demonstrationsexperimente entwickeln sie zunehmende Selbständigkeit im Auswählen des Materials, Aufbauen der Versuchsanordnungen und Vorführen vor den Kollegen/innen. Damit werden sie in die Lage versetzt, die experimentellen Anforderungen in den Übungs- und Praktikumslektionen zu bewältigen.
In einer Werkstatt mit verschiedenen Posten zu Schülerexperimenten lernen sie Schülermaterial, Arbeitsformen, Aufgabenstellungen und die Problematik der Notengebung kennen. Sie erhalten Anregungen zu einfachen Freihandexperimenten, zur Astronomie und Themen der modernen Physik. Sie arbeiten mit Simulationsprogrammen für Physik.
Lecture notesUnterlagen werden zur Verfügung gestellt.
Prerequisites / NoticeBeschränkte Platzzahl.
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