Andrea Funk: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2019

NameMs Andrea Funk
DepartmentEnvironmental Systems Science

701-0268-00LBiodiversity Excursions Restricted registration - show details
Limited to students in the 2nd semester of the study programmmes: Environmental Sciences Bachelor.
2 credits4PJ. Jokela, U. Brändle, A. Funk, M. Greeff
AbstractStudents deepen their basic understanding of systematics and acquire exemplary knowledge of selected organism groups using online tutorials. They then carry out their own determinations on excursions to different habitats and apply methods of biodiversity detection. In workshops, the collected data are analyzed and discussed with a view to various ecological questions.
ObjectiveThe students are able to:
- show the relationship between phenotypic characteristics and taxonomic classification for different groups of organisms
- identify key criteria for the taxonomic classification of selected organism groups and carry out classifications
- explain Biodiversity Assessment Methods including their applications and limits, based on their own experience
- make quantitative estimates of biodiversity in selected habitats based on their own data surveys
Content1) Einführung in die Thematik Systematik, Artenkenntnisse, Methoden der Biodiversitätserfassung und Überblick über die zu bearbeitenden Organismengruppen und Exkursionsmodule. (Plenumsveranstaltung, am Di-Nachmittag, 19. Februar 2019)
2) Bestimmungsübungen mit Online-Tutorials zu den zugeteilten Organismen und Exkursionsmodulen. Je Exkursionsmodul werden ca. 10-20 Arten/Familien bearbeitet. (Selbststudium)
3) 6 halbtägige Bestimmungs- und Erfassungsübungen (Exkursionsmodule) im Feld zu den zugeteilten und vorbereiteten Organismen, wenn möglich mit mobiler Datenerfassung mittels GIS-App (Collector ArcGIS, (mehrere, teils parallele Gruppenveranstaltungen)
4) Datenworkshops mit Datenauswertung inkl. Präsentation der Daten, Diskussion und Ausblick. (Veranstaltungen in Gruppen, jeder Student nimmt an einem Workshop teil, Zuteilung aufgrund der besuchten Exkursionsmodule)
Prerequisites / NoticeVorlesung 551-0001-00L Allgemeine Biologie I & 701-0243-01L Biologie III: Ökologie

Die Anmeldung zu den Exkursionen erfolgt gemäss separater Ausschreibung im Dezember 2018, Information in LV Umweltsysteme II im Dezember.
701-1001-00LProfessional Internship Information Restricted registration - show details
Only for Environmental Sciences MSc.
Completion and enrollment for the course «Professional Internship” is only possible after admission requirements and all additional requirements are fulfilled.
30 creditsA. Funk
AbstractIn the compulsory internship outside of ETH, the students in Environmental Sciences learn about how environmental issues are handled professionally through their own practical work and by applying the knowledge they have acquired. They will analyse complex environmental problems on scientific, technical and social levels and develop solutions in conjunction with social actors.
ObjectiveDuring the internship, students will learn how to professionally handle environmental issues from the technical-scientific, planning, administrative, and/or advisory perspective through their own practical experiences. They should apply the knowledge acquired from their studies. Furthermore, students will deepen their understanding in terms of development and implementation of environmental-friendly solutions in an everyday work-routine. Through this experience, they will develop important professional competence. Moreover, the internship will show them possible professional fields and establish valuable contacts for starting their careers in the future.
ContentThe professional internship is a compulsory part of the Master’s degree programme and requires that each student complete 18 weeks outside of ETH Zurich. It can be completed in Switzerland or abroad. The students choose the position of the internship themselves. The position needs to fulfil the aims and requirements of the compulsory internship.

Job positions for environmental scientists are available in the following areas: environmental consulting firms, engineering and planning offices, clean-tech companies, industrial and service companies, federal administration, administration of cantons and municipalities, organisations and associations as well as companies operating in education, higher education, and media in relation to environmental and sustainable themes. Generally, the internship is performed outside the realm of the university.
Lecture notesDetailed instructions and templates on the compulsory internship can be found at
LiteratureApplication guide ETH Career Center
Prerequisites / NoticeThe students look for a placement themselves. In order for an internship to be recognised as compulsory professional internship, an internship agreement must be approved in advance by the Internship Coordinator.

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