701-1692-00L  Interdisciplinary Project

SemesterSpring Semester 2019
LecturersF. Knaus, S. Dötterl, M. Lévesque, L. Pellissier, S. Tobias
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


701-1692-00 PInterdisciplinary Project Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.
The general language of the course is English. However, some contacts with experts and some documents are in German. The course introduction takes place on 2.4.2019 from 13:15 to 17:00.
The course itself is composed of 4 days at ETH (4.4., 11.4., 2.5., 9.5.) and two field weeks (3.6.-7.6., 11.6.-14.6.).
The detailed program will be sent out two weeks before the course introduction.
8 hrs
02.04.13:15-17:00HG G 26.1 »
04.04.08:15-17:00ML H 37.1 »
11.04.08:15-17:00ML H 37.1 »
02.05.08:15-17:00ML H 37.1 »
09.05.08:15-17:00ML H 37.1 »
F. Knaus, S. Dötterl, M. Lévesque, L. Pellissier, S. Tobias

Catalogue data

AbstractCapstone course in which students solve complex real-world land-use problems, for which there is no single correct solution. Students work in project teams and take the role of consultants. They integrate the knowledge acquired during their previous studies and deepen their analysis, judgment and writing skills.
ObjectiveThe project-based learning context aims at developing and sharpening the following skills:
- to autonomously solve a real-world problem from the project assignment to the presentation of results,
- to autonomously develop a suitable approach to solve the questions of the project
- to apply, integrate and adapt knowledge and skills from different disciplines,
- to adequately use methods and tools to manage spatial and scalar data,
- to work in a project team and to solve possible team-conflicts.
ContentEach student group is working on a case-study, which is based on a specific problem, defined by cantonal authorities. Students are searching information from literature, developing appropriate approaches, gathering own data, analyzing (geo)data and write a coherent report. Original plans and source documents are available in their original language. Students follow and adapt a systematic problem solving cycle, consisting of:
- capturing and formulation of the problem, goal and scope definition
- capturing of the actual system state
- developing a methodological approach that delivers the results required to solve the problems or questions
- evaluating possible solutions and/or scenarios
- solution proposal and recommendation to decision-makers

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits5 credits
ExaminersF. Knaus, S. Dötterl, M. Lévesque, L. Pellissier, S. Tobias
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.

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General : Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers

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