061-0103-00L  Plant Ecology

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersT. Galí-Izard, A. Gessler, M. Lévesque, J. Luster, C. A. Medina Novoa, A. Rigling, A. Rudow, T. M. Wohlgemuth
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


061-0103-00 GPlant Ecology Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.
Module dates 30.10. - 09.11.23
The detailed course schedule is published at the beginning of the semester on the program website and is included in the reader.
40s hrs
30.10. - 09.11.08:00-11:30HIL G 64 »
02.11.12:45-16:30HIL G 64 »
09.11.12:45-16:30HIL G 64 »
T. Galí-Izard, A. Gessler, M. Lévesque, J. Luster, C. A. Medina Novoa, A. Rigling, A. Rudow, T. M. Wohlgemuth

Catalogue data

AbstractThis course introduces plant ecology. Through lectures, exercises and excursions, students will gain a broad vision of the cutting edge topics that are being researched and studied at the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH and WSL. This will be the base for a future dialog between the field of landscape architecture and the field of sciences.
ObjectiveStudents acquire basic knowledge in plant ecology focusing in its application in the field of landscape architecture. Temporal and physical scale, research methods, units of measurement, lexicon, modes of representation and critical literature form the framework for the joint discourse.
ContentThe fundamental course “Plant Ecology” is an introduction to the field of living systems, starting with the history of ecology, followed by an introduction to plant physiology. The course will also introduce students to the specifics of the rhizosphere, disturbance ecology and forests. Lastly, the course will focus on the specifics of tree structure and function.
Lecture notesCourse material will be provided.
LiteratureThe course material includes a reading list.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe fundamental course is organized with the Fundamental Studio I as a joint two-week module. The weekly schedule is provided with the course documents.

Module 5 "Plant Ecology", 30.10.–09.11.2023

The course is held in English.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsassessed
Self-awareness and Self-reflection assessed

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersT. Galí-Izard, A. Gessler, M. Lévesque, J. Luster, C. A. Medina Novoa, A. Rigling, A. Rudow, T. M. Wohlgemuth
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 120 minutes
Written aidsNone
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

Learning materials

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General : Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers
PriorityRegistration for the course unit is only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupLandscape Architecture MSc (061000)

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