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Environmental Engineering Bachelor Information
6. Semester
Compulsory Courses 6. Semester
Examination Block 4
851-0705-01LEnvironmental Law II: Fields of Law and Case StudiesO3 credits2VM. Pflüger, A. Gossweiler
AbstractOverview of selected fields of Swiss Environmental Law. Outline of European Environmental Law (excursus). Immission control (protection against noise, air pollution), climate protection, conservation of water, forest and nature, regulations on waste and contaminated sites. Theory and consolidation based on case studies and guest lectures.
ObjectiveBasic understanding of scope and function of Environmental Law in the selected fields. Basic knowledge of legal instruments and of interrelations within Environmental Law and other fields of law. The students will be able to comprehend all sides of a question and to develop a possible legal solution (practical training on case studies).
ContentDie Vorlesung gliedert sich in einzelne Teile und umfasst hauptsächlich folgende Themen: Grundkonzept des Immissionsschutzes, Lärmschutz und Luftreinhaltung, Klimaschutz, Gewässerschutz, Naturschutz, Wald, Behandlung von Abfällen/Altlasten. Diskussion von konkreten Fällen. Vorgesehen sind zudem zwei Gastreferate von externen Experten.
Lecture notesChristoph Jäger/Andreas Bühler, Schweizerisches Umweltrecht, Stämpfli-Skripten, Bern 2016
Prerequisites / NoticeVorausgesetzt wird der Besuch der Vorlesung "Umweltrecht I: Grundlagen und Konzepte" im Herbstsemester
Additional Compulsory Courses
102-0526-01LLaboratory Course in Environmental Engineering II Restricted registration - show details O7 credits4PD. Braun, M. Floriancic, H. P. Füchslin, S. Rubli, B. Schäppi, P. Weber
AbstractCharacterisation of relevant processes and systems for the environment with experimental methods: incineration plants, activated sludge reactors, hydraulic systems, evapotranspiration, disinfection of drinking water.
ObjectiveCharacterisation of relevant processes and systems for the environment with experimental methods: incineration plants, activated sludge reactors, hydraulic systems, evapotranspiration, disinfection of drinking water.
ContentEs werden Experimente zu den folgenden Gebieten durchgeführt:
- Hydromechanische Experimente und Strömungsmesstechnik
- Sauerstoffeintrag und Sauerstoffzehrung in Belebtschlammreaktoren
- Erhebung und Analyse von hydrologischen Daten, Berechnung der Evapotranspiration.
- Mikrobiologische Untersuchung und Desinfektion von Trinkwasser
- Einfache Stoffflussanalyse von einer Holzverbrennungsanlage
Lecture notesUnterlagen werden abgegeben.
Elective Blocks
Elective Block: Environmental Planning
101-0414-00LTransport Planning (Transportation I) Information W3 credits2GK. W. Axhausen
AbstractThe lecture course discusses the basic concepts, approaches and methods of transport planning in both their theoretical and practical contexts.
ObjectiveThe course introduces the basic theories and methods of transport planning.
ContentBasic 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.
LiteratureOrtuzar, J. de D. and L. Willumsen (2011) Modelling Transport, Wiley, Chichester.
103-0357-00LEnvironmental Planning Information W3 credits2GM. Sudau, S.‑E. Rabe
AbstractThe lecture covers tools, methods and procedures of
Landscape and Environmental Planning developed. By means of field trips their implementation will be illustrated.
ObjectiveKnowledge of the various instruments and possibilities for the practical implementation of environmental planning.
Knowledge of the complex interactions of the instruments.
Content- forest planning
- inventories
- Intervention and compensation
- ecological network
- agricultural policy
- landscape development concepts (LEK)
- parks
- swiss concept of landscape
- riverine zone
- natural hazards
- field trips
Lecture notes- lecture notes concerning the instruments
- Handouts
- Copies of selected literature

Download: Link
Prerequisites / NoticeAdditional information on mode of examination:
No calculators allowed
Elective Block: Soil Protection
701-0524-00LSoil BiologyW3 credits2VO. Daniel, B. W. Frey
AbstractSoil 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.
ObjectiveBasic 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?
ContentStructure 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 notesHandouts and student assignments will be distributed during the course.
LiteratureNo specific books required. Some recommendations will be given in the course
Prerequisites / NoticePrerequisites: basic knowledge in soil physics, soil chemistry, zoology and mikrobiology.
701-0518-00LSoil Resources and Global ChangeW3 credits2GS. Dötterl, M. W. Evangelou
AbstractIntroduction into the importance, concepts and areas of action related to soil development and the use of soil resources in a changing world.
ObjectiveUnderstanding 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
ContentSoil 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 notesHandouts will be available for download. Related scientific articles will be recommended after each session.
LiteratureSome 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 / NoticePrerequisites: 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
101-0206-00LHydraulic EngineeringW5 credits4GR. Boes
AbstractHydraulic systems, schemes and structures (e.g. dams, intakes, conduits, pipes, open channels, weirs, powerhouses, locks), fundamentals in river engineering and natural hazards
ObjectiveKnowledge 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
ContentHydraulic 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.
Field trip.
Lecture notesComprehensive script "Hydraulic structures" in German.
Literatureliterature references are given at the end of each chapter of the script. Recommended books: see course description in German
Prerequisites / Noticestrongly 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.
529-0191-01LElectrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage TechnologiesW4 credits3GL. Gubler, E. Fabbri, J. Herranz Salañer
AbstractThe 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.
ObjectiveStudents 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.
ContentOverview 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 notesall 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 / NoticeBasic physical chemistry background required, prior knowledge of electrochemistry basics desired.
227-0803-00LEnergy, Resources, Environment: Risks and ProspectsW6 credits4GO. Zenklusen, T. Flüeler
AbstractMultidisciplinary, 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.
ObjectiveDevelop 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.
ContentFollowing 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 notesPresentations and reader provided in electronic formats.
LiteratureReader provided in electronic formats.
Prerequisites / Notice-
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