# Search result: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2017

Environmental Sciences Master | ||||||

Course Units for Additional Admission Requirements The courses below are only available for Master students with additional admission requirements. | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |
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406-0062-AAL | Physics IEnrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement. Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 5 credits | 11R | A. Vaterlaus | |

Abstract | Introduction to the concepts and tools in physics: mechanics of point-like and rigid bodies, elasticity theory, elements of hydrostatics and hydrodynamics, periodic motion and mechanical waves. | |||||

Learning objective | Introduction to the scientific methodology. The student should develop his/her capability to turn physical observations into mathematical models, and to solve the latter. The student should acquire an overview over the basic concepts in mechanics. | |||||

Content | Book: Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Douglas C. Giancoli, Pearson Education (2009), ISBN: 978-0-13-157849-4 Chapters: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (without: 6-5, 6-6, 6-8), 7, 8 (without 8-9), 9, 10 (without 10-10), 11 (without 11-7), 13 (without 13-13, 13-14), 14 (without 14-6), 15 (without 15-3, 15-5) | |||||

Literature | see "Content" Friedhelm Kuypers Physik für Ingenieure und Naturwissenschaftler Band 1: Mechanik und Thermodynamik Wiley-VCH Verlag, 2002, 544 S, ca.: Fr. 68.- | |||||

406-0063-AAL | Physics IIEnrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement. Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 5 credits | 11R | A. Vaterlaus | |

Abstract | Introduction to the "way of thinking" and the methodology in Physics. The Chapters treated are Magnetism, Refraction and Diffraction of Waves, Elements of Quantum Mechanics with applications to Spectroscopy, Thermodynamics, Phase Transitions, Transport Phenomena. | |||||

Learning objective | Introduction to the scientific methodology. The student should develop his/her capability to turn physical observations into mathematical models, and to solve the latter. The student should acquire an overview over the basic concepts used in the theory of heat and electricity. | |||||

Content | Book: Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Douglas C. Giancoli, Pearson Education (2009), ISBN: 978-0-13-157849-4 Chapters: 17 (without 17-5, 17-10), 18 (without 18-5, 18-6, 18-7), 19, 20 (without 20-7, 20-8, 20-9, 20-10, 20-11), 21 (without 21-12), 23, 25 (without 25-9, 25-10), 26 (without 26-4, 26-5, 26-7), 27, 28 (without 28-4, 28-5, 28-8. 28-9, 28-10), 29 (without 29-5, 29-8), 32 (without 32-8), 33 (without 33-4, 33-5, 33-9, 33-10), 34 (without 34-4, 34-6, 34-7), 35 (without 35-2, 35-3, 35-9, 35-11, 35-12, 35-13). | |||||

Literature | see "Content" Friedhelm Kuypers Physik für Ingenieure und Naturwissenschaftler Band 2 Elektrizität, Optik, Wellen Verlag Wiley-VCH, 2003, Fr. 77.- | |||||

406-0064-AAL | Physics I and IIEnrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement. Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 10 credits | 21R | A. Vaterlaus | |

Abstract | Concepts and tools in physics: mechanics of point-like and rigid bodies, elasticity theory, elements of hydrostatics and hydrodynamics, periodic motion and mechanical waves. The "way of thinking" and the methodology in Physics. Magnetism, Refraction and Diffraction of Waves, Elements of Quantum Mechanics with applications to Spectroscopy, Thermodynamics, Phase Transitions, Transport Phenomena. | |||||

Learning objective | Introduction to the scientific methodology. The student should develop his/her capability to turn physical observations into mathematical models, and to solve the latter. The student should acquire an overview over the basic concepts used in mechanics, in the theory of heat and electricity. | |||||

Content | Book: Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Douglas C. Giancoli, Pearson Education (2009), ISBN: 978-0-13-157849-4 Chapters: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (without: 6-5, 6-6, 6-8), 7, 8 (without 8-9), 9, 10 (without 10-10), 11 (without 11-7), 13 (without 13-13, 13-14), 14 (without 14-6), 15 (without 15-3, 15-5), 17 (without 17-5, 17-10), 18 (without 18-5, 18-6, 18-7), 19, 20 (without 20-7, 20-8, 20-9, 20-10, 20-11), 21 (without 21-12), 23, 25 (without 25-9, 25-10), 26 (without 26-4, 26-5, 26-7), 27, 28 (without 28-4, 28-5, 28-8. 28-9, 28-10), 29 (without 29-5, 29-8), 32 (without 32-8), 33 (without 33-4, 33-5, 33-9, 33-10), 34 (without 34-4, 34-6, 34-7), 35 (without 35-2, 35-3, 35-9, 35-11, 35-12, 35-13). | |||||

Literature | see "Content" Friedhelm Kuypers Physik für Ingenieure und Naturwissenschaftler Band 1: Mechanik und Thermodynamik Wiley-VCH Verlag, 2002, 544 S, ca.: Fr. 68.- Friedhelm Kuypers Physik für Ingenieure und Naturwissenschaftler Band 2 Elektrizität, Optik, Wellen Verlag Wiley-VCH, 2003, Fr. 77.- | |||||

406-0251-AAL | Mathematics I Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 6 credits | 13R | L. Halbeisen | |

Abstract | This course covers mathematical concepts and techniques necessary to model, solve and discuss scientific problems - notably through ordinary differential equations. | |||||

Learning objective | Mathematics is of ever increasing importance to the Natural Sciences and Engineering. The key is the so-called mathematical modelling cycle, i.e. the translation of problems from outside of mathematics into mathematics, the study of the mathematical problems (often with the help of high level mathematical software packages) and the interpretation of the results in the original environment. The goal of Mathematics I and II is to provide the mathematical foundations relevant for this paradigm. Differential equations are by far the most important tool for modelling and are therefore a main focus of both of these courses. | |||||

Content | 1. Linear Algebra and Complex Numbers: systems of linear equations, Gauss-Jordan elimination, matrices, determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, cartesian and polar forms for complex numbers, complex powers, complex roots, fundamental theorem of algebra. 2. Single-Variable Calculus: review of differentiation, linearisation, Taylor polynomials, maxima and minima, antiderivative, fundamental theorem of calculus, integration methods, improper integrals. 3. Ordinary Differential Equations: separable ordinary differential equations (ODEs), integration by substitution, 1st and 2nd order linear ODEs, homogeneous systems of linear ODEs with constant coefficients, introduction to 2-dimensional dynamical systems. | |||||

Literature | - Bretscher, O.: Linear Algebra with Applications (Pearson Prentice Hall). - Thomas, G. B.: Thomas' Calculus, Part 1 - Early Transcendentals (Pearson Addison-Wesley). | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Prerequisites: familiarity with the basic notions from Calculus, in particular those of function and derivative. Assistance: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 17-19h, in Room HG E 41. | |||||

406-0252-AAL | Mathematics II Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 7 credits | 15R | A. Cannas da Silva | |

Abstract | Continuation of the topics of Mathematics I. Main focus: multivariable calculus and partial differential equations. | |||||

Learning objective | Mathematics is of ever increasing importance to the Natural Sciences and Engineering. The key is the so-called mathematical modelling cycle, i.e. the translation of problems from outside of mathematics into mathematics, the study of the mathematical problems (often with the help of high level mathematical software packages) and the interpretation of the results in the original environment. The goal of Mathematics I and II is to provide the mathematical foundations relevant for this paradigm. Differential equations are by far the most important tool for modelling and are therefore a main focus of both of these courses. | |||||

Content | - Multivariable Differential Calculus: functions of several variables, partial differentiation, curves and surfaces in space, scalar and vector fields, gradient, curl and divergence. - Multivariable Integral Calculus: multiple integrals, line and surface integrals, work and flux, Green, Gauss and Stokes theorems, applications. - Partial Differential Equations: separation of variables, Fourier series, heat equation, wave equation, Laplace equation, Fourier transform. | |||||

Literature | - Thomas, G. B.: Thomas' Calculus, Parts 2 (Pearson Addison-Wesley). - Kreyszig, E.: Advanced Engineering Mathematics (John Wiley & Sons). | |||||

406-0253-AAL | Mathematics I & II Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 13 credits | 28R | A. Cannas da Silva | |

Abstract | Mathematics I covers mathematical concepts and techniques necessary to model, solve and discuss scientific problems - notably through ordinary differential equations. Main focus of Mathematics II: multivariable calculus and partial differential equations. | |||||

Learning objective | Mathematics is of ever increasing importance to the Natural Sciences and Engineering. The key is the so-called mathematical modelling cycle, i.e. the translation of problems from outside of mathematics into mathematics, the study of the mathematical problems (often with the help of high level mathematical software packages) and the interpretation of the results in the original environment. The goal of Mathematics I and II is to provide the mathematical foundations relevant for this paradigm. Differential equations are by far the most important tool for modelling and are therefore a main focus of both of these courses. | |||||

Content | 1. Linear Algebra and Complex Numbers: systems of linear equations, Gauss-Jordan elimination, matrices, determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, cartesian and polar forms for complex numbers, complex powers, complex roots, fundamental theorem of algebra. 2. Single-Variable Calculus: review of differentiation, linearisation, Taylor polynomials, maxima and minima, antiderivative, fundamental theorem of calculus, integration methods, improper integrals. 3. Ordinary Differential Equations: separable ordinary differential equations (ODEs), integration by substitution, 1st and 2nd order linear ODEs, homogeneous systems of linear ODEs with constant coefficients, introduction to 2-dimensional dynamical systems. 4. Multivariable Differential Calculus: functions of several variables, partial differentiation, curves and surfaces in space, scalar and vector fields, gradient, curl and divergence. 5. Multivariable Integral Calculus: multiple integrals, line and surface integrals, work and flow, Green, Gauss and Stokes theorems, applications. 6. Partial Differential Equations: separation of variables, Fourier series, heat equation, wave equation, Laplace equation, Fourier transform. | |||||

Literature | - Bretscher, O.: Linear Algebra with Applications (Pearson Prentice Hall). - Thomas, G. B.: Thomas' Calculus, Part 1 - Early Transcendentals (Pearson Addison-Wesley). - Thomas, G. B.: Thomas' Calculus, Parts 2 (Pearson Addison-Wesley). - Kreyszig, E.: Advanced Engineering Mathematics (John Wiley & Sons). | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Prerequisites: familiarity with the basic notions from Calculus, in particular those of function and derivative. Assistance: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 17-19h, in Room HG E 41. | |||||

406-0603-AAL | Stochastics (Probability and Statistics)Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 4 credits | 9R | M. Kalisch | |

Abstract | Introduction to basic methods and fundamental concepts of statistics and probability theory for non-mathematicians. The concepts are presented on the basis of some descriptive examples. Learning the statistical program R for applying the acquired concepts will be a central theme. | |||||

Learning objective | The objective of this course is to build a solid fundament in probability and statistics. The student should understand some fundamental concepts and be able to apply these concepts to applications in the real world. Furthermore, the student should have a basic knowledge of the statistical programming language "R". | |||||

Content | From "Statistics for research" (online) Ch 1: The Role of Statistics Ch 2: Populations, Samples, and Probability Distributions Ch 3: Binomial Distributions Ch 6: Sampling Distribution of Averages Ch 7: Normal Distributions Ch 8: Student's t Distribution Ch 9: Distributions of Two Variables From "Introductory Statistics with R (online)" Ch 1: Basics Ch 2: The R Environment Ch 3: Probability and distributions Ch 4: Descriptive statistics and tables Ch 5: One- and two-sample tests Ch 6: Regression and correlation | |||||

Literature | - "Statistics for research" by S. Dowdy et. al. (3rd edition); Print ISBN: 9780471267355; Online ISBN: 9780471477433; DOI: 10.1002/0471477435 From within the ETH, this book is freely available online under: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/book/10.1002/0471477435 - "Introductory Statistics with R" by Peter Dalgaard; ISBN 978-0-387-79053-4; DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-79054-1 From within the ETH, this book is freely available online under: http://www.springerlink.com/content/m17578/ | |||||

529-2001-AAL | Chemistry I and II Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 9 credits | 19R | H. Grützmacher, W. Uhlig | |

Abstract | General Chemistry I and II: Chemical bond and molecular structure, chemical thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, kinetics, acids and bases, electrochemistry | |||||

Learning objective | Introduction to general and inorganic chemistry. Basics of the composition and the change of the material world. Introduction to the thermodynamically controlled physico-chemical processes. Macroscopic phenomena and their explanation through atomic and molecular properties. Using the theories to solve qualitatively and quantitatively chemical and ecologically relevant problems. | |||||

Content | 1. Stoichiometry 2. Atoms and Elements (Quantenmechanical Model of the Atom) 3. Chemical Bonding 4. Thermodynamics 5. Chemical Kinetics 6. Chemical Equilibrium (Acids and Bases, Solubility Equilibria) 7. Electrochemistry | |||||

Lecture notes | Nivaldo J. Tro Chemistry - A molecular Approach (Pearson), Chapter 1-18 | |||||

Literature | Housecroft and Constable, CHEMISTRY Oxtoby, Gillis, Nachtrieb, MODERN CHEMISTRY | |||||

551-0001-AAL | General Biology IAny other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 3 credits | 6R | U. Sauer, O. Y. Martin, A. Widmer | |

Abstract | Organismic biology to teach the basic principles of classical and molecular genetics, evolutionary biology and phylogeny. | |||||

Learning objective | The understanding of basic principles of biology (inheritance, evolution and phylogeny) and an overview of the diversity of life. | |||||

Content | The first semester focuses on the organismal biology aspects of genetics, evolution and diversity of life in the Campbell chapters 12-34. Week 1-7 by Alex Widmer, Chapters 12-25 12 Cell biology Mitosis 13 Genetics Sexual life cycles and meiosis 14 Genetics Mendelian genetics 15 Genetics Linkage and chromosomes 20 Genetics Evolution of genomes 21 Evolution How evolution works 22 Evolution Phylogentic reconstructions 23 Evolution Microevolution 24 Evolution Species and speciation 25 Evolution Macroevolution Week 8-14 by Oliver Martin, Chapters 26-34 26 Diversity of Life Introdution to viruses 27 Diversity of Life Prokaryotes 28 Diversity of Life Origin & evolution of eukaryotes 29 Diversity of Life Nonvascular&seedless vascular plants 30 Diversity of Life Seed plants 31 Diversity of Life Introduction to fungi 32 Diversity of Life Overview of animal diversity 33 Diversity of Life Introduction to invertebrates 34 Diversity of Life Origin & evolution of vertebrates | |||||

Lecture notes | No script | |||||

Literature | Campbell et al. (2015) Biology - A Global Approach. 10th Edition (Global Edition) | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | This is a virtual self-study lecture for non-german speakers of the "Allgemeine Biology I (551-0001-00L) lecture. The exam will be written jointly with the participants of this lecture. Example exam questions will be discussed during the lectures, and old exam questions are kept by the various student organisations. If necessary, please contact Prof. Uwe Sauer (sauer@ethz.ch) for details regarding the exam. | |||||

551-0002-AAL | General Biology IIDoes not take place this semester. Enrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement. Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 4 credits | 6R | U. Sauer, R. Aebersold, W. Gruissem | |

Abstract | Molecular biology approach to teach the basic principles of biochemistry, cell biology, cgenetics, evolutionary biology and form and function of vacular plants. This is a virtual self-study lecture for non-German speakers of the "Allgemeine Biology II (551-0002-00L) lecture. The exam will be written jointly with the participants of this lecture. | |||||

Learning objective | The understanding basic concepts of biology: the hierarchy of the structural levels of biological organisation, with particular emphasis on the cell and its molecular functions, the fundamentals of metabolism and molecular genetics, as well as form and function of vascular plants. | |||||

Content | The structure and function of biomacromolecules; basics of metabolism; tour of the cell; membrane structure and function; basic energetics of cellular processes; respiration, photosynthesis; cell cycle, from gene to protein; structure and growth of vascular plants, resource acquisition and transport, soil and plant nutrition. Specifically the following Campbell chapters will be covered: 3 Biochemistry Chemistry of water 4 Biochemistry Carbon: the basis of molecular diversity 5 Biochemistry Biological macromolecules and lipids 7 Cell biology Cell structure and function 8 Cell biology Cell membranes 10 Cell biology Respiration: introduction to metabolism 10 Cell biology Cell respiration 11 Cell biology Photosynthetic processes 16 Genetics Nucleic acids and inheritance 17 Genetics Expression of genes 18 Genetics Control of gene expression 19 Genetics DNA Technology 35 Plant structure&function Plant Structure and Growth 36 Plant structure&function Transport in vascular plants 37 Plant structure&function Plant nutrition 38 Plant structure&function Reproduction of flowering plants 39 Plant structure&function Plants signal and behavior | |||||

Lecture notes | No script | |||||

Literature | Campbell et al. (2015) Biology - A Global Approach. 10th Edition (Global Edition) | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Basic general and organic chemistry PLEASE NOTE This lecture is newly conceived and will be held for the first time in the spring semester 2017. | |||||

551-0003-AAL | General Biology I+IIAny other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 7 credits | 13R | U. Sauer, R. Aebersold, W. Gruissem, O. Y. Martin, A. Widmer | |

Abstract | General Biology I: Organismic biology to teach the basic principles of classical and molecular genetics, evolutionary biology and phylogeny. General Biology II: Molecular biology approach to teach the basic principles of biochemistry, cell biology, cgenetics, evolutionary biology and form and function of vacular plants. | |||||

Learning objective | General Biology I: The understanding of basic principles of biology (inheritance, evolution and phylogeny) and an overview of the diversity of life. General Biology II: The understanding basic concepts of biology: the hierarchy of the structural levels of biological organisation, with particular emphasis on the cell and its molecular functions, the fundamentals of metabolism and molecular genetics, as well as form and function of vascular plants. | |||||

Content | General Biology I: General Biology I focuses on the organismal biology aspects of genetics, evolution and diversity of life in the Campbell chapters 12-34. Week 1-7 by Alex Widmer, Chapters 12-25 12 Cell biology Mitosis 13 Genetics Sexual life cycles and meiosis 14 Genetics Mendelian genetics 15 Genetics Linkage and chromosomes 20 Genetics Evolution of genomes 21 Evolution How evolution works 22 Evolution Phylogentic reconstructions 23 Evolution Microevolution 24 Evolution Species and speciation 25 Evolution Macroevolution Week 8-14 by Oliver Martin, Chapters 26-34 26 Diversity of Life Introdution to viruses 27 Diversity of Life Prokaryotes 28 Diversity of Life Origin & evolution of eukaryotes 29 Diversity of Life Nonvascular&seedless vascular plants 30 Diversity of Life Seed plants 31 Diversity of Life Introduction to fungi 32 Diversity of Life Overview of animal diversity 33 Diversity of Life Introduction to invertebrates 34 Diversity of Life Origin & evolution of vertebrates General Biology II: The structure and function of biomacromolecules; basics of metabolism; tour of the cell; membrane structure and function; basic energetics of cellular processes; respiration, photosynthesis; cell cycle, from gene to protein; structure and growth of vascular plants, resource acquisition and transport, soil and plant nutrition. Specifically the following Campbell chapters will be covered: 3 Biochemistry Chemistry of water 4 Biochemistry Carbon: the basis of molecular diversity 5 Biochemistry Biological macromolecules and lipids 7 Cell biology Cell structure and function 8 Cell biology Cell membranes 10 Cell biology Respiration: introduction to metabolism 10 Cell biology Cell respiration 11 Cell biology Photosynthetic processes 16 Genetics Nucleic acids and inheritance 17 Genetics Expression of genes 18 Genetics Control of gene expression 19 Genetics DNA Technology 35 Plant structure&function Plant Structure and Growth 36 Plant structure&function Transport in vascular plants 37 Plant structure&function Plant nutrition 38 Plant structure&function Reproduction of flowering plants 39 Plant structure&function Plants signal and behavior | |||||

Lecture notes | No script | |||||

Literature | Campbell et al. (2015) Biology - A Global Approach. 10th Edition (Global Edition) | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Basic general and organic chemistry This is a virtual self-study lecture for non-German speakers of the "Allgemeine Biology I (551-0001-00L) and "Allgemeine Biology II (551-0002-00L) lectures. The exam will be written jointly with the participants of this lecture. | |||||

701-0023-AAL | Atmosphere Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 3 credits | 6R | E. Fischer, T. Peter | |

Abstract | Basic principles of the atmosphere, physical structure and chemical composition, trace gases, atmospheric cycles, circulation, stability, radiation, condensation, clouds, oxidation capacity and ozone layer. | |||||

Learning objective | Understanding of basic physical and chemical processes in the atmosphere. Understanding of mechanisms of and interactions between: weather - climate, atmosphere - ocean - continents, troposhere - stratosphere. Understanding of environmentally relevant structures and processes on vastly differing scales. Basis for the modelling of complex interrelations in the atmospehre. | |||||

Content | Basic principles of the atmosphere, physical structure and chemical composition, trace gases, atmospheric cycles, circulation, stability, radiation, condensation, clouds, oxidation capacity and ozone layer. | |||||

Lecture notes | Written information will be supplied. | |||||

Literature | - John H. Seinfeld and Spyros N. Pandis, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics: From Air Pollution to Climate Change, Wiley, New York, 1998. - Gösta H. Liljequist, Allgemeine Meteorologie, Vieweg, Braunschweig, 1974. | |||||

701-0243-AAL | Biology III: Essentials of EcologyAny other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 3 credits | 6R | J. Levine | |

Abstract | This course assigns reading for students needing further background for understanding ecological processes. Central problems in ecology, including population growth and regulation, the dynamics of species interactions, the influence of spatial structure, the controls over species invasions, and community responses to environmental change will be explored from basic and applied perspectives. | |||||

Learning objective | Original language Students will understand how ecological processes operate in natural communities. They will appreciate how mathematical theory, field experimentation, and observational studies combine to generate a predictive science of ecological processes. Upon completing the course, students will be able to: Understand the factors determining the outcome of species interactions in communities, and how this information informs management. Apply theoretical knowledge on species interactions to predict the potential outcomes of novel species introductions. Understanding the role of spatial structure in mediating population dynamics and persistence, species interactions, and patterns of species diversity. Use population and community models to predict the stability of interactions between predators and prey and between different competitors. Understand the conceptual basis of predictions concerning how ecological communities will respond to climate change. | |||||

Content | Readings from a text book will focus on understanding central processes in community ecology. Topics will include demographic and spatial structure, consumer resource interactions, food webs, competition, invasion, and the maintenance of species diversity. Each of these more conceptual topics will be discussed in concert with their applications to the conservation and management of species and communities in a changing world. | |||||

701-0401-AAL | Hydrosphere Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 3 credits | 6R | R. Kipfer, C. Roques | |

Abstract | Qualitative and quantitative understanding of the physical processes that control the terrestrial water cycle. Energy and mass exchange, mixing and transport processes are described and the coupling of the hydrosphere with the atmosphere and the solid Earth are discussed. | |||||

Learning objective | Qualitative and quantitative understanding of the physical processes that control the terrestrial water cycle. Energy and mass exchange, mixing and transport processes are described and the coupling of the hydrosphere with the atmosphere and the solid Earth are discussed. | |||||

Content | Topics of the course. Physical properties of water (i.e. density and equation of state) - global water resources Exchange at boundaries - energy (thermal & kinetic), gas exchange Mixing and transport processes in open waters - vertical stratification, large scale transport - turbulence and mixing - mixing and exchange processes in rivers Groundwater and its dynamics - ground water as part of the terrestrial water cycle - ground water hydraulics, Darcy's law - aquifers and their properties - hydrochemistry and tracer - ground water use Case studies - 1. Water as resource, 2. Water and climate | |||||

Lecture notes | In addition to the self-learning literature handouts are distributed. | |||||

Literature | Textbooks for self-studying. Surface water. 'Physics and Chemistry in Lakes', ed: Lerman, A., Imboden, D.M., and Gat, J., Springer Verlag, 1995: Chapter 4: Imboden, D.M., and Wüest, A. 'Mixing Mechanisms in Lakes' 'Environmental Organic Chemistry', ed: Schwarzenbach, R., Imboden, D. M., and Gschwend, Ph., Willey, 2002: Chapter 6.4: Air-Water Partitioning Chapter 19.2: Bottleneck Boundaries Ground water: Fetter, C.W. 'Applied Hydrogeology', Prentice Hall, 2002 (4th edition): Chapters 1 - 6, 8, 10, 11. Optional additional readers. Park, Ch., 2001, The Environment, Routledge, 2001 Price, M., 1996. Introducing groundwater. Chapman & Hall, London u.a. a) Park, Ch., 2001, The Environment, Routledge, 2001 b) Price, M., 1996. Introducing groundwater. Chapman & Hall, London u.a. | |||||

701-0501-AAL | PedosphereAny other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 3 credits | 6R | R. Kretzschmar | |

Abstract | Introduction to the formation and properties of soils as a function of parent rock, landscape position, climate, and soil organisms. Complex relationships between soil forming processes, physical and chemical soil properties, soil biota, and ecological soil properties. | |||||

Learning objective | Introduction to the formation and properties of soils as a function of parent rock, landscape position, climate, and soil organisms. Complex relationships between soil forming processes, physical and chemical soil properties, soil biota, and ecological soil properties. | |||||

Content | Definition of the pedosphere, soil functions, rocks as parent materials, minerals and weathering, soil organisms, soil organic matter, physical soil properties and functions, chemical soil properties and functions, soil formation, principles of soil classification, global soil regions, soil fertility, land use and soil degradation. | |||||

Literature | - 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. | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Prerequisites: Basic knowledge in chemistry, biology and geology. | |||||

701-0721-AAL | Psychology Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 3 credits | 6R | M. Siegrist | |

Abstract | This is an introductory course in psychology. This course will emphasize cognitive psychology and the psychological experiment. | |||||

Learning objective | Knowledge of key concepts and exemplary theories of psychology and their relation to "daily" psychology. Comprehension of relation between theory and experiment in psychology. Goals: Learning how psychologists are thinking, a side change from the ETH natural science perspective to psychological thinking. Domains of psychology: - Psychology fields - Concept definitions of psychology - Theories of psychology - Methods of psychology - Results of psychology Capability: Be able to define a psychological research question Basics understanding of role of psychology Comprehension: Psychology as a science of experience and behavior of the human | |||||

Content | Einführung in die psychologische Forschung und Modellbildung unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der kognitiven Psychologie und des psychologischen Experiments. Themen sind u.a.: Wahrnehmung; Lernen und Entwicklung; Denken und Problemlösen; Kognitive Sozialpsychologie; Risiko und Entscheidung. | |||||

Literature | English book of Zimbardo (Link) Scholz, R. W. (2011). Environmental Literacy in Science and Society: From Knowledge to Decisions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Determine with Prof. Dr. Michael Siegrist the chapters in "Zimbardo" which are compulsory reading Read the two Psychology chapters (6 + 7) from the book of Prof. Roland W. Scholz | |||||

701-0757-AAL | Principles of Economics Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 3 credits | 6R | R. Schubert | |

Abstract | Students understand basic microeconomics and macroeconomics problems and theories. They are able to argue along economic principles and to judge policy measures. | |||||

Learning objective | Students should be enabled to understand basic microeconomics and macroeconomics problems and theories. They should be able to argue along economic principles and to judge policy measures. | |||||

Content | Supply and demand behaviour of firm and households; market equilibrium and taxation; national income and indicators; inflation ; unemployment; growth; macroeconomics policies | |||||

Lecture notes | available on electronic platform | |||||

Literature | Mankiw, N.G.: "Principles of Economics", fourth edition, South-Western College/West, Mason 2006. German translation: Mankiw, N.G. : Grundzüge der Volkswirtschaftslehre, 3rd. edition, Stuttgart 2004. | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | electronic plattform | |||||

701-0071-AAL | Mathematics III: Systems AnalysisAny other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 4 credits | 9R | N. Gruber | |

Abstract | The objective of the systems analysis course is to deepen and illustrate the mathematical concepts on the basis of a series of very concrete examples. Topics covered include: linear box models with one or several variables, non-linear box models with one or several variables, time-discrete models, and continuous models in time and space. | |||||

Learning objective | Learning and applying of concepts (models) and quantitative methods to address concrete problems of environmental relevance. Understanding and applying the systems-analytic approach, i.e., Recognizing the core of the problem - simplification - quantitative approach - prediction. | |||||

Content | http://www.up.ethz.ch/education/systems-analysis.html | |||||

Lecture notes | Overhead slides will be made available through Ilias. | |||||

Literature | Imboden, D.S. and S. Pfenninger (2013) Introduction to Systems Analysis: Mathematically Modeling Natural Systems. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer Verlag. http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-642-30639-6 | |||||

701-1901-AAL | Systems AnalysisAny other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 4 credits | 9R | N. Gruber | |

Abstract | Systems analysis is about the application of mathematical concepts to solve real world problems in a quantitative manner. Areas covered include: Dynamic linear models with one and several variables, Non-linear models with one or several variables; discrete-time models; and continuous models in space and time. | |||||

Learning objective | The goal of the course is to develop quantitative skills in order to understand and solve a range of typical environmental problems. | |||||

Content | The subject of the exam is the content of my undergraduate lecture series Systemanalyse I and II (see http://www.up.ethz.ch/education/system_analysis/index_DE). This course is closely aligned with the Imboden&Koch / Imboden&Pfenniger books, except that I essentially skip chapter 7. | |||||

Lecture notes | No script is available, but you can purchase the Imboden/Koch or Imboden/Pfenniger books (or download some of the chapters yourself) through the Springer Verlag: English version: http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-642-30639-6/page/1 German version: http://www.springer.com/environment/book/978-3-540-43935-6 | |||||

752-4001-AAL | Microbiology Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 2 credits | 4R | M. Ackermann | |

Abstract | Self-study course in microbiology. | |||||

Learning objective | Teaching of basic knowledge in microbiology. | |||||

Content | This is a self-study course for students with microbiology as an admission requirement. The goal of the course is that students acquire basics in microbiology, including bacterial cell biology, genetics, growth and physiology, metabolism, phylogeny and microbial diversity, and applications of microbiology. | |||||

Literature | This self-study course is based on the book 'Brock, Biology of Microorganisms'. |

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