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Biology Bachelor Information
Bachelor Studies (Programme Regulations 2013)
3. Year, 6. Semester
Block Courses
Registration for Block courses is mandatory. Please register under Link.
Registration period from 19.12.2020 bis 09.01.2021

Please note the ETH admission criteria for the admission of ETH students to ETH block courses on the block course registration website under "allocation".
Block Courses in 4th Quarter of the Semester
From 14.05.2021 to 04.06.2021
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
551-0376-00LExperimental Plant Ecology Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 20
A minimum of 4 participants are required in order for the block course to take place.

The enrolment is done by the D-BIOL study administration.

General safety regulations for all block courses:
-Whenever possible the distance rules have to be respected
-All students have to wear masks throughout the course (keep reserve masks ready)
-The installation and activation of the Swiss Covid-App is highly encouraged
-Any additional rules for individual courses have to be respected
-Students showing any COVID-19 symptoms are not allowed to enter ETH buildings and have to inform the course responsible
W6 credits7PD. Ramseier, H. G. M. Olde Venterink
AbstractThe course gives an introduction to experimental plant ecology. A wide range of experiments close to applications (especially in conservation biology), to the influence of global change on ecosystems to fundamental research about coexistence of plants in ecosystems will be covered with lectures, excursions, demonstrations and own experiments.
Objective- to become familiar with various experimental approaches and instruments for plant ecological research, incl. advantages and disadvantages
- to gain practical skills by carrying out and evaluating ecological plant experiments
ContentExperiments in plant ecology are gaining importance for estimating the effects of global change and invasive species on ecosystems and their functions and ecosystem services. There are also numerous restoration projects where one would like to get away form the trial - error principle and anticipate the success of restoration measures on the basis of experiments.
In this course, principles of experimental plant ecology will be given in lectures, demonstrations, excursions, study of literature and with experiments realized by participants. In a theoretical part, advantages and disadvantages of various experimental approaches, methods and instruments will be discussed. The practical part will comprise experiments at various levels. Groups of students, under guidance, will develop experiments. This includes asking clear questions, search of literature, setting up and maintenance of the experiments, measurements, statistical analysis and interpretation of the results, and present a talk. Example of potential experiments are: a) influence of functional groups on cooling effects of green roofs; b) influence of mobility of nutrients on plant competition and coexistence; c) does P scarcity limits further dispersal of Amorpha fruticosa, a invasive species at Tagliamento, the last almost natural big river of the alps in Northern Italy? How do seeds optimize their germination behaviour? How can germination be improved for restoration projects or for greening of flat roofs?
On one of the excursions we will visit the restoration project Seebachtalseen (Link), where one of the lecturers is involved in restoring wet meadow communities. The destination of an other excursion will be an experiment on a green roof examining the influence of various substrates and their thicknesses on the development of the vegetation.
Lecture notesdocuments will be distributed during the course
Prerequisites / NoticeExperiments in plant ecology, as they will be set up for that course, typically last for 6 to 8 weeks. Thus, the experiments will be set up before the block by the students and then be harvested and analysed during the block (last quarter of the term). We will give a one hour introduction at the beginning of the term (time according to agreement), where participants can choose topics and form groups. The experiments will then be set up. The time used before the block can be compensated.
376-1398-00LCellular and Behavioural Neuroscience Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 10.

The enrolment is done by the D-BIOL study administration.

General safety regulations for all block courses:
-Whenever possible the distance rules have to be respected.
-All students have to wear masks throughout the course. Please keep reserve masks ready. Surgical masks (IIR) or medical grade masks (FFP2) without a valve are permitted. Community masks (fabric masks) are not allowed.
-The installation and activation of the Swiss Covid-App is highly encouraged.
-Any additional rules for individual courses have to be respected.
-Students showing any COVID-19 symptoms are not allowed to enter ETH buildings and have to inform the course responsible.
W6 credits7PG. Schratt, J. Bohacek
AbstractIntroduction into our research and hands-on work in actual research projects. The goal is to encourage independent scientific thinking and to translate theoretical knowledge into practical experiments. The course also includes reading of original articles and presentation of the work done.
ObjectiveHands-on work in actual research projects to encourage independent scientific thinking and translation of theoretical knowledge into practical experiments. Further goals are reading and interpretation of original literature and presentation of ones work.
ContentIntroduction into our research and collaboration in actual research projects. The goal is to encourage independent scientific thinking and to translate theoretical knowledge into practical experiments. The paradigms include in vivo experiments with rats and/or mice. Next to behavioral studies also histological and anatomical analyses are done. The course includes reading of original articles and presentation of the work done.
Lecture notesOriginal articles will be handed out and discussed during the course.
LiteratureOriginal articles will be handed out and discussed during the course.
551-1556-00LMacromolecular Structure Determination Using Modern Methods Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 11 in the 3rd semester quarter of the spring semester

Number of participants limited to 12 in the 4th semester quarter of the spring semester

The block course will only take place with a minimum of 4 participants.

The enrolment is done by the D-BIOL study administration.

General safety regulations for all block courses:
-Whenever possible the distance rules have to be respected
-All students have to wear masks throughout the course. Please keep reserve masks ready. Surgical masks (IIR) or medical grade masks (FFP2) without a valve are permitted. Community masks (fabric masks) are not allowed.
-The installation and activation of the Swiss Covid-App is highly encouraged
-Any additional rules for individual courses have to be respected
-Students showing any COVID-19 symptoms are not allowed to enter ETH buildings and have to inform the course responsible
W6 credits7PK. Locher, R. Irobalieva, J. Kowal, G. Schertler
AbstractThis course will expose the students to two prominent techniques for high-resolution structural characterization of biological macromolecules. The students will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience in either cryo-electron microscopy (ETH) or X-ray crystallography (PSI).
ObjectiveThe goal of this course is to introduce the students to the principles of high-resolution structure determination. Students will conduct hands-on experiments and use computational techniques for data processing.
ContentAt the ETH the students will prepare and vitrify a protein and then image it on a cryo-TEM. Next, the students will process the data and build an atomic model into the EM map.

At the PSI the students will purify and crystallize a membrane protein, collect X-ray diffraction data using synchrotron X-ray source or with cryo-EM, analyze and build an atomic model into a density map. They will refine this model and interpret and illustrate the determined structure. The course work is trying to present insights in the use of structural information. The course also includes a demonstration of the Synchrotron capabilities at the Paul Scherrer Institute (SLS).
Prerequisites / NoticeThe students will be split into two groups for the practical part of the work: One group will work at ETH Hönggerberg, the other at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) at Villigen. All students will spend one full day at the PSI for a tour of the facilities, including a visit of the synchrotron beam lines of the Swiss Light Source SLS.

The students joining the ETH Hönggerberg group will spend the majority of the time on data processing and are therefore expected to have some basic knowledge of bash terminal commands. Basic physics, optics and linear algebra knowledge is also helpful. By the end of the course, the students will be expected to understand concepts such as the difference between Fourier and real space, image formation, contrast transfer, fast Fourier transfer and Fourier shell correlation.
551-0334-00LMolecular Defense Mechanisms of Fungi Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 6.

The enrolment is done by the D-BIOL study administration.

General safety regulations for all block courses:
-Whenever possible the distance rules have to be respected
-All students have to wear masks throughout the course. Please keep reserve masks ready. Surgical masks (IIR) or medical grade masks (FFP2) without a valve are permitted. Community masks (fabric masks) are not allowed.
-The installation and activation of the Swiss Covid-App is highly encouraged
-Any additional rules for individual courses have to be respected
-Students showing any COVID-19 symptoms are not allowed to enter ETH buildings and have to inform the course responsible
W6 credits7PM. Künzler
AbstractThe course offers an introduction into the molecular biology of fungi by participation in a current research project on Molecular Defense Mechanisms of Fungi. The performed experiments, in conjunction with accompanying seminars should enable the students to answer questions regarding central aspects of innate defense mechanisms and the life style of multicellular fungi.
ObjectiveThe course should enable the students to answer questions regarding central aspects of innate defense mechanisms and the life style of multicellular fungi, and their experimental accessibility.
ContentExperiments include the isolation, identification and characterization of defense effector molecules from multicellular fungi. Methods include molecular genetics, biochemistry, mass spectrometry and biotoxicity assays towards different model organisms including fungi, bacteria, insects and nematodes. Experiments are supported by seminars giving an overview over Fungal Defense Mechanisms and Fungal Lifestyle.
LiteratureLink
Prerequisites / NoticeThe "Leistungskontrolle" is composed of:
-Oral presentation of results
-Short oral exam (20') at the end of the course
-Written report
-Performance in the laboratory
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