Martin Herbert Schroth: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2016
|Name||Prof. Dr. Martin Herbert Schroth|
I. f. Biogeochemie/Schadstoffdyn.
ETH Zürich, CHN G 50.2
|Telephone||+41 44 633 60 39|
|Department||Environmental Systems Science|
|529-0030-00L||Laboratory Course: Elementary Chemical Techniques||3 credits||6P||N. Kobert, M. Morbidelli, M. H. Schroth, B. Wehrli|
|Abstract||This practical course provides an introduction to elementary laboratory techniques.|
The experiments cover a wide range of techniques, including analytical and synthetic techniques (e. g. investigation of soil and water samples or the preparation of simple compunds). Furthermore, the handling of gaseous substances is practised.
|Objective||This course is intended to provide an overview of experimental chemical methods.|
The handling of chemicals and proper laboratory techniques represent the main
learning targets. Furthermore, the description and recording of laboratory processes is an essential part of this course.
|Content||The classification and analysis of natural and artificial compounds is a key subject of this |
course. It provides an introduction to elementary laboratory techniques, and the experiments cover a wide range of analytic and synthetic tasks:
Selected samples (e.g. soil and water) will be analysed with various methods, such as titrations,
spectroscopy or ion chromatography. The chemistry of aqeous solutions (acid-base equilibria and solvatation or precipitation processes) is studied.
The synthesis of simple inorganic complexes or organic molecules is practised.
Furthermore, the preparation and handling of environmentally relevant gaseous species like carbon dioxide or nitrogen oxides is a central subject of the Praktikum.
|Lecture notes||The script will be published on the web.|
Details will be provided on the first day of the semester.
|Literature||A thorough study of all script materials is requested before the course starts.|
|701-1302-00L||Term Paper 2: Seminar|
Prerequisite: Term Paper 1: Writing (701-1303-00L).
|2 credits||1S||M. H. Schroth, N. Gruber, J. Hering, R. Kretzschmar, M. Lever, K. McNeill, D. Or, B. Wehrli, L. Winkel|
|Abstract||This class is the 2nd part of a series and participation is conditional on the successful completion of the Term paper Writing class (701-1303-00L). The results from the term paper written during the winter term are presented to the other students and advisors and discussed.|
|Objective||The goal of the term paper Seminars is to train the student's ability to communicate the results to a wider audience and the ability to respond to questions and comments.|
|Content||Each student presents the results of the term paper to the other students and advisors and responds to questions and comments from the audience.|
|Prerequisites / Notice||The term papers will be made publically available after each student had the opportunity to make revisions.|
There is no final exam. Grade is assigned based on the quality of the presentation and ensuing discussion.
|701-1303-00L||Term Paper 1: Writing||5 credits||6A||M. H. Schroth, N. Gruber, J. Hering, R. Kretzschmar, M. Lever, K. McNeill, D. Or, B. Wehrli, L. Winkel|
|Abstract||The ability to critically evaluate original (scientific) literature and to summarize the information in a succinct manner is an important skill for any student. This course aims to practise this ability, requiring each student to write a term paper on a topic of relevance for research in the areas of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics.|
|Objective||The goal of the term paper is to train the student's ability to|
critically evaluate a well-defined set of research subjects, and to
summarize the findings concisely in a paper of scientific quality. The
paper will be evaluated based on its ability to communicate an
understanding of a topic, and to identify key outstanding questions.
Results from this term paper will be presented to the fellow students and
involved faculty in the following term (Term paper seminars class)
|Content||Each student is expected to write a paper with a length of approximately 15 pages. The students can choose from a list of topics prepared by the supervisors, but the final topic will be determined based on a balance of choice and availability. The students will be guided and advised by their advisors throughout the term. The paper itself should contain the following elements: Motivation and context of the given topic (25%), Concise presentation of the state of the science (50%), Identification of open questions and perhaps outline of opportunities for research (25). |
In addition, the accurate use of citations, attribution of ideas, and the judicious use of figures, tables, equations and references are critical components of a successful paper. Specialized knowledge is not expected, nor required, neither is new research.
|Lecture notes||Guidelines and supplementary material will be handed out at the beginning of the class.|
|Literature||Will be identified based on the chosen topic.|
|Prerequisites / Notice||Each term paper will be reviewed by one fellow student and one faculty. The submission of a written review is a prerequisite for obtaining the credit points. |
There is no final exam. Grade is assigned based on the quality of the term paper and the submission of another student's review.
Students are expected to take Term Paper Writing and Term Paper Seminar classes in sequence.