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701-1692-00L  Interdisciplinary Project

SemesterSpring Semester 2016
LecturersF. Knaus, H. Bugmann, H. R. Heinimann, F. Kienast
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


AbstractCapstone course to solve complex real-world land-use problems, for which there is no single correct solution. Students work in project teams and take the role of a consultancy office. They integrate the knowledge acquired during their previous studies and deepen their analysis, judgment and writing skills.
ObjectiveThe project-based learning context aims at developing and sharpening the following skills:
- to autonomously solve a real-world problem from the project assignment to the presentation of results,
- to apply, integrate and adapt knowledge and skills from different disciplines,
- to adequately use methods and tools to manage spatial and scalar data,
- to work in a project team and to solve possible team-conflicts.
ContentEach student group is working on a case-study, which is based on a project area specific problem, defined by cantonal decision makers. Students are searching information from literature, are gathering own data, are analyzing (geo)data and write a coherent report. Original plans and source documents are only available in their original language. Students follow and adapt a systematic problem solving cycle, consisting of:
- capturing and formulation of the problem, goal and scope definition
- capturing of the actual system state
- developing a model of system behavior to make predictions of system responses due to altered structures and/or functions
- evaluating possible solutions and/or scenarios
- solution proposal and recommendation to decision-makers
Prerequisites / NoticeMaximum number of students limited