Search result: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2017
|Agricultural Sciences Bachelor|
|Bachelor Studies (Programme Regulations 2016)|
|First Year Examinations|
|529-2001-02L||Chemistry I||O||4 credits||2V + 2U||W. Uhlig, J. E. E. Buschmann, S. Canonica, P. Funck, E. C. Meister, R. Verel|
|Abstract||General Chemistry I: Chemical bond and molecular structure, chemical thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium.|
|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.|
2. Atoms and Elements (Quantenmechanical Model of the Atom)
3. Chemical Bonding
5. Chemical Kinetics
6. Chemical Equilibrium (Acids and Bases, Solubility Equilibria)
|Lecture notes||Online-Skript mit durchgerechneten Beispielen.|
|Literature||- Charles E. Mortimer, Chemie - Das Basiswissen der Chemie. 12. Auflage, Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart, 2015.|
Brown, LeMay, Bursten CHEMIE (deutsch)
Housecroft and Constable, CHEMISTRY (englisch)
Oxtoby, Gillis, Nachtrieb, MODERN CHEMISTRY (englisch)
|401-0251-00L||Mathematics I||O||6 credits||4V + 2U||L. Halbeisen|
|Abstract||This course covers mathematical concepts and techniques necessary to model, solve and discuss scientific problems - notably through ordinary differential equations.|
|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. Single-Variable Calculus:|
review of differentiation, linearisation, Taylor polynomials, maxima and minima, antiderivative, fundamental theorem of calculus, integration methods, improper integrals.
2. 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.
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||- Thomas, G. B.: Thomas' Calculus, Part 1 (Pearson Addison-Wesley).|
- Bretscher, O.: Linear Algebra with Applications (Pearson Prentice Hall).
|Prerequisites / Notice||Prerequisites: familiarity with the basic notions from Calculus, in particular those of function and derivative.|
Mondays 12-14, Tuesdays 17-19, Wednesdays 17-19, in Room HG E 41.
|551-0001-00L||General Biology I||O||3 credits||3V||U. Sauer, O. Y. Martin, A. Widmer|
|Abstract||Organismic biology to teach the basic principles of classical and molecular genetics, evolutionary biology and phylogeny. |
First in a series of two lectures given over two semesters for students of agricultural and food sciences, as well as of environmental sciences.
|Objective||The understanding of some 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||The lecture is the first in a series of two lectures given over two semesters for students with biology as as a basic subject.|
|701-0243-01L||Biology III: Essentials of Ecology||O||3 credits||2V||C. Buser Moser|
|Abstract||This lecture presents an introduction to ecology. It includes basic ecological concepts and the most important levels of complexity in ecological research. Ecological concepts are exemplified by using aquatic and terrestrial systems; corresponding methodological approaches are demonstrated. In a more applied part of the lecture threats to biodiversity and the appropriate management are discussed.|
|Objective||The objective of this lecture is to teach basic ecological concepts and the different levels of complexity in ecological research: the individual, the population, the community and the ecosystem level.|
The students should learn ecological concepts at these different levels in the context of concrete examples from terrestrial and aquatic ecology. Corresponding methods for studying the systems will be presented.
A further aim of the lecture is that students achieve an understanding of biodiversity, why it is threatened and how it can be managed.
|Content||- Übersicht der aquatischen und terrestrischen Lebensräume mit ihren Bewohnern|
- Einfluss von Umweltfaktoren (Temperatur, Strahlung, Wasser, Nährstoffe etc.) auf Organismen; Anpassung an bestimmte Umweltbedingungen
- Populationsdynamik: Ursachen, Beschreibung, Vorhersage und Regulation
- Interaktionen zwischen Arten (Konkurrenz, Koexistenz, Prädation, Parasitismus, Nahrungsnetze)
- Lebensgemeinschaften: Struktur, Stabilität, Sukzession
- Ökosysteme: Kompartimente, Stoff- und Energieflusse
- Biodiversität: Variation, Ursachen, Gefährdung und Erhaltung
- Aktuelle Naturschutzprobleme und -massnahmen
- Evolutionäre Ökologie: Methodik, Spezialisierung, Koevolution
|Lecture notes||Unterlagen, Vorlesungsfolien und relevante Literatur sind in der Lehrdokumentenablage abrufbar. Die Unterlagen für die nächste Vorlesung stehen jeweils spätestens am Freitagmorgen zur Verfügung.|
Townsend, Harper, Begon 2009. Ökologie. Springer, ca. Fr. 70.-
Lampert & Sommer 1999. Limnoökologie. Thieme, 2. Aufl., ca. Fr. 55.-;
Bohle 1995. Limnische Systeme. Springer, ca. Fr. 50.-
Baur B. et al. 2004. Biodiversität in der Schweiz. Haupt, Bern, 237 S.
Primack R.B. 2004. A primer of conservation biology. 3rd ed. Sinauer, Mass. USA, 320 pp.
|701-0027-00L||Environmental Systems I||O||2 credits||2V||C. Schär, S. Bonhoeffer, N. Dubois|
|Abstract||The lecture provides a science-based exploration of environmental aspects from three research fields: earth, climate, and health sciences.|
|Objective||The students are able to explain important properties of the three environmental systems, to discuss critical drivers, trends and conflicts of their use, and to compare potential solutions.|
|Content||The lecture discusses the role of the environmental systems based on selected environmental problems, among these the exploration of raw materials and fossil fuels, climate change and its impacts on man and environment, and the spread and control of infectious diseases in the human population and agricultural systems.|
|Lecture notes||Slides are provided by instructors and are accessible via moodle.|
|751-0013-00L||World Food System||O||4 credits||4V||N. Buchmann, R. Finger, M. Kreuzer, M. Loessner, D. Moretti, M. Siegrist, E. J. Windhab|
|Abstract||Knowledge about the World Food System will be provided, based on case studies along food value chains in countries with various development stages and dependent on multiple boundary conditions. This shall generate profound understanding of the associated global challenges especially food scarcity, suboptimal diet and nutrition, food quality and safety as well as effects on the environment.|
|Objective||Attending this course, the students will recognize the elements of the World Food System (WFS) approach and the problems it this supposed to treat. They will especially comprehend the four pillars of global food security, namely (I) food availability (including sustainable production and processing), (I) access to food (physical and monetary), (III) food use (including quality and safety as well as the impact on human health and well being) and (IV) resilience to the boundary conditions (environmental, economic and political). This insight will make them aware of the global driving forces behind our ETH research on food security and is expected to alleviate motivation and understanding for the association of subsequent specific courses within a general context. The course equivalently implements agricultural and food sciences, thus supporting the interdisciplinary view on the WFS scope.|
|Content||Case studies on certain foods of plant and animal origin serve to demonstrate the entire food value chain from the production of raw material to processed food and its consumer relevant property functions. In doing so, important corresponding aspects for developed, emerging and developing countries are demonstrated, by use of engineering as well as natural and social science approaches.|
|Lecture notes||Handouts and links are provided online.|
|Literature||Information on books and other literature references is communicated during the course.|
|Prerequisites / Notice||The course shall particularly elucidate the cross section of Agro- and Food Sciences in the context of important global problems to be solved. Furthermore the students in the first year of studies shall be given some insight and outlook supporting the development of their views and interests in agricultural and food sciences further. |
The course is part of the block exam after the first study year. Paper copies can be used ("Open Book") during the on-line exam, but no other means are not allowed. The course is taught in German.
|701-0757-00L||Principles of Economics||O||3 credits||2G||R. Schubert|
|Abstract||This course covers the bases for understanding micro- and macroeconomic issues and theories. Participants are given the tools to argue in economic and political terms and to evaluate the corresponding measures. Group and individual exercises deepen the knowledge gained.|
|Objective||Students are able to|
- describe fundamental micro- and macroeconomic issues and theories.
- apply suitable economic arguments to a given theme.
- evaluate economic 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|
|Additional First Year Courses|
|751-0801-00L||Biology I: Laboratory Exercises||O||1 credit||2U||E. B. Truernit|
|Abstract||Principles and methods of light microscopy. Preparation of specimen for microscopy; documentation. Anatomy of seed plants: From cells to organs. Special features of plant cells. Anatomy and function of plant organs. Anatomical adaptations to different environments.|
|Objective||Capability of preparing biological specimen, microscopy and documentation. Understanding the correlation between plant structure and function at the level of organs, tissues and cells.|
Awareness of the link between plant anatomy, systematics, physiology, ecology, and development.
|Content||Basics of optics. Principles of light microscopy. Microscope parts and their function. Köhler illumination. Optical contrasting methods. Measuring object sizes with the microscope. Preparation of specimen for light microscopy. Plant tissue staining techniques. |
Special features of plant cells: Plastids, vacuole, cell wall. Anatomy of seed plants: From cells to organs. Anatomy and function of various plant tissues (epidermis, vascular tissue, wood, etc.). Anatomy and function of different plant organs (root, stem, leaf, flower, fruit, seed). Anatomical adaptations to different environments.
|Literature||For further reading (not obligatory):|
Gerhard Wanner: Mikroskopisch-Botanisches Praktikum, Georg Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart.
|Prerequisites / Notice||Groups of a maximum of 30 students.|
|529-0030-00L||Laboratory Course: Elementary Chemical Techniques||O||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.|
|252-0839-00L||Informatics||O||2 credits||2G||L. E. Fässler, M. Dahinden|
|Abstract||Students learn to apply selected concepts and tools from computer science for working on interdisciplinary projects. The following topics are covered: modeling and simulations, visualizing multi-dimensional data, managing data with lists and tables and with relational databases, introduction to programming, universal methods for algorithm design.|
|Objective||The students learn to|
- choose and apply appropriate tools from computer science,
- process and analyze real-world data from their subject of study,
- handle the complexity of real-world data,
- know universal methods for algorithm design.
|Content||1. Modeling and simulations|
2. Visualizing multidimensional data
3. Data management with lists and tables
4. Data management with a relational database
5. Introduction to macro programming
6. Introduction to programming with Python
|Lecture notes||All materials for the lecture are available at www.evim.ethz.ch|
|Prerequisites / Notice||This course is based on application-oriented learning. The students spend most of their time working through projects with data from natural science and discussing their results with teaching assistants. To learn the computer science basics there are electronic tutorials available.|
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