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Geomatic Engineering Master Information
Major Courses
Major in Engineering Geodesy and Photogrammetry
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
103-0738-00LGNSS LabW5 credits4GA. Geiger, M. Meindl
AbstractConsolidation of knowledge in satellite geodesy and its application to GNSS.
ObjectiveStudents know the technological background of GNSS. They are able to interpret and to qualify GNSS results and to carry out error estimations. Autonomous work on GNSS-related problems.
ContentAutonomous development, planning, and carrying out of a small GNSS-project. As needed further satellite geodetic background will be given ( GNSS-positioning and navigation, satellite orbits, consolidated knowledge of GNSS, observation equations, principles of measurements, disturbances, practical operation)
Lecture notesNavigation, Alain Geiger, GGL-ETHZ
GNSS, Markus Rothacher, GGL-ETHZ
103-0838-00LGeomonitoring and GeosensorsW4 credits3GA. Wieser, M. Rothacher
AbstractThis course provides an introduction to sensors, measurement techniques and analysis methods for geodetic monitoring of natural structures of local to regional scale like landslides, rock falls, volcanoes and tsunamis. Several case studies will highlight the application of the presented technologies.
ObjectiveUnderstanding the core challenges and proven approaches to monitoring of local and regional deformation; gaining an overview of established measurement and data processing techniques for monitoring geometric changes.
ContentIntroduction to geomonitoring; sensors and measurement technologies: GNSS, TPS, TLS, GB-SAR, geosensor networks, geotechnical monitoring sensors; areal and point-wise deformation monitoring; congruency tests, network deformation analysis, sensitivity, regression and jump detection; estimation of strain tensor, block analysis; case studies.
Lecture notesThe lecture slides and further literature will be made available on the course webpage.
Prerequisites / NoticeStudents should be familiar with geodetic networks, parameter estimation, GNSS and Engineering Geodesy. Students who have not taken the related courses of the ETH curriculum (or equivalent courses at another university) but want to take this course should contact the lecturers beforehand.
103-0128-00LRemote Sensing Lab Restricted registration - show details W3 credits2GE. Baltsavias
AbstractThis course focuses mainly on photogrammetric processing and classification of optical and especially multispectral satellite images with practical work and own programming.
ObjectiveThe aims of this course are:
- the main aim is practical photogrammetric processing and classification of optical and especially multispectral satellite images using mostly own programming in MATLAB and commercial software tools.
- some theoretical background will be provided, in addition to other ETHZ courses mentioned below (mainly given in Bachelor).
- further developing skills in report writing and presentations.
ContentThe lecture builds on the courses Erdbeobachtung (Earth Observation), Photogrammetrie, Photogrammetrie II, Image Interpretation and Bildverarbeitung (Image Processing). The focus is on practical work and use of programs with optical satellite data.

The work is composed of two large labs. In the first, the main photogrammetric processing chain from preprocessing to visualisation is treated. In the second, the focus is on various multispectral classification techniques and their comparison.
Lecture notesTeaching material will be made available on the dedicated moodle page.
Prerequisites / NoticePersons without sufficient knowledge of remote sensing, photogrammetry and image processing, should first contact the lecturer and get permission to attend the course. Students should preferably have a basic knowledge of MATLAB programming or being willing to acquire it through self-study.
103-0848-00LIndustrial Metrology and Machine VisionW4 credits3GK. Schindler, A. Wieser
AbstractThis course introduces contact and non-contact techniques for 3D coordinate, shape and motion determination as used for 3D inspection, dimensional control, reverse engineering, motion capture and similar industrial applications.
ObjectiveUnderstanding the physical basis of photographic sensors and imaging; familiarization with a broader view of image-based 3D geometry estimation beyond the classical photogrammetric approach; understanding the concepts of measurement traceability and uncertainty; acquiring an overview of general 3D image metrology including contact and non-contact techniques (coordinate measurement machines; optical tooling; laser-based high-precision instruments).
ContentCCD and CMOS technology; structured light and active stereo; shading models, shape from shading and photometric stereo; shape from focus; laser interferometry, laser tracker, laser radar; contact and non-contact coordinate measurement machines; optical tooling; measurement traceability, measurement uncertainty, part tolerances; surface representations; case studies.
Lecture notesLecture slides and further literature will be made available on the course webpage.
Prerequisites / NoticeStudents should be familiar with basic photogrammetry, image processing, and geodetic metrology. Students who have not taken the compulsory courses of the ETH BSc curriculum in Geomatics and planning (or equivalent courses at another university) but want to take this course should contact the lecturers beforehand.
Major in Space Geodesy and Navigation
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
103-0158-01LNavigationW5 credits4GA. Geiger
AbstractIntroduction to the concepts and basics of navigation related total systems on land, air, and sea.
ObjectiveThe students gain an overview of modern and today's systems and understand their major principles. The students are able to deepen their knowledge by their own and recognize and understand principles of systems in different applications.
ContentStatistics in Navigation, Filtering, Basics of state space control systems, Tracksurveying systems, Vehicle nav, Air traffic control systems, Operational Procedures, Galileo, WAAS, MSAS, EGNOS, AIS
Lecture notesGeiger, A., Navigation, Lecture notes
103-0178-00LGeodetic Earth MonitoringW4 credits3GM. Rothacher, F. Neyer
AbstractThe three pillars of geodesy, i.e. the geometry, rotation and gravity field of the Earth contribute to Earth system monitoring and will be considered here. 1) Earth rotation: theory, estimation and interpretation; 2) Gravity field: satellite missions, theory, estimation and interpretation; 3) Geodynamics (geometry): plate tectonics, earthquake cycle, isostasy and uplift rates.
ObjectiveUnderstand the basics of Earth rotation and gravity field theory, with what type of methods they are determined and what they contribute to monitoring the Earth system. Get familiar with the major geodynamic processes within the crust and mantle and how they are being observed and monitored.
ContentPart 1: Earth rotation
- Kinematics of a solid body
- Dynamic Eulerian equations of Earth rotation
- Kinematic Eulerian equations of Earth rotation
- Free rotation of the flattened Earth
- Influence of Sun and Moon, Precession, Nutation
- Earth as an elastic body
- Determination of Earth rotation parameters
- Mass distribution and mass transport affecting Earth rotation
Part 2: Gravity field
- Satellite missions
- Gravity field determination from satellite data
- Geoid computation from terrestrial data
- Combination of satellite and terrestrial gravity fields
- Precision of geoid computations
- Mass distribution and transport affecting the Earth gravity field
Part 3: Geodynamics:
- Plate tectonics theory: including ocean bottom floor magnetism Curie temperature, age of the ocean bottom floor
- Notions on crust material (oceanic/continental)
- Concepts of mantle plumes, mantle convection and mantle flow and evidences supporting them
- Earthquake cycle: elastic rebound theory, strain and stress measurements and measurements in the field during inter-, co- and post-seismic periods
- Isostasy and strength models
- Surface uplift rate applied to continental crust, volcanism, eroded areas.
Lecture notesA script and slides will be made available
LiteratureBeutler G., Methods of Celestial Mechanics. II: Application to Planetary System, Geodynamics and Satellite Geodesy, Springer, ISBN 3-540-40750-2, 2005.

Hofmann-Wellenhof B. and Moritz H., Physical Geodesy, Springer, ISBN 13-978-3-211-33544-4, 2005/2006.

Fowler C.M.R., The Solid Earth: An Introduction to Global Geophysics, Cambridge Univ. Press, ISBN 0-521-38590-3, 2005.
Prerequisites / NoticeRecommended: Basics of Higher Geodesy
Of advantage: Basics of Geodetic Earth Observation
103-0738-00LGNSS LabW5 credits4GA. Geiger, M. Meindl
AbstractConsolidation of knowledge in satellite geodesy and its application to GNSS.
ObjectiveStudents know the technological background of GNSS. They are able to interpret and to qualify GNSS results and to carry out error estimations. Autonomous work on GNSS-related problems.
ContentAutonomous development, planning, and carrying out of a small GNSS-project. As needed further satellite geodetic background will be given ( GNSS-positioning and navigation, satellite orbits, consolidated knowledge of GNSS, observation equations, principles of measurements, disturbances, practical operation)
Lecture notesNavigation, Alain Geiger, GGL-ETHZ
GNSS, Markus Rothacher, GGL-ETHZ
103-0838-00LGeomonitoring and GeosensorsW4 credits3GA. Wieser, M. Rothacher
AbstractThis course provides an introduction to sensors, measurement techniques and analysis methods for geodetic monitoring of natural structures of local to regional scale like landslides, rock falls, volcanoes and tsunamis. Several case studies will highlight the application of the presented technologies.
ObjectiveUnderstanding the core challenges and proven approaches to monitoring of local and regional deformation; gaining an overview of established measurement and data processing techniques for monitoring geometric changes.
ContentIntroduction to geomonitoring; sensors and measurement technologies: GNSS, TPS, TLS, GB-SAR, geosensor networks, geotechnical monitoring sensors; areal and point-wise deformation monitoring; congruency tests, network deformation analysis, sensitivity, regression and jump detection; estimation of strain tensor, block analysis; case studies.
Lecture notesThe lecture slides and further literature will be made available on the course webpage.
Prerequisites / NoticeStudents should be familiar with geodetic networks, parameter estimation, GNSS and Engineering Geodesy. Students who have not taken the related courses of the ETH curriculum (or equivalent courses at another university) but want to take this course should contact the lecturers beforehand.
103-0157-00LPhysical Geodesy and GeodynamicsW4 credits3GM. Rothacher
AbstractGravity field of the earth. Equipotential surfaces and geoid determination. Fundamentals in Potential Theory and inversion methods. Measuring techniques and gravity anomalies.
ObjectiveObtain knowledge in Physical Geodesy as a fundamental topic forming the basis for Geomatics and Geodynamics. Acquire skills in calculus covered in Physical Geodesy.
ContentGravity field of the earth and its parameterization. Equipotential surfaces, deflections of the vertical and geoid determination. Fundamentals in Potential Theory and inversion methods. Gravimetric measuring techniques and gravity anomalies.
Prerequisites / NoticePre-Requisite: Basics of Higher Geodesy
Major in GIS and Cartography
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
103-0228-00LMultimedia Cartography
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Cartography III (103-0227-00L).
O4 credits3GH.‑R. Bär, R. Sieber
AbstractFocus of this course is on the realization of an atlas project in a small team. During the first part of the course, the necessary organizational, creative and technological basics will be provided. At the end of the course, the interactive atlas projects will be presented by the team members.
ObjectiveThe goal of this course is to provide the students the theoretical background, knowledge and practical skills necessary to plan, design and create an interactive Web atlas based on modern Web technologies.
ContentThis course will cover the following topics:

- Web map design
- Project management
- Graphical user interfaces in Web atlases
- Interactions in map and atlas applications
- Web standards
- Programming interactive Web applications
- Use of software libraries
- Cartographic Web services
- Code repository
- Copyright and the Internet
Lecture notesLecture notes and additional material are available on Moodle.
Literature- Cartwright, William; Peterson, Michael P. and Georg Gartner (2007); Multimedia Cartography, Springer, Heidelberg
Prerequisites / NoticePrerequisites: Successful completion of Cartography III (103-0227-00L).
Previous knowledge in Web programming.

The students are expected to
- present their work in progress on a regular basis
- present their atlas project at the end of the course
- keep records of all the work done
- document all individual contributions to the project
103-0247-00LMobile GIS and Location-Based ServicesO5 credits4GP. Kiefer
AbstractThe course introduces students to the theoretical and technological background of mobile geographic information systems and location-based services. In lab sessions students acquire competences in mobile GIS design and implementation.
ObjectiveStudents will
- learn about the implications of mobility on GIS
- get a detailed overview on research fields related to mobile GIS
- get an overview on current mobile GIS and LBS technology, and learn how to assess new technologies in this fast-moving field
- achieve an integrated view of Geospatial Web Services and mobile GIS
- acquire competences in mobile GIS design and implementation
Content- LBS and mobile GIS: architectures, market, applications, and application development
- Development for Android
- Mobile decision-making, context, personalization, and privacy
- Mobile human computer interaction and user interfaces
- Mobile behavior interpretation
Prerequisites / NoticeElementary programming skills (Java)
103-0747-00LCartography LabW6 credits13AL. Hurni
AbstractIndependent practical work in cartography.
ObjectiveIndependent practical work in cartography.
ContentChoice of theme upon individual agreement.
Lecture notesInformation sheet will be distributed by the supervisors
Prerequisites / NoticeCartography I
Major in Planning
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
103-0448-00LSpatial and Infrastructural Development
Only for MSc Students or special approval by the lecturer.
W3 credits2GB. Scholl
AbstractThe lecture course addresses and by practical examples demonstrates advanced aspects of integrated spatial and infrastructure development, distinguished for a variety of infrastructures.
ObjectiveThe lecture continues the lecture “Sustainable Spatial Development I”. The lecture demonstrates aspects of integrated infrastructure and spatial development. The lecture concentrates on the technical infrastructures and their specific technical requirements and their impacts on the spatial development. The main focus is to demonstrate the impacts of a development strategy that is based on the requirements of these sometimes contradicting requirements. The aim is to demonstrate possibilities and chances of integrated development strategies.
Content- Basics of infrastructure development
- Strategies for integrated infrastructure and spatial development
- Capacity and dimensioning
- Streets
- Public transport
- Spatial and railway development
- Spatial and airport development
- Spatial, energy and communication infrastructure development
- Spatial and waters development
Lecture notesThe documents for the lecture can be found on the homepage of the chair for Spatial Development: http://www.raumentwicklung.ethz.ch/en/education/courses-spring.html
Prerequisites / NoticeOnly for masters students, otherwise a special permit of the lecturer is necessary.
103-0458-00LEconomical Land Use
Only for MSc Students or special approval by the lecturer.
W3 credits2GR. Nebel
AbstractThe lecture demonstrates current trends of land use, arguments for an economical handling of land and instruments as well as procedures to implement economical land use in practice. This is considered on different planning levels, especially on the regional level. The main focus is the introduction of a comprehensive settlement management in the light of current trends of land use.
ObjectiveStudents learn to understand backgrounds, basic principles, goals and approaches of appropriate and economical use of land as a scarce resource. They are able to summarise in a comprehensible way the core arguments for redevelopment before new development. Furthermore, students can illustrate how to implement economical land use in a differentiated and customised manner.
Content- settlement development and land use: facts, trends, causes and consequences
- redevelopment before new development: basic principles and strategic goals
- overviews of existing land reserves
- formal and informal instruments and procedures
- comprehensive settlement management: implementation on municipal, regional and national level
Lecture notesThe documents for the lecture are available on Moodle.
Prerequisites / NoticeEligible only for master students, otherwise a special permisson by the lecturer is required.
103-0318-02LGIS-Based 3D Landscape Visualization Restricted registration - show details
Limited number of participants.

Please send an email to the lecturer to make sure that places are still available.
W3 credits2GU. Wissen Hayek
AbstractConcepts, methods and techniques for 3D landscape visualization and their application in landscape and environmental planning. Practical application of a workflow for 3D landscape visualization. Reflection of relevant aspects such as the choice of viewpoints, the landscape sections, or the level of detail, and their effects on the perception of the visualized landscape.
ObjectiveThe main goals of this lab are (1) to know digital techniques for 3D landscape visualization, (2) to know different examples and application areas for GIS-based 3D landscape visualizations, (3) to establish software skills in 3D landscape visualization, and (4) to be able to explain principles of 3D landscape visualization, which are important for landscape and environmental planning situations, and to apply these for the evaluation or the planning of 3D landscape visualizations.
ContentThe lectures provide an introduction to the area of GIS-based 3D landscape visualization and on visualization principles. Examples of 3D landscape visualizations generated and applied in different projects are presented. The theoretical principles for 3D landscape visualization are further deepened in small exercises during the whole course. These exercises are organized in such a way, that a workflow for 3D landscape visualization can be reproduced. Thereby aspects such as the choice of viewpoints, the sections of a landscape, or the level of detail, and their effects on the perception of the visualized landscape are reflected.
Lecture notesHandouts of the slides used in the lectures will be made available for download.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe lectures will be given in German.
103-0338-00LProject Week in Landscape Development Information Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 22.
Remark: Students who are enrolled in this lecture cannot enroll in the lecture LE 701-1656-01L Introduction into Landscape Development.
W5 credits9PS.‑E. Rabe, E. Celio, A. Grêt-Regamey
AbstractIn particular, the aspects measuring, understanding and assessing of landscape-relevant land-use, requirements and developments will be taught. Concerning the landscape development, aims will be developed and corresponding actions defined.
ObjectiveThe students are able to:
- recognize and name the structure of a landscape
- recognize and undestand the history of land-use
- recognize and undestand the context of arrangement of a landscape
- assess a landscape in its entirety and in its single-elements
- develop a vision of a landscape
- prepare and provide substantiated actions
ContentThe course consists of theoretical inputs, independent or assisted preparation, the project-week itself and post processing.

Depending on the subject area to be processed (eg. water, landscape aesthetics, natural hazards, nature conservation), different methods are used.
This applies to both the methods of investigation of landscape-elements and characteristics as well as the methods for evaluation of landscape-elements and characteristics.

Subjects and methods are developed and defined in the preparation to be applied in the project week. Based on the assessments actions will be developed that are adapted to the definde question or problem in the light of a desirable development.
Lecture notes- Handouts
- Copies of selected literature

Download: Link
LiteratureWill be named in the course.
Prerequisites / NoticeRequirements are an interest in landscape-related issues and commitment to developing proposals for solutions.
Prerequisite: Knowledge and skills equivalent the course 103-0357-00 Umweltplanung I
Students who are enrolled in this lecture cannot enroll in the lecture 701-1656-01L.
103-0428-02LDesigning and Presenting Arguments in Spacial Planning Information
Only for MSc Students or special approval by the lecturer.
W3 credits2GM. Nollert, M. Heller
AbstractDesigning and presenting arguments are two essential components of acting in spatial planning. Spatial design as instrument for investigating and testing of possible solutions and options of action or, in addition, for finding central questions. Arguing, in order to be able to communicate suggested decisions or actions inside the planning process and to win relevant actors over those.
ObjectiveGoal of the lecture is to obtain the basic knowledge of designing and presenting argumentations in spatial planning. With reference on a practical case study the basic knowledge of both disciplines is imparted. In particular, the typical characteristics of both and the connections between arguing and designing in spatial planning are worked out.
In terms of arguing the students should be enabled to substantiate their decisions with different techniques, in order to compile clearly understandable and convincing argumentations and successfully communicate them. This includes beside an adequate handling of different kinds of information coding (like texts, pictures and numbers), also dealing with uncertainties, which is a typical asset of the argumentation in spatial planning.
In terms of spatial design, the understanding of this specific and unconventional instrument is to be provided and to be trained on the basis of different cases. Beside the development of an „intuition/sensibility“ for designing in spatial planning and the ability to handle different scales (from national contexts down to the proofing of the principal possibilities for development on the scale of architectural design), the discernment of decisive criteria for the possible employment and the application of spatial design is also to be trained.
Lecture notesThe documents for the lecture can be found on the homepage of the chair for Spatial Planning and Development
Prerequisites / NoticeSpatial Planning Design

Spatial Planning Design is used as a tool for exploration and testing. Overall goal is the obtainment of basic knowledge for general recommendations and specific strategies in the case of difficult and unclear tasks. However, it is not intended to create drafts for direct implementation in reality.

Even if current problems and questions occuring in the dimension of spatial planning might show some correlation, the spaces themselves, the diversity of urban patterns and interests widely differ. This is particularly the case in highly developed Europe. As soon as conventional solutions and standards fail in the case of difficult and vast questions, modern spatial planning operates by using the method of designing.

In contrast to the method of designing on the basis of a given programme, which is common in the fields of urban design and architecture, spatial planning is generally operating with comprehensive and open terms of reference. Thus, in order to achieve safe results, spatial planning uses all imaginable scopes and freedoms of research.

Not every case and every problem in spatial planning cause an examination by using the method of designing. In frequent cases difficulties not only arise in identifying the right scale of design but rather in selecting the appropriate informal procedures. Furthermore, scales are not necessarily the same as they are typically used in regional- and urban planning. The verification of the general ability to develop an area in the scale of architecture is possible as well.
103-0239-00LPlanning Information Systems Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 16.

Only for MSc Students or special approval by the lecturer.
W3 credits2GH. Elgendy
AbstractParticipants in the lecture "planning information systems" shall get the fundamental basics for the development of planning information systems (PIS) in the spatial planning. Through case studies about the application of PIS in different spatial planning situations they shall get an idea about the possibilities of the application of these systems.
ObjectiveStudents should be able to use "Planning Information Systems" in the planning practice, and to learn how to plan, design and formulate the requirements for such systems. In this course you will get the methodical and technical skills for the planning and implementation of such information systems.
Content"Planerische Informationssysteme" ermöglichen die Organisation, Verarbeitung und Kommunikation von Information unterschiedlichster Art (Karten, Entwürfe, Texte, etc.). Sie unterstützen die vielfältigen beteiligten Akteure dabei gemeinsam und ortsunabhängig Lösungen für komplexe planerische Aufgaben zu entwickeln.

Die Inhalte der Vorlesung sind an den Anforderungen an "Planerische Informationssystem" aufgrund der Besonderheiten von komplexen Planungsaufgaben, sowie auf die technischen Fertigkeiten zum Aufbau des Tools, ausgerichtet.
- Anforderungen und Aufbau "Planerische Informationssysteme"
- Design- & Usability-Anforderungen solcher Informationssysteme
- Erstellung von Webseiten mit HTML & CSS
- Entwicklung dynamischer Webseiten
- Skriptsprache JavaScript
- Datenbank-Design und -Anbindung
- "Planerische Informationssysteme" in der Praxis

Neben den Vorlesungsteilen erlernen die Studierenden in der eigenen Anwendung mit praktischen Übungen die Grundzüge der Webtechniken HTML, CSS & JavaScript.
Als Teil der Semesterleistung erarbeiten die Studierenden ein eigenes "Planerisches Informationssystem".
Die Vorstellung von in der Praxis umgesetzten Beispielen verdeutlichen die vielfältigen Anwendungsbereiche.
Der Dozent hat an der Universität Karlsruhe und der ETH Zürich entscheidend an der Entwicklung "Planerischer Informationssysteme" mitgearbeitet und wendet diese seit geraumer Zeit im eigenen Büro im Planungsalltag praktisch an.
Lecture noteshttp://www.raumentwicklung.ethz.ch/en/education/courses-spring.html
LiteratureDevelopment and Implementation of Planning Information Systems in collaborative spatial planning processes, H. Elgendy, Karlsruhe 2003
Prerequisites / NoticeEvery lecture includes a practical exercise on the computer.
Maximum 16 participants
701-1522-00LMulti-Criteria Decision AnalysisW3 credits2GJ. Lienert
AbstractThis introduction to "Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis" (MCDA) combines prescriptive Decision Theory (MAVT, MAUT) with practical application and computer-based decision support systems. Aspects of descriptive Decision Theory (psychology) are introduced. Participants apply the theory to an environmental decision problem (group work).
ObjectiveThe main objective is to learn the theory of "Multi-Attribute Value Theory" (MAVT) and "Multi-Attribute Utility Theory" (MAUT) and apply it step-by-step using an environmental decision problem. The participants learn how to structure complex decision problems and break them down into manageable parts. An important aim is to integrate the goals and preferences of different decision makers. The participants will practice how to elicit subjective (personal) preferences from decision makers with structured interviews. They should have an understanding of people's limitations to decision-making, based on insights from descriptive Decision Theory. They will use formal computer-based tools to integrate "objective / scientific" data with "subjective / personal" preferences to find consensus solutions that are acceptable to different decision makers.
ContentGENERAL DESCRIPTION
Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis is an umbrella term for a set of methods to structure, formalize, and analyze complex decision problems involving multiple objectives (aims, criteria), many different alternatives (options, choices), and different actors which may have conflicting preferences. Uncertainty (e.g., of the future or of environmental data) adds to the complexity of environmental decisions. MCDA helps to make decision problems more transparent and guides decision makers into making rational choices. Today, MCDA-methods are being applied in many complex decision situations. This class is designed for participants interested in transdisciplinary approaches that help to better understand real-world decision problems and that contribute to finding sustainable solutions. The course focuses on "Multi-Attribute Value Theory" (MAVT) and "Multi-Attribute Utility Theory" (MAUT). It also gives a short introduction to behavioral Decision Theory, the psychological field of decision-making.

STRUCTURE
The course consists of a combination of lectures, exercises in the class, exercises in small groups, reading, and one mandatory exam. Some exercises are computer assisted, applying MCDA software. The participants will choose an environmental case study to work on in small groups throughout the semester. Additional reading from the textbook Eisenführ et al. (2010) is required.

GRADING
There will be one written examination at the end of the course that covers the important theory (50 % of final grade). The group work consists of two to three written reports (50 %).
Lecture notesNo script (see below)
LiteratureThe course is based on: Eisenführ, Franz; Weber, Martin; and Langer, Thomas (2010) Rational Decision Making. 1st edition, 447 p., Springer Verlag, ISBN 978-3-642-02850-2.

Additional reading material will be recommended during the course. Lecture slides will be made available for download.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course requires some understanding of (basic) mathematics. The "formal" parts are not too complicated and we will guide students through the mathematical applications and use of software.
Electives
The entire course programs of ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich are open to the students to individual selection.
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