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Agroecosystem Science Master Information
Minors
Functioning of Soil Systems
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
701-0518-00LSoil Protection and Land UseW3 credits2GR. Schulin
AbstractSoil protection and land use
ObjectiveTo know and understand the goals, problems, boundary conditions, concepts and practical approaches of soil protection as part of sustainable land use
ContentIntroduction into problems, philosophy and action fields of soil protection as part of sustainable land use; soil functions, soil quality and forms of impacts on soil; soil erosion; impacts on organic soils due to changes in soil water regime and aeration; soil compaction; soil salinization; soil contamination by toxic substances; remediation of polluted soil; soil protection by planning and legislation
Lecture notesHandouts will be distributed.
Master Thesis
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
751-1030-00LMaster's Thesis Information Restricted registration - show details
Only students who fulfill the following criteria are allowed to begin with their master thesis:
a. successful completion of the bachelor programme;
b. fulfilling of any additional requirements necessary to gain admission to the master programme.

THE ENROLLMENT IS DONE BY THE STUDY ADMINISTRATION OFFICE.
O30 credits128DLecturers
AbstractThe Master thesis is an independent scientific work. Normally the subject is selected among the topics of the core subect. It is written under the guidance of a agricultural science professor.
ObjectiveThe independent writing of a scientific paper/thesis
Complemantary Courses
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
760-0001-00LDepartment Colloquium Restricted registration - show details E-0 credits2KLecturers
Abstract
Objective
701-0972-00LIntroduction in Organic Farming SystemsW3 credits2VO. Schmid, D. M. Dubois, P. J. Mäder, U. Niggli
AbstractAim:
The students shall:
- be familiar with the basic elements of ecological farming systems,
- be able to make comparisons between farming systems (organic, integrated, conventional)
Objectivesee Introduction text
ContentPART I: Introduction in Organic Farming Systems

Introduction

1. Historical Development of farming systems and agropolicies in Switzerland
Lecturers: O. Schmid, D. Dubois

2. Basic princples and requirements organic farming and critrical analyis of roots of organic farming and other farming systems.
Lecturers: U. Niggli, O. Schmid

PLANT PRODUCTION

3. Sustainable rotations, fertilisation concepts and plant nutrition
Lecturers: D. Dubois, P. Mäder, O. Schmid

4. Careful soil tillage and non-chemical weed control
Lecturer: H.U. Dierauer

5. Soil fertility - Results from long-term trials
Lecturer: P. Mäder

6.Plant protection in arable crops and in horticulture
Lecturers: D. Dubois, C. Daniel

7. Biodiversity Promotion / Strategies for breeding and choice of varieties without Genetic Engineering
Lecturers: S. Stöckli, Monika Messmer

ANIMAL PRODUCTION

8. Animal friendly animal husbandry, breeding and feeding in the practise
Lecturer: E. Meili

9. Animal health and complementary veterinary medicine
Lecturer: M. Walkenhorst

MARKET

10. Economic aspects of the conversion to organic farming: micro and macro-economic aspects
Lecturers: U. Niggli, O. Schmid

11. Marketdevelopment of label production IP and Organic
Lecturers:
Date: P. Althaus (IP Suisse) / T. Richter, O. Schmid

12. Excursion Organic farm Dietikon
Farm manager: Samuel Spahn

13. Sustainability assessment
Lecturers: Ch. Schader, Otto Schmid

14. Examination (multiple choice written test, case study)
Lecture notesWritten manuskcripts from lecturers

Scripts can be downloaded from the web with an access code through MOODLE System: https://moodle-app2.let.ethz.ch/course/view.php?id=496
LiteratureRecommended:
Otto Schmid Otto and Robert Obrist Robert (2001): Biologischer Landbau. Landwirtschaftliche Lehrmittelzentrale, Zollikofen, 267 pp (in German)

Nic Lampkin Nic, Measures Mark and Padel Susanne (2006): Organic Farm Management Handbook. University of Wales, Aberystwyth. 240pp
Prerequisites / NoticeThis course is a precondition for the participation in the Part II en bloc "Comparison of ecological farming systems"

The course can be taken alone without the Part II

Conditions for the credit points is a test.

Structure:
Part I: 14 times 2 weekly lectures
Part II: one study week with excursions, exercices and workshops (end of spring semester).
751-1040-00LResponsible Conduct in Research Information W1 credit1UM. Paschke, N. Buchmann
AbstractWhen studying at a University, but especially when carrying out a Master’s thesis, students are joining the scientific community and, therefore, have to learn about the codes of professional and responsible conduct in research.
Objective(1) Students know the questions, conflicts and ethically ambiguous situations that may arise in research.
(2) Students can apply codes of responsible conduct in research, i.e., they understand and can apply the professional values and ethical norms of their profession.
(3) Students know how to deal with and communicate in ambiguous situations.
(4) Students will develop a professional attitude towards responsible conduct in research.
ContentWhen studying at a University, but especially when carrying out a Master's thesis, students are joining the scientific community and, therefore, have to learn about the codes of professional and responsible conduct in research. In this course, we want to increase the knowledge of our Master's students about the specific rules, regulations and guidelines of responsible conduct in their research fields but also rise awareness for potential conflicts of interest and give practical suggestions on how to react in cases of uncertainty on e.g. questions of authorship and giving credits, data treatment and interpretation, communication and responsibility in the public or on the role of graduate students in the research community. Students will discuss case studies with a conflict potential or a dilemma. They will work together in teams, discuss the codes of conduct and values established in the scientists’ community, and apply them to the case studies. The teams have to agree on actions to be taken for each case.

Students will deal with case studies on the following topics:

(1) Scientific Integrity, Error and Negligence in Science
(2) Conflicts in Authorship Practices
(3) Questions of Data Treatment
(4) Influence of Values on Data Interpretation
(5) Social Responsibility of Scientists (e.g. Communication with the public)

Student teams will discuss the case studies in role-play scenarios and present their consensus of responsible conduct in research.
Prerequisites / Notice'Responsible Conduct in Research for Plant Scientists' is part of the Master's Courses and Master's Studies in Plant Sciences and of the PS Ph.D. Program in Plant Sciences. It is organized by the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center. Please find details on the course at:
http://www.plantsciences.uzh.ch/teaching/masters/responsibleconduct.html
751-9100-00LLERNfeldW Dr1 credit2GN. Buchmann
AbstractIm Dialog mit Schülern, Lehrpersonen und Bauern kennenlernen von praktischen Aspekten von Biodiversität und Klimawandel. Unterstützung von Schülerinnen und Schülern bei Fragen rund um die Lernaktivitäten von LERNfeld, Beratung von Lehrpersonen, Betreuung des LERNfeld-Blogs.
LERNfeld ist ein GLOBE Projekt (www.globe-swiss.ch/de/Angebote/LERNfeld)
ObjectiveIm Dialog mit Schülern, Lehrpersonen und Bauern kennenlernen von praktischen Aspekten von Biodiversität und Klimawandel. Unterstützung von Schülerinnen und Schülern bei Fragen rund um die Lernaktivitäten von LERNfeld, Beratung von Lehrpersonen, Betreuung des LERNfeld-Blogs.
Prerequisites / NoticeVoraussetzung für die Teilnahme sind sehr gute Deutschkenntnisse.
Anmeldung auf lernfeld@usys.ethz.ch
Projektstart: 15.2.2015
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