n.BA.BT.Mibi1.21HS (Microbiology 1) 
Module: Microbiology 1
This information was generated on: 01 October 2023
Microbiology 1


Version: 1.0 start 01 August 2021


Study Programme Biotechnology
Regulations Applicable RPO, 29 January 2008, School of Life Sciences and Facility Management Academic Regulations, 15 Dec. 2009, Annex for the Bachelor of Biotechnology degree programme
Module Type  
X Compulsory Module    Elective Module    Optional Module
Planned Semester 1st Semester
Module Coordinator Roger Kuhn
Telephone / E-Mail +41 (0)58 934 57 43 / roger.kuhn@zhaw.ch
Roger Kuhn
Entrance Requirements -
Learning Outcomes and Competencies Discipline specific skills:
Students will be able to
  • Describe relevant cytological features and processes
  • explain the structure of prokaryotic cells
  • compare the characteristics and reproduction strategies of bacteria, fungi and viruses
  • assess how different growth factors affect bacteria and fungi.
Interdisciplinary skills:
Students will be able to
  • orientate themselves within a larger, interrelated field of knowledge
  • decide independently whether to complete part or all of the module as self-study; this increases their ability to develop new skills independently.
Module Content
  • Hypotheses relating to the origin of life
  • Structure of prokaryotic cells
  • Structure of DNA, plasmids, structure of genes, DNA replication, transcription, translation
  • Forms of bacterial gene transfer (transformation, transduction, conjugation)
  • Characterisation of bacterial cell envelopes using Gram staining, types of flagella
  • Properties, formation and germination of bacterial endospores
  • Importance of the (evolutionary or biological) advantages of small cell size(surface-to-volume ratio), course of a static culture’s development
  • Growth factors in bacteria and fungi: nutrients, aw-value, oxygen, temperature, pH-value
  • Significance and mode of action of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance
  • Occurrence, structure and properties of viruses, the lytic and lysogenic cycles and replication of different virus types (ssRNA(-), ssRNA(+), dsRNA, ssDNA, dsDNA, retroviruses) (for example: influenza)
  • Structure and importance of mycelium in fungi, comparison of filamentous fungi (moulds) and yeasts (unicellular fungi), and the phylogenetic position of fungi
  • Asexual and sexual reproduction in fungi, Ascomycota (tube fungi) and Basidiomycota (stand fungi) life cycles
Follow-up Modules Microbiology 2
Methods of Instruction  Lectures with integrated exercises
All exam questions including solutions are available online
Digital Resources Detailed script with videos on all topics
All exam questions including solutions are available online.
Lesson Structure / Workload  
 Contact Hours 28
 Guided Self-Study 16
 Independent Self-Study 16
 Total Workload 60
Classroom Attendance No.
Script and digital learning resources are designed to allow students with prior knowledge of biology to complete all or part of the module through self-study.

Students with no prior knowledge of biology are recommended to attend class.
Assessment Written exam at the end of the semester (100%) / e-assessment

If there is a low number of participants, the lecturer may change the form of a repeat examination after consultation with the head of the study programme: e.g. an oral examination can be used to replace a written one. Please report any changes to the form of examinations by e-mail to pruefungsadmin.lsfm@zhaw.ch and Cc. Head of study programme.
Language of Instruction  German
Comments The Microbiology 1 module is part of the Life Sciences 1 module group.


Course: Microbiology 1
Microbiology 1


  • No module description is available in the system for the cut-off date of 01 October 2023.