n.BA.BT.Che1.21HS (Chemistry 1) 
Module: Chemistry 1
This information was generated on: 21 September 2023
Chemistry 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 Marc Bornand
Telephone / E-Mail +41 (0)58 934 55 16 / marc.bornand@zhaw.ch
Marc Bornand
Entrance Requirements -
Learning Outcomes and Competencies Students will:
  • learn about how our knowledge of the structure of matter, atomic models, particle models and stoichiometry has developed throughout history.
  • be able to create and read simple chemical reaction equations.
  • be able to define molar mass, expected number of bonds and types of elements in chemical compounds using the periodic table.
  • be able to use the mathematical relationship between the amount of a substance, its molar mass, and the sample mass to calculate stoichiometrically appropriate reaction approaches and yields.
  • understand the different types of intramolecular chemical bonds (ionic, covalent, metallic), intermolecular interactions (ionic, polar, dispersive) and H-bridges.
  • be able to predict and explain the spatial shape of molecules using VSEPR theory and hybridization.
  • learn about important characteristics of aggregate states, phase transitions, gas equations, solubility, miscibility and crystallization. 
  • learn about acid-base concepts, the definition of pH and autoprotolysis of water.
  • learn about the importance of equilibrium reactions, the law of mass action, and their application in buffer systems.
  • learn about the concept of oxidation states, setting up and balancing redox reactions, as well as the basic principles and important applications of electrochemistry.
  • learn about the fundamentals of thermodynamics, simple thermodynamic calculations, exothermic and endothermic reactions, as well as important concepts such as entropy and free enthalpy.
  • learn about the fundamentals of kinetics, simple kinetic calculations, collision theory, concentration dependence, reaction order and the modes of action of catalysts/ enzymes.
Module Content Fundamentals of general, inorganic and physical chemistry
Follow-up Modules Organic Chemistry and Fundamentals of Biochemistry
Methods of Instruction  Normal course if possible
Digital Resources Course materials, including exercises and solutions that are made available as PDFs in Moodle.
Lesson Structure / Workload  
 Contact Hours 42
 Guided Self-Study 14
 Independent Self-Study 34
 Total Workload 90
Classroom Attendance None
Assessment Written exam at the end fo the semester (70%)

Course work (30%)

Exam-relevant topics include topics from the Chemistry Laboratory module.

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 Chemistry 1 module is part of the Life Sciences 1 module group


Course: Chemistry 1
Chemistry 1


  • No module description is available in the system for the cut-off date of 21 September 2023.