n.BA.BT.PrAlCh.21HS (General Chemistry Practical 1) 
Module: General Chemistry Practical 1
This information was generated on: 29 February 2024
General Chemistry Practical 1


Version: 2.0 start 01 August 2023


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
Depending on student numbers further internal lecturers
Entrance Requirements None
Learning Outcomes and Competencies Students will:
  • learn about common practices in the chemistry laboratory and be able to implement applicable safety rules.
  • be able to handle chemicals properly and responsibly and inform themselves about possible hazards in advance (H&P phrases).
  • be able to plan and execute tasks independently.
  • be able to calculate experimental values (sample mass, amount of substance, molar mass, concentration, yield, titer, volume...)
  • be able to properly handle and operate simple equipment and apparatus in the chemistry laboratory.
  • learn how to record and document the results of their experiments (laboratory notebook, experimental protocol).
Module Content Practical general chemistry experiments
Follow-up Modules Practical Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
Methods of Instruction  Discussion of the experiments in preparatory lessons and subsequent guided independent work in the laboratory.
Digital Resources Materials relating to experiments, preparation questions and theory materials will be provided as pdfs via Moodle.
Lesson Structure / Workload  
 Contact Hours -
 Guided Self-Study 48
 Independent Self-Study 42
 Total Workload 90
Classroom Attendance Yes: Compulsory attendance and compulsory submission of laboratory reports (lab reports which are not up to standard may be revised once only). Missed practicals can be completed on specific dates in the following weeks if this is organisationally possible and only if a valid reason is provided. Unexcused missed laboratory experiments will lead to exclusion and repetition of the entire module the following year.
Assessment Coursework (100%)

The topics covered in this module are relevant to the written exam in Chemistry 1.
Language of Instruction  German
Comments The General Chemistry Practical module is part of the Practicals 1 module group.



Course: General Chemistry Practical 1
General Chemistry Practical 1


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