n.BA.BT.Phy1.21HS (Physics 1) 
Module: Physics 1
This information was generated on: 08 June 2023
Physics 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 Claus Horn
Telephone / E-Mail +41 (0)58 934 51 47 / claus.horn@zhaw.ch
Claus Horn, Beat Gautschi
Entrance Requirements Introduction to physics, basic knowledge of algebra and analysis
Learning Outcomes and Competencies Students will learn about and understand the basic laws of physics (mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity).
They will recognise the applications of these laws and their consequences for nature and technology. They will be able to perform simple calculations based on these laws.
Module Content Mechanics: kinematics, force
Conservation laws
Fluid mechanics: hydrostatics, the continuity equation, Bernoulli’s equation, fluid friction
Thermodynamics: heat, gas law
Electricity: electrical charge, current, voltage, electrical resistance, Ohm's law, Kirchhoff's law
Follow-up Modules Physics 2
Methods of Instruction  Lectures
Digital Resources Script, exercises
Lesson Structure / Workload  
 Contact Hours 28
 Guided Self-Study -
 Independent Self-Study 32
 Total Workload 60
Classroom Attendance Yes, attendance is mandatory.
Written exam at the end of the semester (70%) / e-assessment
Course work (30%)

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 Physics 1 and Physics Practical modules must be attended in the same semester.

The topics covered in Physics Practical are exam-relevant.

The Physics 1 module is part of the Technology 1 module group.


Course: Physics 1
Physics 1


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