n.BA.BT.DiLi.21HS (Digital Literacy) 
Module: Digital Literacy
This information was generated on: 16 April 2024
Digital Literacy


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 Janna Kraus
Telephone / E-Mail +41 (0)58 934  / janna.kraus@zhaw.ch
Janna Kraus, Robert Vorburger, Stephan Küng, Erich Zbinden and others
Entrance Requirements -
Learning Outcomes and Competencies Discipline specific skills:
Students create and edit digital documents in small groups, employing document lifecycle management procedures.

Students analyse the significance of journalism for democratic societies as well as how journalism has changed these societies, and apply basic methods of source criticism.

Students develop an understanding of the structure, impact, and operation of algorithms and learn how they guide the interpretation of social phenomena.

Students collect and organise data, information and knowledge in order to communicate data-driven insights.

Students examine the relevance of privacy in digital societies and develop strategies to protect their own privacy.

Students optimise and reflect upon their personal and professional digital presence.
Interdisciplinary skills:
Students use digital collaborative tools to coordinate group work and solve tasks together.
Students acquire a basic knowledge of machine learning and algorithms for cross-module collaborations with the information technology modules.
Students learn how to critically and analytically examine various types of scientific texts and media formats.
Module Content
  • Sharepoint as a collaborative document management system.
  • Use of word processing programs (Word), text typesetting systems (LaTeX) and markup languages (Markdown).
  • Introduction to source criticism, knowledge of current journalistic developments, reflection on personal media consumption.
  • Legal aspects of digitization.
  • Application of symbolic machine learning
  • Learning to represent algorithms as flow diagrams to lay the groundwork for a collaboration with the information technology modules.
  • Historical emergence, implications, and challenges of the algorithmic paradigm for the humanistic worldview.
  • Fundamentals of and tools used in digital data processing and representation in Design of Experiments, Data-driven Decision Making, and Digital Storytelling.
  • Maintaining personal digital privacy on the Internet and in digital communication.
Follow-up Modules -
Methods of Instruction  Lectures with exercises and group work
Digital Resources MS Teams and Moodle
Lesson Structure / Workload  
 Contact Hours 28
 Guided Self-Study -
 Independent Self-Study 32
 Total Workload 60
Classroom Attendance -
Assessment Course work (100%)
Language of Instruction  German
Comments The Digital Literacy module is part of the Language and Critical Thinking 1 module group.


Course: Digital Literacy
Digital Literacy


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