n.BA.BT.Mibi2.21HS (Microbiology 2) 
Module: Microbiology 2
This information was generated on: 16 April 2024
Microbiology 2


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 2nd Semester
Module Coordinator Gottfried Dasen
Telephone / E-Mail +41 (0)58 934 55 67 / gottfried.dasen@zhaw.ch
Gottfried Dasen, Giovanna Spielmann, Rolf Warthmann, Martin Kühni, Walter Krebs
Entrance Requirements Microbiology 1
Learning Outcomes and Competencies Students will:
  • know how a microbiological analysis is performed in the field of biotechnology.
  • know how microbiological quality controls are used.
  • learn about the most important metabolic processes of microorganisms.
  • be able to describe detection methods for microorganisms and interpret the results.
  • be able to describe, combine and carry out various product sterilisation techniques.
  • be able to evaluate processes in terms of biosafety and biosecurity.
  • learn about relevant standards in the field of microbiology (e.g. ISO, PhEur).
Module Content Biosafety and biosecurity:
  • Development and maintenance of a biosafety laboratory
  • Legal principles
  • Evaluation of processes for biosafety
Sterile technology:
  • Methods for sterilisation of devices, materials and active substances
  • Use in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Evaluation of sterilisation processes
Biotechnological microbiology:
  • Microbiological quality control in biotechnology and relevant standards (ISO, PhEur)
  • Identification of microorganisms
  • Microbial metabolism and growth kinetics
  • Industrial hygiene
Environmental microbiology:
  • Aerobic degradation of materials/biomass, anaerobic degradation of biomass to methane, methanogenic archaea, syntrophy, thermodynamics of anaerobic degradation.
  • Detection of organisms for drinking water analysis and wastewater treatment. (Microscopy and flow cytometry).
Follow-up Modules -
Methods of Instruction  In person teaching and self-study
Digital Resources Moodle
Lesson Structure / Workload  
 Contact Hours 40
 Guided Self-Study 8
 Independent Self-Study 42
 Total Workload 90
Classroom Attendance min. 80% attendance
Assessment Written exam at the end of the semester (100%) - Repeat exams with 9 participants or less are carried out as oral exams (duration: 20min).

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 2 module is part of the Life Sciences 2 module group.



Course: Microbiology 2
Microbiology 2


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