n.BA.BT.OCB1.21HS (Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry 1) 
Module: Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry 1
This information was generated on: 28 May 2024
Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry 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 2nd Semester
Module Coordinator Marc Bornand
Telephone / E-Mail +41 (0)58 934 55 16 / marc.bornand@zhaw.ch
Marc Bornand, Andrea Baier
Entrance Requirements Chemistry 1
Learning Outcomes and Competencies Students will learn about:
  • the IUPAC rules of nomenclature for organic compounds
  • the most important functional groups and their characteristic reactivity
  • the most important reactions and mechanisms in organic chemical transformations
  • the properties and synthesis of biologically relevant structures
  • the determination and significance of stereochemistry for the biological activity of active substances
  • the biochemical structure of cells 
  • the biochemical processes involved in gene protein creation
  • the structure and function of proteins
  • intracellular protein transport pathways
  • the basics of protein analysis
Module Content Fundamentals of organic chemistry. Understanding of the biochemical structure and function of biological macromolecules.
Follow-up Modules 3rd semester: Analytical Chemistry and Biochemistry 2
Methods of Instruction  In person teaching if possible
Digital Resources Handouts, exercises and solutions will be provided as PDFs via Moodle.
Lesson Structure / Workload  
 Contact Hours 42
 Guided Self-Study 14
 Independent Self-Study 34
 Total Workload 90
Classroom Attendance No
Written exam at the end of the semester (50%)
Course work (50%)

Exam-relevant topics include the topics covered in the Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry Practical 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 Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry 1 module is part of the Life Sciences 2 module group.


Course: Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry 1
Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry 1


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