n.BA.BT.PrOCB.21HS (Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry Practical 1) 
Module: Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry Practical 1
This information was generated on: 29 February 2024
Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry 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 2nd 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 General Chemistry Practical
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 the chemicals properly and responsibly and inform themselves about possible hazards in advance (H&P phrases).
  • be able to plan and execute of 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 organic chemistry and biochemistry experiments
  • Determining and detecting biotechnologically relevant organic compounds, such as sugar starch functional group Characterising s and elemental analysis (C,H,N)
  • Important reaction mechanisms, such as substitution and elimination
  • Important organic synthesis reactions, e.g. aldol condensation, dipeptide synthesis
  • Product analysis using wet chemical methods and HPLC
  • Determining and detection of biotechnologically relevant organic compounds such as sugar starch
  • Nitrogen determination using the Kjeldahl method
  • Quantitative analysis: colorimetric protein determination methods
  • Qualitative analysis, SDS-PAGE, (Western Blot)
Follow-up Modules 3rd semester: Molecular Biology 1 and Biochemistry 2 Practical
4th semester: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry Practical
Methods of Instruction  Discussion of the experiments in a preparatory lesson 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.
  • The 3D Chemistry app for organic substances is used to visualise structures.
  • A 360° virtual tour of protein determination methods will be provided
Moodle peer review for digital lab journals
Lesson Structure / Workload  
 Contact Hours -
 Guided Self-Study 56
 Independent Self-Study 34
 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 during the following year.
Assessment Coursework (100%)

The topics covered in this module are relevant to the written exam in Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry 1.
Language of Instruction  German
Comments The Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry Practical module is part of the Practicals 2 module group.



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


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