n.BA.BT.Mat2.21HS (Mathematics 2) 
Module: Mathematics 2
This information was generated on: 29 May 2023
Mathematics 2


Version: 2.0 start 01 August 2022


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 Lukas Hollenstein
Telephone / E-Mail +41 (0)58 934 54 02 / lukas.hollenstein@zhaw.ch
Lukas Hollenstein
Entrance Requirements Mathematics 1, Information Technology 1
Learning Outcomes and Competencies Students will be able to
  • apply integration in the context of balance equations.
  • perform basic vector & matrix arithmetic
  • recognise ordinary differential equations and verify solutions.
  • set up differential equations from balance considerations
  • determine equilibrium solutions to differential equations and sketch slope fields
  • solve differential equations using separation of variables (analytically) and Euler’s method (numerically).
  • handle differential equations and their solutions in the context of applications (population & reaction models).
  • plot, derive and integrate multivariable functions
  • determine local extreme values of multivariable functions and apply this to simple optimisation problems
  • explain the meaning of and interpret the Fourier series and Fourier spectra.
Module Content
  • The integral as an aggregation of in- and outflow
  • Basics of linear algebra (vectors & matrices)
  • Ordinary differential equations
  • Multivariable functions
  • Fourier series and Fourier transformations
Follow-up Modules -
Methods of Instruction  Lectures focusing on applications, guided self-study (exercises) in practice groups, autonomous self-study (preparation and follow-up with instructional videos & script)
Digital Resources Script, exercises, instructional videos
Lesson Structure / Workload  
 Contact Hours 42
 Guided Self-Study 14
 Independent Self-Study 64
 Total Workload 120
Classroom Attendance Yes, attendance is mandatory.
Assessment Written exam at the end of the semester as e-assessment and on paper (67%)

The course work (33%) component consists of several assignments (e.g. written tests, e-assessments, small group assignments).

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 Mathematics 2 module is part of the Mathematics 2 module group.



Course: Mathematics 2
Mathematics 2


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