n.BA.BT.AnCh.22HS (Analytical Chemistry) 
Module: Analytical Chemistry
This information was generated on: 29 February 2024
Analytical Chemistry


Version: 1.0 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 3rd Semester
Module Coordinator Caspar Demuth
Telephone / E-Mail +41 (0)58 934 57 63 / caspar.demuth@zhaw.ch
Caspar Demuth
Entrance Requirements Chemistry 1, Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry 1
Learning Outcomes and Competencies Students will
  • know the most important basic terms and concepts from analytical chemistry and can apply them in different analytical methods;
  • have become familiar with online quantities of measurement important in bioprocesses (pH, pO2, conductivity, substrate concentrations, biomass concentration), and can assess their relevance in biotechnological applications;
  • know the functional principles used for these measurements in sensor technology (including potentiometry, amperometry, optical sensors, conductive conductivity measurement) as well as the requirements for measurement technology in bioprocesses and can apply these in biotechnological processes;
  • be able to assess the requirements for measurement and sensor technology resulting from their application in biotechnological processes.
Module Content
  • General principles of analytical chemistry (analytical process, calibration, important terms and parameters such as limits of detection and quantification, recovery, precision and accuracy)
  • Analytical process: relevance and sources of error
  • Online process measurement and sensor technology in biotechnological processes as an element of PAT
  • Relevant parameters in biotechnological processes (e.g. pH, pO2, conductivity, substrate concentrations, biomass concentration)
  • Fundamentals of the functional principles of sensors relevant in bioprocesses (electroanalytical and optical methods)
  • Application of sensors for the measurement of critical parameters in biotechnological processes
Follow-up Modules -
Methods of Instruction  Face-to-face teaching, tasks with model answers, script for independent self-study
Digital Resources Script, video resources, simulation software
Lesson Structure / Workload  
 Contact Hours 28
 Guided Self-Study -
 Independent Self-Study 32
 Total Workload 60
Classroom Attendance No
Assessment Written exam at the end of the semester 100%

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 -


Course: Analytical Chemistry
Analytical Chemistry


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