n.BA.BT.MRT1.22HS (Instrumentation and Control Engineering 1) 
Module: Instrumentation and Control Engineering 1
This information was generated on: 25 May 2024
Instrumentation and Control Engineering 1


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 Judith Krautwald
Telephone / E-Mail +41 (0)58 934 52 67 / judith.krautwald@zhaw.ch
Simone Heuri
Entrance Requirements Mathematics 1 & 2, Physics 1 & 2, Information Technology 1 & 2
Learning Outcomes and Competencies Students will:
  • know the basic terms of measurement and control technology, its historical development and will be able to classify the subject area within automation technology.
  • be able to estimate measurement deviations, and calculate and state the uncertainties pertaining to measurement result.
  • be able to explain the structure of a measuring chain and determine its transmission behaviour.
  • learn the basic features of analogue-digital conversion. This includes the creation of a digital measurement value as well as the determination of the necessary bit system for a sufficient reading value resolution.
  • be able to explain the structure and functional principle of important sensors used in the industrial sector for (bio-) process measurement technology.
Module Content The module includes the following topics:
  • Basics of measurement technology (terms and definitions)
  • Historical overview of measurement and automation technology
  • Basics of analogue-digital conversion
  • Structure and function of measurement chains (including transmission elements, characteristic curves, sensitivity, transmission and inverse functions)
  • Measurement deviations and uncertainties (e.g. origin and causes, classification, rounding of measurement results, estimation according to GUM, error propagation)
  • Industrial sensors in (bio-) process measurement technology (e.g. temperature, pressure, level, flow)
Follow-up Modules Measurement and Control Technology 2
Methods of Instruction  Blended learning (content is taught through instructional videos and scripts, and practical exercises in class as a full group)
Digital Resources Video resources together with scripts, script files
Lesson Structure / Workload  
 Contact Hours 25
 Guided Self-Study 10
 Independent Self-Study 25
 Total Workload 60
Classroom Attendance -
Written exam at the end of the semester 100%

An optional piece of coursework (pass mark) is completed during the semester. If the coursework is successfully completed, the module grade will be credited accordingly.
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
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Course: Instrumentation and Control Engineering 1
Instrumentation and Control Engineering 1


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