n.BA.BT.MRT2.22HS (Instrumentation and Control Engineering 2) 
Module: Instrumentation and Control Engineering 2
This information was generated on: 16 June 2024
Instrumentation and Control Engineering 2


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 4th Semester
Module Coordinator Judith Krautwald
Telephone / E-Mail +41 (0)58 934 52 67 / judith.krautwald@zhaw.ch
Simone Heuri
Entrance Requirements Measurement and Control Technology 1, Industrial Systems 1
Learning Outcomes and Competencies Students will:
  • be able to depict and interpret instrumentation and control tasks in P&I flow diagrams.
  • know typical control concepts for important control tasks in (bio-) process plants (e.g. cascade control, level control).
  • be able to explain the structure of a control loop and its components.
  • be able to characterise and evaluate static and dynamic characteristic curves of controlled systems.
  • know the fundamentals of the behaviour of transmission elements.
  • be able to select and adjust a controller for a controlled system (e.g. structure-adapted controller selection, design according to the CHR method).
  • be able to assess the stability and quality of the control system on the basis of the behaviour of a control loop and identify possible optimisation approaches.
  • know the basic features of the architecture of industrial control systems.
Module Content The module includes the following topics:
  • Fundamental principles of control engineering (terms, classification)
  • Instrumentation and control tasks in P&I flow diagrams (including EN ISO 62424, DIN 19 227 and ISO 3511)
  • Elementary transmission elements and test functions
  • Classification of controlled systems (including system dynamics, evaluation of static and dynamic characteristic curves)
  • Controllers (e.g. structure, function, two-point controller, PID controller)
  • Design of control loops (e.g. controller selection, evaluation of stability and control quality, setting of controllers)
  • Selected examples of control tasks in practice (e.g. level, temperature, pressure, flow)
  • Basic features of the architecture of process control systems
Follow-up Modules Bioprocess Automation practical
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 scrips, script files
Lesson Structure / Workload  
 Contact Hours 25
 Guided Self-Study 10
 Independent Self-Study 25
 Total Workload 60
Classroom Attendance

On site in the case of the coursework

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 2
Instrumentation and Control Engineering 2


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