General and Organic Chemistry


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

  • The periodic system: atom structure, properties of the elements, the size of atoms and the significance of the size
  • Covalent and non-covalent bindings; ionization and ionization energy, electron affinity and electronegativity; charge and mass balances; basic electrochemistry, potentiometry and electrodes
  • Separation techniques and chromatography; empirical properties and kinetic theories for gases
  • Aliphatic and aromatic carbon compounds; functional groups; stereochemistry and nomenclature
  • Acids, bases, buffers, solubility products, equilibria, reaction mechanisms and┬áthermochemistry
  • Laboratory safety
  • Basic chemical laboratory exercises

Learning objectives


Students who have passed the module

  • Should know and understand the periodic table
  • Should understand chemical equilibria, chemical reactions, and basic thermodynamical principles
  • Can account for acid/base and redox properties for important chemical compounds and elements
  • Can understand and account for nomenclature in organic chemistry, the structure of organic compounds and reaction mechanisms for organic compounds
  • Can understand and account for safe laboratory practice and behavior
  • Can understand basic analytical chemistry techniques (i.e. titration, spectrophotometry, chromatography)


  • Can address fundamental characters for elements based upon their placement in the periodic system
  • Can calculate the relation between ionized and unionized amount of an ionizable compound in water
  • Can characterize chemical compounds with respect to acid/base and oxidative/reductive properties
  • Can evaluate how a chemical reaction will proceed based upon thermodynamic considerations
  • Can read and understand state chart diagrams and calculate the concentration of a compound in the liquid and gas phase based upon gas-liquid equilibrium constants
  • Can name organic compounds and account for basic organic reactions, their products and reaction mechanisms


  • Can use basic chemical and physical principles on biological and process technological problems
  • Can move and work safely in a chemical laboratory

Type of instruction

  • Lectures, calculation exercises, laboratory exercises

Extent and expected workload

150 hours



Name of examGeneral and Organic Chemistry
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Approved active participation in the teaching is a prerequisite for participation in the regular exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentAs stated in the Joint programme regulations

Facts about the module

Danish titleAlmen og organisk kemi
Module codeK-BBT-B1-1
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyFaculty of Engineering and Science