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 assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

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


Education ownerBachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering (Sustainable Biotechnology)
Study BoardStudy Board of Chemistry and Bioscience
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science