General Chemistry


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


Students who have passed the module should be able to

  • Explain fundamental chemical and physico-chemical principles for reactions and equilibria
  • Explain the structure of the atom, chemical bonding and intermolecular forces
  • Account for atomic orbitals, the electron configuration of the elements and the physical description of the atom that form the basis of the periodic table
  • Describe different models for development of molecular orbitals that describe the molecular covalent bond and geometry of molecules
  • Explain fundamental differences on redox reactions, acid-base reactions, solubility reactions and chemical complexation
  • Account for fundamental thermodynamics
  • Account for fundamental electrochemistry, including galvanic elements and electrolysis
  • Explain fundamental reaction kinetics and be able to explain reaction rates and reaction orders for selected reactions


  • Balance chemical reactions and perform appropriate stoichiometric calculations and mass balances
  • Explain the electron configurations of atoms, ions and molecules and their influence on the geometric size of the particle based on orbital and VSEPR theory
  • Calculate pH and redox-potentials for relevant equilibria
  • Calculate enthalpy, entropy, and Gibbs free energy for chemical reactions
  • Develop a Nernst equation for calculation of the electromotive force of a redox reaction
  • Calculate yields of electrolytic reactions
  • Develop rate equations describing chemical reaction kinetics, explain the order of the constituent components and the overall reaction and explain the parameters of the rate constant
  • Model the kinetics of simple reaction mechanisms for simulation and illustration of the time course of chemical reactions


  • Plan and dimension simple chemical laboratory experiments based on knowledge of the chemical and physical conditions where these reactions happen

Type of instruction

  • Lectures, exercises, laboratory work, writing of laboratory journals

Extent and expected workload

150 hours



Name of examGeneral Chemistry
Type of exam
Written or oral 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 kemi
Module codeK-KT-B1-31
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionDanish and English
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Esbjerg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Chemistry and Bioscience
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science