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 Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science