Syllabus for The Basic Principles of Chemistry

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  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1KB013
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Chemistry G1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle
    G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

    Second cycle
    A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2014-03-13
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 24, 2019
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements and Biology 2, Physics 1a/1b1+1b2, Chemistry 2, Mathematics 4 or Biology B, Physics A, Chemistry B, Mathematics D
  • Responsible department: Department of Chemistry - BMC

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Account for electronic structure in atoms and the theoretical background to the periodic table,   and relate these to the properties of elements
  • Account for the meaning of commonly encountered values and concepts in stoichiometry, equilibria, basic thermodynamics and basic reaction kinetics, as well as and carry out calculations within these fields
  • Explain the different types of chemical bonds and intermolecular forces and relate these to the physical properties of matter, carry out simple calculations regarding intermolecular forces relevant to different types of transport processes in solution
  • Carry out relatively basic laboratory work in a correct and safe manner, carry out simple risk and safety analyses, as well as document laboratory work in a laboratory journal in a scientifically correct manner.
  • Describe the implications of the course content for people and the environment


, Electronic structure of the atom, basic quantum mechanical concepts, periodic table, stoichiometry, basic kinetics, thermodynamics and electrochemistry, equilibria including buffer systems, chemical bonding, intermolecular and intramolecular forces and their effects on the physical properties of substances, surface tension, surfactants, conductivity, diffusion, viscosity and sedimentation. Technological applications related to the content of the course ; laboratory technique, basic risk assessment.


Lectures, exercises, laboratory sessions, seminars and project


Written examinations are organised during and at the end of the course and correspond to 5 and 4 credits respectively. The laboratory sessions correspond to 5 credits and the project corresponds to 1 credit. The final grade is a weighted average of the results of the different parts of the course. 
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Other directives

The course can not be included in higher education qualification together with 1KB001 Chemical Principles II and 1KB007 Basic Chemistry / 1KB000 Chemical Principles I.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 24, 2019

  • Aylward and Findlay's SI chemical data Blackman, Allan; Gahan, Lawrence R. Aylward, Gordon Hillis; Findlay, Tristan John Victor

    7.ed.: Milton, Qld.: John Wiley & Sons, 2014

    Find in the library


  • Silberberg, Martin S. Principles of general chemistry

    3rd ed.: New York: McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2013.

    Find in the library