KE501: Basic chemistry

Study Board of Science

Teaching language: Danish or English depending on the teacher
EKA: N530042112, N530042122, N530042132, N530042102
Assessment: Second examiner: None, Second examiner: External
Grading: Pass/Fail, 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Autumn
Level: Bachelor

STADS ID (UVA): N530042101
ECTS value: 10

Date of Approval: 04-04-2022


Duration: 1 semester

Version: Approved - active

Entry requirements

The course cannot be chosen by students who passed the course FF503 (discontinued, offered last time Autumn 2019).

Academic preconditions

Students who follow the course are expected to:
  • Have knowledge of mathematics equal to A-level in high school
  • Have knowledge of chemistry corresponding to minimum B-level in high school

Course introduction

The overall aim of KE501 is to introduce chemistry at university level and to bridge between high school and university teaching. The course will focus on general, physical and organic chemistry through a broad introduction to the most important topics and principles within these parts of chemistry. In the course, emphasis will be placed on application of chemical theory to problem solving and explanation of chemical processes and phenomena. 

The course builds on the competencies that the students bring with them from high school and provides the necessary chemical foundation for all life science students. It will therefore form the basis for higher chemical, biological and molecular studies as well as for the integration of chemistry into other disciplines.

With respect to the competences obtained through the course, the  focus on the following specific competencies within chemistry:

  • knowledge of the fundamental knowledge formation and experimental methods within chemistry, including organic chemistry, physical chemistry and theoretical chemistry
  • to understand how scientific knowledge within the natural sciences is obtained through an interaction between theory and experiment
  • to understand and reflect on theories, methods and practices within chemistry 
  • to acquire knowledge in an effective and independent manner and to be able to apply this knowledge through reflection
  • apply methods to investigate specific chemical phenomena theoretically and/or experimentally
  • describe, formulate and communicate issues and results to either peers and non-specialists or collaborators
  • engage in professional and interdisciplinary collaboration with a professional approach and in group-based project work
  • identify own learning needs and structure own learning in different learning environments

Expected learning outcome

At the end of the course the student will be able to:
  • explain the meaning of different types of chemical bonds
  • identify simple molecules and ions and write Lewis structures and geometries for them
  • apply Le Chatelier's principle to a chemical equilibrium and make calculations of equilibrium mixtures including pH calculations of  acid/base systems
  • identify reaction orders of zero, first and second order kinetics and apply the concept of activation energy
  • identify and apply the concepts of enthalpy, entropy, heat capacity, free energy and solubility product in simple calculations.
  • perform calculations of concentrations, potentials and equilibrium constants based on Nernst's equation
  • read and record organic chemical structural formulas and recognize basic structures and functional groups
  • apply the nomenclature rules for simple organic molecules as well as recognize common trivial names.
  • explain the concepts "hydrophilic" and "hydrophobic", recognize molecules with these properties and relate these concepts to the structure and organization of molecules
  • apply basic concepts within stereochemistry and isomerism as well as the concepts configuration and conformation.
  • state the common functional groups in organic molecules and explain their reactions
  • apply simple mechanisms in the explanation the most common chemical reactions
  • explain the main aspects of nucleophilic substitution, electrophilic addition, elimination, condensation, hydrolysis, oxidation and reduction.
  • suggest simple organic syntheses based on basic structure and functional groups
  • recognize and name the functional groups in biological macromolecules, and  explain their basic chemical structure.
  • apply stereochemical nomenclature to organic and biomolecules
  • to be acquainted with experimental design and control experiments from an epistemological perspective
  • relate theoretical knowledge to practical experiments and observations
  • work independently and safely in a laboratory, including safe handling of chemicals 

Content

The course contains the following main areas:
  • Atomic structure in relation to the periodic table
  • Chemical bonding and molecular structure
  • Hydrocarbons, functional groups, stereochemistry and nomenclature
  • Hydrophobic and hydrophilic properties
  • Chemical equilibrium, including acids and bases and heterogeneous equilibria
  • Thermodynamics, including its 1st law, energy and enthalpy, and 2nd law, entropy and free energy
  • Electrochemistry
  • Reaction kinetics
  • Organic chemical groups and their reactions
  • Structure and function of biological macromolecules 

Literature

Blackman et al: Chemistry, newest edition
See itslearning for syllabus lists and additional literature references.

Examination regulations

Prerequisites for participating in the exam a)

Timing

Autumn

Tests

Participation in laboratory exercises

EKA

N530042112

Assessment

Second examiner: None

Grading

Pass/Fail

Identification

Full name and SDU username

Language

Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

To be announced during the course

ECTS value

0

Additional information

The prerequisite examination is a prerequisite for participation in exam element a) 

Exam element a)

Timing

Autumn

Prerequisites

Type Prerequisite name Prerequisite course
Examination part Prerequisites for participating in the exam a) N530042101, KE501: Basic chemistry

Tests

Written reports of laboratory exercises

EKA

N530042122

Assessment

Second examiner: None

Grading

Pass/Fail

Identification

Full name and SDU username

Language

Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

Allowed

ECTS value

1

Exam element b)

Timing

Autumn

Tests

Mandatory assignments and participation in tutorials

EKA

N530042132

Assessment

Second examiner: None

Grading

Pass/Fail

Identification

Full name and SDU username

Language

Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

Allowed

ECTS value

2

Additional information

Mandatory assignments and participation in tutorials are assessed as a whole.

Exam element c)

Timing

January

Tests

Written exam

EKA

N530042102

Assessment

Second examiner: External

Grading

7-point grading scale

Identification

Student Identification Card

Language

Normally, the same as teaching language

Duration

4 hours

Examination aids

Allowed, a closer description of the exam rules will be posted in itslearning.

ECTS value

7

Indicative number of lessons

95 hours per semester

Teaching Method

Within natural science, the teaching is organized according to the three-phase model, i.e. intro, training and study phase.

  • Intro phase: 39 hours
  • Training phase: 56 hours, of which: Tutorial: 40 hours and laboratory exercises: 16 hours

The intro phase consists of lectures, where an introduction is given to the topics, an overview is created and the topics are put into perspective. Dialogue for lectures is created primarily by using a "classroom response system" such as Poll Everywhere.


The training phase consists of partly tutorial hours and partly laboratory exercises in smaller groups. Priority is given in tutorial classes "active learning", where the students are involved and encouraged to participate actively in the teaching to the highest possible degree, eg by problem solving in groups or independent work. For laboratory exercises, students work in pairs or small groups with practical exercises within the course's subject areas.

In the study phase, the aim for the students is to work with the subject in a different way than the tutorial teaching. The study phase can possibly be used as preparation for tutorial classes. Cooperative learning is considered as part of the study phase.

Activities in the study phase:
  • Work in study groups (scheduled study phase), including the use of cooperative learning
  • Project work in study groups
  • Preparation of project report 

Teacher responsible

Name E-mail Department
René Holm reho@sdu.dk Institut for Fysik, Kemi og Farmaci
Steffen Bähring sbahring@sdu.dk Institut for Fysik, Kemi og Farmaci

Additional teachers

Name E-mail Department City
Mogens T. Jensen mtj@sdu.dk Institut for Fysik, Kemi og Farmaci

Timetable

Administrative Unit

Fysik, kemi og Farmaci

Team at Educational Law & Registration

NAT

Offered in

Odense

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