General Chemistry, 6.0 credits (8BKG13)

Allmän kemi, 6.0 hp

Main field of study



First cycle

Course type

Programme course


Eleonore von Castelmur

Course coordinator

Eleonore von Castelmur

Director of studies or equivalent

Jonas Wetterö
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus VOF
MGMB2 Bachelor´s Programme in Experimental and Industrial Biomedicine (International admissions round) 1 (Autumn 2020) v202036-202042 English Linköping o
MGMB2 Bachelor´s Programme in Experimental and Industrial Biomedicine (National admissions round) 1 (Autumn 2020) v202036-202042 English Linköping o

Main field of study


Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Experimental and Industrial Biomedicine

Entry requirements

General entry requirements for undergraduate studies
English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6)
Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology corresponding to the level in Swedish upper secondary education (Chemistry 2, Mathematic 4 and Biology 2)
Exemption from Swedish 3

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
On completion of the course, the student shall be able to:

  • Describe the structures of atoms and molecules
  • Discuss different types of chemical bonding and the relationship between bonding and state of aggregation
  • Explain the meaning of chemical equilibrium, and its applications on equilibria of acids and bases along with solubility equilibria
  • Explain the energetics and kinetics of chemical reactions
  • Describe the laws of thermodynamics, in particular their application on chemical systems

Skills and abilities
On completion of the course, the student shall be able to:

  • Perform chemical laboratory techniques and theoretical analysis of experimental data and present this both orally and in writing
  • Perform stoichiometric calculations and apply them in laboratory work within chemistry

Judgement ability and approach
On completion of the course, the student shall be able to:

  • Critical appraise laboratory work on the basis of aspects relating to safety

Course content

The course involves the study of general chemistry, including the structure of atoms and molecules, stoichiometry, chemical equilibrium such as acid-base equilibrium and solubility equilibrium. The course also includes chemical bonding, kinetics of chemical reactions, the three laws of thermodynamics and the concepts enthalpy, entropy and free energy. Furthermore, basic laboratory techniques and safety are introduced. Basic knowledge in the field of general chemistry is prepares the student for advanced courses in biochemistry.
The course covers general chemistry, inorganic chemistry and thermodynamics

Teaching and working methods

At the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences student centred and problem based learning make up the foundation of the teaching. The student takes responsibility for, studies and researches current content of the courses and study programme. The methods of the course work challenge the students to independently formulate questions for learning, to seek knowledge and in dialogue with others judge and evaluate achieved knowledge. Students in the Bachelor’s Programme in Experimental and Industrial Biomedicine work together in groups based based on reality based and course-related biomedical issues to apply their knowledges, develop their own learning, contribute to the fellow student’s learning and to practice cooperation. Throughout the study programme theory is integrated with practical modules. The course methods and integration modules stimulates and support the student’s ability to apply their knowledge and professional competence.
Working methods used on this course are lectures, classes, seminars and laboratory exercises.


The examination consists of one individual written exam. In addition, active participation in compulsory elements is required in order to pass the course. Compulsory elements include seminars, laboratory sessions, reports and assignments.

The written exam may be performed an unlimited number of times by those students who have not achieved a passing grade.

If special circumstances prevail, and if it is possible with consideration of the nature of the compulsory component, the examiner may decide to replace the compulsory component with another equivalent component.


Instructions on how to apply for examinations are given prior to the beginning of each course.


The date for re-examination should normally be announced by the date of the regular examination at latest; in which case the scope must be the same as at the regular examination.  


If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it. If the coordinator has instead recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.


A student who has obtained a failing grade twice in a course or module, has the right to request for a new examiner except for extraordinary reasons.



The grades for the course are either fail (F) or grades 3-5, where 3 corresponds to pass, 4 corresponds to satisfactory and 5 corresponds to excellent. The grade for the individual written exam (F, 3-5) forms the basis for the final grade of the course.



Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5

Course literature

A literature reference list must be set no later than two months before the course begins by the programme committee for the Bachelor's Programme in Experimental and Industrial Biomedicine. There is no compulsory course literature.

Other information

Planning and implementation of the course is to be based on the wording in the course syllabus. A course evaluation is compulsory for each course and should include how the course is in agreement with the course syllabus. The course coordinator will analyse the course evaluation and propose appropriate development of the course. The analysis and proposal will be returned to the students, the Director of Studies, and as needed to the Education board, if related to general development and improvement.
The course is carried out in such a way that knowledge of gender, gender identity/expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief system, disability, sexual orientation and age is addressed, highlighted and communicated as part of the programme.
If the course is cancelled or undergoes major changes, examination is normally offered under this course syllabus, at a total of three occasions, within/in connection to the two following semesters, of which one will in close proximity to the first examination.


Medicinska fakulteten
There is no course literature available for this course.
13CE Compulsory elements U, G 1.5 credits
13WE Written examination U, 3, 4, 5 4.5 credits

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