Chemistry and Energy

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course is suitable for students that either have a good background in chemistry from upper secondary school, or have taken the course KJEM100. Chemistry is the study of the structure, properties and reactions of matter. This subject uses a physical perspective to introduce these three aspects of chemistry, combined with numerous examples from everyday life, industry and nature. Some of the topics covered are state functions, energy terms (enthalpy, free energy), entropy, electrochemistry, the properties of solutions and states of matter, kinetics and nuclear chemistry. The course contains a laboratory course that illustrates parts of the theoretical curriculum and provides experience in experimental work.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the course KJEM110, the student will have the following:


The student has

    • basic knowledge on the composition, properties and reactions of matter from a physical persepctive
  • basic kowledge on the structures of and bondings in atoms and molecules


The student is able to

  • perform calculations using physical chemistry laws and equations
  • conduct experiments in a laboratory following a written procedure
  • write a lab report that contains the purpose of a laboratory experiment, a description of the experimental procedure and an evaluation of the quality of the experimental results.


The student

    • understands scientific literature written in English

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Autumn. Limited capacity course. More information:

Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
MAT101, KJEM100
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

K101: 10 SP

FARM110: 10 SP

KJEM109: 10 SP

Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and fulfilled requirements.
Teaching and learning methods

Teaching is given as lectures, laboratory course and colloquium.

Lectures: 60 h (4h/week)

Laboratory course: 30 h (6h/week for five weeks)

Colloquium (groups led by advanced students): 28 h (2h/week)

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
  • Mandatory attendance to laboratory course (5 days with laboratory days) with a written journal and exercises (valid for five following semesters. Courses taken previous to autumn 2022 are valid for 5 following semesters).
  • The students must participate in and pass a course on Health, Environment and Safety (HSE) before attending the laboratory course.
  • In order to obtain approval of the mandatory activities, and therefore gain access to the final exam, one must submit mandatory assignments of a satisfactory standard within the set deadlines. Mandatory assignments should be your own work.
  • Serious violations of the HSE rules will lead to a loss of the right to complete the laboratory course
  • It is not possible to use more then 3 attempts (semester) to complete the laboratory course.
  • Mandatory attendance at the first lecture to keep the place in the laboratory course.
  • Forms of Assessment

    Portfolio assessment based on:

    • Laboratory course (pass/fail)
    • Mandatory written exercise (pass/fail)
    • Midterm exam (2h) (accounts for 30% of the final grade)
    • written exam at home (4 hours) (accounts for 70% of the final grade)

    Supplementary exam-regulations:

    1. The laboratory course and mandatory written excercise are valid the 5 following semesters.

    2. Mid-term assessment, grading from the laboratory course and the final exam are only valid in the same semester as they are taken.

    3. In semesters with teaching:

    a. Students without approved laboratory course and approved mandatory written exercise from previously semesters must complete in the portfolio assessment.

    b. Students with approved laboratory course and approved mandatory written exercise from previously semesters must take both the midterm exam and the final exam.

    Grading Scale
    The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
    Examination Support Material
    Non-programmable calculator according to model listed in faculty regulations.
    Programme Committee
    The Programme Committee is responsible for the coontent, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
    Course Administrator
    The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Chemistry has the administrative responsibility for the course and program.