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Environmental Chemistry and HES KJE100

This is a basic course in both chemistry, (naming of inorganic and organic chemicals, acids/bases, equilibria, aqueous solutions, electrochemistry, structural organic chemistry) and environmental science (green production, air and water pollution and cleaning, solid waste management and recycling, non-renewable and renewable energy sources, energy saving and efficiency).

Course description for study year 2021-2022

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Language of instruction

English, Norwegian

Learning outcome

After completing the course the student should:

Be able to name inorganic compounds.

Have a basic knowledge of organic chemistry including naming simple compounds.

Understand and be able to use the concept of moles in reactions, solutions, gas phase.

Have understood the principles of equilibria.

Have a basic knowledge of the water-solubility of compounds.

Have a basic knowledge of redox reactions.

Have a basic knowledge of acid and bases.

Understand electrochemistry, simple batteries and the basic process of corrosion.

Have a basic knowledge of types of air and water pollution and remedial treatments, fresh water availability, treatment of rubbish and solid waste, non-renewable and renewable energies, energy saving methods and HSE/work environment issues.

Chemistry: The structure of the atom. Chemical bonds. Intermolecular interactions. The Naming of compounds, use of the mole concept in solids, solutions and the gas phase, reaction equations, equilibrium, acids and bases, reduction/oxidation, water-solubility of compounds, electrochemistry, and organic chemistry. Environmental science: Ecology, water and air pollution, water purification, wastewater treatment, energy, wastes, cleaner technology. Work environment, chemical and physical environmental factors.
Required prerequisite knowledge
Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 4 Hours A - F Cappelen, Dalen et. al.: Compendium of tables and formulae

You must be correctly answer some questions in both chemistry and environmental science to pass the exam. Equations book (”Tabell og Formelsamling”) by Cappelen, Dalen et al. (No other help books are allowed except this one). Calulator only of the type Citizen SR-270X, HP-30S, Casio FX82 or TI-30..

Course teacher(s)
Head of Department: Ingunn Westvik Jolma
Course coordinator: Emil Lindback
Course coordinator: Petra Imhof
Head of Department: Gro Johnsen
Method of work
4 hrs lectures and 1hr problem solving pr week.
Open for
Biological Chemistry - Biotechnology - Bachelor's Degree Programme Civil Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme Computer Science- Bachelor's degree programme in computer science Control Engineering and Circuit Design - Bachelor's Degree Programme Chemistry and Environmental Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme Mechanical Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme Geosciences Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme Petroleum Technology - Bachelor's Degree Programme Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology City and Regional Planning - Master's Degree Programme Industrial economics - Master's Degree Programme - 5 year Industrial Automation and Signal Processing - Master's Degree Programme - 5 year Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science- Master's Degree Programme - 5 years Advanced teacher education for levels 8-13 Marine- and Subsea Technology - Five-Year Master's Programme Petroleum Engineering - Master`s Degree programme in Petroleum Engineering, 5 years
Course assessment
Form and/or discussion
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Chemistry and environmental science (BIK280) 9
Chemistry and environmental science (BIT280) 9
Chemistry and environmental science (TE0552) 9
Chemistry and environmental science (TE0552) 9
Chemistry for data/electro (RED101) 5
The syllabus can be found in Leganto