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KD1020 Introductory Chemistry 6.0 credits

Introduction to the studies in Biotechnology.

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 CBIOT programme students

Target group

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Part of programme

Degree Programme in Biotechnology, åk 1, Mandatory


P1 (6.0 hp)


26 Aug 2024
27 Oct 2024

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Min: 7

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 CBIOT programme students

Application code



For course offering

Autumn 2024 CBIOT programme students


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus KD1020 (Autumn 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The objective of the course is to give an overview of the different areas of chemistry, including 

  • chemical equations, stochiometry and termochemistry;
  • an overview of instrumental methods in modern chemistry, e.g. chromatograpy, spectroscopy and diffraction methods;
  • an oriention into the theoretical foundation of chemistry, i.e. chemical bonding, chemical equilibrium, reactivity;
  • practical labratory skills, labratory work environment, safety regulations, chemical analysis and synthesis

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to 

  • explain and use the relationships between the electronic structure of atoms, chemical bonding, the periodic table and the physical and chemical properties of the elements.
  • balance chemical equations and perform stoichiometric calculations.
  • explain the relationships between molecular  properties and thermochemistry and perform thermochemical calculations. 
  • describe instrumental methods in modern chemistry.
  • perform and plan basic chemical laboratory work with consideration of the work environment and safety regulations.

in order to

  • provide a scientific base for further studies in chemistry and biotechnology
  • learn the scientific fundament for calculations in sustainable development, such as life cycle analyzes, energy analyzes, and climate impact analyzes
  • be able to identify and address problems related to chemistry, the properties of chemicals and the environmental impact of chemicals in the work place.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

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Chemistry 3: Introducing Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry Andy Burrows, Andy Parsons, Gareth Price

ISBN: 9780199277896

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

Other chemistry courses.

Supplementary information

Mandatory course for programme CBIOT study year 1

The course is not open for other students.

Will replace 3B1700