Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Department of Genetics and Bioengineering

Code Name Level Year Semester
GBE 108 General Chemistry Undergraduate 1 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 6 3 + 2 129 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Enisa Omanović Mikličanin, Prof. Dr. Enisa Omanović Mikličanin, Prof. Dr.
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The aim of this course is to prepare the student for other advanced chemistry, material science, practical, environmental, and electronics courses. Hence they will be able to follow the subjects related to the chemistry of elements, liquid and solid state, and spectroscopy.

  1. Introduction to chemistry; Historical and modern approach; Some key terms in chemistry; Classification and properties of matter; Measurements in Chemistry; Scientific methods
  2. The atomic theory and structure of atom; The Periodic Table of Elements; Molecules and ions; Naming chemical compounds
  3. Molecular masses and formula masses; Molar mass of an element and Avogadro`s number; Percent composition of compounds; Elemental analysis; Chemical reaction and chemical equation; Limiting reagents; Reaction yield
  4. Nomeclature
  5. Solutions and solution stoichiometry; General properties of aqueous solution; Acid-base reactions; Redox reactions; Gravimetric analysis; Titrations
  6. Substances that exist as gases; Gas pressure; The gas laws and their experimental foundations; Gasses in reaction stoichiometry; The kinetic-molecular theory
  7. Mid-term exam
  8. Atomic models; Atomic orbitals; Electron configuration; Development of periodic table; Periodic atomic properties of the elements; Using atomic properties and the Periodic Table to explain the behavior of the elements; Metals, nonmetals, metalloids, and the noble gases
  9. Lewis dot structures; The ionic bond; The covalent bond; Polar molecules and dipole moments; Hybridization of atomic orbitals
  10. Types of solutions; The effect of temperature on solubility; The effect of temperature on solubility of gases; Colligative properties; Osmotic pressure; Colloids
  11. The meaning of the reaction rate and its measuring; The rate law; The relation between reactant concentration and time; Effect of temperature on reaction rates
  12. The concept of equilibrium and the equilibrium constant; The relationship between chemical kinetics and equilibrium constant
  13. Redox reactions; Electrochemical cells; Electrolysis and its application

  1. Final exam

  1. General laboratory procedures and laboratory safety; Measurements and significant figures; Conversion factors and calculations
  2. Elements, compounds, and mixtures
  3. Testing for anions, and cations
  4. Moles and empirical formula; Chemical reactions and equations
  5. Formation of solutions; Concentration of solution
  6. Acid-base titrations
  7. Electronic arrangement and periodic properties
  8. Writing Lewis dot structures; The structure of covalent molecules and polyatomic ions; Bonding of elements in compounds
  9. Colligative properties; Osmosis
  10. Reaction rates
  11. Equilibrium constant
  12. Electrolytes and conductivity
  13. Electrolytes in body fluids
  14. Calculations in chemistry

  • Lectures
  • Practical Sessions
  • Excersises
  • Presentation
  • Seminar
  • Self Evaluation
  • Project
  • Assignments
  • Other:Laboratory experiments
Description (%)
Method Quantity Percentage (%)
Midterm Exam(s)130
Final Exam135
+Attendance on lectures and laboratory periods: 5% Participation on lectures and laboratory periods: 5%
Total: 90
Learning outcomes
  • Actively participate in courses and begin to take responsibility for learning.
  • Begin to work effectively as part of a team, developing interpersonal, organisational and problem-solving skills within a managed environment, exercising some personal responsibility.
  • Present information in oral, written, or graphic forms in order to communicate effectively with peers and tutors.
  • Appropriately use chemical terminology.
  • Raymond Chang, Chemistry (10th Ed.), 2009, McGraw-Hill
  • Keneth W. Watkins, Student Study Guide to Accompany Chang Chemistry (10th Ed.), 2009, McGraw-Hill
  • Ralph H. Petrucci, William S. Harwood, F. Geoffrey Hweeing, General Chemistry, Principles and Modern Applications (9th Ed.), 2007, Prentice Hall

ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)16580
Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)16232
Midterm Examination (1 week)177
Final Examination(1 week)11010
Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
Preparation for Final Examination6 0
Assignment / Homework/ Project 0
Seminar / Presentation 0
Total Workload: 129
ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 5