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 + 2 149 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Enisa Omanović Mikličanin, Prof. Dr. Assoc. Prof. Enisa Omanovic-Mikličanin Enisa Omanović Mikličanin, Prof. Dr.
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The aim of this course is to introduce the students to basic general chemistry principles and to prepare them for further advanced chemistry, material science, practical, environmental, and electronics courses so that they will be able to follow concepts related to the chemistry of elements, atomic structure, electron configuration and periodicity, ionic and covalent bonding, molecular geometry and chemical bonding theory, chemical stoichiometry, the gaseous state, liquids and solids, acids and bases. The course will cover descriptive chemistry, elements and compounds, basic chemical calculations, mole problems, stoichiometry and solution concentrations, gas laws, thermochemistry, quantum theory and electronic structure of atoms, periodic properties of the elements, nuclear chemistry, and chemical bonding. This is taken concurrently with a laboratory course.

The cognitive, affective and behavioral objectives of this course are following:
• Introduction to the basic concepts of chemistry.
• Preparing students for other advanced chemistry courses, material science, practical, environmental, and electronics courses.
• Enabling students to follow subjects related to the chemistry of elements, liquid and solid state, and spectroscopy.

  1. Introduction
  2. Basic terms and expressions
  3. Metric units in chemistry
  4. Atomic and molecular masses
  5. Matter and the composition of matter (atoms, elements and PSE, molecules and compounds)
  6. Basic calculations in chemistry
  7. Appearance of matter (aggregate state and phases, gases, liquids and solutions, solids)
  8. Mid-term exam
  9. Chemical reactions and chemical equilibrium
  10. Acids and bases
  11. pH
  12. Complexes
  13. Electrochemistry
  14. Thermodynamic considerations
  15. Kinetic consideration and stoichiometry

  1. Beginning of classes
  2. Lab safety
  3. Nomenclature of inorganic compounds; Atomic and molecular mass; Amount of substance (problem solving)
  4. Concentrations (problem solving)
  5. Gas laws and electron configurations (problem solving)
  6. Estimation of pH

  1. Determination of buffer capacity
  2. Mid-term exam
  3. Precipitation reactions
  4. Water quality determination and qualitative chemical analysis
  5. Separation of photosynthetic pigments by paper chromatography
  6. Determination of HCl concentration
  7. Determination of iron content in green vitriol
  8. Preparation for practical exam
  9. Practical exam from lab course

  • Interactive Lectures
  • Practical Sessions
  • Excersises
  • Presentation
  • Problem solving
  • Assignments
  • Other:Laboratory experiments
Description (%)
Method Quantity Percentage (%)
Midterm Exam(s)120
Final Exam140
Total: 100
Learning outcomes
  • Name the units used in chemistry
  • Describe atomic and molecular structures
  • Recall chemical reactions
  • Clarify electrochemistry
  • Describe stoichiometry
  • Grasp skills needed in the chemistry lab
  • Apply basic calculations needed for more advanced courses: preparing molar, percent solutions, etc.
  • Petrucci, R. H., Harwood, W. S., & Herring, F. G. (2007). General Chemistry: Principles and Modern Applications, 9th ed. Upper Saddle River, NY, USA: Prentice Hall

ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)15345
Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)15230
Midterm Examination (1 week)122
Final Examination(1 week)122
Preparation for Midterm Examination11515
Preparation for Final Examination11515
Assignment / Homework/ Project12020
Seminar / Presentation12020
Total Workload: 149
ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 6