KJ1000 - General Chemistry


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home exam 80/100 5 hours
Work 20/100
School exam 80/100 5 hours HJELPEMIDD

Course content

The course gives an introduction to basic concepts and models used in chemistry. It includes chemical nomenclature; chemical formulas and chemical equations; chemical reactions and stoichiometry; chemical equilibrium; atoms, molecules, and crystalline compounds; atomic structure, electron configurations and chemical bonds; molecular structures; the periodic system; introduction to organic chemistry; acids, bases and buffers; properties of gases and solutions; intermolecular forces; basic thermodynamics; reaction kinetics; redox reactions; electrochemistry; and basic nuclear chemistry.

Learning outcome

When KJ1000 is completed the students should be able to:

  • Identify different chemical reactions and be able to perform stoichiometric calculations, balance chemical equations, and name ordinary chemical compounds.
  • Perform calculations for equilibria in gaseous mixtures and in aqueous solutions, including calculations of pH, solubility and colligative properties.
  • Perform basic thermodynamic calculations based on knowledge about entropy, enthalpy, and Gibbs free energy, and relate these properties to chemical equilibria.
  • Understand the principles for galvanic cells/batteries and for electrolysis, and be able to use these principles in chemical calculations, including for chemical equilibria, and give examples of how electrolysis is used in industry.
  • Describe different types of chemical bonding, explain how such bonds are formed, and explain the basis for the different structures and geometries of small molecules.
  • Explain the kinetics for simple chemical reactions, recognize different types of reaction mechanisms from rate laws and reaction orders, and have knowledge about catalysis and how catalysis affect reaction rates.
  • Know the most abundant classes of organic compounds.
  • Explain the fundamentals of nuclear chemistry and understand and describe different radioactive processes.
  • Perform basic chemical experiments in the laboratory and describe their results through laboratory reports.
  • Understand the central role of chemistry in the development of a sustainable society.

The HSE lecture and HSE work throughout the semester will give a general understanding of how to work safely in the laboratory.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures (6 lectures per week), exercises (2 hours per week), and laboratory work (approx. 100 hours incl. writing of reports). The laboratory course is compulsory and must be completed in order to take the written exam. A compulsory HSE module (HMS0001), and a course-specific digital HSE lecture, must be completed before admission to the laboratory. The laboratory course includes a practical laboratory test, which counts 20% of the final mark in the course. A certain number of the exercises (specific details will be given at the start of the course) have to be completed and approved in order to take the written exam.

Information about the start of lectures and compulsory activities will be given via Blackboard. Please contact the Department of Chemistry if you need more information.

Please note that the laboratory course is a prerequisite for admission to several other courses. It is therefore highly recommended to complete the laboratory course even if the other mandatory parts of the KJ1000 are not completed.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved laboratory course
  • Approved exercises

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a written exam (80%) and a laboratory exam with a written report (20%). The results for the two parts are given in percentage-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade.

Permitted examination aids: Support material code D: No printed or hand-written support material is allowed. A specific basic calculator is allowed (please see the specifications given on innsida).

In an examination in a semester when the course is not given, the written exam can be changed to an oral exam. Only the written exam can be taken as a re-sit examination. When improving the grade, the entire folder must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Biology (BBI)
Biology and Chemistry (ÅBIKJ)
Biotechnology (MBIOT5)
Chemistry (BKJ)
Geology (BGEOL)
Natural Science with Teacher Education, years 8 - 13 (MLREAL)

Required previous knowledge

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Biology (BBI)
Biology and Chemistry (ÅBIKJ)
Biotechnology (MBIOT5)
Chemistry (BKJ)
Geology (BGEOL)
Natural Science with Teacher Education (MLREAL)

Course materials

  • Raymond Chang, Kenneth E. Goldsby, General Chemistry: The Essential Concepts, 7th edn, McGrawHill.
  • Bjørn Hafskjold og Eva Madland, Laboratoriekurs i KJ1000 Generell kjemi, 5. utgave, 2018.
  • Supporting litterature: Bjørn Hafskjold, Arbeidsbok i KJ1000 Generell kjemi, 2. utgave, 2017.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MNKKJ100 15.0
TMT4100 7.5 AUTUMN 2007
TMT4106 7.5 AUTUMN 2007
TMT4110 7.5 AUTUMN 2007
TMT4115 7.5 AUTUMN 2007
TMT4112 7.5 AUTUMN 2009
KJ0001 7.5 AUTUMN 2011
TALM1002 5.0 AUTUMN 2018
TALM1013 5.0 AUTUMN 2018
TALM1008 5.0 AUTUMN 2018
TALM1009 5.0 AUTUMN 2019
MK102108 10.0 AUTUMN 2018
TMAT1002 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
MK103112 10.0 AUTUMN 2019
TKJE1002 10.0 AUTUMN 2019
KJ1001 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
TKJE1006 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Chemistry
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Chemistry


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Work 20/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Home exam 80/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Work 20/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 80/100 HJELPEMIDD 2022-06-01 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

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