Course: General Chemistry

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Course title General Chemistry
Course code UCH/030
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Frequency of the course In each academic year, in the summer semester.
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Klementová Šárka, doc. RNDr. CSc.
Course content
1. Atomic structure and the periodic table of elements 2. Chemical nomenclature, balancing equations 3. States of matter: gases, liquids, solids. 4. Chemical bonds and weak bonds 5. Solutions - chemistry and physical properties (solubility, solutions of acids and bases, buffer solutions) 6. Solutions - colligative properties 7. Chemical kinetics, mechanisms of reactions 8. Thermodynamics 9. Electrochemistry 10. Methods I: Chromatography, Spectrophotometry 11. Methods II: Potentiometry, Electrophoresis

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Demonstration
  • Class attendance - 28 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 25 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 30 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to introduce students of the study programme Bioinformatics into fundamentals of general chemistry. The course also provides an overview of principles of basic chemical methods used in biological research.
Students master fundamental principles of general chemistry, are able to apply them on simple chemical problems (calculation, derivation). Students are introduced into principles of main chemical methods used in biological research.
no special requirements - high school chemistry knoledge is expected

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined exam

To pass the course, a student must obtain at least 50% of points in the final exam.
Recommended literature
  • Chemistry Virtual Textbooks, , January 2012.
  • MIT Principles of Chemical Science (2008):, accessed October 2017.
  • P. Atkins, J de Paula: Elements of physical chemistry, 4th edition, Oxford University Press 2005.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Bioinformatics (1) Category: Informatics courses 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer