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Academic year 2020/2021

Fundamentals in Chemistry II (KE0063-30258) 2021-01-18 - 2021-02-17

Academic year 2019/2020

Fundamentals in Chemistry II (KE0063-30055) 2020-01-20 - 2020-02-19

Academic year 2018/2019

Fundamentals in Chemistry II (KE0063-30113) 2019-01-21 - 2019-02-20

Academic year 2017/2018

Fundamentals in Chemistry II (KE0063-30005) 2018-01-15 - 2018-02-14

Academic year 2016/2017

Fundamentals in Chemistry II (KE0063-30001) 2017-01-16 - 2017-02-15

KE0063 Fundamentals in Chemistry II, 7.5 Credits

Grundläggande kemi II

Syllabus approved



Biology Chemistry

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Part C 6.00 1002
Part D 1.50 1003

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, less than 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G1F)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Fundamental knowledge and skills in chemistry


Fundamentals in Chemistry is formally divided into two course modules (I, 15 credits and II, 7.5 credits) that together constitute a unit where the parts have progressive and interdisciplinary contents.
The aim of the course is to give basic knowledge and skills in chemistry with an emphasis on the demands of subsequent courses in soil sciences, environmental sciences, food sciences and biology.
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- concretise energy transformation and chemical reactions in living cells
- discuss environmentally related processes from a chemical perspective
- describe the structure, composition and properties of molecules, especially the molecules that are of importance to soil, environment, foodstuffs and living organisms
- describe important reaction mechanisms
- account for transport across biological membrane and mechanisms for signal transduction
- describe the fundamental features of the genetic information flow
- carry out chemical experiments and use chemical analytical methods
- analyse, interpret and present obtained experimental results


The courses Fundamentals in Chemistry I and II are divided into so called theme blocks, in which a part of the course content is set in focus. Each theme block is completed with a summarising discussion using examples from current research or from current societal or environmental problems. Both courses highlight central issues within environmental chemistry and sustainable development with seminars on current issues.
In the course Fundamentals in Chemistry II, chemical reactions are studied based on the energy of electrons.
Topics such as the principles of corrosion and how rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries function, the energy carrying molecules of the cell and the basic principles of energy supply in a living cell are covered.
In another theme block, the structure and metabolism of the cell, photosynthesis, the composition of biological membranes and processes connected to membranes e g signalling and transport are studied.
In a specialisation, the chemical processes that take place e g when leaves are senescing and how the different colours of the leaves arise are discussed.
Bases for further studies in biology and genetics are given in a unit where the flow of biological information from genetic information to biochemical function, bioinformatics and evolution is treated from a chemical perspective.
In a final theme block, human influence on the environment from a chemical perspective inter alia chemistry in todays energy production, batteries and catalysts as well as chemistry in renewable energy sources are discussed.
The teacher-supervised parts of the course include both traditional lectures, laboratory sessions and exercises in smaller groups as well as seminars and supervised self-study. In addition to teacher-supervised time, the student is assumed to carry out an essential amount of self-studies using both regular course material and interactive study materials.
Some teaching activities are compulsory, mainly seminars, laboratory sessions and presentations, but also certain lectures and exercises.
Training in scientific presentation is exercised (written and oral) through e g writing of memos, presentation of laboratory results and active discussion in seminars.

Formats and requirements for examination

Examination formats: Written examination, compulsory presentations of laboratory results and of written assignments, compulsory laboratory practicals and written assignments.
Passing the course requires: Approved examination, approved laboratory reports and passed written assignments and approved participation in compulsory components.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The prerequisites can be fulfilled by having followed the course Fundamentals in Chemistry I, 15hp.
Some learning activities may be conducted in English.

Responsible department

Department of Molecular Sciences

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Biology field: Molekylärbiologi
Replaces: KE0051, KE0053, KE0054, BI1032, BI0856:1

Betygskriterierna finns som ett pdf-dokument.

1) Allmän och organisk kemi: Alternativ 1 - Chemistry. 3e eller 4e upplagan (båda fungerar)
Author: A. Blackman, S.E. Bottle, S. Schmid, M. Mocerino, U. Wille
ISBN: 9780730311058 (3e), 978-0-7303-6328-6 (4e)
Comments: Boken ska ha drygt 1200 (1600 för 4e) sidor och kosta cirka 750 SEK (pris hos LundeQ / Akademibokhandeln i Uppsala).
2) Allmän och organisk kemi: Alternativ 2 - Chemistry. Human Activity, Chemical Reactivity (FYSISK BOK)
Author: P. Mahaffy, R. Tasker, B. Bucat, J.C. Kotz, G.C. Weaver, P.M. Treichel, J.E. McMurry
ISBN: 9780176684082
Comments: OBS!!! Det kan vara svårt att hitta Mahaffy-boken då förlaget har slutat trycka nya ex. Mahaffy-boken är fortfarande ett bra val! Den finns som begagnad hos många äldre SLU-studenter.
3) Biokemi: Biochemistry
Author: J.M. Berg, J.L. Tymoczko, G.J. Gatto, Jr., L. Stryer
ISBN: 9781319114657
Comments: Boken bör kosta cirka 900 SEK (pris hos LundeQ / Akademibokhandeln i Uppsala). Jag har även kollat ad libris och bokus. Se upp!!! Vissa nätbokhandlare tar dubbelt så mycket betalt! 9e Upplagan är officiell kurslitt. Även 6e, 7e och 8e upplagorna fungerar.
4) Material från molsci-institutionen
Author: Producerat av lärare vid vår institution
Comments: Material kommer att delas ut under kursens gång, ibland i fysisk och ibland i digital form.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: No The course is offered as a programme course: Biology and Environmental Science - Bachelor´s Programme Agriculture Programme - Food Agriculture Programme - Soil/Plant Food Science (BSc) Crop Production (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology Chemistry
Course code: KE0063 Application code: SLU-30173 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Molecular Sciences Pace: 100%