Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: G2 (First Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand. KOK032 overlaps following cours/es: KOK060. Alternative for: B2, K3. Course coordinator: Professor Ulf Nilsson,, Bioorganic Chemistry. Recommended prerequisits: KOK012 Organic Chemistry or a corresponding course. Assessment: Written assessment. Parts: 2. Further information: Alternative literature in English is "Chemistry Health and the Environment" by Sterner, O., ISBN 3-527-30087-2. The book will be sold by course coordinator Ulf Nilsson. Home page:

The aim of the course is to provide basic knowledge in understanding, judging, and predicting the effects of chemicals on health and environment.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

The chemical basis for how health-damaging and environmentally hazardous compounds are absorbed and metabolized by organisms and the mechanisms behind their effects are discussed thoroughly. Emphasis is put on relationships between structure, chemical properties, and biological effects. A course part dealing with external environment discusses aspects of eight environmental threats: gases affecting the climate, ozone depletion, soil and water acidification, photochemical oxidants/tropospheric ozone, overfertilization of soil and water, environmental influence of metals, toxic effects of organic compounds on the environment, disrupted environmental/ecological cycles, and hazardous by-products.

Sterner, O: Förgiftningar och miljöhot. Studentlitteratur 2003. ISBN: 91-44-02242-5.
Warfvinge, P: Miljökemi. Inst. för Kemiteknik 2008


Code: 0105. Name: Report.
Higher education credits: 1,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: For a passing grade the student must complete and pass a written assignment. Contents: Detailed account of a substance or process that affects humans and/or environment. .

Code: 0205. Name: Examination.
Higher education credits: 6. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: For a passing grade the student must pass a written final exam. Contents: Questions on the contents of the course.