Course code Ķīmi3020

Credit points 2

Applied physics and chemistry II

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes10

Number of hours for laboratory classes6

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation16.10.2019

Responsible UnitDepartment of Chemistry

Course developer

author lect.

Anete Ķeķe

Master's study programme(līm.)

Prior knowledge

Fizi3007, Applied physics and chemistry I

Course abstract

Students will get a comprehensive knowledge of basic chemical principles, physical and chemical properties of chemicals. Also, students will learn, how to safely work with any kind of chemicals in forestry and woodworking.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge of chemical substances and their classification, and their chemical and physical properties, possible chemical hazards and their impact to human and environment (2 tests).
Skills: to be able to assess possible chemical reactions between different chemicals, to use different methods for chemical risk assessment ( 3 laboratory works, 2 practical works).
Competence: to be able indepentently assess possible chemical hazards, which are based on chemicals’ physical and chemical properties and interactions between different chemicals (1 independent work).

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Classification of chemicals. Basic principles of chemicals: chemical and physical properties, interactions, and reactions – 6 h (lectures: 2 h; seminars: 2 h; laboratory works: 2 h)
2. Methods for chemical risk assessment/ Test No. 1 “Classification of chemicals and their properties” – 4 h (lectures: 2 h; seminars: 2 h)
3. Types of hazardous chemicals – 4 h (lectures: 2 h; practical works: 2 h)
4. Factors that influence chemical toxicity – 4 h (lectures: 2 h; seminars: 2 h)
5. Chemicals in the workplace: the usage of personal protective equipment, storage and transportation of chemicals / Test No. 2 “Types of hazardous chemicals. Chemical toxicity” – 2 h (lectures: 2 h)
6. The usage of chemicals in forestry – 4 h (lectures: 2 h; laboratory works: 2 h)
7. The usage of chemicals in woodworking – 4 h (lectures: 2 h; laboratory works: 2 h)

8. Environmental pollutants and their influence to forest ecology – 4 h (lectures: 2 h; practical works: 2 h)

Requirements for awarding credit points

Student have to perform and submit completed laboratory reports and an independent work, and write 2 tests during the semester.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Getting ready for tests, reading scientific literature, preparing and completing laboratory reports.
During the semester students have to submit a independent work: Hazard assessment of one chemical, which is widely used in the industry (2 pages, electronic submission).

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The final grade of the study course will be calculated using a marking scheme:
• tests 80 % ;
• independent work 20 % .

Submitted laboratory reports are evaluated with “tested/not tested”. To pass this study course: the grade for every test and independent work must be at least 4, and laboratory reports must be marked as “tested”.

Compulsory reading

1. Petrucci R., Herring G., Madura J., Bissonnete C. General Chemistry. Principles and modern Applications. Toronto: Pearson, 2017. 1325 p.

Further reading

1. Carreiro M.M., Song Y.W., Wu J. Ecology, planning, and management of urban forests: international perspectives. New York: Springer, 2008. 467 p.

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The course is intended for academic bachelor’s study program “Sustainable Forestry”.