Course code Ķīmi1020

Credit points 3


Total Hours in Course81

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for laboratory classes24

Independent study hours41

Date of course confirmation24.03.2021

Responsible UnitInstitute of Food

Course developer

author Pārtikas institūts

Fredijs Dimiņš

Dr. sc. ing.

Course abstract

The subject implies: 1) theoretical basis of general chemistry, including: general regularities of chemical process, structure of matter, heterogeneous dispersion systems, solutions, electrolyte water solutions, electrochemical processes; 2) main qualities of chemical elements and their joins, used in contemporary technologies as a material for building and construction; 3) basic of chemistry of joining materials.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Students are able to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge about inorganic substances and their properties. Students are able to demonstrete their competence in discussions about transformations of inorganic substances - 1 test.
Students are able to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge about the oxidation reduction processes in the environment. Able to demonstrate skills, using the acquired knowledge, applying it to solve various specific problems - 2 test.
Students are able to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge about chemical reactions in electrolyte solutions and their connections to the construction industry. Able to demonstrate skills to simulate different chemical processes in the construction industry using the ionic reactions. Able to demonstrate knowledge about the hydrolysis of various substances – 3 test.
Students are able to demonstrante their understanding and knowledge about the reaction rates and chemical equilibrium. Skills to make calculations and forecasts on reaction rates and chemical equilibrium – 4 test.
Students are able to demonstrate knowledge about various electrolytic processes (corrosion, electrolysis, electrochemical cell). Studens are able to demonstrate skills using the knowledges in the construction industry. Has competence in evaluating various corrosion processes in the construction industry – 5 test.
Students are able skills to independently carry out experiments using the gained knowledge and make conclusions on received results. Able to demonstrate competence in discussing about practical application of chemical knowledge in the construction industry - Presentation of laboratory reports.

Course Content(Calendar)

1.L. Chemical reaction rates. /Classification of inorganic substances and its properties. (3h)
2.L. Chemical equilibrium.
3.L. Disperse systems./Prac. Safety rules in the chemistry lab. The acids, basis and salts. (3h)
4.L. The colligative properties of solutions (2h).
5.L.Types of concentrations of solutions./Sem. Oxidation-reduction reactions. Test. Classification and properties of inorganic substances. (4h)
6.L. Types of concentrations of solutions./Sem. Oxidation-reduction reactions. (3h)
7.L. The dissociation and pH of solutions./Prac. The oxidation-reduction reactions. (3h)
8.L. pH of solutions and electrochemical procresses.
9.L. The Electrochemical processes. Electrochemical cells./Prac. Electrolyte solutions and hydrolysis of salts. Test. Oxidation – reduction reactions. (3h)
10.L. Electrolysis of solutions. Electrolysis of melts.
11.L. General properties of metals. Corrosion of metals./Test. Electrolyte solutions and hydrolysis of salts. (3h)
12.L. Calcium and Magnesium.
13.L. Silicon. Coumponds of Silicon./Prac. Reaction rates and chemical equilibrium. (3h)
14.L. Carbon and their coumponds./Test. Reaction rates and chemical equilibrium. (3h)
15.L. Basic concepts of chemistry in civil engineering./Test. Electrolytic processes. (3h)
16.L. Polymers in civil engineering. Calculation of final grade. (3h)

Requirements for awarding credit points

Students must perform all laboratory works and submit laboratory reports, answer to theoretical questions which are based on the background of the experiment, write 5 tests during the semester and write exam.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Preparation of laboratory reports - compilation and
systematization of chemical reactions, observation,
conclusions and experimental progress.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

It is necessary to write successfully all tests, i.e. no lower grade than 4 points. All laboratory reports must be checked. If the average mark of successful written tests is not lower than 7 points and all laboratory reports are checked, then the exam does not have to pass, i.e., an average grade is displayed.

Compulsory reading

1. Lewis R., Evans W. Chemistry. London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, 508 p.
2. Čakste I. Vispārīgā ķīmija. LLU, Ķīmijas katedra. Rīga: Drukātava , 2008. 66 lpp.
3. Druviete B. Neorganiskie savienojumi, to klasifikācija un vispārīgās ķīmiskās īpašības. LLU, Ķīmijas katedra. Rīga: Drukātava , 2008. 59 lpp.
4. Malone L.J.. Basic Concepts of Chemistry.New York etc.: John Wiley@Sons, 2004, 882 p.

Further reading

1. Kokars Valdis. Vispārīgā ķīmija. Rīga: RTU izdevniecība, 2009, 286 lpp.
2. Brown T.L., LeMay E.Jr., Burstein B.E., Marphy C.J. Chemistry. The Central Science. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education International, 2006. 1128 p.
3. Zumdahl S.S. Chemical Principle. Boston, New York: University of Illinois,2005. 1070 p.
3. Федосова Н.Д. Химические основы полимеров и вяжущих веществ. Издательство Ассоциации строительных вузов (ACB), 2005. 176 с.


The course is included in the compulsory part of the 1st level and 2nd level professional higher education study program “Civil Engineering”.