Knowledge and understanding: the course of General and Inorganic Chemistry is aimed at equipping the Biotechnology students with the fundamental concepts of Chemistry necessary to interpret the biological phenomena at molecular level. The course has 9 CFU of which 7 of lecturing and 2 of stoicheiometry and laboratory experiments. The theoretical part is divided into four sections, each of which gives the students the basic chemical tools necessary for the future biotechnologist, that is:
1. Implications of the atomic and molecular theory of matter (inorganic chemistry, nomenclature and stoicheiometry)
2. Theory of the chemical bond (atom structure, bond theory according to Lewis, VSEPR theory, VB and MO theory)
3. Chemical thermodinamics (the three principles of thermodynamics applied to chemistry, solution equilibria, basics of electrochemistry)
4. Chemical kinetics.
The computational part aims at using the tools learnt in the theoretical part giving emphasis to the protocols that must be applied in the different problem typologies (chemical equation balance, stoicheiometry, pH calculations etc). The laboratory part is aimed at developing observation and communication skills both in oral and in written form. A particular attention will be devoted to a correct usage of the specialistic language of Chemistry.
Knowledge application: the knowledges learnt during the lectures will be concretized with computational exercises and laboratory experiments. During the practical training students are requested to keep a laboratory log-book in which they take note of all the work carried out and the results of the experiment done in each lab session.
Communication skills: the course leads to the acquisition of a technical language that allows the students to communicate with specialists in the field of chemistry using a formally correct language.