Risk and Fire Chemistry 7.5 credits

Risk och brandkemi
First cycle, K0015K
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2019 Sp 4 - Present
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Syllabus established
Course plan approved by the Department of Chemical Engineering and Geosciences 2007-02-28.

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 11 Jan 2019

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Subject group (SCB)

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Chemical Principles (K0016K)

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
The aim of the course is that the student, after completion of the course, should:
  • know about health, environment, explosion and fire hazards for different organic, inorganic and radioactive substances
  • be able to describe properties and reactions of different organic, inorganic and radioactive substances
  • be able to connect properties and reactions of substances to their chemical structure and composition
  • be able to judge the hazard of a substance based on its structure and classification 
  • know about basic terminology with relevance to risk and fire chemistry 
  • know about composition and toxicity of fire gases 
  • know the principals behind chemical fire extinguishers 
  • be able to judge on suitable handling of chemicals to avoid risks, but also to take care of accidents that has happened
  • be able to make both quantitative and qualitative judgements on the result of combustions and other chemical reactions

The subject matter of the course covers chemistry of hazardous organic and inorganic substances in connection with fires and fire extinguishment. Moreover, explosive, toxic, radioactive and corrosive substances and substances that react violiently with water are treated. Estimation of risks in the handling of hazardous chemicals and environmental influences of hazardous chemicals are included. Different ways to classify substances based on their properties. Basic terminology. The theory is applied during laboratory exercises and lectures.

The course is presented in the form of lectures and laboratory exercises. The laboratory exercises are compulsory and are presented orally or as written reports.

Approved laboratory reports and approved written examination are prerequisites for an approved examination. Students who have failed an examination on five occasions will not be allowed further resits.

Anna-Carin Larsson

Transition terms
The course K0015K is equal to KGK038

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2007 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Information about course book will be given when the course starts.

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Written examG U 3 4 56.00MandatoryA07
0002Laboratory ReportsU G#1.50MandatoryA07