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Risk and Fire Chemistry 7.5 credits

Risk och brandkemi
First cycle, K0015K
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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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 K0016K Chemical principles or similar.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
After completion of the course, the student should  
• Be able to evaluate health, environmental, explosive and fire hazards for different organic, inorganic and radioactive substances based on their hazard classification
• Be able to account for basic terminology with relevance for risk and fire chemistry  
• Be able to describe and explain different properties and reactions of organic, inorganic and radioactive substances
• Be able to connect properties and reactions to the chemical structure and composition of the substances 
• Be able to assess appropriate handling of hazardous substances both to prevent risks, but also in order to take care of accidents
• Be able to do both qualitative and quantative assessments on the result of combustion and other chemical reactions  

The course covers the chemistry of hazardous organic and inorganic substances based on society’s systematic classification and handling of hazardous substances.  
The course handles fire and fire extinguishing, explosive substances, toxic substances, corrosive substances, radioactive substances and substances that react violently with water. Risk assessments when handling hazardous substances. Different ways to classify substances based on their properties. 

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The teaching takes place in the form of lessons and laboratory work in groups. The lessons go through relevant theoretical content with discussions around various questions and practical examples. The laboratory sessions provide opportunity for practical experience of the theory content. The results are reported in the form of written laboratory reports. Attendance at the laboratory sessions is compulsory.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Approved laboratory reports and approved written exam are necessary for passing the course.

Anna-Carin Larsson

Transition terms
The course K0015K is equal to KGK038

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Eugene Meyer: Chemistry of Hazardous Materials
Additional material available in the course room.

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

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Written examG U 3 4 56.00MandatoryA07
0003Laboratory ReportsU G#1.50MandatoryA21

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

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 17 Feb 2021