Undergraduate course

Chemistry of the Elements

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeKJEM120
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian
  • Resources

Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content

This course covers the chemical elements and their properties with respect to position in the Periodic Table. Particular attention is paid to periodic trends and relationships among the elements and their respective compounds. The course furthermore covers bonding theory and the structure of molecules, metals, salts and minerals. Finally, the course also describes the environmental, biological and industrial role of inorganic compounds, in particular the important role of metal ions in biological systems.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course KJEM120 the student will be able to:

  • show knowledge about fundamental inorganic chemistry, especially the relation between electronic structure and location in the periodic table of the elements and the expected properties of the elements, pure and when bonded to other elements.
  • explain how elements are found in nature, how they are produced and what use a given element can have
  • explain the chemical and physical properties to the elements in the periodical system
  • identify the basic and most relevant bonds that are created by the elements and that describes their structure and chemical and physical properties
  • relate the structure of an unorganic bonding to its properties
  • discuss the elements and their bondings on the basis of the bondings found in them
  • compare the chemical and physical properties av the elements and their bondings across the periodical system
  • understand and explain differences and similarities in the chemistry of the elements in the periodical system
  • understand and explain differences and similarities in the chemistry of inorganic bondings

Required Previous Knowledge

KJEM110 or equivalent.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Participation in minimum 8 colloquium. Mandatory written exercises upon selected colloquium themes will be given evaluation (passed/not passed). Mandatory colloquium and passed written exercises are valid for five following semesters.

Forms of Assessment

Written exam (4h).
Written exercises (compulsory work) are valid for six following semesteres.
Examination supporting materials during the written exam: Non-programmable calculator, according to permitted model listed in Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences regulations.
Compulsory work must be submitted within the given deadlines for the course. Approval of the compulsory work is necessary to get admittance to the written exam.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Subject Overlap

K102: 10 stp

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    07.03.2018, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam