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Undergraduate course

Chemistry and Energy

Teaching semester

Autumn/Spring. Limited capacity course.
More information: http://www.uib.no/en/matnat/53431/admission-courses-limited-capacity

Objectives and Content

The course is suitable for students that either have a good background in chemistry from upper secondary school, or have taken the course KJEM100. Chemistry is the study of the structure, properties and reactions of matter. This subject uses a physical perspective to introduce these three aspects of chemistry, combined with numerous examples from everyday life, industry and nature. Some of the topics covered are state functions, energy terms (enthalpy, free energy), entropy, electrochemistry, the properties of solutions and states of matter, kinetics and nuclear chemistry. The course contains a laboratory course that illustrates parts of the theoretical curriculum and provides experience in experimental work.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the course KJEM110, the student will have the following:


The student has

    • basic knowledge on the composition, properties and reactions of matter from a physical persepctive
  • basic kowledge on the structures of and bondings in atoms and molecules


The student is able to

  • perform calculations using physical chemistry laws and equations
  • conduct experiments in a laboratory following a written procedure
  • write a lab report that contains the purpose of a laboratory experiment, a description of the experimental procedure and an evaluation of the quality of the experimental results.


The student

    • understands scientific literature written in English

Recommended Previous Knowledge

MAT101, KJEM100

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

K101: 10stp; FARM110: 10stp

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching is given as lectures, laboratory course and colloquium.

Lectures: 60 h (4h/week)

Laboratory course: 30 h (6h/week for five weeks)

Colloquium (groups led by advanced students): 28 h (2h/week)

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Mandatory attendance at the first lecture to keep the place in the laboratory course.

Mandatory attendance to laboratory course (5 days with laboratory days) with a written journal and exercises (valid for six following semesters).

The students must participate in and pass a course on Health, Environment and Safety (HSE) before attending the laboratory course.

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.

Forms of Assessment

Portfolio assessment based on:

  • Laboratory course (pass/fail)
  • Mandatory written exercise (pass/fail)
  • Midterm exam (2h) (accounts for 30% of the final grade)
  • Due to the korona situation the exam spring semester 2020 will be Final digital written exam at home (4,5 hours) (accounts for 70% of the final grade)

Supplementary exam-regulations:

1. The laboratory course and mandatory written excercise are valid the 6 following semesters.

2. Midterm exam and the final written exam are only valid in the same semester as they are taken.

3. In semesters with teaching:

a. Students without approved laboratory course and approved mandatory written exercise from previously semesters must participate in the portfolio assessment.

b. Students with approved laboratory course and approved mandatory written exercise from previously semesters can


i. Participate in the portfolio assessment, and thus take both the midterm exam and the final exam, which will account for 30% and 70% of the grade, respectively. Also the mandatory written exercise must be done. Students who choose this option must inform the Department of Chemistry before the deadline for exam registration.


ii. Participate only in the finale exam, which then will account for the grade alone.
Examination supporting materials during the exam: Non-programmable calculator, according to permitted model listed in Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences regulations.

Due to the measures taken to avoid the spread of SARS-CoV-2, UiB is closed for teaching and assessment. As a consequence, the following changes is made to assessment spring semester 2020:

  • Written home examination instead of written examination

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.

Exam information

  • Spring 2020 written exams will not be arranged on campus. Please see course information on MittUiB.

  • Type of assessment: Portfolio assesment and written examinat

    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam
    • Exam part: Written examination

      09.06.2020, 09:00
      4.5 hours
      Additional information
      jf koronavirus situasjonen vert eksamen gjennomført som digital skriftleg skuleeksamen-heime våren 2020.
      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Midterm examination

      11.03.2020, 09:00
      2 hours
      Examination system
      Digital exam
  • Type of assessment: Portfolio assesment and written examinat (New exam)

    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam