Undergraduate course

Experimental inorganic chemistry

ECTS Credits


Level of Study

Students who have been admitted to a program of study at the University of Bergen that includes access to this course are eligible to register. For information about admission requirements see Admission.

Teaching semester

Spring term (colour code: yellow). The course has a limited number of places, students must apply for admission. More information: http://www.uib.no/matnat/utdanning/studiehverdag/undervisningsopptaket

Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course aims to provide an introduction and overview of the most common experimental characterization and basic knowledge in inorganic chemistry. The laboratory course illustrates the use and properties of various inorganic substances as a function of pH and chemical environment, and investigates methods of the classification and identification of inorganic ions based on unknown samples. The laboratory courses provide a knowledge-based illustrative review of trends and type of reactions from the chemistry of elements to d-transition metals.

In addition, the course emphasizes some general and introductory concepts from molecular symmetry, point groups theory, nomenclature, geometry, coordination mode and crystal- and ligand-field theory within d-metal complexes. All together the courses also pinpoint some rudimentary knowledge in spectroscopic techniques including an understanding on how energy transitions in the molecules and structures are determined.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the course KJEM123, the student will have the following:


The student:

  • has practical knowledge of quantitative analysis of inorganic compounds
  • has broad knowledge of the basic concepts and theories in molecular symmetry and its relevance within experimental spectroscopic characterization
  • have knowledge of nomenclature, formula, coordination geometries, chemical equations and basic reaction types
  • have knowledge of the chemical bond and the theories that explain the electronic properties within d-block metal complexes and their location in the periodic table


The student:

  • is able to depict the most important and common methods for experimental characterization of inorganic compounds
  • can perform independent practical laboratory work, and to document experimental results through report writing
  • can carry out simple synthesis of inorganic compounds
  • is able to apply relevant theories, experimental methods and analysis tools for the identification, quantification and structure elucidation of chemical compounds
  • can conduct simple investigations of a chemical problem in a scientific way, and to analyze and interpret the results in relation to relevant theories
  • can solve quantitative and qualitative problem in inorganic chemistry
  • can evaluate and reflect on their own and external results, including assessment of uncertainty and error sources
  • can assess various aspects of health, safety and environment (HSE), can safely handle chemical substance based on knowledge of the characteristics and risk factors, and can perform a risk assessment for the use of certain chemical compounds

General competence

The student:

  • can formulate hypotheses and evaluate their relationships with the empirical results
  • can work both independently and in team on qualitative and quantitative analyses

Required Previous Knowledge

KJEM110, KJEM120

Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

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: 2 credits, K241: 2 credits, KJEM121: 4 credits, KJEM122: 5 credits.

Assessment Semester

Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department


Course Coordinator

Department of Chemistry.

Course Administrator

Department of Chemistry.


Department of Chemistry


Contact Information

Please contact the Department of Chemistry: studieveileder@kj.uib.no / post@kj.uib.no

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

    28.05.2018, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam