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Experimental inorganic chemistry

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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester

Spring. Spring 2022 was the last semester of teaching. Last exam is given in February 2023.

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

(KJEM 100) KJEM110, KJEM120

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

K102: 2 credits, K241: 2 credits, KJEM121: 4 credits, KJEM122: 5 credits.

Access to the Course

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

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

  • In order to obtain approval of the mandatory activities, and therefore gain access to the final exam, one must submit mandatory assignments of a satisfactory standard within the set deadlines. Mandatory assignments should be your own work.
  • Serious violations of the HSE rules will lead to a loss of the right to complete the laboratory course.
  • It is not possible to use more than 3 attempts (semesters) to complete the laboratory course.

Forms of Assessment

Written home examination (4 hours). Last exam will take place spring term 2023.

Examination Support Material

a) Non-programmable calculator, according to the faculty regulations

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.

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


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.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    20.02.2023, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam