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Inorganic Chemistry

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

The course gives a general understanding of the physical properties and chemical reactions of the elements and their most common compounds from Groups 1-2, 13-17 and the first row of the transition metals. This includes several bonding theories. There is also a compulsory but exciting lab course.

Learning outcome

After completing the course the student should:
  • Have a basic knowledge of the various bonding theories
  • Understand the interplay between thermodynamics and kinetics and reactions Have a basic knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of many of the elements in the periodic table
  • Be able to carry out simple qualitative tests for inorganic cations and anions
  • Be able to write a lab report of their experimental observations


The basic principles of atomic structure, the periodic system, the relationship between the atomic structure of the elements and their physical and chemical properties. The biological and environmental significance of each element. Descriptions of the chemistry to most of the elements will be discussed including the transition metals and a little organometallic chemistry. Inorganic production chemistry issues in the oil industry such as scaling, gas hydrates, corrosion and H2S. Industrial processes used in preparation and production of each element and its compounds. The course includes a laboratory course in basic inorganic experiments and qualitative inorganic analysis.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended previous knowledge

KJE100 Environmental Chemistry and HES, KJE150 General Chemistry


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam counts 90% and the lab exam from test of unknown ions counts 10%. Both exam parts must be passed in order to get a pass grade in the course. In addition, the whole lab course must be completed. The course teacher sets the final grade.
Candidates with non-passing the lab exam may re-take this next time the course has regular teaching.

Coursework requirements

Mandatory laboratory written assignments and mandatory lab attendance
  • Compulsory attendance at laboratory
  • 10 mandatory assignments of laboratory assignments. The pass / fail.

Obligatory activities must be authorized to access the written exam.

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher
Ljupcho Pejov
Course coordinator
Malcolm Andrew Kelland
Coordinator laboratory exercises
Xiaoping Zhang , Lyudmyla Nilsen
Head of Department
Gro Johnsen

Method of work

Each week: 3 hours teaching and 1 hour giving solutions to the weeks homework. 10 laboratory exercises.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Inorganic chemistry (BIK180_1) 10

Open to

Bachelor studies at the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Master studies at the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Course assessment

Form and/or discussion


The theoretical part of the course is based on the book:
Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry
Forfatter: Geoff Rayner-Canham og Tina Overton
ISBN: 0-7167-7695-2, 4th edition, 2006 or later edition.
Inorganic laboratory course is based on the booklet "Uorganisk Kjemi Lab Kurs" by Malcolm Kelland, which can be purched from "Attende"/UiS.
Theory part: Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry by Geoff Rayner-Canham and Tina Overton + handout.

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 27.05.2020