Inorganic Chemistry (KJE220)

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.

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


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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. Scarcity of some metals, as well as recycling/recovery of metals.

In addition, industrial processes used in production of the elements and their compounds will be reviewed, together with their technological, biological and material uses..

The course includes a laboratory course in basic inorganic experiments and qualitative inorganic analysis.

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
  • Basic knowledge of inorganic chemistry issues in industry (e.g. offshore petroleum industry, metal industry including recycling)
  • Be able to carry out simple qualitative tests for inorganic cations and anions
  • Be able to write a lab report of their experimental observations

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended prerequisites

KJE100 Environmental Chemistry, KJE150 General Chemistry


Written exam and testing of samples

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 9/10 4 Hours Letter grades Approved tables, Basic calculator specified in general exam regulations, Compendium of formulae,
Testing of samples 1/10 Letter grades

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. No resit is offered for the 10% laboratory exam. If a student wishes to redo the lab, this can be done next time the subject is taught.

Coursework requirements

Mandatory laboratory written assignments and mandatory lab attendance
  • Compulsory attendance at laboratory
  • 10 mandatory assignments of laboratory assignments.

Obligatory activities must be authorised to access the written exams.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Malcolm Andrew Kelland

Coordinator laboratory exercises:

Xiaoping Zhang

Coordinator laboratory exercises:

Lyudmyla Nilsen

Head of Department:

Ingunn Westvik Jolma

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 for

Biological Chemistry - Biotechnology - Bachelor's Degree Programme Civil Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering Computer Science - Bachelor in Engineering Control Engineering and Circuit Design - Bachelor in Engineering Chemistry and Environmental Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering Mechanical Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering Environmental Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme Industrial Economics - Master of Science Degree Programme Industrial Economics - Master of Science Degree Programme, Five Year Marine and Subsea Technology, Master of Science Degree Programme, Five Years Petroleum Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme Petroleum Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme, Five Years Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology Mathematics - One-Year Programme

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto