This course is replaced by KJM1121 – Inorganic Chemistry I.

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Course content

Basic course in inorganic chemistry. The course goes through the chemistry of elements based on main groups and transition metals, with stress on the periodical variations in chemical properties and in connection with composition and structure. The students will also be introduced to themes within inorganic thermodynamics and electrochemistry with some elements of inorganic structural chemistry and industrial processes. The obligatory lab-tuition in the course is a knowledge based illustrative review of trends and reactions in the periodic table.

Learning outcome

After completing this course:

  • You have a broad overview of inorganic chemistry, and you know how the properties of the elements vary through the periodic system.
  • You can use your knowledge of structure and bonding to understand stability and reactivity for simple inorganic molecules and compounds.
  • You understand the principles of and can do calculations related to red-ox chemisttry in water.
  • You are familiar with production methods for industrially important inorganic compounds with main focus on Norwegian industry.
  • You know the principles for magnetic and optical properties of d-metal complexes.
  • You can plan and carry out laboratory experiments, evaluate and present the results in the form of a laboratory journal, including insight into HSE-aspects related to chemicals and lab routines.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

Completed laboratory course in one of the following courses:KJM1100 – General chemistry (continued), KJM1110 – Organic chemistry I (continued), or MENA1000 – Materials, energy and nanotechnology (continued).

The following courses must be taken in the same semester or earlier than KJM1120:
MNHMS0015 – Introduction to Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) (discontinued)
MNHMS0010LS – Innføring i laboratoriesikkerhet (discontinued)

For students taking KJM1120 Autumn 2013 or later, you must first pass the two HSE courses MNHMS0015 and MNHMS0010LS before you may include KJM1120 as part of a degree.

Recommended previous knowledge

The course builds on KJM1100 – General chemistry (continued). A precourse is offered ahead of semester start. It is strongly recommended that students who do not have a background in chemistry at the level of KJM1100 – General chemistry (continued) follow the precourse. The precourse takes up aspects related to acids, bases, redox chemistry, chemical bonding and regular inorganic compounds. KJM1120 – Inorganic Chemistry (continued) builds on this foundation.

Overlapping courses

The course overlaps KJM1030 – Uorganisk kjemi (discontinued) with 10 credits.


The course is internet supported and includes 34 hours of lectures, up to 4 hours/week of group tuition, one compulsory exercise and an obligatory lab-course of 30 hours (6 practical exercises and revision). The lab-course and the compulsory exercise must be approved prior to the final examination. Please read the guidelines for work that is to be handed in at The Department of Chemistry (so far only in Norwegian).

Attendance at the first lecture and at the lab-course is mandatory. You will not be permitted to take the course if notice of valid absence is not given to the reception at the Department of Chemistry prior to the start of the lecture.

Before you can attend the mandatory laboratory courses, you have to have passed the following caourses:

You will need to provide documentation that you have passed HMS0503 and HMS0505 when you attend the first mandatory lab.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Written final examination (4 hours) at the end of the semester (counts 100 % of the final grade). The laboratory course and the compulsory exercise must have been completed and approved for the student to partake in the final examination.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.


Abscence from compulsory laboratory teaching must be documented according to the rules which apply to exams, e.g. by valid attestation from medical doctor in the case of illness.

A completed laboratory course is valid four semesters after it was passed the first time. After this period you must retake the whole laboratory course in order to sit for a final exam. If you have completed the laboratory course but never sat for the final exam, it is your responsibility to have the laboratory course registered, and in such a case you must contact the student administration in room VU20-22 in the Department of Chemistry.

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