KEMA200 Introduction to Laboratory Work (4 cr)

Study level:
Intermediate studies
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Chemistry
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024

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Due to the renovation, the course schedule may change during the years 2020-2023.


In the Introduction to Laboratory techniques course student learn basic chemical laboratory skills and methods. First year chemistry students take this course during their first year (autumn).

KEMA200 "Introduction to laboratory techniques" (Johdatus laboratoriotöihin) is available in English. Non-Finnish speaking students register for English speaking groups (Laboratory exercise). Exchange and other foreign students who have already completed laboratory course(s) at home university are advised to contact their research group or the departmental coordinator in order to agree on suitable introduction and training in working in a laboratory in Finland.

The course consists of lectures, web assignments, laboratory exercises, different exercises and writing laboratory reports. 

Learning outcomes

After passing the course the student:
  • has skills for safe working in laboratory.
  • is familiar with the proper handling of reagents and the preparation of solutions.
  • understands the connection of experimental work and basic concepts in chemistry.
  • knows the basic study techniques for chemistry laboratories.

Working life skills:
  • identifies common laboratory-related term.
  • can distinguish between qualitative and quantitative working methods.
  • understand the importance of preparatory work and develops time managements skills. 
  • Reporting: Knows the basic skills of reporting and writing reports, understand the importance of giving and receiving feedback. 
  • Equipment skills: Basic of volumetry and gravimetry
  • Interaction skills: Develop interaction skills by working in pair and in groups.
  • Presentation skills: Practices presentation skill by presenting the work to a group. 

Additional information

The course is taught in the I and II period.

Remember to register for one laboratory group!
Registration is done on Sisu. Remember also to register one laboratory group (Laboratoriotyöt).

The course is taught in small groups. The course can have English language groups. However, the course is not taught yearly in English.

Description of prerequisites

No prerequisites.

Study materials

Laboratory instructions will be available on Moodle and printed versions will be available in the laboratory.

Completion methods

Method 1

Evaluation criteria:
Completing the course consists of attending and successfully completing the laboratory exercises as well as doing the assignments and reports.
Time of teaching:
Period 1, Period 2
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (4 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
English, Finnish
Study methods:

The course consist of

  • work safety lectures 2h and exercises 4h
  • Scientific writing and software 4h
  • Laboratory exercises 40h
  • Pre-assignment and self-studying for laboratory work 25h
  • Scientific reporting 30h
  • Preparation for the course (e.g. purchasing personal laboratory safety equipment) 2h