KEMP1130 Basics in Inorganic Chemistry (5 cr)

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


The course focuses on:

  • atomic structure,
  • periodic table and its recurring trends,
  • basics of chemical bonding,
  • ionic bonding and ionic compounds,
  • metallic bonding and metals,
  • structures of simple solids,
  • acids and bases,
  • oxidation states and redox reactions,
  • fundamentals of coordination chemistry,
  • naming of inorganic compounds, and
  • physical techniques in (inorganic) chemistry.

Learning outcomes

After successfully completing the course, the student:

  • is familiar with the structure of the periodic table and its recurring trends,
  • remembers the basic terminology used by inorganic chemists,
  • understands the classification of chemical bonding to three main types,
  • is able to describe the structures of simple solids,
  • is familiar with different classifications of acids and bases,
  • knows how to apply oxidation states to describe redox reactions,
  • is familiar with basic concepts of coordination chemistry,
  • knows how to name simple inorganic compounds according to IUPAC rules, and
  • acquires an overview of physical techniques in (inorganic) chemistry and knows the basics of how they are applied in research.

Working life skills:

  • Knows the basics of the most common (inorganic) research methods and their chemical applications.
  • Trained in using a science book written in English.

Description of prerequisites

Recommended KEMP1110 The World of Molecules and KEMP1120 Chemical Equilibrium and Energy (or KEMP111 and KEMP112 Basics in Chemistry 1 & 2) or equivalent knowledge.

Study materials

  • Weller, Mark; Overton, Tina; Rourke, Jonathan; Armstrong Fraser: Inorganic Chemistry, 6th Edition (ISBN-13: 9780199641826), Oxford University Press, 2014, chapters 1-5 and 7-9.
  • Connelly, Neil; Damhus, Ture; Hartshorn, Richard; Hutton, Alan (eds.): Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry: IUPAC Recommendations 2005 (ISBN-13:9780854044382), RSC Publishing, 2005, chapters 1-9.

Completion methods

These completion methods are for University of Jyväskylä degree students. Other options:

Method 1

Evaluation criteria:
Kurssin suorittamiseen hyväksytysti (1/5) vaaditaan vähintään 50% kurssin maksimipisteistä.
Time of teaching:
Period 3
Select all marked parts

Method 2

Evaluation criteria:
Passing the course (1/5) requires at least 50% of the exam maximum points.
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Participation in teaching (5 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
Study methods:

Luentoja ja harjoituksia.



Exam (5 cr)

Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Study methods:

If you want to take exam in English, please contact the teacher.