Teaching plan for the course unit



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General information


Course unit name: Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory

Course unit code: 360781

Academic year: 2018-2019

Coordinator: Eva Carolina Sańudo Zotes

Department: Department of Inorganic and Organic Chemistry

Credits: 6

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 150


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Laboratory session




Supervised project


Independent learning






Students should have previously completed Inorganic Chemistry II, Inorganic Chemistry III and Basic Laboratory in Inorganic Chemistry.



Competences to be gained during study



Capacity for learning and responsibility (capacity for analysis and synthesis, to adopt global perspectives and to apply the knowledge acquired/capacity to take decisions and adapt to new situations).


Capacity for analysis and synthesis.


Ability to handle chemical products safely and assess the risks involved in their use in laboratory and industrial procedures.


Capacity to identify, distinguish between and relate the behaviour of chemical elements and their compounds, and predict the corresponding properties according to the types of bonds, structures and reactivities.


Capacity to follow standard laboratory procedures for analytical and synthesis tasks involving chemical systems.


Capacity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the essential facts, concepts, principles and theories related to the different areas of chemistry.

Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

— Use concepts and models of inorganic chemistry to solve practical problems.
— Learn common procedures used in an inorganic chemistry laboratory.
— Learn to safely and judiciously handle tools to obtain measurements and spectrums.
— Organise experimental results and compare them with data from the literature.
— Learn to write a report on each one of the practical sessions, which describes the work that has been carried out in the laboratory.


Referring to abilities, skills

— Observe, describe and correctly interpret the phenomena that occur during the reactions.
— Learn to interpret information from the literature and relate it to the processes that have been carried out, and to the results obtained in each of the experiments.
— Use English language in a scientific and technical environment.
— Independently apply laboratory safety regulations and manage waste correctly.
— Know how to describe laboratory work orally and in writing, and learn to extract relevant conclusions about the method and characterisation of each one of the products.


Referring to attitudes, values and norms

— Learn how to plan the different stages in compound synthesis. Evaluate the time needed to carry out each stage, and fit the stages into the different practical sessions.
— Learn to share the space and instruments needed to work.



Teaching blocks


1. Preparation of inorganic compounds

1a. Preparation of molecular compounds: coordination, organometallic and bioinorganic compounds
1b. Preparation of inorganic solids

2. Characterisation and structural determination techniques

Electrical conductivity
Magnetic susceptibility
Powder X-ray diffraction
Spectroscopic techniques: infrared, electron and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy



Teaching methods and general organization


Students must prepare the assigned experiments and discuss them with teaching staff before they begin the experimental work. The face-to-face activities in this subject take place in twenty four-hour sessions. Fifteen of the sessions correspond to laboratory work, and five to the oral presentation of results. All activities are compulsory.

In the laboratory sessions, each student carries out a series of experiments to synthesise, characterise and study the properties of inorganic compounds. These experiments are assigned by the teaching staff, and the selection enables students to examine in-depth common synthesis and characterisation methods in an inorganic chemistry laboratory.

At the end of each practical assignment, students must write a report that clearly and accurately reflects the work that has been carried out.

Each student must give an oral presentation on one of the experiments that he/she has completed, which will be commented on and discussed by the class.



Official assessment of learning outcomes


To be eligible for assessment, students must attend all sessions. Only two absences are accepted, provided they have a valid reason.

The final grade for the subject is based on the following:

a) Continuous assessment of the student’s work in the laboratory, taking into account the discussion with teaching staff prior to the start of the practical work and progress on the following aspects: habits, behaviour, capacity of observation, planning, time management, methodology, skill and quality of the results (40% of the final grade).

b) Assessment of submitted reports and of the knowledge displayed by the student during discussions with the teaching staff (40% of the overall grade).

c) Assessment of students’ capacity to summarise and orally present their practical work, as well as the clarity of their presentation and responses to teaching staff’s questions (20% of the overall grade).

To pass the subject, students must obtain a final grade of 4 out of 10 or higher for each of the parts. This subject is used to assess some of the core competences of the degree course. A full list of the competences that shall be assessed can be found in the subject area on the Virtual Campus.

The English-language groups are for students and lecturers to communicate in English during laboratory work. The level of English of the student, as long as within the limits of comprehensibility, will not be taken into account to calculate the final grade for the subject. Students who systematically fail to show a clear and continuous will to use English in the laboratory are penalised in their final grade.


Examination-based assessment

Since attendance is compulsory, there is no single assessment or repeat assessment option.