Course code Ķīmi1028

Credit points 2

Inorganic Chemistry

Total Hours in Course32

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for laboratory classes16

Date of course confirmation12.10.2011

Responsible UnitDepartment of Chemistry

Course developer

author Ķīmijas katedra

Baiba Ozola

Dr. biol.

Course abstract

In the course of “Inorganic Chemistry”, students are presented with the most important theoretical issues of general chemistry, as well as osmosis and complex compounds. This study course provides an overview of the most biologically important chemical elements, highlighting their biological importance and use in veterinary medicine.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge - Students are able to demonstrate -depth knowledge of the key issues of general chemistry, as well as of chemical elements relevant to biological systems. (1, 2, 3. tests and 3 colloquia)
Skills Students are able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the key issues of general chemistry, as well as of chemical elements that are essential for biological systems - laboratory work.
Competence: Knowledge acquired allows students to discuss the effects of nutrient elements on animal organisms. Students shall be able to independently formulate and analyse issues related to the effects of nutrient elements on human and animal organisms. - protocols for laboratory work, independent tasks.

Course plan

1. Structure of atoms. Seminar: classification of inorganic compounds. 1. Indicators. Acids.
2. Chemical bonds .2. Bases. 1. Independent work.
3. Kinetics, catalyse. 3. Salts. Seminar: oxidation-reducing reactions .Test No1. Classification of inorganic compounds.
4. Chemical balance. 4. Oxidation-reducing reactions. Seminar: calculation of solution concentrations 2. Independent work.
5. Dissociation. Osmosis. 5. Determination of moisture or Photometric determination of Cr. Test No 2. Ox-red reactions. 3. Independent work
6. I, II, III, IV A Groups Elements (Colloquia 1). 6. Quantitative determination of HCl or Potenciometric determination of soda. Test No 3. Calculation of solution concentrations.
7. I, II B Groups Elements (Colloquium 2). Complex compounds. 7. Photometric determination of Cr or Determination of moisture
8. VI, VI, VIII B Groups Elements (Colloquium 3). 8. Potenciometric determination of soda. or Quantitative determination of HCl

Requirements for awarding credit points

The 8 laboratory works must be carried out, their protocols included, 3 tests and 3 colloquia credited. To pass an exam.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Preparation for tests, performing tasks of independent work, processing of laboratory work reports, processing of results obtained in laboratory work.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The overall assessment of the study course consists of evaluations of the written tests and laboratory works, as well as the completion of independent work. Final grade of the study course will be calculated using a marking scheme: • tests and colloquia 50%; • laboratory reports 40%. • independent work 10%; Student must earn a positive mark (at least 4) for every course activity to pass the course.

Compulsory reading

1. Ralph H. Petrucci, William S. Harwood. General Chemistry (sixth edition). Macmillan Publishing Company, NY, Maxwell Macmillan Canada, Toronto, 1993, 1000 p.
2. Leo J. Malone. Basic Concepts of Chemistry. John Wiley&Sons, Inc., 1997, 591 p.
3. Martin S. Silberberg. Chemistry (fourth edition). Mc Graw-Hill International Education, 2006, 1088 p.
4. Theodore L. Brown, H. Eugene LeMay, Bruce E. Bursten. Chemistry. The Central science, 13th Edition, London, 2006.
5. Steven S. Zumdahl, Susan A. Zumdahl. Chemistry (ninth edition). New York, 2013, 1206 p.
6. Steven S. Zumdahl, Donald J. DeCoste. Chemical Principles (seventh edition), Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, 2013, p. 1077.
7. Ozola B. Biogēnie elementi: mācību līdzeklis (elektroniskā formā). Jelgava: LLU, 2010. 75 lpp.
8. Čakste I. Vispārīgā ķīmija: mācību līdzeklis. Jelgava: LLU, Rīga: Drukātava, 2008. 66 lpp.

Further reading

Additional reading:
1. B. Peter Block, Warren H.Powell, W.Conard Fernelius. Inorganic Chemical Nomenclature. American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, 1990, p.210
2. Peter G. Mahaffy, Bob Bucat, Roy Tasker. Chemistry. Human activity, chemical reactivity. Nelson Education, 2015, p.1179.
3. James Armstrong. General, Organic and Biochemistry. An Applied Approach. Cengage Learning, 2015, p.591.
4. Karen C. Timberlake. General, Organic and Biological Chemistry (fifth edition). Pearson Education Limited, 2016, p. 960.
5. Gļinka N. Vispārīgā ķīmija: mācību līdzeklis. Rīga: Zvaigzne, 1981. 686 lpp.
6. Rauhvargers A. Vispārīgā ķīmija. Eksperimentāls mācību līdzeklis. Rīga: Zvaigzne, 1996. 383 lpp.


Compulsory course in the VMF full-time higher education training programme “Veterinary medicine”