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Course content

The course gives students a fundamental introduction to concepts used to understand composition and properties of polymers and macromolecular systems.

Learning outcome

After completing this course:

  • you can discuss and define fundamental concepts in polymer synthesis; especially radical polymerization, and you have laborative experience doing polymer synthesis.
  • you can describe physical properties for different polymers and relate microscopic structure to properties and dynamic on a macroscopic level
  • you understand and are able to describe different experimental techniques that are used to characterize macromolecules. You also have practical experience with some methods of characterization of polymers in solution.
  • you know the most important theoretical models for polymer solutions and melts
  • you understand and are able to explain basic concepts of structure formation in solution and spontaneous creation of amphiphilic polymers.
  • you are familiar with the use of polymers in material technology, nanotechnology, and medicine.
  • you can compile and present scientific information to your peers.

Admission

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

Teaching

The course comprises 45 hours of lectures 16 hours of group seminars and a mandatory labaoratory course of 28 hours. Your laboratory course has to be approved before you can attend the final exam. Approved laboratory course is valid 4 semesters after the semester it was approved. You also have to familiarize yourself with a scientific topic given to you by the person responsible for the course and present it to your fellow students. The presentation must be approved before you can attend the exam.

The laboratory course is mandatory, and valid absence has to be documented with a doctor's note or similar to the student administration at The department of chemistry. There is also mandatory registration at the first lecture. If you are unable to meet to the first lecture, you have to inform the expedition office (phone 22 85 54 46, e-mail ekspedisjonen@kjemi.uio.no) no later than the same day in order to keep your place on the course.

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.

Examination

Oral examination counts 100 % of final grade. Your laboratory course must be approved before you can attend the exam. Approved laboratory course is valid 4 semesters after the semester it was approved.You also have to give a presentation on a given topic. The presentation must be approved before you can attend the exam.

Examination support material

calculator

The calculator must fulfill the requirements specified by The Department of Mathematics (only in Norwegian).

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 pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Evaluation

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

Facts about this course

Credits

10

Level

PhD

Teaching

Every spring

Teaching may be canceled if less than 5 students apply.

Examination

Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)