KONS1005 – Science for Conservators and Archaeologists II

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Course content

This course covers the organic materials of interest to a museum environment.

The course is broadly divided into three parts:

  • The first part covers the fundamentals of organic chemistry (with special attention to the nomenclature aspects) and the analytical methods for their study.
  • The second one is about the natural and artificial materials that constitute artifacts of cultural interest (namely, oils and fats, natural waxes, bituminous materials, carbohydrates, proteins, natural resins, synthetic materials, dyes).
  • The last part is about the deterioration of such substances and their analysis in practice.

The student will receive a practical exercise related to one of the themes discussed in the course.

Learning outcome

After completing this course the student is expected to:

  • Name and identify the organic substances constituting the materials in cultural heritage artifacts
  • Outline the reactions responsible for the degradation of the organic substances constituting the materials in cultural heritage artifacts
  • Outline and select the analytical methods for the study of the organic substances constituting the materials in cultural heritage artifacts
  • Make use of the language of the discipline
  • Interpret phenomena at macroscopic and microscopic Levels
  • Recognize and identify possible H&S hazards related to the use of the analytical techniques and the materials
  • Elaborate knowledge about the discipline in academic written form


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

This course is not available for single course students.

Students must be admitted to the BA programme Kulturarv og Bevaringskunnskap.

For admission, students must sign up for the course in December. For late admission in January, contact the Department.


Recommended previous knowledge

It is recommended that students have High School chemistry "Kjemi 2 or 3" and/ or familiarize With High School chemistry curriculum before the start of the course.

It is also recommended to familiarize With second-line equations and poten- and logarithm calculations.


The classes are organized after the model "reversed classrom", and will be using UiO's New Learning platform Canvas. There will be 12 2-hour lectures, and 5 4-hour lab-sessions. You are expected to work about 8 hours per week With this course; 2 hours preparation for lectures, 2 hours lecture, and 4 hours repetition.

The course has 75% mandatory attendance. Absence from classes must be documented With f.ex a doctors note.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


4 hours written exam in the digital exam system Inspera.

The student must pass an obligatory mid-term qualification to be able to sit for the exam.

There will be a second exam for anyone who wish to retake the exam or was ill for the first exam. You must attend the first exam to be able to attend the second exam, or deliver a doctors note to HF-studieinfo within Three day after the first exam, if you were ill.

Written examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read more about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Examination support material

The periodic system is allowed in the exam.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

The deadline for asking for an explanation is one week after the exam results are available. 

The deadline for complaints is three weeks after the exam results are available, or three weeks after the explanation is communicated to the student. 

Resit an 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.


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






Every other spring starting 2019

The course is taught first time spring 2018, then every other year after spring 2019.


Every other spring starting 2019

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