KJM1002 – Introduction to Chemistry
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
The course provides an introduction to key topics in chemistry and includes an introduction to organic chemistry suitable for further studies, as well as practical laboratory training. The course is a part of the programme Biovitenskap (bachelor). Students who already have ‘Chemistry 2’ (Kjemi 2) from Upper Secondary School should consider taking KJM1101 General Chemistry.
After completing the course you:
- will hold basic knowledge about the atoms´ electron configuration (orbital), redox chemistry, thermodynamic concepts of binding energy, enthalpy and entropy, as well as factors that affect the rate of reaction (kinetics).
- are able to draw structural models for simple molecules, use stoichiometry and equilibrium considerations to explain how a chemical system will react under external influences, and become familiar with acid-base equilibriums so that you can use these to calculate pH in aqueous solutions.
- will have knowledge regarding the structure of organic molecules, nomenclature and isomer types, their division into different classes of substances based on functional groups with their typical reactions, as well as knowledge required to assess solubility, boiling and / or melting point.
- know the most important techniques for qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis and you can specify which method are best suited for a given problem.
- can carry out simple laboratory experiments such as preparing solutions, weighing, accurate pipetting and pH adjustment, as well as assessing the results in the form of a laboratory journal, including insights into HSE aspects related to chemicals and laboratory routines.
Admission to the course
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
Special admission requirements
In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:
- Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2
And in addition one of these:
- Physics (1+2)
- Chemistry (1+2)
- Biology (1+2)
- Information technology (1+2)
- Geosciences (1+2)
- Technology and theories of research (1+2)
The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).
Formal prerequisite knowledge
The following courses must be passed before you can attend the first mandatory laboratory teaching in KJM1002:
Recommended previous knowledge
Minimum basic chemistry (e.g. Kjemi 1) from Upper Secondary School.
- 10 credits overlap with KONS1002.
- 7 credits overlap with KJM1001 – Introduction to chemistry (continued).
- 7 credits overlap with FARM1100 – Pharmaceutical Chemistry.
- 4 credits overlap with KJM1101 – Generell kjemi.
Teaching is given throughout the semester and consists of the following:
- 28 hours of lectures
- 52 hours of exercises including calculation exercises
- compulsory laboratory course comprising 4 practical exercises (16 hours in total) with report writing.
- two compulsory assignments during the semester.
Before you can attend the mandatory laboratory courses, you have to have passed the following courses:
You will need to provide documentation that you have passed HMS0503 and HMS0505 when you attend the first mandatory lab.
The laboratory course must be approved prior to the final exam. To get the approved laboratory course, all assignments must be completed and all reports must have been approved. A completed and approved laboratory course is valid for six semesters beyond the semester it was approved. After this period, you must complete the laboratory course again to be able to sit for the exam. The compulsory assignments are only valid for the semester they were approved.
The first lecture, the pre-labs and the laboratory exercises are mandatory. The first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to join, you must notify the student administration at the Department of Chemistry. If you fail to register as an active student for the course in either of these ways, you will lose access to the course for the given semester
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.
- Final written exam (4 hours), which counts 100% towrads the final grade.
The following need to be passed before you can sit for the final exam:
- laboratory course (all assignments completed and all reports approved)
- two mandatory assignments
It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: KJM1001 – Introduction to chemistry (continued)
Examination support material
Calculator, which must fulfill the requirements specified by The Department of Mathematics (only in Norwegian).
Language of examination
The examination text is given in Norwegian. You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
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.
Resit an examination
This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more: