KJM1002 – Introduction to chemistry

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Course content

The course provides an introduction to key topics in chemistry, and includes an adequate introduction to organic chemistry for further studies, as well as a practical laboratory training. The course is a part of the Bioscience study program. Students who already have ‘Chemistry 2’ (Kjemi 2) should consider taking KJM1101 General Chemistry.


Learning outcome

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.


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Recommended previous knowledge

Minimum basic chemistry (e.g. Kjemi 1).

Overlapping courses


There are 28 hours of lectures, 52 hours of exercises including calculation exercises and a compulsory laboratory course comprising 4 practical exercises (16 hours in total) with report writing. There will also be 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. You will not be permitted to take the course if notice of valid absence is not given to the reception at the Department of Chemistry prior to the start of the first lecture.

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.


Digital final examination (4 hours) at the end of the semester (counts 100 % of the final grade). The laboratory course must have been completed and approved for the student to partake in the final examination.

Digital 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.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or 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

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

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.

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