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Exams after the reopening

As a general rule, exams will be conducted without physical attendance in the autumn of 2021, even after the reopening. See the semester page for information about the form of examination in your course. See also more information about examination at the MN Faculty in 2021.

Course content

How do we stop antibiotic-resistant bacteria, lethal cancers, and Alzheimer’s? For tomorrow’s medisines, we need organic chemistry.

The course gives an introduction to organic chemistry and includes nomenclature, structure, bonding, stereochemistry, reactivity, and characterization of organic compounds. Functional groups and how these affect the physical and chemical properties of the compounds will be systematically addressed. The reactivity of a range of classes of compounds will be discussed with structure and electronic properties as the starting point. In the laboratory course, the most essential experimental techniques and reactions of important classes of compounds will be addressed.

Learning outcome

After completion of the course:

  • you will have an overview of structure, bonding, stereochemistry, and reactivity of organic compounds.
  • you will understand how different functional groups affect the electronic properties of the molecules, and how these functional groups give rise to predictable reactivity patters for organic compounds.
  • you will understand how electron-pair displacement methods can be aqpplied to explain reaction mechanisms and the concept of resonance.
  • you will be able to explain and predict the fundamental mechanistic aspects of organic chemical reactions.
  • you will understand and be able to apply the rules for naming organic compounds.
  • you will know trends in acidity and basicity for carboxylic acids, amines, alcohols, and other functional groups.
  • you will be able to identify simple organic compounds based on their spectroscopic data.
  • you will be able to use your insight in organic chemical reactivity to propose and evaluate possible synthesis routes for the preparation of simple organic molecules.

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

Before you can attend the mandatory laboratory courses, you have to have passed the following courses:

Approved laboratory course in either KJM1002 – Introduction to Chemistry, or MENA1001 – Materials, Energy and Nanotechnology, or KJM1101 – Generell kjemi or similar courses.

The course is based on KJM1101 – Generell kjemi or similar courses. For students who have completed KJM1002 – Introduction to Chemistry, the course may be demanding.

Overlapping courses


The course duration is one semester with 5 hours each week, in addition to the mandatory laboratory course, The teaching consists of:

  • 3 hours of lectures each week
  • 2 hours of open group seminars with presentation of the week’s assignments each week
  • a mandatory laboratory course of 48 hours (8 laboratory exercises, 6 hours each). \

The laboratory course must be approved prior to the final examination.

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 final examination.

You must be able to show documentation that you have passed the HSE courses on the first lab exercise.

It is mandatory to attend the first lecture (including students on the waiting list). If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you must notify the Department of Chemistry before the start of the lecture, otherwise your course registration will be cancelled.

Attendance at the laboratory course is mandatory. If you are prevented from meeting, you have to show documentation that you were legally absent (medical note from a doctor or similar).

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.

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.


  • Final written exam (4 hours) which counts 100 % towards the final grade.

This course has mandatory exercises that must be approved before you can sit the final exam.

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: KJM1110 – Organic chemistry I (continued)

Examination support material

A simple molecular model set and calculator.

The calculator 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 submit your response 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.

Resit an examination

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

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Nov. 27, 2021 4:52:14 PM

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