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Course content

General principles of spectroscopy are treated. Different spectroscopic methods which are used for structure determination of organic compounds are described. These methods include ultraviolet (UV) and visible spectroscopy, infra-red (IR) spectroscopy, 1H and 13C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and mass spectrometry (MS). Training in spectral interpretation using the different methods is given in the colloquia. Combination of the information obtained using the different methods is given a high priority.

Learning outcome

To enable the student to apply spectroscopic methods in order to determine the constitution of organic compounds.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

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).

KJM1001 – Introduction to chemistry (continued), KJM1100 – General chemistry (continued), MENA1000 – Materials, energy and nanotechnology (continued) or KJM1110 – Organic chemistry I (continued), or equivalent courses.

Recommended previous knowledge

KJM1110 – Organic chemistry I (continued), KJM1120 – Inorganic Chemistry (continued), KJM1130 – Physical Chemistry I - thermodynamics and kinetics, KJM2400 – Analytical chemistry I, and KJM2600 – Physical chemistry II - quantum chemistry and spectroscopy (continued)

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25 lectures and 40 classes. 80% of the exercises have to be completed for the course to be approved. Approved exercises are only valid the semester they are written.

The first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to join, the Expedition Office has to be informed in advance (phone 22 85 54 46, or e-mail If you fail to register as an active student for the course in either of these ways, you will loose the access to the course for the given semester.


Written (4 hours) counts 100 % of the final grade. 80% of the exercises have to be approved for the student to take the exam. Approved exercises are only valid the semester they were written.

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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 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

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

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Facts about this course






Every autumn


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)