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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.

Course content

This course is a research based project assignment in chemistry. The project includes literature studies, compiling information and data and presenting research based findings in a project report. You will also be involved in practical laboratory work and/or theoretical calculations within a specific research project.

Learning outcome

When you have completed this course:

  • you have basic skills in searching for and familiarizing yourself with the contents of scientific literature.
  • you know the theoretical foundation for your research project.
  • you master the experimental and/or theoretical techniques relevant for your project.
  • you have experience in carrying out a research project according to scientific standards.
  • you can present your results in a scientific form

In a 20 credits project assignment, you will you will gain thorough experience with experimental and/or computational methods, and most likely with adapting and presenting your results, but litterature seach and report writing will also be a large part of the project.

Admission to the course

To be admitted to the course, you are required to have passed at least 30 credits of chemistry courses, and to have documented laboratory experience. For detailed information about the requirements, se under "Prerequisites". 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

Admission to the course requires that you, before the beginning of the semester, find a supervisor with capacity to offer you a project assignment. The supervisor will normally be one of the Scientific staff members at The Department of Chemistry. If you have an external assignment, you will need a contact person who is a member of the scientific staff. The research groups with capacity to offer project assignements may vary between semesters. Admittance to the course is not complete until you have an agreement with your supervisor.

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

To be admitted to the course, you are required have passed at least 30 credits of chemistry courses, and to have completed a laboratory course in KJM1101 – Generell kjemi, KJM1111 – Organic Chemistry I, MENA1001 – Materials, Energy and Nanotechnology, or equivalent courses. For project assignments where such a background is relevant, the courses BIOS1130 – Biokjemi I, MBV2020 – Laboratory course (discontinued) or similar courses, and MENA-courses taught at The Department of Chemistry, may count among the 30 credits. Students with a different background may apply to the student administration in agreement with their supervisor.

The following HSE-courses must be passed before you begin the laboratory work in KJM3020:

Overlapping courses


At the start of the semester, you will have a mandatory introduction to HSE-regulations at The Department of Chemistry. You will also have 6 hours of teaching in literature search and the use of references. In addition, you must have completed the following courses before you start the experimental work:

The remaining teaching will be individual supervision on your project. You will normally receive up to 60 hours of supervision.

You will write a project report that will be the basis for your examination in the course. Please read the guidelines for the project report.

You and your supervisor will make a project description that should be signed by both of you and submitted to the student administration for approval. Please read the guidelines for the project description.

The 20 credits project assignment can be taken over two consecutive semesters.

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.


You will write a project report that will be the basis for your examination in the course. Please read the guidelines for the project report.

Your supervisor´s evaluation of your efforts and level of Independence will influence your final grade. In addition there will normally be an oral exam where you present and will be examinated in the topic of your project. The oral examination will also influence your final grade.

If there are special circumstances that make an oral exam difficult, you can apply to to have an alternative exam form. In these cases, sensor will instead write an extensive evaluation of your assignment.

The student administration has to be notified of the exam result before July 1st for the course to be registered as taken in the spring semester, and before January 1st for the course to be registered as taken in the autumn semester.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

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

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.

If you fail, you may be given the opportunity to hand in a revised project reportwithin 6 weeks, if your supervisor and sensor agree that the scientific raw material is sufficient.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Sep. 26, 2020 11:29:26 PM

Facts about this course

Spring and autumn
Spring and autumn
Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)