KJM3200 – Organic Chemistry II
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.
This course is an advanced bachelor course in organic chemistry. The course gives (together with KJM1110 – Organic chemistry I (continued)) theoretical knowledge of the most important classes of organic compounds with respect to structure, reactivity, and synthesis, which is required for those who will continue with a master study in organic chemistry. The course will also give the students very good practical skills in organic laboratory work. The focus is mainly on organic synthesis, purification of organic compounds and structure elucidation. The course is highly recommended for anyone planning studies in organic chemistry at the master level but is also suitable for anyone who wants a specialization in organic chemistry.
After completing the course, you:
- can explain structure, reactivity, and synthesis of the important classes of organic compounds
- understand and are able to explain detailed reaction mechanisms for the important reactions in organic chemistry, including pericyclic reactions, and can predict the chemo-, regio- and stereoselective outcome of such reactions
- have the basic knowledge of the organic chemistry related to biomolecules
- can plan and independently carry out modern practical organic laboratory work, with an emphasis on organic synthesis. This includes being able to work under inert atmosphere and at low temperatures
- be able to use flash chromatography for purification of compounds and employ chromatographic techniques (GC, TLC) to follow reactions and to determine the purity of isolated compounds
- can record NMR and IR spectra and employ NMR, IR, MS and UV spectra in the structure elucidation and purity determination of organic compounds. Are able to determine % ee for optically active compounds
- can write a detailed laboratory journal for organic chemistry experiments and conduct the necessary safety evaluations (SJA) prior to the experiments
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. Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.
Late registration is manual: If you did not apply for the course in time for main registration, you have to contact the student administration at The Department of Chemistry for late registration. As the first lecture is an important safety lecture, it is not possible to register for the course after the first lecture.
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
KJM1110 – Organic chemistry I (continued) and KJM3000 – Applied Spectroscopy, or equivalent courses. KJM3000 – Applied Spectroscopy may alternatively be taken simultaneously with KJM3200. For safety reasons, these requirements are absolute and can not be waived for students with 120 ECTS or more.
The following courses must have been taken before attending the mandaroty laboratory teaching in KJM3200:
- HMS0503 – Laboratory Safety or MNHMS0010LS – Innføring i laboratoriesikkerhet (discontinued) or MNHMS0020LS – In-depth Laboratory Safety (discontinued)
- HMS0505 – Electricity Safety or MNHMS0015ES – Introduction to Electricity Safety (discontinued)
- HMS0507 – Fire Safety or MNHMS0015 – Introduction to Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) (discontinued)
Recommended previous knowledge
KJM1120 – Inorganic Chemistry (continued) and KJM1130 – Physical Chemistry I - Thermodynamics and Kinetics, or equivalent courses.
- 10 credits overlap with KJM4200 – Organic Chemistry II (discontinued).
- 9 credits overlap with KJ222.
- 9 credits overlap with KJ222.
The teaching includes:
- laboratory course (120 hours)
- lectures (20 hours)
- colloquia (10 hours)
An approved laboratory course is a prerequisite for taking the exam.
It is compulsory to attend the first day of lectures and the first day of the laboratory exercises. If special circumstances prevent you from attending, you must inform the student administration at the Department of Chemistry. You will not be allowed to attend the course if you fail to meet without a valid reason for which you can show documentation. If you are absent from laboratory exercises due to illness, this has to be documented by a doctor´s declaration.
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% towards the final grade.
The laboratory course 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: KJM4200 – Organic Chemistry II (discontinued)
Examination support material
Molecular building set and simple calculator.
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.
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.