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Course content

The subject is an advanced bachelor course in organic chemistry. The subject gives (together with (KJM1110) theoretical knowledge ogf the important class of organic compounds with respect to structure, reactivity and synthesis required for those who will continue with a master study in organic chemistry. The subject will give the students very good practical skills in organic laboratory work. Thos focus is mainly on organic synthesis, purification of organic compounds and structure elucidation. The subject is strongly recommended for those who will continue as master students in organic chemistry, but it is also well suited for anyone who wants some specialization in organic chemistry.

Learning outcome

After completion of the course you will:

  • Be able to explain structure, reactivity and synthesis of the important classes of organic compounds
  • Understand and be able to explain detailed reaction mechanisms for the important reactions in organic chemistry, including pericyclic reactions and be able to predict the chemo-, regio- and stereoselective outcome of such reactions.
  • Have the basic knowledge of the organic chemistry related to biomolecules.
  • Be able to plan and independently conduct modern organic chemistry laboratory work; mostly organic synthesis including working 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.
  • Be able to record NMR and IR spectra and employ NMR, IR, MS and UV spectra in the structure elucidation and purity determination of organic compounds. Be able to determine % ee for optically active compounds.
  • Be able to write a detailed laboratory journal for organic chemistry experiments and conduct the necessary safety evaluations (SJA) prior to the experiments.


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.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

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.


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.

Recommended previous knowledge

KJM1120 – Inorganic Chemistry (continued) and KJM1130 – Physical Chemistry I - thermodynamics and kinetics, or equivalent courses.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with KJM4200 – Organic Chemistry II (discontinued)


Laboratory course (120 hours), lectures (20 hours) and colloquiums (10 hours). An approved laboratory course is a prerequistite 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 person responsible for the course, Lise-Lotte Gundersen by phone 22 85 70 19 or by e-mail: as soon as possible. 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.


Written exam (4 hours). An approved laboratory course is a prerequistite for taking the exam.

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.

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

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Every autumn


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)