KJM3400 – Analytical Chemistry II - Separation Methods

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Teaching and exams spring 2022

In light of the most recent infection control regulations, we will at the start of the spring semester 2022 increase our online teaching, while we at the same time try to maintain in-person teaching where this is possible. We hope to go back to more in-person teaching later on in the semester. You will be informed about any changes in teaching or examinations on the semester page, in Canvas or through your regular channels.

Read more about postponed exams for the autumn semester 2021.

Course content

The course provides theoretical and practical training in analytical methods, including sampling and sample processing, for organic molecules in real samples. The methods mainly use chromatographic separations, especially gas chromatographic and liquid chromatographic. Training is provided in the most common detectors, including mass spectrometers. In addition, theoretical and practical training is provided in statistical processing of measurement data and experimental design.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, you can:

  • plan and very independently carry out your own work in the laboratory and work according to the HSE regulations, including simple test designs.
  • instrument structure and theory for sample preparation and instrumental analysis methods based on chromatography, also coupled with mass spectrometry.
  • practically carry out analyzes of real samples based on gas chromatography and liquid chromatography also coupled with mass spectrometry, and including sample preparation.
  • use the most common statistical methods in analytical chemistry, including significance tests, and be able to quality-assure data in your own completed analyzes.
  • use the knowledge of the selected analytical and sample treatment methods to propose new methods for new problems.

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.

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

You need to have a completed and approved laboratory course from KJM2400 – Analytical Chemistry I or similar course. For safety reasons, this requirement are absolute and can not be waived for students with 120 ECTS or more.

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

    KJM1101 – Generell kjemi, KJM1111 – Organic Chemistry I, KJM1121 – Inorganic Chemistry I and KJM1130 – Physical Chemistry I - Thermodynamics and Kinetics, and KJM1140 – Biochemistry 1 for Chemists or similar courses.

    Overlapping courses


     The course duration is one semester and the teaching consists of:

    • Lectures (about 30 hours).
    • A mandatory laboratory course which consists of 5 laboratory exercises (about 40 laboratory work hours in total, including prelab). In addition, you need time to prepare for the laboratory exercises and write a report afterward.
    • After the laboratory course is finished there will be colloquia with exam preparations (about 8 hours).

    The laboratory course is mandatory and 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 will need to provide documentation that you have passed HMS0503, HMS0505 and HMS0507 when you attend the first mandatory lab.

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

      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 a mandatory laboratory exercise which must be approved before you can sit the final exam.

      Examination support material


      The calculator must fulfill the requirements specified by The Department of Mathematics (only in Norwegian).

      Language of examination

      If the course is taught in English the exam paper will be offered in Norwegian and English. You may write your examination paper 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

      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.

      Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

      See more about examinations at UiO

      Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 20, 2022 10:19:12 PM

      Facts about this course

      Teaching language
      Norwegian (English on request)