KJM3400 – Analytical Chemistry II - Separation Methods

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Course content

Separation- and analytical methods, including: Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC), Column Chromatography, Gas Chromatography (GC), High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Flame- and Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS) and Inductively Coupled Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES). The basis for the different separation principles and analytical techniques will be addressed. Sample treatment and decomposition methods.

Statistics: Significance Tests and Control Charts.

In the laboratory samples will be analyzed by the student.

Learning outcome

The student is expected to become familiar with the selected separation and analysis methods, their basis and potential use. The student is expected to gain independent laboratory skills in the experimental techniques, and knowledge of the principles behind and the construction of the instrumentation that is used.


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.


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).

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.

The following HSE courses must also be taken in the same semester or earlier than KJMKJM3400:

For students taking KJM3400 Autumn 2014 or later, you must first pass the two HSE courses MNHMS0015 and MNHMS0010LS before you may include KJM3400 as part of a degree.

Recommended previous knowledge

KJM1100 – General chemistry (continued), KJM1110 – Organic chemistry I (continued), KJM1120 – Inorganic Chemistry (continued) and KJM1130 – Physical Chemistry I - thermodynamics and kinetics, or similar courses.

Overlapping courses

Information about overlap with previous or other existing courses is not complete. Contact the Department of chemistry if necessary.


The course includes 24 hours of lectures, 8 hours of exercises and a mandatory laboratory course which consists of 7 exercises (ca. 40 laboratory work hours). An approved laboratory course is a prerequisite for taking the exam.

The first lecture and the laboratory exercises are mandatory. You therefore have to be registered at the first lecture and at the first laboratory day. If you are unable to join the mandatory lessons, you have to inform the Expedition Office in advance (phone 22 85 54 46, e-mail ekspedisjonen@kjemi.uio.no). If you fail to register in either of these ways, you will lose your access to the course.

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 examination (4 hours). An approved laboratory course is a prerequisite for taking the exam.

Examination support material


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

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.


The laboratory course is valid in 4 semesters after it was taken. After that time, a new laboratory course is required.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

If five or fewer students register for the course, the laboratory course will run as planned, but alternative forms of teaching will be considered for lectures and exercises.


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)