KJM5450 – Analytical chemistry. Element determination II

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Course content

The course deals with trace element determination and speciation analysis with focus on the use of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The following topics are included: principle, instruments, interferences and application of ICP-MS, sample treatment, validation of analytical methods, quality assurance and accreditation of analytical laboratories.

Learning outcome

After completion of this course:

  • you have a thorough understanding of the principle, instruments and interferences of ICP-MS
  • you are familiar with the possibilities for eliminating interferences, and you know how to optimize an ICP-MS method
  • you know the possibilities and limitations for speciation- and fractionation analysis
  • you can propose a sample treatment procedure and a sample introduction system for a given analytical problem
  • you can explain why validation of analytical methods is important and how it can be performed
  • you know what accreditation of an analytical laboratory requires


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.

Students at UiO must apply for courses in StudentWeb.

If you have been admitted to a ph.d.-programme at another faculty or learning institution, and the course enters into the approved training part of the ph.d.-programme there, you must within a given deadline apply for status as Visiting ph.d.-student.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

KJM2400 – Analytical chemistry I or equivalent courses.

Recommended previous knowledge

KJM3400 – Analytical Chemistry II or equivalent courses.

Overlapping courses


The course consists of 30 hours of lectures.

The first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to join, the Expedition Office has to be informed in advance (phone 22 85 54 46, or e-mail ekspedisjonen@kjemi.uio.no). If you fail to register as an active student for the course in either of these ways, you will loose the access to the course for the given semester.

Within August 10th / January 10th, international students must inform the Examination Officer at the Department of Chemistry (room VU12, phone 22855447) if English teaching is requested.

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.


Oral examination.

This course offers new examination in the beginning of the subsequent semester for candidates who fail or withdraw during an ordinary examination for students who will take their exam spring 2013.

From fall 2013, the following rules apply:

This course offers new examination in the beginning of the subsequent term for candidates who fail an ordinary examination. Deferred examinations for students who due to illness or other valid reason of absence were unable to sit for their final exams will be arranged at the same time. (These valid reasons has to be documented within given deadlines.). We do not offer new examination for students who withdraw from the exam.

For general information about new and deferred examination, see the faculty's pages about retaking exams.

More information about examination at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences can be found here.

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.

Explanations and appeals

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 course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2017

Spring 2016

Teaching may be cancelled if less than 5 students apply. It will still be possible for students to complete compulsory activities and exam if they wish.


Autumn 2017

Spring 2016

Teaching language

English if requested, otherwise Norwegian.