KJM9200 – Reaction Mechanisms in Organic Chemistry

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Course content

Relationships between organic chemical structures and their reactivity. Studies of reaction mechanisms in addition, elimination, substitution, and rearrangement reactions, including pericyclic and photochemical reactions.

Learning outcome

When you have completed this course:

you can predict and account for the most commonly encountered reaction mechanisms in organic chemistry.

you can communicate recent findings in the field.


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Recommended previous knowledge

KJM1110 – Organic chemistry I (continued) or equivalent courses.

Overlapping courses


The course comprises 30 hours of lectures and 10 hours of exercises. You also have to compile and give a seminar on a given topic. The seminar has to be approved before you can attend the exam

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.


Written examination (4 hours) or oral examiniation will be decided after the start of the semester, and counts 100 % of the final grade. You also have to compile and give a seminar on a given topic.  The seminar has to be approved before you can attend the exam.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. 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 exam at the beginning of the next semester.

New examinations are offered at the beginning of the next semester for students who do not successfully complete the exam during the previous semester.

We do not offer a re-scheduled exam for students who withdraw during the exam.


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 2015

Autumn 2013

Every fourth semester from autumn 2011.


Autumn 2015

Every fourth semester from autumn 2011.

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)