KJM9200 – Reaction Mechanisms in Organic Chemistry

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

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.

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

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 Department of Chemistry has to be informed in advance. 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.

Examination support material

The examination text is given in Norwegian. You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 25, 2020 7:17:18 PM

Facts about this course


Every fourth semester from autumn 2011.

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

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)