KJM9450 – 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 completing this course:

  • you have a thorough understanding of the principle, - 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
  • you can compile and give a seminar on a given topic


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.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with KJM5450 – Analytical chemistry. Element determination II

The course has 9 credits overlap with KJ 445.


The course consists of 30 hours of lectures. You also have to familiarize yourself with and give a seminar on a given topic. the seminar must 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.

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 counts 100 % of the final grade. You also have to give a seminar on a given topic. The seminar must be approved before you can attend the exam.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

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.

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.

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.