KJM9700 – Environmental Chemistry

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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

The course provides an integrated description of the chemical processes and equilibrium systems that determine mobility, transport, turnover, and effects of chemical contaminants in air, soil, and water. It also provides an introduction to natural chemical processes in the environment. The lectures are given by external and internal researchers with examples from our own current research.

Learning outcome

The course will provide students with basic knowledge necessary to understand and predict effect of chemical contaminants in the environment. You will learn about:

  • our main environmental challenges
  • chemical equilibriums in air, soil and water
  • how to make distribution and stability diagrams
  • sources, transport and fate of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the environment
  • health and environmental effects of POPs
  • air pollution at different scales
  • the greenhouse effect and global climate change

KJM9700 differs from KJM5700 in that you will learn to apply this knowledge in respect to the topic of your own Ph.D. thesis and to present this to the expert group in the Environmental Analysis.

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.

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The teaching includes 30 hours of lectures.

This course has one mandatory project assignment, which must be approved before you can sit the final exam. The subject of the assignment will be chosen in cooperation with the course coordinator and should preferably be related to your research project. 


  • Final oral exam which counts 100% towards the final grade.

This course has one mandatory project assignment, which must be approved before you can sit the final exam. 

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: KJM5700 – Environmental Chemistry II

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.

Resit an examination

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

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 25, 2020 3:16:46 PM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)