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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

This course gives you an introduction to mechanisms that rules the properties of functional materials. A selection of these properties will be described and connections to atomic arrangements, electronic structure, and chemical bonding situations will be shown. Specifically, electric conductivity as well as optical and magnetic properties will be handled. This course is building on MENA2000 – Fundamental structure of solid materials, and its concepts are extensions to previous knowledge

Learning outcome

After taking this course, you will know more about:

  • How to correlate between functional properties and crystal structure, chemical bonds, and electronic structures
  • how to describe non-stoichiometry, solid solutions, and in what way these will affect crystal structure and material properties
  • how to describe magnetic ordering phenomena and magnetic ground states
  • how to explain concepts and principles of electric polarization in materials, such and ferro-electrics and dielectrics. Further, the coupling between magnetism and electric polarization will be explained in the example multiferroics.
  • how to explain electronic- and hole-conductivity in metallic and non-metallic materials, including discussions on crystal imperfections and excitations
  • how to explain optical properties from interaction between photons and matter, including local descriptions such as crystal field and their distortions

Admission to the course

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.

Special admission requirements

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

Overlapping courses


The course compromises 6 hours of teaching per week.

  • 60 hours of lectures
  • 30 hours of colloquia
  • 2 compulsory written assignments. Both must be approved before you can sit the final exam.

Mandatory assignments are valid for 6 semesters after they have been approved. Attendance at the first lecture is mandatory, including students on waiting list. If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you must notify the Department of Chemistry before the start of the lecture, otherwise, your course registration will be canceled.


  • Written midterm exam, 1 hour, counts 20% towards the final grade.
  • Final written exam, 4 hours, which counts 80% towards the final grade. 

2 mandatory assignments must be approved before you can sit the final exam.

Examination support material

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

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.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 27, 2020 5:16:32 PM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)