This course is replaced by KJM1002 – Introduction to Chemistry.

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Course content

KJM1001 is offered to students planning to take a non-chemistry bachelor’s degree programme, such as biochemistry, molecular biology, biology and geosciences, or to students on a one-year programme in mathematics and natural sciences. The course gives the necessary background for further studies in KJM1110 – Organic chemistry.

Learning outcome

After completing this course we expect your competence to include the following:

  • Know the basics of atomic composition and structure (orbitals) and explain the building-up principle leading to the periodic table. Use the periodic table to derive atomic properties, such as the ability to form ions/salts and/or molecules with different types of covalent bonds according to the octet rule.
  • Draw structural models for simple molecules and use them, together with tabulated values for electronegativity, to predict three-dimensional geometry and dipole moment as well as the presence of intramolecular and intermolecular forces.
  • For organic molecules know the structural framework, the nomenclature, the types of isomerism and how they can be divided into different compound classes based on common functional groups with characteristic reactions. Explain physical properties like solubility in water and melting/boiling point.
  • Be familiar with the most frequently used methods for qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis and decide which method is best suited for targeting a specific analytical problem.
  • Know the important types of biological macromolecules, including their composition, structure and function.
  • Determine if a chemical reaction proceeds in a spontaneous fashion or not from a set of known thermodynamic parameters and tell which factors will affect the speed of the reaction (kinetics).
  • Define the equilibrium constant for a chemical system and explain how the equilibrium is perturbed by various external changes. In particular be familiar with acid-base equilibria and use them to calculate pH in aqueous solutions.


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.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

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).

Recommended previous knowledge

The teaching is based on Chemistry 1 from Norwegian upper secondary school (“videregående skole”).

Overlapping courses

7 credits overlap with FRM1000 – Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Part I (discontinued)

The course overlaps 10 ECTS credits with KJ100, 10 ECTS credits with KJ050, 10 ECTS credits with KJM1000 – Introduction to chemistry (discontinued) and 5 ECTS credits with KJM1100 – General chemistry (continued).


The course is web supported and comprises 30 hours of lectures, 45 hours of group teaching and 6 hours of mathematical exercises.

It is mandatory to attend the first lecture. If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you must notify the Department of Chemistry’s Reception, ph. 22 85 54 46, or, before the start of the lecture, otherwise you will risk losing your place on the course.


This course has digital examination. Written mid-term exam will count 20% and a final 4 hours written exam in December will count 80% of final grade.  If you have documented and excused absence from the midterm exam, the final exam counts 100 % of the final grade. There will also be 2 written not-obligatory assignments during the semester.

Examination support material

The students may bring a calculator to the exam. It's also allowed to bring two A4 pages of notes to the final exam.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

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

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Evaluation report 2012 (in Norwegian)

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