Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Course content

KJM1100 provides a thorough introduction into the essential chemical concepts and provides the fundament for further studies in chemistry and chemistry-demanding sciences. It is based on the highest Norwegian high school level in chemistry, kjemi 2.

Learning outcome

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

  • be able to explain structure and binding in atomic nuclei, atoms, molecules, gases, liquids and solids
  • master stoichiometry and perform calculations of concentrations and partial pressures of systems at chemical equilibrium
  • be well aquainted with the concepts of energy, entropy and free energy and understand the relationship between thermodynamics, electrochemistry and chemical equilibrium
  • know the basic principles of reaction kinetics and the relationship to chemical equilibrium, and predict the direction towards equilibrium
  • know how to plan and perform simple laboratory experiments and analyze and describe the results in the form of a laboratory report


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).

The following courses must be passed before the first day of the mandatory laboratory course in KJM1100:


For students who take KJM1100 in the fall 2015 or later, KJM1100 can not be part of a degree until the following courses have been passed:


For students who took KJM1100 between the fall of 2012 and spring 2015, KJM1100 can not be part of a degree until the following courses have been passed:


For further information se website for transitional arrangements between old and new HSE courses.

Recommended previous knowledge

It is possible to take KJM1100 with Chemistry 1 as background knowledge from Norwegian upper secondary school, but it is an advantage to have completed Chemistry 2.

Overlapping courses

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

The course overlaps 10 ECTS with KJ100, 10 ECTS with KJ050, 5 ECTS with KJM1000 – Introduction to chemistry (discontinued), and 5 ECTS with KJM1001 – Introduction to chemistry (continued).


The course is web supported and comprises 40 hours of lectures, 45 hours of student led group seminars, and a mandatory laboratory course that includes 4 practical assignments (12 hours in all) and a written assignment that has to be completed and approved at the beginning of the semester. Please read the guidelines for work that is to be handed in at The Department of Chemistry (so far only in Norwegian).

The laboratory course and the written assignment must be completed/passed before a student may sit for the final exam. Also, you have to be prepared to present, for the other students in the group, 66 % of all exercises given during the semester (the actual number of presentations each student will give, will be much lower).

The first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to attend, the Expedition Office has to be informed no later than the same day (phone 22 85 54 46, or e-mail, or else you will lose your place in the course.

Before you can attend the mandatory laboratory courses, you have to have passed the following caourses:

You will need to provide documentation that you have passed HMS0503 and HMS0505 when you attend the first mandatory lab.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


One final digital exam in December counts for 100 % of the final grade. The laboratory course and the written assignment must be approved before a student may sit for the final exam, and you must also have registered that you are ready to present 66 % of the exercises given during the semester.


Examination support material

Calculator which must fulfill the requirements specified by The Department of Mathematics (only in Norwegian).

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:

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.


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

Course evaluation 2012 (in Norwegian)


Abscence from compulsory laboratory teaching must be documented according to the rules which apply to exams, e.g. by valid attestation from medical doctor in the case of illness.

A completed laboratory course is valid four semesters after it was passed the first time. After this period you must retake the whole laboratory course in order to sit for a final exam. If you have completed the laboratory course but never sat for the final exam, it is your responsibility to have the laboratory course registered, and in such a case you must contact the student administration in room VU20-22 in the Department of Chemistry.

Facts about this course

Every autumn
Every autumn
Teaching language