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Course content

The course gives an introduction to organic chemistry, including nomenclature, structure, bonding, stereochemistry, reactivity and characterization of organic compounds. Functional groups and how they affect the physical and chemical properties of the organic compounds are systematically treated. Reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, aromatic compounds, alcohols, phenols, aldehydes, carboxylic acids, and amines are discussed on the basis of their structural and electronic properties. In the laboratory course, some crucial organic chemistry unit operations are treated, and the reactions of some important classes of compounds are investigated.

Learning outcome

When you have completed this course:

  • you have an overview of structure, bonding, stereochemistry, and reactivity of organic compounds
  • you understand how different functional groups affect the electronic properties of the molecules, and how these groups are the source of predictable reactivity patterns of organic compounds
  • you understand how to rationalize mechanisms and the concept of resonance using electron pushing methods
  • you can explain and predict fundamental aspects of reaction mechanisms in organic chemistry
  • you understand and are able to apply the rules for naming organic compounds
  • you are familiar with trends in acid or base strengths for carboxylic acids, amines, alcohols, and other functional groups
  • you can identify simple organic compounds on the basis of their NMR spectroscopic data
  • you can use your insight into organic chemical reactivity to propose and evaluate possible synthesis routes for the preparation of simple organic molecules


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 taken in the same semester or earlier than KJM1110:
MNHMS0015 – Introduction to Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) (discontinued)
MNHMS0010LS – Innføring i laboratoriesikkerhet (discontinued)

For students taking KJM1110 Autumn 2012 or later, you must first pass the two HSE courses MNHMS0015 and MNHMS0010LS before you may include KJM1110 as part of a degree.

Recommended previous knowledge

KJM1001 – Introduction to chemistry (continued), KJM1100 – General chemistry (continued) or similar courses.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with FRM1010 – Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Part II (discontinued)

The course has some ECTS credit overlap with the courses KJM1010, KJM1011, KJM1020 and KJM1021.


The course is web supported and comprises 39 hours of lectures, 30 hours of open group seminars and a mandatory laboratory course of 38 hours (6 exercises). The laboratory reports must comply with the guidelines for work that is to be handed in at The Department of Chemistry (so far only in Norwegian). Note that there's no registration for open Group seminars. The laboratory course must be completed/passed before a student may sit for the final exam.

The first lecture is mandatory, as well as the laboratory exercises. If you are unable to attend, the Expedition Office has to be informed in advance (phone 22 85 54 46, or e-mail, or else you will lose your place in the course.

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.


Written final written digital exam (4 hours, 80 % of final grade) and mid-term written digital exam (1 hour, 20 % of the final grade). If you have documented and excused absence from the midterm exam, the final exam counts 100 % of the final grade.


Information about examination rules

Examination support material

Molecular model kit and pocket calculator.

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:


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


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 spring

In the autumn semester teaching is only for Bjørknes students.


Every spring

In the autumn semester only for Bjørknes students.

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