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Postgraduate course

Structural elucidation of organic molecules

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeKJEM235
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian. English if English spoken students are attending the course.
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ECTS Credits


Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

The course addresses analysis of organic compounds using spectroscopic methods as infrared (IR), ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, as well as mass spectrometry (MS). The course concentrates on interpretation of data, and the focus will be to understand and to utilize data from NMR and MS.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of

knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • has knowledge of the principles of the mentioned spectroscopic methods
  • has knowledge of the use of spectroscopic methods as tools in organic structural elucidation within science, industry and health sector.


The student

  • can interpret spectroscopic data from IR, UV, NMR and MS, individually and in combination, to elucidate the structure of simple organic compounds
  • can solve structural problems using literature data from organic analytical methods
  • can select relevant spectroscopic method best suited for a given problem

General competence

The student

  • can master group work
  • can solve a complex problem by combining pieces of information

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

KJEM130, KJEM131, KJEM140

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

K234: 10 stp, K234A: 10 stp, KJEM230: 5 stp, KJEM233: 5 stp, KJEM333: 5 stp

Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to a program of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural


The course accepts only a limited number of students. More information:


Teaching and learning methods

The teaching is given as lectures, lab and exercises

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

  • Compulsory attendance at the first lecture.
  • Submission of exercises and lab exercise with journal. The compulsory assignments are valid in five following semester. Compulsory assignments must be approved within the given deadlines to get the compulsory activity approved and to be able to attend the final exam in the course.
  • The student must complete an HSE 2-course at the Department of Chemistry (UiB) before the start of this course. More about HSE 2-courses at: http://www.uib.no/kj/utdanning/obligatorisk-hms-kurs

Compulsory assignments are valid for 5 subsequent semesters.

Forms of Assessment

Digital written examination (4 hours).

Examination Support Material

Basic non-programmable calculator, according to the faculty regulations

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be

arranged at the beginning of the semester

Reading List

The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the


Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.


Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    10.12.2021, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam