Course code KJM210

KJM210 Extended Organic Chemistry

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Course responsible: Yngve Henning Stenstrøm
Teachers: Trond Vidar Hansen, Hanne Marie Devle, Anne Gravdahl, Salima Fjeld, Simen Gjelseth Antonsen, Lene Ruud
ECTS credits: 20
Faculty: Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
100. This is the total of students registered for KJM210 and KJM211.
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in August block. This course has teaching in August block, This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2003-2004
Preferential right:
  • B-BIOTEK (biochemistry specialization)
  • M-KB
Course contents:

Knowledge in chemistry is vital for the understanding of the basic principles behind sustainability and climate as defined by UN Sustainable development goals 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15. 

Lectures are given by the teacher throughout the semester. Problem solving will be conducted by the teacher. Quiz can be found on Canvas for each laboratory exercise and has to be taken prior to the exercise day (compulsory). Laboratory work (compulsory). Assistance with the laboratory report and problem solving is provided by teaching assistants.

Learning outcome:

Some basic knowledge in organic chemistry will be an advantage. But the course is set ups starting from scratch.


The student should: 

  • Get a basic knowledge of organic chemistry and be able to put this into its proper context
  • Get an overview of the most common classes of compounds in organic chemistry and be able to name them (nomenclature).
  • Get knowledge of hybridisation and bond types within organic molecules 
  • Know the importance of the 3 dimensional structure of molecules 
  • Understand properties of organic compounds and their reaction patterns (general mechanisms)
  • Be able to write mechanisms for basic organic reactions
  • Be able to predict the physical properties of organic compounds with regard to solubility in water or organic solvents, volatility, boiling points etc. 
  • Know the most common spectroscopic methods for identification of molecules
    • This includes mass spectrometry (MS), UV, IR, 1H NMR and 13C NMR
    • Interpret spectra
  • Know basic properties and synthesis methods of synthetic polymers (plastics)
  • Know basic properties and constitution of biomolecules such as polysaccharides, proteins, RNA and DNA 
  • Set this in connection to biological and biochemical processes
  • Know the most basic types of laboratory equipment and be able to follow simple prescribed synthesis procedures


The student should:

  • Be able to use this basic knowledge on novel problems.
  • Give names on simple organic molecules
  • Be able to distinguish between reductions and oxidations of organic molecules.
  • Write a report for simple laboratory experiments including syntheses.
  • Interpret spectral data (MS, UV, IR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR)
  • Set this in connection to biological and biochemical processes. The student is able to perform the preparations, techniques and analyses employed in the course. The student masters the instruments and equipment used in the course.
  • The student is able to perform the preparations, techniques and analyses employed in the course.
  • The student masters the instruments and equipment used in the course.


The student should:

  • Apply their knowledge and skills to typical issues in chemistry and biochemistry including medical problems
  • Communicate and popularize basic organic chemical concepts and reactions both in writing and orally
  • Have a solid foundation for further studies in organic chemistry
  • Have basic knowledge in exploiting spectroscopy in organic chemistry. 
Learning activities:
Lectures. Colloquia with the teacher/teaching assistant present. The teacher will review exercises. Laboratory work which includes journals (compulsory) and a compulsory preparation hour for each separate laboratory exercise. Independent study.
Teaching support:

Help with calculation exercises and lab exercises will be offered by teaching assistants. Questions outside lecture hours will be answered in office hours which will be announced at the beginning of the semester.


Hart, Craine, Hart: Organic Chemistry - A short course, 13th edition (i.e. the latest edition). Yngve Stenstrøm: Laboratory booklet. Yngve Stenstrøm: Compendium.
KJM100, or equivalent fundamental knowledge in chemistry.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Laboratory course with an approved journal must be approved before exam. Participation in laboratory course and joint review. A quiz for each course day on Canvas has to be passed prior to each laboratory class. Please note that ALL laboratory excersises are compulsory (10 days).
  • Test 1: 1 hour, counts 10 % of the total grade.
  • Test 2: 1 hour, counts 15 % of the total grade.
  • Approved laboratory course: counts 15 % of the total grade.
  • Written exam with an external examiner: counts 60 % of the total grade.


Nominal workload:
  • Lectures: 60 hours (including 2 hours of multiple-choice tests held during the semester).
  • Laboratory exercises: 50 hours.
  • Laboratory videos with answering: 10 hours.
  • Journal writing and preparation for the exercises: 50 hours.
  • Problem solving (together with other students and with the teaching assistant present): 50 hours.
  • Individual study: 280 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
KJM110, 10 credits. Note: If you already have passed KJM110 and would like to learn more organic chemistry, please follow the course KJM211.
Type of course:

We will start the lectures in the the two last weeks of the August block period (4 hours per week). This teaching contains both lectures and problem solving.

In the parallell (fall term) there will be:

  • Lectures: 4 hours per week (total of ca. 60 hours).
  • Laboratory work: 4 hours per week for 5 weeks plus 6 hours of laboratory work per week for 5 weeks (a total of 50 hours of laboratory work).
  • Joint lab review: 1 hour for 10 weeks.
  • Joint review of problem solving: 1 hour per week for first part of the semester, thereafter 2 hours of joint review (discussion groups) of problem solving per week (total of 10 hours).
  • Calculation exercises: 2 hours per week.
  • The laboratory course will start after the first  basic chemistry lectures.

NB! All laboratory excercises (10 days altogehter) are compulsory!

  • The course starts in the August block. In this period the more basic part of the course i.e. the first 3 chapters, will be lectured. This is highly recommended for all students and will make the understanding of the remaining chapters much easier.
  • Note that the laboratory course is mandatory-you must complete all excersises and have approved all labjournals prior to the final exam.
  • Note! If KJM210 is not mandatory for you it is important that you register for both KJM110 and KJM210 as the admission for KJM210 is limited. The two courses are identical until the end of October.
An external examiner approves the examination questions and marks minimum 25 randomly selected exams papers.
Allowed examination aids: A2 No calculator, other aids as specified
C3 All types of calculators, all other aids – including digital aids
C3 All types of calculators, all other aids – including digital aids
Examination details: Combined Assessment: Letter grades