Course code KJM312

KJM312 Natural Product Chemistry

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Course responsible: Trond Vidar Hansen
Teachers: Yngve Henning Stenstrøm
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2004V
Preferential right:
MSc students.
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 throughout the semester. Exercises will be discussed in plenary.

Students will gain advanced knowledge of the most important classes of substances within the natural products. Especially hydrocarbons, fatty acids, terpenes, phenols and alkaloids. 

Learning outcome:

Students will gain advanced knowledge of the most important classes of substances within the natural products. Especially hydrocarbons, fatty acids, terpenes, phenols and alkaloids. Students will get familiar with structures, characteristic properties of the product classes, the most important sources, biosynthetic principles. Basic principles of isolation and spectroscopic characterization will also be part of this class.


The student shall:

  • Know the basic natural product classes 
  • Know what characterizes these natural product classes
  • Know where to find information of the different natural product classes
  • Have basic knowledge on the biological and medicinal effects of these product classes
  • Know where these compounds normally can be found
  • Know the most important biosynthetic pathways for these natural product classes 


The student shall:

  • Be able to place an unknown compound in the correct product class
  • Be able to split composite natural products in respective natural product classes 
  • Be able to set up the most likely biosynthetic pathways for a natural product


The student shall:

  • Be able to identify and place a structure in its natural product class
  • Know how you can study biosynthetic pathways of natural products 
Learning activities:
Lectures. Colloquia.
Teaching support:

Office hours to be announced at the beginning of the semester.


Paul M. Dewick: Medicinal Natural products. A Biosynthetic Approach. 3rd ed. A list of curriculum will be provided.
Organic Chemistry KJM210, or equivalent.
Recommended prerequisites:
Basic Biochemistry.

3.5 hours written exam, counts 100 %.

If the number of candidates is 7 or less, the examination will be oral.

Nominal workload:
  • Lectures: 30 hours.
  • Discussion groups: 14 hours.
  • Individual study: 256 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Type of course:
Three hrs per week (lectures and assignment reviews). 
If the number of students is between 7 or 5, the examination will be oral.

An external examiner approves the examination questions and marks minimum 25 selected examination papers.

An external examiner will be used if oral examination.

Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / F