Course code KJM410

KJM410 Organic Mass Spectrometry (MS)

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Course responsible: Dag Ekeberg
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
40 (KJM313 + KJM410).
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in the Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in the Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2003-2004
Preferential right:
PhD students
Course contents:
The course covers different types of mass spectrometers, and the interpretation of mass spectra. Various types of ionisitaion methods used for different types of analyses are also central.
Learning outcome:


  • The student will have advanced knowledge in theoretical use of mass spectrometry
  • The student will have advanced knowledge in practical use of mass spectrometry
  • The student will be able to use mass spectrometry for identifying organic and biological compounds. 


Candidates have skills with the various techniques for filtration of ions in a mass spectrometer. Interpretation of mass spectra is a central topic in the course. Students will have general competence with the theory behind the different fragmentations of various compounds formed by different ionization techniques. 

Generell competence

Students will communicate on how to prepare and present technical and scientific information, both with specialists and the public.

Learning activities:
Teaching support:

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


"Mass Spectrometry, principles and applications", by Edmond de Hoffmann and Vincent Stroobant. ISBN 978-0-470-03311-1
Organic chemistry, KJM210 or equivalent.Analytic chemistry, KJM240 or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites:
KJM310 Chromatography or equivalent. KJM311 Organic Spectroscopy or equivalent.
Mandatory activity:
Semester assignment.
Final oral examination, pass/fail.
Nominal workload:

Lectures: 26 hours

Preparation for lectures: 40 hours

Individual study: 234 hours

Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
For students who have completed KJM313: 8 credits' reduction.
Type of course:
2 hours of lecturing a week.
External examiner.
Examination details: Oral exam: Passed / Failed