KJM110 Organic Chemistry

Credits (ECTS):10

Course responsible:Marius Aursnes

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Norsk

Limits of class size:1000. For each laboratory group there is only room for a maximum of 24 students. A sufficient number of groups will be etablished.

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:

  • Lectures: 40 hours (including 2 hours of multiple-choice tests held during the semester).
  • Laboratory exercises: 20 hours.
  • Laboratory videos with answering: 5 hours.
  • Journal writing and preparation for the exercises: 20 hours.
  • Problem solving exercises (jointly with other students and with the teaching assistant present): 20 hours.
  • Individual study: 145 hours.

Teaching and exam period:This course starts in August block. This course has teaching in August block, teaching / evaluation in Autumn parallel.

About this course

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 starts in august and will continue throughout the fall parallell. The teacher will go through calculation exercises. Quiz questions can be found on Canvas for each laboratory exercise and has to be taken prior to the exercise day (compulsory). Work in the lab is mandatory. Teaching assistants offer help in connection with the writing of laboratory reports and the solving of calculation exercises.

Please note the final exam will be in late November.

Learning outcome

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

KNOWLEDGE: The student should:

  • Get basic knowledge of organic chemistry and be able to put this in to a general context
  • Get an overview of the most common compound classes in organic chemistry and their nomenclature.
  • Get knowledge of hybridisation and bonding types in 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 predict the physical properties of organic compounds with regard to solubility in water or organic solvents, volatility, boiling points etc.
  • Know basic properties and constitution of biomolecules such as polysaccharides, proteins, RNA and DNA
  • Set this in connection to biological and biochemical processes

SKILLS: The student should:

  • Be able to use this knowledge on novel problems.
  • Be able so name simple organic molecules.
  • Distinguish between reductions and oxidations of organic molecules.
  • Be able to write a report on simple laboratory experiments.
  • Use the basic knowledge in understanding biochemical and biological 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.

GENERAL COMPETENCE: 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
    • Lectures.
    • Colloquia with a teacher/teaching assistant present.
    • The teacher will go through the exercises.
    • Laboratory work, in which the teacher goes through the exercises (this is compulsory).
    • Independent study.
  • Help with problem-solving and lab exercises will be offered by teaching assistants. This will start some weeks into the parallell. Questions outside class will be answered in office hours, which will be announced at the beginning of the semester.


  • KJM100 or equivalent basic knowledge in chemistry.
    • Approved laboratory course.
    • Final exam in October (3.5 hours), counts 100% of the total grade.


  • An external examiner will monitor that the level of the examination papers is satisfactory.
  • Laboratory course and joint review. The laboratory quiz in Canvas (one for each lab class), has to be passed prior to each lab class.

    Please note that ALL laboratory exercises are compulsory.

  • The course starts in the August block. In the block 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 ease the understanding of the remaining chapters.

    Please note that the laboratory course is mandatory; you must complete all excersises and have an approved labjournal prior to the final exam to get a grade.

  • August block: We will start the lectures in the block period (4 hours per week). This teaching contains both lectures and problem solving.

    The autumn parallel:

    • Lectures: 4 hours per week (a total of ca. 40 hours)
    • Laboratory work: 4 hours per week for 5 weeks (a total of 20 hours)
    • Joint review: 1 hour a week for 5 weeks
    • Joint review of problem solving: 1 hour per week for 9 weeks
    • Problem solving help: 2 hours per week

    The lecture load will be heavier during the first half of the semester in order to accommodate the lectures for KJM210. The laboratory work will start when we have lectured the most basic part of the chemistry.

  • A full exam in the former course KJM210 gives 0 credits for KJM110.
  • Special requirements in Science