KJM211 Organic Chemistry II

Credits (ECTS):10

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Norsk

Limits of class size:100 (total number of students registered for KJM110 and KJM211).

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:

  • Lectures: 20 hours.
  • Laboratory exercises: 30 hours.
  • Laboratory videos with answering: 5 hours.
  • Problem solving with a teacher present: 10 hours.
  • Preparation for labs/journal writing: 30 hours.
  • Individual study: 155 hours.

Teaching and exam period:This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has 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.

  • The teacher gives lectures throughout the teaching period.
  • Problem solving together with a teacher.
  • Quiz questions can be found on Canvas for each laboratory exercise and has to be taken prior to the exercise day (compulsory).
  • Laboratory work (compulsory).
  • Help with the laboratory report and the calculation exercises is offered by the teaching assistants.

Please note that the course will start in October.

Learning outcome


The student shall:

  • Know the importance of the three dimensional structure of molecules
  • 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
  • Put 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 shall:

  • Be able to use this basic knowledge on novel problems.
  • 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 shall:

  • 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.
    • Lectures.
    • Colloquia with a teacher/teaching assistant present.
    • The teacher will go through assignments.
    • Laboratory work, which includes preparation for the exercises (compulsory).
    • Independent study.
  • Help with problem-solving and lab exercises will be offered by teaching assistants. Questions outside class will be answered in office hours which will be announced at the beginning of the semester.


  • KJM110 or equivalent.
  • Written exam (3.5 hrs), with an external examiner counts 100%.

    Grade: A-E

  • An external examiner approves the examination questions and marks 25 selected exam papers.
    • Laboratory course with an approved journal. Must be approved before exam.
    • Laboratory course and joint review.
    • The laboratory quiz in Canvas (one per lab class), has to be passed prior to each lab class.
    • Please note that ALL laboratory excersises are compulsory (5 days).
  • KJM211 is offered for students with basic organic chemistry knowledge equivalent to KJM110 who want to learn more organic chemistry.

    The course is open for a limited number of students only. Students for whom KJM211 is mandatory are guaranteed place. Other students may be accepted based on their grades from KJM110 or equivalent courses.

    Please note that the course will start in October.

  • Note! This course starts in October. Before that, it is recommended to follow lectures and problem solvings in the course KJM110.

    KJM211 consists of:

    • Lectures: 4 hours per week (total of ca. 20 hours).
    • Laboratory work: 6 hours per week for 5 weeks (total of 30 hours).
    • Joint lab review: 1 hour a week for 5 weeks.
    • Joint review of problem solving: 2 hour per week (total of 10 hours) during the last half of the course.
    • Calculation exercise help: 2 hours per week.

    The lecture load will be heavier towards the second half of the semester, in order to accommodate KJM110 more easily.

    All laboratory excercises (5 days altogether) are mandatory.

  • B-KJEMI, M-KB.
  • Full overlap with the former course KJM210.
  • Letter grades
  • Special requirements in Science