KJM310 Chromatography

Credits (ECTS):10

Course responsible:Dag Ekeberg

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Engelsk, norsk

Limits of class size:50

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:

  • Lectures: 26 hours
  • Laboratory exercises: 60 hours
  • Preparation for lectures: 20 hours
  • Preparation for lab exercises: 30 hours
  • Journal writing: 40 hours
  • Individual study: 74 hours

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

About this course

In the presentation of the course, emphasis is placed on pathos together with ethos and logos to provide a verbal presentation that creates understanding among students and others who participate in the teaching. Separation of organic compounds using gass chromatograph, liquid chromatograph and various columns. About alternative detectors and interpretation and presentation of results. Basic chromatography theory, practices and the theory behind various separation principles. Understanding of qualitative and quantitative analysis in different matrices. In the laboratory, samples delivered will be analyzed.

The UN's Sustainable Development Goals are the world's common work plan to eradicate poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change by 2030. Sustainable development is about addressing the needs of today's people, without destroying future generations' opportunities to meet their needs. Sustainability goals reflect the three dimensions of sustainable development: climate and the environment, economy and social conditions. This course is not a course in these sustainability goals, but it is structured so that we meet some of these goals such as goals 4, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13.

Learning outcome


The student will obtain advanced knowledge to use various methods for separation and conduct separation of organic compounds using GC, LC, various columns, evaluate alternative detectors and interpret the results.


The students will obtain skills and insight into chromatographic theory, and be able to carry out independently practical tasks of various separation principles.

General competence

Through independent laboratory work and theoretical study the students will achieve general competence in comparing different methods, and gain a understanding of qualitative and quantitative analysis in different matrixes. The students shall be able communicate on how to prepare and present technical and scientific information, both with specialists and the public.

  • Lectures and laboratory exercises with subsequent reports. We use a reflection video for mid-semester evaluation and two laboratory reports as well as exams. The last laboratory assignment must be a written report.
  • Office hours will be announced at the beginning of the semester. Questions sent via email or Canvas will also be answered. A dedicated FaceBook page has been created for those who take the course where everyone can participate in professional discussions.
    • It is assumed that the student knows the current rules within plagiarism and cheating, as well as how to refer when writing a text.
    • Genrell chemistry KJM100, or equivalent.
    • Organic chemistry KJM110, or equivalent.
    • Analytical chemistry KJM240, or equivalent.
  • Reflection video uploaded to Wiseflow, digital final exam with an external examiner (7 hrs): 100 % of the total grade, A-F.

    Aids: C3: all types of calculators, all other aids - including digital.

  • An external examiner approves the examination questions and grades all exams..
  • To be eligible for the course, all students must pass a theory test in which all questions must be answered correctly.

    Laboratory course with an journals and reflection videos must be approved before exam.

  • Chromatography is relevant for students in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Food Science or equivalent.

    To be eligible for the course, all students must pass a theory test in which all questions must be answered correctly.

    • Lectures: 2 hours/week.
    • Laboratory work: approximately 60 hours throughout the fall term.
  • M-KJEMI, M-KB.
  • Letter grades
  • Special requirements in Science