KJM311 Organic Spectroscopy

Credits (ECTS):10

Course responsible:Kenneth Aase Kristoffersen

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Engelsk, norsk

Limits of class size:100

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:

  • Lectures: 22 hours.
  • Discussion groups: 26 hours.
  • Individual study: 202 hours.

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

About this course

Gain comprehensive knowledge of organic spectroscopic methods, especially UV/visible, IR, NMR (especially 1H and 13C), 2D NMR (especially COSY, HMQC, HMBC etc.) and MS. Gain a good understanding of how and when the methods are used, and be able to use the methods in an independent way for determining the structure of unknown organic compounds. Special emphasis will be placed on natural products.

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.

Learning outcome


The student shall:

  • Know the basic terms within organic spectroscopy.
  • Know the most common techniques within organic spectroscopy.
  • Know where to find information of the different methods.
  • Know where to find information on interpretation of the different type of spectra.


The student shall:

  • Be able to interpret the common type of organic spectra.
  • Know the limitation of the different types of instruments and spectral data.
  • Know what is needed to document single molecules (minimum acceptable data).


The student shall:

  • Be able to identify and elucidate a structure based on spectral data.
  • Know what type of spectral data that is necessary to confirm and document a specific structure/compound.
  • Lectures are given during the first part of the semester. In the second part, exercises will be reviewed by the teacher in cooperation with the students.

    • Lectures.
    • Colloquia/group work.
    • Independent study.

    The course will start with lectures and a few selected examples of each spectroscopic technique. When all lectures are done, there will be problem solving sessions and colloquia where the students will work on their own with problems under supervision and then in plenum on the blackboard. Students should be active and ask questions.

  • The office hours will be announced at the beginning of the semester. Questions sent by e-mail will also be answered.


  • KJM211 or an equivalent course in organic chemistry that includes fundamental organic structural spectroscopy.
  • Written, digital final exam with an external examiner (3.5 hrs): 100 % of the total grade.

    School exam Grading: Letter grades Permitted aids: C1 All types of calculators, other aids as specified
  • An external examiner approves the examination questions and grades a minimum of 25 selected exam papers.
  • First part of the term: 20 lecture hours, divided into 4 hours per week.

    Second part of the term: 24 hours of problem-solving divided into 4 hours per week.

    Midterm test for detailed assessment in the end of April.

  • Special requirements in Science