KJM410 Organic Mass Spectrometry (MS)

Credits (ECTS):10

Course responsible:Dag Ekeberg

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Norsk

Limits of class size:There must be a minimum of six students registered for the course.

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:

Lectures: 26 hours

Preparation for lectures: 40 hours

Individual study: 184 hours

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

About this course

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.

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 can meet some of these goals such as goals 4, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13.

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 will acquire skills in various techniques for filtering ions in different mass filters. The most important mass filters under review are quadrupole, triple quadrupole, cylindrical and ion traps, Orbitrap, time-of-flight and sector instruments. Spectrum interpretation is very late in the subject.

Generell competence

After completing the course, the students should have general competence in the theory behind the different fragmentations of different compounds by different ionization methods. You should be able to interpret EI mass spectra. Students should be able to communicate about how to prepare and present technical and scientific information, both with specialists and to the general public.

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

    Questions sent via email or Canvas will also be answered.

  • Final oral examination, pass/fail. Counts 100%.

    Oral exam Grading: Passed / Not Passed
  • An external examiner
  • Semester assignment.
  • 2 hours of lecturing a week.
  • PhD students
  • For students who have completed KJM313: 8 credits' reduction.
  • Special requirements in Science