KJ2022 - Spectroscopic Methods in Organic Chemistry


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours E

Course content

By a combination of lectures, exercises and individual semester assignment, the principles of IR-; 1H- and 13C-NMR (1D and 2D spectra); and mass spectrometry are discussed. The course is especially focused on analysing and interpreting spectral data of organic compounds. Compulsory semester assignment.

Learning outcome

After having completed the course, the student should be able to: 1) Explain principles of IR, MS and NMR spectroscopy. 2) Explain construction/design of spectrometers. 3) Operate IR spectrometer, execute runs, acquire and process spectra. 4) Analyze and interpret spectral data. 5) Use spectral data to elucidate an unknown structure, or solve a structure-related problem. 6) Complete a semester assignment, which consists of executing several experiments, acquire spectral data and elucidating structure of an unknown organic compound by combining various spectral data. 7) Create a semester assignment report, which consists of description of the spectroscopy methods used, analysis of data and description of structure elucidation procedure. The report is mandatory, individual, it has to be approved and it counts 10% of the exam. 8) Design the most suitable set of spectroscopic methods for a given structure-related problem.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures (4 hours per week), compulsory semester assignment: structure elucidation of an unknown compound by the spectroscopic methods and practical exercises (ca. 20 hours). An approved individual report is a pre-requisite for sitting on the exam and is valid for 4 semesters. Lectures and exercises are given in English.

Expected work load in the course is 200-225 hours.

Compulsory assignments

  • Assignment (from spring semester 2023)

Further on evaluation

For exam during a term without lectures in this course, written examination may be changed to oral examination.

Required previous knowledge

Basic organic chemistry corresponding to KJ1021 and KJ1024 or KJ1020 or TKJ4102 and TMT4122.

Course materials

R.M. Silverstein, F.X. Webster, D.J. Kiemle, D.L. Bryce, Spectrometric Identification of Organic Compounds, 8th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Danvers, MA, USA (2015)

ISBN: 978-0-470-61637-6

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MNKKJ222 7.5
MNKKJ222 7.5
MNKKJ221 6.0
TKJ4115 7.5 SPRING 2006
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Chemistry
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Chemistry


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E 2023-11-23 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL310 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 3
SL121 Sluppenvegen 14 1
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E 2024-06-07 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL311 orange sone Sluppenvegen 14 45
SL315 Sluppenvegen 14 3
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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