Structural elucidation of organic molecules

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course addresses analysis of organic compounds using spectroscopic methods as infrared (IR), ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, as well as mass spectrometry (MS). The course concentrates on interpretation of data, and the focus will be to understand and to utilize data from NMR and MS.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of

knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • has knowledge of the principles of the mentioned spectroscopic methods
  • has knowledge of the use of spectroscopic methods as tools in organic structural elucidation within science, industry and health sector.


The student

  • can interpret spectroscopic data from IR, UV, NMR and MS, individually and in combination, to elucidate the structure of simple organic compounds
  • can solve structural problems using literature data from organic analytical methods
  • can select relevant spectroscopic method best suited for a given problem

General competence

The student

  • can master group work
  • can solve a complex problem by combining pieces of information

ECTS Credits


Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
KJEM130, KJEM131, KJEM140
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
K234: 10 stp, K234A: 10 stp, KJEM230: 5 stp, KJEM233: 5 stp, KJEM333: 5 stp
Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to a program of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural

Teaching and learning methods
The teaching is given as lectures, lab and exercises
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
  • Compulsory attendance at the first lecture.
  • Submission of 4 exercises where the last exercise is group work. All exercises are valid for 5 subsequent semesters. All exercises must be submitted within deadline and must be approved to get access to examination.
  • Forms of Assessment
    Digital written examination (4 hours).
    Grading Scale
    The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
    Assessment Semester

    Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be

    arranged at the beginning of the semester

    Reading List
    The reading list will be available within July 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester
    Course Evaluation

    The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the


    Examination Support Material
    Basic non-programmable calculator, according to the faculty regulations
    Programme Committee
    The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.