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KH1408 Spectroscopic Methods in Organic Chemistry 7.5 credits

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Review of various spectroscopic methods used in organic chemistry to identify and characterize organic compounds (UV, IR, MS, NMR). The physical principles behind the methods as well as the pros and cons of the different methods are discussed in seminar form (RED1). Exercises with spectral interpretation form a large part of the course.

Each student receives an unknown sample to identify by recording and interpreting a series of different spectra. The results are documented in a written report.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student will:

- Be familiar with different spectroscopic methods to identify organic compounds (UV, IR, MS, NMR)

- Know the principles behind each of the methods.

- Have experience of using various spectroscopic devices to record spectra.

- Know the advantages and disadvantages of the various spectroscopic methods.

- Be able to interpret spectra from UV, IR, MS, 1H and 13C NMR, as well as 2D NMR.

- Be able to determine chemical structure based on a combination of spectra.

- Be able to present chemical structure in written form

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Basic competences and special qualifications equivalent to: Physics 2, Chemistry 1 and Mathematics 3c. In each of the subjects, the grade E is required.

Basic knowledge of organic chemistry corresponding to the course KH1121.

Recommended prerequisites

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Williams, D.H, Fleing, I., Spectroscopic Methods in Organic Chemistry, 6th ed., McGraw-Hill Education, 2007

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • INL1 - Assignment, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory work, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 3.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

INL1: Assignment, 3.0 credits

LAB1: Laboratory, 1.0 credits

SEM1: Seminars 3.5 credits: Mandatory attendance at seminars

The final grade will be the same as the grade on INL1, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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CBH/Engineering Pedagogics

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

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