FARM1110 – Pharmacology, Physiology and Cell Biology 1

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Course content

The course provides an introduction to the structure and function of cells, tissues and some of the body's organ systems (skin, peripheral nervous system, skeletal, muscles and endocrine systems). Cell biology, anatomy and physiology constitute the basis for understanding the pathophysiology and mechanisms of action of the drugs within the aforementioned organ systems. Key principles for interaction between drugs and target molecules (eg. receptors, enzymes), intracellular mediators and signaling pathways are discussed.

Learning outcome

After completing the course:

  • you have an overview of cells (especially eukaryotic cells), their structures and communications.
  • you have a broad knowledge of human anatomy and how some organ systems (skin, peripheral nervous system, skeletal, muscle, and endocrine systems excluding sex hormones) functions.
  • you gave broad knowledge of and can apply this in the understanding of the molecular mechanisms of action for drugs related to the aforementioned organ systems, including target molecules and signal pathways.
  • you have broad knowledge about the relationship between pathophysiology and drug interaction with the target molecule, the physiological consequences and treatment in selected therapeutic areas (cancer, skin diseases, glaucoma, thyroid disease).
  • you can communicate verbally/in writing and provide information about the molecular and cellular mechanisms of drugs in an understandable manner.
  • you are familiar with test systems for drugs and can carry out simple laboratory trials under supervision to investigate drug effects, calculate concentrations, evaluate results, and write a professional laboratory record.


The course is only available to students enrolled at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Oslo.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

The admission requirements for the 5-year Master's Program in Pharmacy.

There are compulsory HSE courses at the beginning of the first semester.  For students who start at the 5-year Master's Program in Pharmacy, the following HSE courses are required HMS0501 – Safety and Physical Environment, HMS0502 – Positive Learning Environment, HMS0503 – Laboratory Safety, HMS0506 – Patient Clinic Safety and HMS0507 – Fire Safety.

If you fail to pass the HSE-courses within the set deadlines you will not be allowed to continue the study program until the courses are passed, i.e. the following year at the earliest.

Overlapping courses

3 credits overlap with FRM1050 – Drugs and How They Work Part I


Lectures and student active teaching, including "flipped classroom"/group work/colloquiums, mini-lectures by the students, project assignment, laboratory exercises and simulation of physiological processes.

  • 30 hours lectures
  • 5 hours laboratory exercises with submission of individual laboratory reports - compulsory
  • 1 project assignment - mandatory; attendance at lecture and project assignment with presentation
  • 8 hours mini-lectures - mandatory for each student to give one mini-lecture
  • 45 hours colloquia "/ flipped classroom" - compulsory presentations of up to 5 specified colloquium responses

There is a compulsory attendance for the first information lecture. Students who do not meet are expected to have withdrawn from the course unless they have notified a valid due date to the Student Administration, e-mail address:

In order to participate in laboratory exercises, it is a requirement that the HSE subject HMS0503 – Laboratory Safety must be passed.

Compulsory participation in the course must be completed and compulsory submissions must be approved to pass the exam.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.

Compulsory instruction and coursework are valid for 3 years.


  • Written (digital) exam 4 hours, count 80% of final grade.
  • Laboratory reports and the project assignment count 20% of the final grade.

For admission to the exam the following must be approved:

  • 2 laboratory reports, as well as participation in laboratory exercises
  • 1 project assignment
  • 1 mini-lecture
  • up to 5 presentations at colloquia

Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Examination support material

As of 1 August, 2016, the use of own calculators is no longer permitted. Casio FX-991EX calculators are handed out to all exam candidates at the beginning of the exam.

Language of examination

You may Write Your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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