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FRM3030 - Use of Drugs, Part III

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Primary objectives: The students are to systematically acquire competance regarding the use of medicine, by applying knowledge attained from numerous pharmaceutical fields (pharmacology, social pharmacy, bioanalysis, and pharmacognocy).

Structure: The course begins with a general section which covers ethics and communication, and bioanalysis. There is another general section which is taught towards the end of the course which covers pharmaceutical economy. The remainder of the course is nine weeks long and deals with proper use of medication (including physiology, pathophysiology and etiology) for the following illnesses: Asthma/KOLS, pysciatriatic problems, neurology, muscle and skeletal illnesses, and cancer. The various subject areas will be taught together in relation to these illnesses and problem based learning (PBL) will be used as the primary teaching method. Other teaching methods are used between the PBL group meetings, in order to expand upon the PBL topics. There will also be laboratory work in connection with medicine analysis, a project in pharmacognocy, a role play in communication and a group assignment in ethics. For each week of the course there is a detailed list of learning objectives which have been divided into either knowledge objectives, skill objectives or educational objectives.

This course, along with the courses FRM 2040 Use of Medicine Part I and FRM 3020 Use of Medicine Part II present a complete picture of the use of medicine used in each of the defined human organ systems as defined in the ATC code.

Learning outcome

After going through each subject area, the student should have acquired the necessary knowledge so that he/she:

  • Can describe the individual diseases’ pathology, etiologyand symptology
  • Can clarify the principles concerning the medicine therapy in question
  • Can suggest an appropriate medicine
  • Can suggest an appropriate dosage of the medicine
  • Be familiar with the most important “problem medicines” that demand special precautions in regards to dosage and use
  • Can evaluate the advantages and possible risks of interaction in cases when more than one medication is used at the same time
  • Can identify possible side effects of medicines
  • Can evaluate medicine therapy in relation to non-medicine treatments
  • Can evaluate what type of information is important to give different groups of patients in order to ensure that the medicine is used properly

The course covers the most important diseases of the specified organ systems (see above) where drug prophylaxis and therapy is a possibility. The course will concentrate on the most important and most common diseases and sickness groups, as well as areas where the role of the pharmacist is of special importance.


The course is only available to students who have been admitted to the School of Pharmacy at the University of Oslo.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

In order to participate in this course and to sit for the exam:
all earlier Pharmacy courses up to and through FRM2040 must be passed.


Participation in all compulsory parts of the course (six PBL- topics, two laboratory assignments in bioanalysis, project in pharmacognosy, a role play in communication and one mini lecture) is required in order for the student to be eligible to take the final exam.

Inactivity and / or excessive absences in compulsory education means that the student does not receive final assessment / examination

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.


The project in natural products must be passed and given a letter grade in order for the student to be eligible to take the final exam.
A six hour written exam

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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

Re-scheduled exams are offered at the beginning of the next semester for students who:

  • can document a valid reason for absence from the regular exam (e.g. illness before or during the exam)
  • withdraw during the exam
  • do not successfully complete the exam during the previous semester.

Read more about re-scheduled exams.

Withdrawal from an examination

If you wish to withdraw from the exam you must do so in StudentWeb at least two weeks prior to the deadline. Failure to do so will be counted as one of the three opportunities to sit the exam.

Special examination arrangements

If you have a disability or a health problem that entails significant inconvenience in an examination situation, you may be considered for special examination arrangements. Mothers who are breastfeeding may apply for extra time to complete the exam.


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