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Course content

This course provides pharmacy students with a solid foundation in chemistry relevant for studying pharmacy. The course builds on Kjemi 2 from Norwegian high school, and the main focus are central principles of general and physical chemistry, as well as an introduction to organic chemistry. Drug related examples and problems are consistently used to give the course a pharmaceutical perspective to provide the students with the skills necessary to take courses taught later in the study.

Learning outcome

When you have completed this course you will:

  • have knowledge about the structure and bonding in atoms and molecules, as well as knowledge about central functional groups in organic chemistry and their physical chemical properties. The main focus is on pharmacy related topics.
  • have knowledge about the general physical chemical properties of gases, liquids, solids and solutions, and you can perform calculations to prepare molar solutions, buffers and dilutions.
  • master important laboratory techniques used in pharmacy, and you can plan and perform simple laboratory experiments and analyze and convey the results in a laboratory journal.
  • have good knowledge of how pH affects the water solubility of acidic and basic compounds, and you have knowledge about the most common drug forms and examples of how Chemical properties affect formulation and durability.
  • have knowledge about chemical kinetics and chemical equilibriums, and you know the connections between fundamental thermodynamic and electrochemical quantities and spontaneity of chemical reactions.
  • can convey professional information to fellow students in plenary.


The course is only available to students enrolled at the Department 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 EnvironmentHMS0503 – Laboratory SafetyHMS0506 – 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, ei.e. the following year at the earliest.

Overlapping courses

The information about overlaps is not complete.


Lectures and student-activating teaching, including «flipped classroom», laboratory work and student led colloquiums. Assignments for each colloquium are made available prior to the student led colloquiums. These assignments must be prepared in such a way that each student is able to present the assignments in front of the group. To get approved participation in the student led colloquiums, on average 60% of all assignments must be prepared. Active participation in the student led colloquiums is required.

  • 30 hours of lectures
  • 10 hours of “flipped classroom”
  • 20 hours of student led colloquiums - 50% of the assignments requires approved
  • 30 hours of laboratory work (five laboratory exercises and submission of five laboratory journals) – mandatory
  • 5 hours laboratory lectures – mandatory

In order to participate in laboratory exercises, it is a requirement that the HSE course 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.

Completed and approved compulsory instruction and coursework are valid for 3 years.


Written (digital) exam 4 hours

Requirement for taking the exam:

  • The five laboratory exercises must be conducted, and the five associated laboratory lectures must be attended.
  • The five laboratory journals must be approved within the given deadlines.
  • Get approved that 50% of the colloquium assignments have been prepared and you have participated actively

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.

It will also be counted as one of three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses:

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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