FARM1100 – Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
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.
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
Admission to the course
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.
Health, safety and the environment (HSE)
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, ei.e. the following year at the earliest.
Laws and regulations describing the overall learning outcome regulate the pharmacy programme. Exemptions for courses are only granted if the overall learning outcome is covered.
- 9 credits overlap with FRM1000 – Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Part I (discontinued).
- 7 credits overlap with KJM1100 – General chemistry (continued).
- 7 credits overlap with KJM1101 – Generell kjemi.
- 7 credits overlap with KJM1002 – Introduction to Chemistry.
- 4 credits overlap with KJM1001 – Introduction to chemistry (continued).
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 50 % 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.
Final written (digital) exam, 4 hours, which counts 100 % towards the finale grade.
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
The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.
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:
- FRM1000 – Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Part I (discontinued)
- KJM1100 – General chemistry (continued)
- KJM1101 – Generell kjemi
- KJM1002 – Introduction to Chemistry
Examination support material
Casio FX-991EX calculators are handed out to all exam candidates at the beginning of the exam. You may not use your own calculator on the exam.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in Norwegian. You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.
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.
Resit an examination
This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more: