FARM1110 – Pharmacology, Physiology and Cell Biology 1
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.
The course provides an introduction to the structure and function of cells, tissues and some of the body´s organ systems (skin, peripheral nervous, skeletal, muscular and endocrine systems). Cell biology, anatomy and physiology constitute the basis for understanding the pathophysiology and mechanisms of drug actions within the aforementioned organ systems. Key principles for interactions between drugs and target molecules (eg. receptors, enzymes), intracellular mediators and signaling pathways are discussed.
After completing the course
- you have an overview of cells (especially eukaryotic cells), their structures (membranes and organelles), cell division, transport across cell membranes (including cell potentials) and cell communications (signal molecules, receptors and signaling pathways), including what characterizes cancer cells and the mechanism of actions of classical cytostatic drugs
- you have a broad knowledge of human anatomy and the function of some organ systems (skin, peripheral nervous, skeletal, muscular, and endocrine systems, excluding sex hormones)
- you have broad knowledge of and can apply this in the understanding of the molecular mechanisms of drug actions related to the aforementioned organ systems, including target molecules and signaling pathways
- you have broad knowledge of the relationship between physiology, pathophysiology and drug interactions with the target molecules, as well as treatment in selected therapeutic areas (skin diseases, glaucoma, thyroid diseases)
- you can communicate oral/written information to fellow students and provide information on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of drugs in an understandable manner
- you are familiar with test systems for drugs and can perform simple laboratory trials under supervision to investigate drug effects, calculate concentrations, evaluate results from simple experiments, and understand the relationship between drug concentrations, effects and side effects
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, i.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.
- 5 credits overlap with FARM2190 – OE i fysiologi, farmakologi og lovkunnskap.
- 3 credits overlap with FARM2290 – OE i fysiologi, farmakoterapi og lovkunnskap.
- 3 credits overlap with FARM3190 – OE i fysiologi, farmakoterapi, legemiddelanalyse og farmakognosi.
- 3 credits overlap with FRM1050 – Drugs and How They Work Part I.
Lectures and student activating teaching, including "flipped classroom", seminar, student-active colloquiums, project assignment, and laboratory exercises.
2 hours lectures per week
5 - 7 hours student-active teaching per week. This includes:
Laboratory lectures and exercises with submission of 2 individual laboratory reports - mandatory
1 individual project assignment - mandatory
student-active colloquia - 50% of the assignments required approved
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.
- Final written exam, 4 hours, counting 80 % of the final grade.
- 2 laboratory reports that count 5 % each and 1 project assignment that counts 10 %, a total of 20% of the final grade.
For admission to the exam the following must be approved:
- 2 laboratory reports
- Host presence at 2 laboratory lectures and conduction of 2 laboratory exercises
- 1 individual project assignment
- Get approved that 50 % of the colloquium assignments
Examination support material
You will be able to use the advanced (scientific) calculator in Inspera.
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: