FARM1110 – Pharmacology, Physiology and Cell Biology 1

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

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, 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.

Learning outcome

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.

Course exemption:

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.

Overlapping courses


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.

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.

Resit an examination

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

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 31, 2020 11:13:29 PM

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