FARM1120 – Pharmacist, Patient and Society

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Exams after the reopening

As a general rule, exams will be conducted without physical attendance in the autumn of 2021, even after the reopening. See the semester page for information about the form of examination in your course. See also more information about examination at the MN Faculty in 2021.

Course content

The course in social pharmacy will provide knowledge about the Norwegian health care system and the pharmacists’ role within this. It will provide an overview of the use of medicines and challenges related to this, including clinical communication and ethics. The course will provide knowledge about the stakeholders in the field of pharmaceuticals and the associated legislation.

Learning outcome

After completing the course

  • you have knowledge about the history of pharmacy and role of pharmacists in the healthcare system in a local and global perspective
  • you have understanding of the terms adherence, concordance, patient safety, health literacy, and patient's understanding of medicine use
  • you have gained basic knowledge about clinical communication and ethics, and can reflect on professional ethical dilemmas
  • you have knowledge about terminology commonly used in health and disease and social inequality in societies and peoples, including the sami peoples rights and status as indigenous peoples
  • you have knowledge of pharmaceutical terminology and sources for consumption of pharmaceuticals in Norway, and the stakeholders in the pharmaceutical market
  • you will have a basic knowledge of the structure and development of pharmaceutical legislation, as well as the main principles within the field of pharmaceuticals and health
  • you have knowledge about drug information sources and self-care, digital competence with insight into e-health, welfare technology and digital security, and can assist in the development and use of suitable technology at both individual and system level

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 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.

Exemption for FARM1120 – Pharmacist, Patient and Society is not granted on the basis of passed exam in FRM1020 – Pharmacy and the society (discontinued).

Overlapping courses


Lectures and active student involvement, including:

  • 30 hours lectures
  • 12 hours data-lab and pharmacy simulation-lab
  • 14 hours of student workshops
  • 46 hours other types of student active teaching - job shadowing, excursions, reflection notes, project assignment and presentation of this, and peer-review.

The following are mandatory and must be completed and approved before sitting the exam:

  • Job shadowing, excursions,  interview with user of medicines, one-week adherence log, Pharmacy Simulation-lab, study-group attendance. 
  • Pass on all reflection notes
  • Active participation in the assigned project, including peer review and presentation of the project.

A minimum attendance of 80% is required.

In order to participate in job shadowing/excursions out in the clinic, it is a requirement that the HSE course HMS0506 – Patient Clinic Safety must be passed.

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 participation and approved assignments are valid for 3 years.


Final oral exam which counts 100 % towards finale grade.

This course has mandatory assignments that must be approved before you can sit the final exam.

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 the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: FRM1020 – Pharmacy and the society (discontinued).

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

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) Dec. 1, 2021 11:11:25 PM

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