FARM1120 – Pharmacist, Patient and Society

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Course content

The course 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 pharmacist in the healthcare system.
  • you have understanding of the terms adherence, concordance and patient safety.
  • you have gained basic knowledge about clinical communication and ethics, and can reflect on ethical concerns.
  • you have knowledge about terminology commonly used in health, disease and about pharmaceuticals, as well as have an overview of the drug use in Norway and the stakeholders involved 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 know how to conduct a literature search.


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 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.

Overlapping courses

9 credits overlap with FRM1020 – Pharmacy and the society (discontinued)

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

The information about overlaps is not complete.


Lectures and active student involvement, including teaching methods such as: project assignment and presentation, role-play, job shadowing, excursions, colloquia, reflection notes, student peer review of another group's assignments, data-lab.

  • 28 hours lectures
  • 12 hours data-lab
  • 10 hours of student workshops
  • 46 hours other types of student active teaching - job shadowing, excursions, role plays, student peer review of another group's assignments, reflection notes, project assignment and presentation of this.

The following are mandatory and must be completed and approved before sitting the exam: Excursions, role plays, student peer review, individual reflection notes, project assignments and presentation of projects.

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.


Written exam four hours (digital)

Before admission to take the exam can be granted, you must have:

  • completed all compulsory teaching activities
  • all mandatory submissions approved, including the project assignment

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 and 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 the 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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