FARM1130 – Pharmaceutical Based Organic Chemistry

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Course content

This course will provide students in pharmacy a solid foundation in organic chemistry where relevant pharmaceutical topics will be applied to illustrate organic chemistry. The course will also give the students the necessary knowledge to participate and understand the pharmacy curriculum in later courses, such as biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmacognosy, drug analysis and pharmaceutics. In this course examples from medicinal chemistry and pharmacognosy will be used to acquire knowledge in organic chemistry.

Learning outcome

After completing the course:

  • you will have a solid foundation and knowledge in stereochemistry and the related terms and definitions, and you can apply these to active pharmaceutical ingredients in drugs and natural products.
  • you will have a solid knowledge and understanding of the pharmaceutically most relevant organic reactions and their mechanism. Emphasis will be on elimination reactions, electrophilic aromatic substitution reactions, carbonyl based reactions and condensation reactions.
  • you will have solid knowledge on aromatic compounds, aliphatic compounds and heterocyclic compounds, but also knowledge about the most central reactions and the mechanisms of the compound classes.
  • you will have knowledge on the pharmaceutical most relevant substitutions reactions, nucleophilic addition reactions and oxidation/reduction reactions.
  • you will also learn and master some relevant techniques used in pharmaceutical laboratory practice and be able to structurally elucidate some chemical simple active pharmaceutical ingredients in drugs and natural products, perform analysis and present results from laboratory exercises.


The course is only available to students enrolled at the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Oslo.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

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Recommended previous knowledge

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Overlapping courses

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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 60% of all assignments must be prepared. Active participation in the student led colloquiums is required.

  • 32 hours of lectures
  • 6 hours of “flipped classroom”
  • 22 hours of student led colloquiums – 60% of all assignments must be approved
  • 40 hours of laboratory work (five laboratory exercises and submission of five laboratory journals) – mandatory
  • 5 hours laboratory lectures – mandatory

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.


Written digital exam 4 hours.

Requirements 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.
  • 60% of assignments in the student led colloquiums must be approved, and each student must be able to present prepared assignments in front of the group when requested to do so.

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.

Molecular building kit without manual is accepted.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper 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.

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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