FARM1140 – Pharmacology, Physiology and Cell Biology 2
The course provides an introduction to the structure and functioning of some of the body's organ systems (gastrointestinal, heart and circulation, lungs, kidneys). Anatomy and physiology are the basis for understanding pathophysiology and the mechanisms of action of the drugs within the aforementioned organ systems. Key principles for interaction between drugs and target molecules (eg receptors, enzymes), intracellular mediators and signaling pathways are discussed.
After completing the course:
- you have broad knowledge of the blood cell types, coagulation, fibrinolysis and chemical composition (proteins and electrolytes), as well as the body's defense mechanisms (including the immune system).
- you have broad knowledge about human anatomy and how selected organ systems (gastrointestinal, heart and circulation, lungs, kidneys) work.
- you have broad knowledge of and understand the molecular mechanisms of drug actions related to the aforementioned organ systems, including target molecules and signal pathways.
- you have broad knowledge about the relationship between pathophysiology and drug interaction with the target molecule, the physiological consequences and treatment in selected therapeutic areas (anemias, constipation, diarrhea, gastric ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease).
- you can communicate and provide information on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of action of drugs in an comprehensible manner.
- you know about medical device test systems and can perform simple laboratory trials to study drug effects, calculate concentrations, evaluate results, and write a professional laboratory journal.
The course is only available to students enrolled at the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Oslo.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
- The compulsory parts of FARM1110 – Pharmacology, Physiology and Cell Biology 1
- The compulsory HSE courses HMS0501 – Safety and Physical Environment, HMS0502 – Positive Learning Environment, HMS0503 – Laboratory Safety, HMS0506 – Patient Clinic Safety and HMS0507 – Fire Safety required for students at the 5-year Master`s Program in Pharmacy.
Recommended previous knowledge
- 4 credits overlap with FRM3020 – Use of Drugs, Part II
- 8 credits overlap with FARM2190 – OE i fysiologi, farmakologi og lovkunnskap
- 7 credits overlap with FARM2290 – OE i fysiologi, farmakoterapi og lovkunnskap
The information about overlaps is not complete.
Lectures and student active teaching, including "flipped classroom"/group work/colloquiums, mini-lectures by the students, project assignment, laboratory exercises and simulation of physiological processes.
- 30 hours lectures
- 12 hours laboratory exercises with submission of individual laboratory reports - compulsory
- 2 hours project assignment - mandatory; attendance at lecture and project assignment with presentation
- 12 hours mini-lectures - mandatory for each student to give one mini-lecture
- 34 hours colloquia "/ flipped classroom" - compulsory presentations of up to 10 specified colloquium responses
There is a compulsory attendance for the first information lecture. Students who do not meet are expected to have withdrawn from the course unless they have notified a valid due date to the Student Administration, e-mail address: email@example.com.
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, counts 80% of final grade
- Laboratory reports and project assignments count 20% of final grade
For admission to the exam the following must be approved:
- 3 laboratory reports, and participation in laboratory exercises
- 1 project assignment
- 1 mini lecture
- up to 10 colloquia presentations
The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in 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 papir 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.
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 three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses:
- FARM2190 – OE i fysiologi, farmakologi og lovkunnskap
- FARM2290 – OE i fysiologi, farmakoterapi og lovkunnskap
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.