FARM1140 – Pharmacology, Physiology and Cell Biology 2

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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 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.

Learning outcome

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

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

Overlapping courses


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,

Compulsory participation in the course must be completed and compulsory submissions must be approved in order to take 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.


  • 4 hours written digital exam, 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

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.

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:

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

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. 23, 2020 6:10:13 AM

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