FARM1150 – Pharmaceutical Based Biochemistry

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Course content

The course provides thorough knowledge and understanding of the molecules of life - nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids - and their building blocks, including their structure and composition, and synthesis and degradation, as well as about energy metabolism in the human body. The course also provides knowledge and understanding on the composition and function of biological membranes, and puts special emphasis on pharmaceutically relevant elements within biochemistry, employing pharmacy-related examples. The course forms the basis for further understanding of the chemistry of pharmaceuticals and other pharmacologically active compounds, their mode of action, and their turnover in the human body.

Learning outcome

After completing the course:

  • you have deep knowledge and understanding about the stucture, composition and function of carbohydrates, polysaccharides, amino acids, proteins, nucleotides, DNA, RNA, lipids and biological membranes.
  • you have deep knowledge and understanding about how the bio-molecules of carbohydrates, polysaccharides, amino acids, proteins, nucleotides, DNA, RNA, and lipids are synthesized and degraded in the human body.
  • you have deep knowledge and understanding about enzymes, including their mechanism of action, regulation, and kinetics, and have the ability to determine kinetic parameters for a defined enzymatic system and the ability to communicate this in the form of a scientific lab report.
  • you have knowledge on the turnover of chemical energy in biological processes. • you master specific biochemical lab methods, can perform simple bioinformatic analyses, and evaluate and communicate results from such lab experiments in a scientific report.
  • you have the ability to communicate the content of scientific literature related to pharmaceutical biochemistry to fellow students and scientific supervisors.


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

Overlapping courses

The information about overlaps is not complete.


Teaching methods include lectures, as well as student active teaching methods such as flipped classroom sessions, laboratory exercises, data lab exercises, group teaching, and a seminar day with student mini-lectures to train their understanding and ability to communicate the subject.

  • 30 hours lectures
  • 15 hours flipped classroom or equivalent
  • 10 hours data laboratory exercises (2 exercises total) - mandatory
  • 20 hours laboratory exercises (3 exercises total) - mandatory
  • 22 hours group teaching - 50 % of the assignments requires approved

Mandatory participation in the teaching must be completed and approved and mandatory submissions must be approved in order to be able 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 compulsory instruction and coursework are valid for 3 years.


  • Written digital exam, 4 hours

Active participation in the mandatory elements of the course, as well as approved laboratory journals for all five laboratory exercises is required to gain access to the final exam.

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.

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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