FARM1150 – Pharmaceutical Based Biochemistry

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Teaching and exams spring 2022

In light of the most recent infection control regulations, we will at the start of the spring semester 2022 increase our online teaching, while we at the same time try to maintain in-person teaching where this is possible. We hope to go back to more in-person teaching later on in the semester. You will be informed about any changes in teaching or examinations on the semester page, in Canvas or through your regular channels.

Read more about postponed exams for the autumn semester 2021.

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

Admission to the course

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

For safety reasons, pregnant and breastfeeding women can not follow the course because chemicals used in laboratory exercises may be harmful to the fetus/child. No exemption or facilitation of the laboratory exercises is granted as these must be approved to fulfill the learning outcome of the course. For more information contact the study administration at the Department of Pharmacy. 

Formal prerequisite knowledge

Course exemption:

Laws and regulations describing the overall learning outcome regulate the pharmacy programme. Exemptions for courses are only granted if the overall learning outcome is covered.

Overlapping courses


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.


Final written exam which counts 100 % towards the finale grade. 

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.

Examination support material

As of 1 August, 2016, the use of own calculators is no longer permitted.

You will be able to use the calculator in Inspera if the exam is written.

Casio FX-991EX calculators are handed out to all exam candidates at the beginning of the exam if the exam is oral.

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) Jan. 27, 2022 7:10:24 PM

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