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Course content

The course will provide students with competence regarding the use of drugs in the field of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and renal failure. In addition, the course will give the students general competence in pharmacokinetics. The course also contains veterinary pharmacology.

Learning outcome

After completing the course:

  • you can describe pathogenesis, etiology and symptomatology of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and renal failure
  • you will have broad knowledge about the principles of the current drug therapy and can evaluate drug therapy of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and renal failure in relation to non-pharmacological treatment
  • you will have broad knowledge about the pharmacokinetic processes absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination and can calculate key pharmacokinetic parameters
  • you can identify problems related to simultaneous use of multiple drugs (polypharmacy), i.e. drug-drug interactions, and evaluate what information is important in different situations
  • you have knowledge about laboratory values that are used in the various therapeutics areas and can identify side effects of drugs eg. based on synptoms and laboratory values
  • you can provide information about various drugs and correct use of these to other healthcare professionals and patients
  • you have knowledge about veterinary pharmacotherapy


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.


Lectures and elements involving student-active teaching methods, including problem-based learning (PBL) (mandatory); seminars (incl. flipped classroom); laboratory course (mandatory) and patient demonstrations.

  • 30 hours lectures
  • 15 hours PBL (5 PBL tasks) - mandatory
  • 20 hours seminar
  • 8 hours patient demonstrations
  • 12 hours laboratory course with submission of 2 laboratory reports – compulsory

Compulsory participation and submissions in the course must be completed and approved before the exam. Approved PBL activities implies that the student has participated actively within the PBL group. The main purpose of PBL is to increase the student's ability to communicate information about drug use to patients and to other health professionals.

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.

Upon completion and approval of laboratory exercises and PBL teaching, this is valid for 3 years.


  • Oral exam with 1 hour preparation time and 45 minutes exam (oral exam counts 100%)

For admission to the exam the following must be approved:

  • Approved participation in PBL teaching
  • Approved  laboratory courses

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 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 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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