FARM2120 – Pharmaceutics and biopharmaceutics

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Course content

The course deals with solid oral dosage forms, such as tablets and capsules, and also includes other powders and powder-based dosage forms. Manufacturing technology and pharmaceutical technical testing of the products are essential parts of the course together with biopharmacy related to absorption from the gastro-intestinal tract. The course also includes the basic principles of quality assurance related to pharmaceutical production.

Learning outcome

After completing the course:

  • you have knowledge of the relation between solubility, release, absorption, and plasma concentration of oral dosage forms
  • you understand the basic principles of quality assurance related to pharmaceutical production and how the quality is designed and built into the products
  • you have broad knowledge of how selection of the quality of raw materials, production process and process conditions will influence the quality of the product
  • you have command of formulation of conventional solid dosage forms based on powder/powder blends
  • you are able to plan, carry out and document production of solid dosage forms and undertake pharmaceutical technical testing of the products according to the Pharmacopoeia including evaluation and discussion of the results
  • you are able to find relevant information from official sources and reference books, and apply this in discussion of pharmaceutical challenges related to solid dosage forms


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

Overlapping courses

The information about overlaps is not complete.


The course includes lectures, seminars, simulations and laboratory work (“Flipped lab”):

  • 24 hours of lectures
  • 8 laboratory lectures (mandatory)
  • 50 hours of laboratory work (8 assignments and written reports) (mandatory)
  • 2 hours data-simulations
  • 16 hours seminars

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 and approved compulsory instruction and coursework are valid for 3 years.


  • Written (digital) exam 4 hours

For admission to the exam the following must be approved:

  • all laboratory work and laboratory lectures
  • 8 assignments and written reports

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.

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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