FARM2120 – Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics

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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 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 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 oral dosage dorms based on powders, including powders for inhalation, and 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 have broad knowledge of how selection of the quality of raw materials, production process and process conditions as well as unwanted events during production will influence the quality of the product
  • 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
  • you have basic knowledge of biopharmaceutical properties of oral dosage forms, which entails the relationship between solubility, release, absorption, and plasma concentration
  • you have basic knowledge and understanding of principles for modified release and dissolution (release) testing of solid oral dosage forms

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

As of autumn 2021 the following formal prerequisite knowledge apply:

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.

Exemption is only granted for FARM2120 – Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics if all of the overlapping courses are passed: FRM2020 – Production, Quality Control and Distribution of Medicinal products, FRM2030 – Quality Assurance in Drug Production and FRM3000 – Pharmaceutics.

Overlapping courses


The course includes lectures, seminars, simulations, laboratory work, flipped lab and excursion:

  • 24 hours of lectures
  • 10 laboratory lectures (mandatory)
  • 40 hours of laboratory work (with written reports) (mandatory)
  • 12 hours flipped lab
  • 2 hours data-simulations
  • 20 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.


Final written (digital) exam, 4 hours, which counts 100 % towards the final grade.

For admission to the exam the following must be approved:

  • Participation in all laboratory lectures and all laboratory work including submitted 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

You will have access to a calculator in Inspera during 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. 22, 2020 12:10:17 PM

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