FARM2130 – Pharmaceutical chemical analysis
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
The course provides a comprehensive introduction to analytical chemistry relevant for chemical quality control of pharmaceutical raw materials and final drug products, and for determination of drugs, metabolites and substances of abuse in biological samples. Current regulations and official guidelines from among others The European Pharmacopeia and European Medicines Agency will be central for the teaching.
After completing the course:
- you will have knowledge about the quality standards for pharmaceutical raw materials and final drug products
- you will have knowledge about content and structure of The European Pharmacopeia and other legislations, regulations and official guidelines regulating chemical analysis of pharmaceuticals
- you will have broad knowledge about analytical chemical techniques, methods and procedures, and their use for identification, purity testing and quantitative determination of pharmaceutical raw materials and for identification and quantitative determination in final drug products
- you will have broad knowledge about analytical chemical techniques, methods and procedures, and their use for identification and quantitative determination of drugs, drug metabolites, substances of abuse and doping agents in biological samples
- you will have a basis to independently plan and perform qualitative and quantitative analyses of pharmaceutical raw materials and final drug products complying with current regulations
- you will have a basis to independently plan and perform simple analyses for identification and quantitative determination of drugs in biological samples
The course is only available to students enrolled at the Deparment of Pharmacy at the University of Oslo.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
- FARM1100 – Pharmaceutical Chemistry
- The compulsory parts of FARM1130 – Pharmaceutical Based Organic Chemistry and FARM2100 – Medicinal chemistry
For students admitted to the 5-year Master`s Program in Pharmacy until and including 2016 and who have been transferred from the old study plan, separate formal prerequisite knowledge apply. These are in professional compliance with the formal prerequisite knowledge that apply to the course, but may be replaced by courses from the old study plan, as well as transitional courses. Students on transitional arrangements may contact the study administration for å complete overview of the formal prerequisite knowledge required.
Recommended previous knowledge
- 6 credits overlap with FRM2010 – Quality Control of Pharmaceutical ingredients
- 4 credits overlap with FRM3030 – Use of Drugs, Part III
- 5 credits overlap with FARM2135 – OE i legemiddelanalyse
The information about overlaps is not complete.
The teaching will be given as lectures, student-activating teaching (e.g. flipped classroom, Kahoot), seminars and laboratory course.
- 30 hours of lectures
- 10 hours of flipped classroom
- 40 hours of laboratory work (8 exercises with subsequent written laboratory reports) - compulsory
- 25 hours of seminars
Compulsory participation in laboratory work and laboratory reports in the course must be completed and approved before sitting 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 you will have to have:
- performed all 8 laboratory exercises
- all 8 laboratory reports approved
The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in 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, Danish or English.
You may write your examination in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.
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.