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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 subject includes pharmaceutical natural product chemistry, quality control of herbal drugs and herbal preparations, phytotherapy and nutrition, as well as the legislation related to herbal medicinal products and food supplements. The teaching will give the students basic skills in pharmacognosy, which will give an understanding of the biological effects of natural products, both as medicinal substances, herbal medicines, food supplements and food.

Learning outcome

After completing the course

  • you will acquire basic knowledge of important medicines originating from nature and how nature can be a resource for the development of new drugs
  • you will acquire broad knowledge about the Pharmacopoeia methods for controlling herbal drugs and herbal preparations, and will learn to use these methods
  • you will acquire broad knowledge on phytotherapy as a basis for giving advice on the use of herbal medicinal products and food supplements, as well as good knowlegde of the legislation regulating these products. You will also know about homeopathic drugs
  • you will be capable of conducting an independent literature study and obtain and evaluate scientific documentation of herbal drugs and herbal preparations and disseminate this as written reports and oral presentations
  • you will be able to critically evaluate sources and evaluate the credibility of these within the current field of science

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

The compulsory parts of:

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.

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.


  • 30 hours lectures

  • 20 hours study group/colloquium

  • 1 hour excursion and hand-in report (mandatory)

  • 26 hours laboratory work and hand-in of 2 laboratory reports (mandatory)

  • 3 hours laboratory lectures (mandatory)

  • 3 hours student presentation of laboratory report (mandatory)

  • 4 hours seminar (mandatory)

  • hand-in project work (mandatory, counts 20 % of the finale grade )

Mandatory participation in the course work as well as compulsory submissions 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.


  • Final written exam, 4 hours, counts 80% towards the finale grade.
  • Project work, counts 20% towards the finale grade.

Both written exam and project work must be passed to pass the course.

Access to the final exam is dependent on

  • passed project work
  • participation in 3 laboratory lectures and completion of the laboratory exercises
  • passed 2 laboratory reports
  • passed excursion report 
  • passed oral presentation of laboratory report
  • passed participation at the seminar

Examination support material

You will have access to a calculator in Inspera during the 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) Dec. 3, 2020 2:10:32 PM

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