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Course content

The course will provide students with competence regarding the use of drugs in the fields of asthma/COPD, rheumatology, osteoporosis, neurology, psychiatry, pain, and sex hormones. In addition, the course will give the students competence in CNS physiology, CNS pharmacology, toxicology, developmental biology, and teratology.

Learning outcome

After completing the course:

  • you can describe pathogenesis, etiology and symptomatology of asthma/COPD, rheumatology, osteoporosis, neurology, psychiatry, and pain
  • you will have broad knowledge about sex hormone function and therapy
  • you will have broad knowledge about the principles of the current drug therapy and understand use of relevant drugs and dosage of these. In addition, you will know drugs with special requirements regarding dosage and use
  • you can identify benefits and potential problems related to simultaneous use of multiple drugs, and evaluate pharmacotherapy in relation to non-pharmacological treatment
  • you can identify likely adverse effects of drugs
  • you can provide relevant information about various drugs and correct use of these to other healthcare professionals and patients
  • you can give a short presentation over a given topic


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:

The compulsory HSE-courses HMS0501 – Safety and Physical EnvironmentHMS0502 – Positive Learning EnvironmentHMS0503 – Laboratory SafetyHMS0506 – Patient Clinic Safety and HMS0507 – Fire Safety required for students at the 5-year Master`s Program in Pharmacy.

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

Overlapping courses

8 credits overlap with FRM3030 – Use of Drugs, Part III

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
  • 18 hours PBL (6 PBL tasks) - mandatory
  • 14 hours mini-lectures – mandatory with one mini-lecture per student
  • 22 hours seminar/patient demonstrations
  • 4 hours laboratory course with submission of 1 laboratory report – 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.


  • Written exam 4 hours

For admission to the exam the following must be approved:

  • Approved participation in PBL teaching
  • Approved active participation in 2 laboratory courses and approved laboratory report
  • Held and passed a mini-lecture

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 wour 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 the 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.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

The course will be held for the first time in autumn 2019.


Every autumn

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