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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 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

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:

As of autumn 2021 the following formal prerequisites knowledge will apply:

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.

Overlapping courses


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.


Final written exam, 4 hours, which counts 100 % towards the finale grade.

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.

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:

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

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. 1, 2020 1:10:36 PM

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