FRM3030 – Use of Drugs, Part III
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Primary objectives: The students are to systematically acquire competance regarding the use of medicine, by applying knowledge attained from numerous pharmaceutical fields (pharmacology, social pharmacy, bioanalysis, and pharmacognocy).
Structure: The course begins with a general section which covers ethics and communication, and bioanalysis. There is another general section which is taught towards the end of the course which covers pharmaceutical economy. The remainder of the course is nine weeks long and deals with proper use of medication (including physiology, pathophysiology and etiology) for the following illnesses: Asthma/KOLS, pysciatriatic problems, neurology, muscle and skeletal illnesses, and cancer. The various subject areas will be taught together in relation to these illnesses and problem based learning (PBL) will be used as the primary teaching method. Other teaching methods are used between the PBL group meetings, in order to expand upon the PBL topics. There will also be laboratory work in connection with medicine analysis, a project in pharmacognocy, a role play in communication and a group assignment in ethics. For each week of the course there is a detailed list of learning objectives which have been divided into either knowledge objectives, skill objectives or educational objectives.
This course, along with the courses FRM 2040 Use of Medicine Part I and FRM 3020 Use of Medicine Part II present a complete picture of the use of medicine used in each of the defined human organ systems as defined in the ATC code.
After going through each subject area, the student should have acquired the necessary knowledge so that he/she:
- Can describe the individual diseases’ pathology, etiologyand symptology
- Can clarify the principles concerning the medicine therapy in question
- Can suggest an appropriate medicine
- Can suggest an appropriate dosage of the medicine
- Be familiar with the most important “problem medicines” that demand special precautions in regards to dosage and use
- Can evaluate the advantages and possible risks of interaction in cases when more than one medication is used at the same time
- Can identify possible side effects of medicines
- Can evaluate medicine therapy in relation to non-medicine treatments
- Can evaluate what type of information is important to give different groups of patients in order to ensure that the medicine is used properly
The course covers the most important diseases of the specified organ systems (see above) where drug prophylaxis and therapy is a possibility. The course will concentrate on the most important and most common diseases and sickness groups, as well as areas where the role of the pharmacist is of special importance.
The course is only available to students who have been admitted to the School of Pharmacy at the University of Oslo.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
In order to participate in this course and to sit for the exam:
all earlier Pharmacy courses up to and through FRM2040 must be passed.
Health, Safety and Environment (HSE)
There are compulsory HSE courses at the beginning of the first semester. For students commencing their program from the autumn semester 2015 the following courses are mandatory:
- HMS0501 - Safety and Physical Environment
- HMS0502 - Positive Learning Environment
- HMS0507 - Fire Safety
You will need to provide documentation that you have passed HMS0501, HMS0502, HMS0503 HMS0506 and HMS0507 when you attend the first mandatory lab.
For students who commenced the program from the Autumn semester 2012 up til and including the spring semester 2015 the following courses are mandatory:
- MNHMS0015 - Introduction to Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) (discontinued) or HMS0501 - Safety and Physical Environment and HMS0502 - Positive Learning Environment and HMS0507 - Fire Safety.
- MNHMS0010LS - Introduction to Laboratory Safety (discontinued) or MNHMS0020LS - In-Depth Laboratory Safety (discontinued) or HMS0503 - Laboratory Safety
- MNHMS0015FS - Introduction to Field Safety (discontinued) or HMS0504 Field Safety.
For more information on the HSE courses and transitional arrangements:
Participation in all compulsory parts of the course (six PBL- topics, two laboratory assignments in bioanalysis, project in pharmacognosy, a role play in communication and one mini lecture) is required in order for the student to be eligible to take the final exam.
Inactivity and / or excessive absences in compulsory education means that the student does not receive final assessment / examination.
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.
The project in natural products must be passed and given a letter grade in order for the student to be eligible to take the final exam.
A six hour written exam
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.
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.