FRM4110 – Applied statistics for pharmacists

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Course content

The course will provide an introduction to applied statistics – how numbers and data are organised and understood, and how conclusions can be drawn from them.

Learning outcome

Students will learn the important methods of describing and understanding data, gain knowledge about probability distributions, and learn to apply various methods for the statistical analysis of data. Amongst other things, students will learn how to estimate confidence intervals, test hypotheses and interpret P values. Both parametric and non-parametric methods will be examined. In addition, students will learn about regression analysis and a little about experimental design. After completing the course, students will be equipped to carry out simple statistical analyses and be able to understand and interpret the results.


The course is only available to students who have passed their pharmacy apprenticeship and have an approved studyplan for the 2.dept. of the masterprogramme and have passed all previous pharmacy courses.

The course can be available to other master- or phD-students if it is relevant.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

The course is only available to students who have passed their pharmacy apprenticeship and have passed all previous pharmacy courses.


The course includes lectures, group work and excercises in statistics in a computer room.

Obligatory excercises in statistics need to be approved in order for the student to be eligible to take the written exam.

Inactivity and / or excessive absences in compulsory education means that the student does not receive final assessment / examination

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.


A four 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.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

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.

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.

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