FRM1020 – Pharmacy and the society

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

  • Pharmacy history
  • The pharmacist and the Norwegian health system.
  • Basic principles in ethics and communication
  • Community pharmacy
  • Hospital pharmacy
  • The pharmacist and the nursing home
  • Industrial pharmacy
  • The drug authorities
  • Prescriptions and the refundment system
  • Drug use in children and in the elderly
  • Drug use in developed/developing countries
  • How to search in the literature

Learning outcome

By the end of the course, the students are expected to have a general knowledge of the use of medicines in today’s society. They should also know the most common responsibilities and tasks that the pharmacists have in the modern society.


The course is only available to students enrolled at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Oslo.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Current School of Pharmacy enrollment requirements.


Lectures, seminars, and a compulsory project work.

An oral presentation of the project has to be passed before the student is allowed to present him/herself for the exam of the course.

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.

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.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

The curriculum is being revised. The course is taught for the last time autumn 2016.


Every autumn

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