FRM1040 – Foundation biology for pharmacists

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Course content

FRM1040 provides a thorough introduction to the way in which cells and organisms work, and is made up of elements from biochemistry, microbiology, cell biology, physiology and anatomy.

Learning outcome

After completing the course your competence will include the following:

  • have an overview over the main types of organisms and explain the important differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and their structures.
  • be acquainted with the basic anatomy of the human body and in which way important organs work (general physiology).
  • know how cells maintain, use and transfer genetic information.
  • master how cells convert chemical energy into biological processes.
  • be able to cultivate bacteria, measure enzyme, antibiotic and metabolic activities, and use a microscope to visualize cells and their cellular structures.
  • perform simple laboratory experiments, and evaluate the results in a laboratory report.


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


Formal prerequisite knowledge

In order to participate in this course, all manditory activities from FRM1000 and FRM1010 must be approved.
In order to sit for the exam: FRM1000 and FRM1010 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

In addition to this you will have to complete HMS0503 - Laboratory Safety and HMS0506 Patient clinic Safety for participation in Laboratory and clinic-courses in the program.

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:


Lectures, seminar groups, and laboratory work.

All laboratory reports (which are to be turned in for correcting and approval) and seminar assignments (which are not turned in) are to be collected in a portfolio. In order for the portfolio to be approved, it needs to be complete and the laboratory work and contents of the portfolio need to demonstrate that the student has acquired the knowledge and skills required. The portfolio needs 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.

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.


A four hour written digital 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:

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 spring

The curriculum is being revised. This course is taught for the last time spring 2017.


Every spring

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