FRM3020 – Use of Drugs, Part II

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Course content

The students are to systematically acquire competance regarding the use of medicine, by applying knowledge attained from numerous pharmaceutical fields (pharmacology, social pharmacy and pharmacognocy).

This course, along with the courses FRM 2040 Use of Medicine, Part I and FRM 3030 Use of Medicine, Part III present a complete picture of the use of medicine used in each of the defined human organ systems as defined in the ATC code.

Learning outcome

After going through each subject area, the student should have acquired the necessary knowledge so that he/she:

  • Can describe the individual diseases’ pathology, etiologi and 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 medicine.
  • 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 illness 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:

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:


The course will, for the most part, emphasize heart and blood circulation but it will also include endocrinology (thyroid illnesses, diabetes type I and II as well as hormones) and kidney failure. The course is primarily focused on the proper use of medication (including physiology, pathophysiology and etiology) with the above mentioned organ systems. The various subject areas are integrated throughout the course. The teaching of endocrinology, and heart and circulation involve two PBL assignments each, four all together. The PBL topics will also integrate the various subject areas. The rest of the course will be taught in smaller groups and with the objective of deepening the students understanding of the PBL topics. Kidney failure will be taught through lectures and a clinical presenation. For each week of the course there is a detailed list of learning objectives which have been divided into either learning objectives, skill objectives or educational objectives.

In order to be eligible for the final exam the student must participate in all compulsory parts of the course (four PBL-topics, three laboratory assignments and the clinical presentation).

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.


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 2018.


Every autumn

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