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Teaching and exams spring 2022

In light of the most recent infection control regulations, we will at the start of the spring semester 2022 increase our online teaching, while we at the same time try to maintain in-person teaching where this is possible. We hope to go back to more in-person teaching later on in the semester. You will be informed about any changes in teaching or examinations on the semester page, in Canvas or through your regular channels.

Read more about postponed exams for the autumn semester 2021.

Course content

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 FRM2040 – Use of Drugs, Part I (discontinued) and FRM3020 – Use of Drugs, Part II (discontinued) 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, 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.

Admission to the course

The course is only available to students who have been admitted to the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Oslo.

This is a transitional course that is open only to students admitted to the 5-year master's program in pharmacy through autumn 2016, and is transferred from old to new curriculum.

The course is not available for students admitted to the 5-year master's program in pharmacy from autumn 2017.  

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 – Use of Drugs, Part I (discontinued) 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 – Safety and Physical Environment, HMS0502 – Positive Learning Environment, HMS0503 – Laboratory Safety, HMS0506 – Patient Clinic Safety and HMS0507 – Fire Safety 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:

Overlapping courses


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.


A six hour written exam.

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. 

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.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 29, 2022 7:11:04 AM

Facts about this course


The curriculum is being revised. The course was taught for the last time spring 2019.

The course is last held spring 2019

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