Physical chemistry for pharmacy

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course contains a thorough description of the thermodynamics laws, as well as selected topics in pharmaceutical technology, macromolecules and colloidal chemistry. The course builds further on the thermodynamic and kinetic concepts introduced in FARM110. The course deals with chemical equilibrium, phase equilibriums, phase diagrams (transitions between gas, liquid and solid), properties of liquid mixtures and solutions of substances in liquids. Key concepts and phenomena will be studied in the laboratory section.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to:

- Apply basic thermodynamic principles to the study of chemical / physical processes and equilibria as:

- Energy / work / heat relations

- Phase equilibria and phase transitions

- Colligative properties

- Understand the basic concepts in pharmaceutical technology (i.e. formulations), macromolecules and colloidal chemistry

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
K104: 10stp, K104A: 10stp, KJEM210: 10stp, FARM210: 10stp.
Access to the Course
The course will be open to students at Master Programme in Pharmacy.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
  • In order to obtain approval of the mandatory activities, and therefore gain access to the final exam, one must submit mandatory assignments of a satisfactory standard within the set deadlines. Mandatory assignments should be your own work
  • Serious violations of the HSE rules wil lead to a loss of the right to complete the laboratory course.
  • it is not possible to use more then 3 attempts (semesters) to complete the laboratory course.
  • Forms of Assessment

    Written exam (4h). 100 % final grade.

    Due to the measures taken to avoid the spread of Covid-19, UiB is closed for on-campus assessment. As a consequence, the following changes is made to assessment autumn semester 2020:

    • Written home examination instead of written examination
    Grading Scale
    The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale and grade F is a fail.
    Assessment Semester
    Ordinary exam each semester.
    Course Evaluation

    The students should evaluate the teaching according to UiB and the department's system of quality assurance.

    Examination Support Material
    Non-programmable calculator (definite models decided by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences).
    Programme Committee
    Department of Chemistry.
    Course Coordinator
    Department of Chemistry.
    Course Administrator
    Department of Chemistry.
    Department of Chemistry.