Pharmacology I

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course will give knowledge in general pharmacology prior to continuing studies in special pharmacology

  • Pharmacodynamic: Studies on drugs and their effect. General knowledge on the drug's molecular mechanisms of action, including structure and function of the target proteins affected by drugs.
  • Pharmacokinetic: The study of how drugs are influenced by physiological processes in the body.
  • Basic physiology in some important diseases like cancer and diabetes.
  • Introduction to special pharmacology, which encompasses medicinal treatment of some medical conditions, i.e. cholinergic and adrenergic pharmacology, light and strong analgesics, steroid hormones and cytostatic agents.
  • Introduction to pharmacotherapy, where students work in groups to find optimal treatment for different, simpler case histories.

Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of the course, the students have:

  • acquired knowledge that are necessary for further studies in specialized pharmacology


Upon completion of the course, the students can:

  • describe how drugs interact with receptors and other target proteins in the body
  • describe key aspects connected to absorption, distribution of drugs, concentration of drugs in blood, and elimination.
  • describe indications, mechanisms of actions, and physiological effects of the different drug classes subject to teaching.

ECTS Credits

10 ECTS credits

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
Integrated Master Programme in Pharmacy
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures (40 hours), colloquium (8 hours) and group work (12 hours).
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
  • Mandatory attendance on three case-studies. Each case-study includes group work and presentation
  • Approved written case report. This is a requirement for taking the final exam
  • Forms of Assessment
    Written exam, 4 hours
    Grading Scale
    Assessment Semester
    Reading List
    The reading list will be available by July 1st for the autumn semester, and December 1st for the spring semester.
    Course Evaluation
    The students evaluate the teaching according to the Quality Assurance System at the University of Bergen
    Examination Support Material
    Programme Committee
    Programme committee for Pharmacy
    Course Administrator
    Department of Clinical Science
    Department of Clinical Science