Pharmacology II

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

This course will together with FARM290 give a more comprehensive understanding of pharmacology

  • The course will explain the mechanism of action, usage, effects and interactions of the most commonly used drugs, along with knowledge on the relevant diseases.
  • The course will make the students able to explain and advice on pharmacological therapy.
  • The course will train the students in the ability to critically evaluate drug information and literature connected to pharmacology.


The course will focus on the most important diseases associated with the major organs, such as the cardiovascular system, endocrine organs, or the central nervous system. The teaching covers both pathophysiology and drug-based treatment, focusing on effect of the drugs, side-effects, guidance for treatment, and interactions with other drugs.

In addition to lectures, there will be three case-studies dealing with treatment of important diseases like cardiovascular diseases.

There will also be lectures in basic veterinary pharmacology.

Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of the course, the student has knowledge of:

  • Principles of medicinal treatment of the most common illnesses in Norway
  • Use of a broad spectrum of pharmaceuticals
  • Interactions, contraindications, cautionary rules, excess dosage / toxicology in connection to pharmaceuticals.
  • Distinct circumstances within pharmacology, such as pregnancy and breastfeeding, use of pharmaceuticals among children and the elderly.
  • The most important pharmaceuticals, and the principles of medicinal treatment of illnesses in pets, livestock and fish
  • How pharmaceutical measurements and other methods of analysis may be used for personal adaptations of pharmaceuticals and their dosage


Upon completion of the course, the student can:

  • Demonstrate how to use pharmacological knowledge to give advice regarding medicinal treatment
  • Gather information regarding pharmaceuticals and detail a pharmacological plan for cases with intermediate complexity

ECTS Credits

20 ECTS credits

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
Integrated Master Programme in Pharmacy
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, colloquium and case presentations.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
  • Mandatory attendance on three case-studies. Each case-study includes group work and presentation.
  • Approved case rapport. This is a requirement for taking the final exam.
  • Forms of Assessment

    Take-home exam, 4 days

    All support materials allowed

    Grading Scale
    Gradning scale A-F
    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
    Programme Committee
    Programme Committee for Pharmacy
    Course Administrator
    Department of Clinical Science