MBI-2005 General pharmacology and toxicology - 10 ECTS
Applicants from Nordic countries: Generell studiekompetanse + Matematikk R1 eller (S1+S2) og ett av følgende fag:
- Matematikk (R1+R2)
- Fysikk (1+2)
- Kjemi (1+2)
- Biologi (1+2)
- Informasjonsteknologi (1+2)
- Geologi (1+2)
- Teknologi og forskningslære (1+2).
International applicants: Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English. It is a requirement that students have some prior knowledge of biology and ecology, chemistry and mathematics (Participants must have taken introductory level university courses, and achieved pass grades, in these subjects).
A list of the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway can be found on the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education website - nokut.no
Recommended pre-requisites: biochemistry, cell biology, and microbiology.
Application code: 9336 (Nordic applicants).
The main aim of the course is to give the students a general introduction into human pharmacology and toxicology.
After the course, the students will have basic knowledge and understanding of the following areas of general pharmacology and toxicology:
- drug nomenclature
- drug development
- how drugs and toxic substances are absorbed, distributed and reach their site of action (pharmacokinetics/toxicokinetics)
- how drugs and toxic substances are metabolized and excreted (pharmacokinetics/toxicokinetics)
- drug targets
- how drugs and toxic substances interact with their targets and mediate their action (pharmacodynamics/toxicodynamics)
- quantitative aspects of pharmacological/toxicological action, dose-response relationships and time-response relationships
- factors modifying the effects of drugs and toxic substances in individuals
- drug toxicity
- pharmacological/toxicological aspects of drug abuse
- how drugs and toxic substances alter physiological function
- classification of adverse effects and toxic reactions
- measurement of acute poisoning
- principles for treatment of toxicity
The candidates should be able to understand and use general terms in pharmacology and toxicology, both orally and in written text.
At the end of the course the student has acquired knowledge to be able to critically judge public information regarding drugs and toxic substances.
Written exam (4 hours). Alphabetical grades (A-F).
A re-sit exam/postponed exam will be arranged early in the following semester, for candidates who failed the exam, or who, for valid reasons, were unable to attend.
Course work requirements: semester thesis, and presentation of the semesterproject for the the other students on the course.