MBI-2005 General pharmacology and toxicology - 10 stp
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.
Knowledge: After the course, the students
- can explain the importance of pharmacology and toxicology in history and place in society
- can describe differences between trade names and generic drug names
- can describe the different steps in preclinical and clinical drug development
- can describe how drugs and toxic substances are absorbed, distributed and reach their site of action (pharmacokinetics/toxicokinetics)
- can explain how drugs and toxic substances are metabolized and excreted (pharmacokinetics/toxicokinetics)
- can describe 4 different main types of drug targets and their biological functions
- can explain how drugs and toxic substances interact with their targets and mediate their action (pharmacodynamics/toxicodynamics)
- can describe quantitative aspects of pharmacological/toxicological action, dose-response relationships and time-response relationships
- can describe factors modifying the effects of drugs and toxic substances in individuals
- can explain pharmacological/toxicological aspects of drug abuse
- can explain how drugs and toxic substances alter physiological function
- can classify adverse effects of drugs
- can explain selective and non-selective toxicity
- can explain how toxic effects are evaluated when new chemicals are introduced in medicine, industry or everyday life
- can explain the basic principles of toxicity treatment
Skills: The candidates should be able to use general terms in pharmacology and toxicology, both orally and in written text. General competence: 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.