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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
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
- 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
The candidates should be able to 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.