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Course FARM238


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Number of credits 10
Course offered (semester) Vår
Subject overlap FARM238:10 stp, KJEM332:10 stp, K332:9stp
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Aim and Content

The course provides a brief introduction to plant systematics. Significant poisonous and medicinal plants, together with natural medicines, will be discussed. Important classes of compounds (secondary metabolites) in and from nature will be emphasised, and stress will be put on classification, nomenclature, structure, biosynthesis, occurrence, analysis and pharmaceutical perspectives. Practical exercises demonstrate different techniques within natural product chemistry.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course FARM238 the student will be able to:

  • provide an overview of the field of natural product chemistry.
  • identify different types of natural products, their occurrence, structure, biosynthesis and properties.
  • discuss the use of natural products as starting materials for medicines.
  • carry out independent investigations of plant materials and natural products.

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Access to the Course Unit

The course will be open to students at Master Programme in Pharmacy and Master in Pharmacy for pharmacy technician. The students also need to fulfil the prerequisites for the course.


KJEM130/FARM130 or equivalent.

Subject Overlap

FARM238:10 stp, KJEM332:10 stp, K332:9stp

Compulsory Requirements

Laboratory course. Compulsory activity is valid for six semesters. The students must participate and pass a course on Health, Environment and Safety before they can start at the laboratory course.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.