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Medical Science, basic pharmacology, physiology and pharmaceutical calculaltion 7.5 Credits

Med.vetenskap: Allm.farmakologi, fysiologi och läkemedelsräkning
First cycle, M0039H
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2017 Sp 3 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
Medical Science
Subject group (SCB)

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Basic anatomy and physiology (M0048H).

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
After completing the course students will be able to:
  • describe and explain the sensory organs, the excretion organs and reproductive organs structure and physiological functions
  • describe and explain basic pain physiology
  • explain and account for body fluid / electrolyte and acid-base balance
  • accurately measure, assess and evaluate the heart rate / blood pressure, and understand its sources of error
  • explain the meaning of the regulations governing the handling of drugs in the health care and be able to apply them both theoretically and practically.
  • implement pharmacy calculation for the patient safety
  • explain and understand general pharmacological principles
This knowledge constitutes a basis for future placement and career-specific courses and is of importance to enable good and patent safe care in the future career as a registered nurse.

  • General pharmacology
  • Acid- base balance
  • The anatomy and physiology of the kidneys and the urinary tract
  • Pain physiology
  • The anatomy and physiology of the sensory organs
  • The anatomy and physiology of the reproductive organs
  • Pharmaceutical calculations
  • Drug management
  • Field study in drug management
  • Pulse and blood pressure lab

The course is designed for a futre work as a registered nurse.
The tuition forms vary with individual studies and work or cooperation in groups and lectures. Field studies, seminars and laboratory sessions are compulsory. The studies are carried out by means of detailed objectives and instructions as presented in the study guide.

The course is examined in written and oral examination. Seminar, written report and take-home examination.
Examination forms may vary.

This is a first-cycle course. Studyguide is provided in the course room in Canvas. Passing this course constitutes a specific entry requirement for work placement courses and the thesis.

Transition terms
From autumn 2010, the section on the musculoskeletal system has been moved to course M0048H. From spring 2011, the section on pulse and blood pressure has moved from M0048H to M0039H.

Johanna Sundbaum

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2016 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Henriksson, O. & Lennermark, I. (2012). Värt att veta om vätskebalans: lärobok om vatten-, elektrolyt och syra-basbalans. (4th ed.) Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Lindh, M. & Sahlqvist, L. (2012). Säker vård: att förebygga skador och felbehandlingar inom vård och omsorg. (1st ed.) Stockholm: Natur & Kultur.
* Lindskog, B.I. (2014). Medicinsk terminologi. (6th ed.) Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Nordeng, H. & Spigset, O. (2014). Farmakologi och läkemedelsanvändning. (2nd ed..) Lund: Studentlitteratur (will also be used inT3)
Norrbrink, C. (2014). Om smärta- ett fysiologiskt perspektiv. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Olsen, L.A. & Hälleberg Nyman, M. (2015). Säker läkemedelsberäkning: dos, styrka, mängd. (1st ed.). Stockholm: Natur & kultur.
* Raadu, G. (ed.) (latest edition). Författningshandbok för personal inom hälso- och sjukvården. Stockholm: Liber
Sand, O. (2007). Människokroppen: fysiologi och anatomi. (2nd ed.) Stockholm: Liber .
* Vigué-Martin J. (2006 or later) Atlas över människokroppen. Stockholm: Liber AB

* The literature has been used in earlier courses

Course offered by
Department of Health Sciences

0002Written exam in pain physiology0.5U G VG
0010Take-home examination in sense- and reproductive physiology1.0U G VG
0012Written exam in basic pharmacology1.5U G VG
0013Written exam in pharmaceutical calculation0.5U G#
0015Written exam in renal physiology0.6U G VG
0016Written exam in Fluid and acid-base balance0.9U G VG
0019Mandatory task in drug management1.5U G#
0020Laboratory in Blood pressure and Pulse1.0U G#

Syllabus established
by 17 Dec 2007

Last revised
by 22 Jun 2016