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Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Calculation 3 credits

Farmakologi och läkemedelsberäkning
First cycle, M0092H
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 1 - Present
The version indicates the term and period for which this course syllabus is valid. The most recent version of the course syllabus is shown first.

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G#
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 entry requirements and three years of post-secondary nursing training from countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland; the National Swedish Board of Health and Welfare issued a decision to investigate in the form of a proficiency test for nurses. A pass in Swedish according to the provisions for basic entry requirements for the first cycle, Swedish B or Swedish 3, with the lowest grade of pass/E.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
At the end of the course, the student is expected to be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • account for basic pharmacodynamics
  • account for pharmaceutical forms and methods of administration
  • account for interactions and adverse effects of pharmaceutical products
  • account for the current legislation and statutes in the field

Competence and skills

  • apply the relevant legislation and statutes
  • apply FASS (Swedish medicines information portal) in order to ensure correct medication management
  • apply medication preparation for different forms of administration
  • apply pharmacovigilance

 Judgement and approach

  • assess the adequacy of medication management and calculation in relation to condition, age, sex and weight
  • reflect on and assess the impact of medication on the environment and natural resources

  • pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
  • adverse reaction mechanisms and interaction mechanisms
  • administration and dosage of medications
  • legislation and statutes governing medication management
  • risks and quality aspects of medication management, treatment
  • sustainable development

Pharmaceutical calculation:

  • units and unit changes
  • calculation of dose, active substance and strength
  • calculation of dilution, infusion rate and infusion time

Learning takes place through activities that promote interaction between students themselves and between teachers and students. In this course, for example, literature studies, group work, laboratory experiments/simulations, workshops and seminars are used to aid student learning.
Lectures are given in the chosen knowledge areas. Participation in laboratory experiments/simulations, workshops and seminars is mandatory.

The course is examined individually through written and/or oral examinations. To pass the course the learning objectives must be met, which means passing the course as well as active participation in the mandatory parts. Students must get 100% in the pharmaceutical calculation exam. Grades are set by the examiner.


The course is given in the first-cycle study program within supplementary training for nurses. Having attained an approved standard (passing grade) for this course constitutes a special prerequisite for the VFU courses O0100H and O0101H in term 2 of the program plus a theoretical and practical final examination.

Johanna Sundbaum

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2020 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Lindskog, B.I. (senaste upplagan). Medicinsk terminologi. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
*Lindh, M. & Sahlqvist, L. (senaste upplagan). Säker vård: att förebygga skador och felbehandlingar inom vård och omsorg. Stockholm: Natur & Kultur.
Nordeng, H., Nordeng, H. & Spigset, O. (senaste upplagan). Farmakologi och läkemedelsanvändning. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Olsen, L.A. & Hälleberg Nyman, M. (senaste upplagan). Säker läkemedelsberäkning: dos, styrka, mängd. Stockholm: Natur & kultur.

*Literature has been used in earlier courses

Course offered by
Department of Health Sciences

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001.U G#0.50MandatoryS18
0002.U G#1.00MandatoryS18
0003.U G#1.50MandatoryS18

Syllabus established
by 14 Jun 2018

Last revised
by Dean of Department of Health Sciences 21 Feb 2020