SU518: Physiology and pharmacology for pharmacists – Module 3: Respiration, GI-system, and Immunology

Study Board Pharmacy

Teaching language: Danish or English depending on the teacher
EKA: N560023122, N560023102
Assessment: Second examiner: Internal, Second examiner: None
Grading: 7-point grading scale, Pass/Fail
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Autumn
Level: Bachelor

STADS ID (UVA): N560023101
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 13-04-2023

Duration: 1 semester

Version: Approved - active

Entry requirements

This course cannot be taken by BSc-students of Biomedicine.

Academic preconditions

Students taking the course are expected to have knowledge of the basics of physics, chemistry and biochemistry.

Course introduction

The aim of the course is to give students insight into the function of specialized cells of the human body under normal physiological conditions and in disease. This is important for being able to explain the effect of a pharmacological treatment on specialized cell types under normal physiological conditions and in disease.
The course is based on the knowledge acquired in modules 1 and 2, i.e. SU520 and SU517, and provides a scientific basis for studying module 4 within the ‘Physiology and Pharmacology for Pharmacists’ course. It is also the basis for the course on Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, which will be taught in the master's program.

With regard to the competence profile of the curriculum, it is the explicit focus of the course to:
Provide the competence to:
  • combine the various disciplines in the natural sciences with the more application-oriented medical disciplines, in particular for resolving pharmacological problems and for the development of new drugs
Provide skills to:
  • acquire new knowledge effectively and autonomously and apply this knowledge in a critical way.
  • perform analsys using scientific methodology
  • identify own deficits in knowledge and to structure own learning
Provide knowledge about:
  • the theories and methods within the discipline
  • knowledge acquisition and experimental methods in the pharmaceutical sciences and related fields.

Expected learning outcome

The learning objectives of the course are that the student demonstrates:
  • knowledge of the most important molecular and cellular mechanisms in order to understand the structure and functioning of organs (lungs, gastrointestinal tract, liver, pancreas, immune system).
  • comprehension of the most important molecular mechanisms of drugs for the treatment of major diseases that affect the lungs, the gastrointestinal system, liver, pancreas, and the immune system


The following main topics are taught in the course:
  • Anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system
  • Pathophysiology and pharmacology of the respiratory system
  • Anatomy and physiology of the gastro-intestinal tract
  • Pathophysiology and pharmacology of the gastro-intestinal tract
  • Organs of the immune system: lymph nodes, lymph vessels, spleen, thymus
  • Basics of immunology
  • Immunopharmacology


  • Physiology 7th Edition, By Linda S. Costanzo
  • Rang and Dale’s Pharmacology, 9th Edition
  • Immunology for Pharmacy by Dennis K. Flaherty.

See itslearning for syllabus lists and additional literature references.

Examination regulations

Exam element a)




Two written tests




Second examiner: Internal


7-point grading scale


Student Identification Card


Normally, the same as teaching language


Part 1 exam = 1 hour MCQ in immunology
Part 2 exam = 2 hours MCQ in the rest of the subjects

Examination aids

The exam is without aids. However, it is allowed to use the standard build in calculator in Windows/MAC. Furthermore, it is allowed to use Maple, MathCad, Matematica, GeoGebra Apps, R, R-Studio, CAS TI-Nspire, Microsoft Excel or Libre Office Calc. WordMat is allowed but not recommended. Use of WordMat is at your own risk and no support is provided for errors caused by the program. 

Internet is not allowed during the exam. However, you may access system DE-Digital Exam in connection with filling out the multiple-choice questions. 

ECTS value


Additional information

Ordinary exam: Ongoing evaluation: 2 written tests, overall evaluation.
The re-exam is held as an overall exam.

Exam element b)




Oral presentation of case




Second examiner: None




Student Identification Card


Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

To be announced during the course

ECTS value


Indicative number of lessons

47 hours per semester

Teaching Method

At the faculty of science, teaching is organized after the three-phase model ie. intro, training and study phase.

The introduction phase consists of lectures, in which the students will get a brief introduction to the course topics and the way to achieve competences. This will be complemented by the study guide and the textbooks, which the students are expected to study independently.

During the training phase, the students will achieve competences in immunology, anatomy, physiology and especially pharmacology. In the small classroom teaching, the students will work with tasks, which they will have to prepare at home.

In the study phase, students are expected to work independently with teaching materials and examples and exercises herein. Students are expected to use part of the study phase to work on tasks of the training phase and do some repetition for the written exam.

Teacher responsible

Name E-mail Department
Søren Hansen Cancer & Inflammationsforskning - Inflammation


Administrative Unit

Fysik, kemi og Farmaci

Team at Educational Law & Registration


Offered in


Recommended course of study

Transition rules

Transitional arrangements describe how a course replaces another course when changes are made to the course of study. 
If a transitional arrangement has been made for a course, it will be stated in the list. 
See transitional arrangements for all courses at the Faculty of Science.