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LCL-333-20, Medical Terminology (FA14)

 INSTRUCTOR: Marianne Demsky RD, MPH

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: Semester/Saturdays/ noon -2:45 PM, 09/06/2014-12/13/2014

CONTENT:

This Medical Terminology three credit course will instruct the student on the identification of the four common word elements (prefix, suffix, root word, and combining vowel) in a medical word in order to understand the medical term as a whole entity. This course will facilitate the understanding of the Latin and Greek language basis of medical terminology. The student will come to recognize the importance of proper spelling and pronunciation of individual medical terms. This course will relate appropriate abbreviations and vocabulary to the individual body systems in order to increase the awareness of the medical usage. This course will assist the student in increasing their perception and appreciation of the medical language as a whole.

NOTE: If you canot attend the first class, please do not register for this course

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:  

-Interpret the meanings of a medical term by breaking down the word in to its common word elements of prefix, suffix, root word and combining vowel.

-Understand the differences between the body’s Latin and Greek derivatives.

-Explain the meanings of medical abbreviations.

-Explain the meaning of abbreviations as related to a body system.

-Relate Latin and Greek numbers and colors as related to the body’s anatomy and diseases.

-Pronounce medical terms based on phonetic respelling.

-Utilize medical terms in their appropriate context.

-Construct medical terms by combining the necessary word elements.

-Recall specific medical terms based on definition.

METHODS of instruction:

Use of lecture

Visual components

Multiple tactile components

Power point presentation which will be available on the Course website Joule

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS:

50% 8 tests (Will be a test first 45 minutes of most classes)

10% Oral Presentation on a specific body system (must complete in order to pass class)

10% 2-3 page paper on a specific body system

10% Homework(1/2 page paper on a disease from each body system)/class participation

20% Comprehensive final exam

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS: 

Medical Terminology An Illustrated Guide (7th edition) by Barbara Janson Cohen. ISBN:978-1-4511-8756-4

RECOMMENDED READINGS OR MATERIALS: 

-A Medical dictionary: Any of the following are good choices (Top 2 gives origin of medical words) I will have several of the dictionaries in class. Take a look at them before deciding to buy one.

-Mosby’s Medical Dictionary any edition (8th edition- ISBN:978-0-323-05290-0)

-Mosby’s Pocket Dictionary any edition (6th edition – ISBN: 978-0-323-05291-7

-Stedman’s Medical Dictionary any edition (7th edition – ISBN:978-1-60831-692-2

-Stedman’s Pocket Medical Dictionary any edition (current edition has a free e-version ISBN: 978-0-7817-7950-0)

READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

-Read Chapter 1 Concepts of Medical Terminology

-Read - Chapters 4  Cells, Tissues, and Organs

   -Pick the top 3 systems you would like to have as your project presentation

   -Will be picking project system at  the first class (see pages 48-49)

-Read - Chapter 5 Body Structure (Will not discuss abdominal quadrants at this time)