This online course is a 3-credit hour course delivered at a distance and designed to provide the student interested in health care, health care delivery, or graduate study in some aspect of medicine or health care a broad and comprehensive understanding of the unique language of medical terminology.
In lecture courses, students should be able to:
This course may serve as an introduction to the language of medicine. It is particularly useful for two types of students: 1) those interested in pursuing a career in a health-related field (such as medical transcription or medical office work), or 2) those needing to fulfill a requirement needed for application to a health profession school, such as physician assistant, medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy or other related field. It could also be useful for those interested in ancient language or the derivation of language in modern health care.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
This is a course that is heavy on memorization, repetition, and skills that build on previous knowledge. The course is comprehensive in nature. Because of this comprehensive nature, it is vital that each module be mastered before moving on. The course is considered self-paced, so you can plan your progression accordingly, as long as it is completed by the last day of the course. Basic anatomy and physiological concepts will be introduced along the way such that at the completion the student will have a solid understanding of basic medical language and a rudimentary start on basic medical science and health related concepts that will be useful for other courses.
On the course start date, students will have access to orientation. This must be completed to be able to gain access to the first module in the course. Students must complete the first module to gain access to the next one. We recommend that students spend about 15 hours per week to complete a course in 16 weeks. When trying to complete the course in less than 16 weeks, we typically see students do this successfully within 12-14 weeks. Instructors will be timely in grading and feedback, but it will not be instant.
There is a quiz for each chapter, assessing knowledge of terminology covered in that chapter. All quizzes are timed. Quizzes cannot be reopened once they are submitted. Instructors review every quiz and test within 48 hours after it has been submitted in order to make any necessary grading adjustments. If you have a question about what you missed on a quiz or exam, and 48 hours have passed since you took it, email your instructor. Your instructor will tell you what to review based on your quiz answers.
The midterm and final exams will be administered by ProctorU. You must purchase the Official UNE External Webcam to take your proctored examinations. Remember to order your webcam at least three weeks prior to scheduling your first proctored exam. Both exams will be comprehensive and will measure general understanding of medical terminology and word-building skills, as well as meeting the objectives for each module. In addition to multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions, the midterm and final will have several “essay” questions in which you will be asked to apply an understanding of medical terminology in communication. Both exams will be timed. Exams are closed book and closed notes, meaning that no resources, whiteboard, scratch paper, writing utensils, or any aide will be permitted for the duration of the exam. Use of UNE-approved webcam required.
For all exams, you must review the Proctored Examinations information and requirements in the Policies section of this syllabus.
Each chapter, after Chapter 1, has a Case Study Timed Assignment, in which you will be asked to read a case study and then provide a short essay answer. The essay must correctly apply or define a minimum number of medical terms. You may also be asked to correctly abbreviate terms. These assignments are not proctored and are intended to prepare you for the similarly styled case study essay questions that appear in both the midterm and the final.
In Weeks 2, 4, 6, 10, 12 and 14, you will be assigned the completion of a Learning Object for a set of defined chapters from the textbook. A Learning Object is a study tool that helps you remember the meaning, spelling, sound, definition, etc. of a word for when you are asked about the word in a quiz or exam. The key to a good learning object is using images, rhymes, or some other mnemonic device to make the learning object, and the information it’s trying to convey, memorable. Throughout the class, you will be able to go back through all of the Learning Objects submitted by each of your classmates to review them in preparation for the Midterm, the Final, etc. Further instructions are available in the course.
In weeks 5 and 11, you will be asked to give a presentation, in front of a camera, in which you must show your ability to apply medical terminology verbally. You should not use slides for these presentations; in one, you will be asked to either use a prop or your own body, to give a medical terminology tour of a specified system. You will not be allowed to use a transcript or note cards for these presentations. The goal of these presentations is to show that you are able to apply terminology, correctly and easily, in your speech.
Discussion questions cover interesting current events or materials that contribute to a deeper understanding of key concepts and allow you to interact with your classmates and the instructor. There are a total of four required discussion questions throughout the course that constitute 12 points each – about 10% of your final grade. Most of the discussion questions are designed to accompany particular chapters (see specific discussion questions for more information). Each question will require you to conduct internet research, read additional materials (a short journal or magazine article), visit a specific webpage, OR view a short video. Then you will write a response following the guidelines in the assignment.
To earn full credit: you will need to post a response, respond to the original posts of at least two other students, and then contribute to an ongoing discussion. For special cases where one or two students are accelerating faster through the course, the instructor will participate in the discussion so that everyone has the opportunity to interact.
Discussion Question Guidelines:
Each week, you will be required to complete formative practice activities. In Week 1, there is only one formative practice activity. In subsequent weeks, up to Week 14, there are four for each week. You may retake these formative practice activities as often as you like, both to increase your scores and get important practice for the more heavily valued (in your grades) quizzes and exams.
Your grade in this course will be determined by the following criteria:
|Assignment (Number in course)||Grade Value|
|Formative Practice Activities (47)||5%|
|Video Assignments (2)||5%|
|Case Study Timed Assignments (12)||10%|
|Wiki Learning Object Assignments (6)||10%|
|Chapter Quizzes (13)||10%|
|Grade||Points Grade||Point Average (GPA)|
|A||94 – 100%||4.00|
|A-||90 – 93%||3.75|
|B+||87 – 89%||3.50|
|B||84 – 86%||3.00|
|B-||80 – 83%||2.75|
|C+||77 – 79%||2.50|
|C||74 – 76%||2.00|
|C-||70 – 73%||1.75|
|D||64 – 69%||1.00|
|F||00 – 63%||0.00|
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The University of New England has contracted with ProctorU to provide students with the most convenient online exam proctoring system. This system provides a simple, no cost to the student, secure, online proctor for exams and allows the student to take all the exams at home and on their own schedule.
Upon enrollment into the course, each student will register with ProctorU and establish a login name and password. This will give the student access to all of ProctorU's services. When ready, students will schedule each of their proctored exams with ProctorU. Exams must be scheduled at least 72 hours in advance to avoid fees. Prior to taking their exams, students must be sure that they have downloaded the ProctorU Chrome or Firefox extension and are using the most current version of Chrome or Firefox. They must also be sure their testing site's connection meets the minimum requirements by using ProctorU's "Test It Out" utility.
Upon the exam day and hour, students will log in to ProctorU and click on "exams". After following the procedures outlined at ProctorU's web site, the student will log in to Blackboard/Brightspace and locate their correct exam. The proctor will then allow student access to that exam.
Students must use ProctorU and must follow all proctoring requirements for their exams to be credited.
Proctored exams are not available for review at any time. You will not be able to see the questions, nor the answers you've given, after completing the exams. Please contact your instructor for specific feedback.
Discussion board assignments cover interesting current events or materials related to this course that contribute to a deeper understanding of key concepts and allow you to interact with your classmates and the instructor. Each assignment may require you to conduct internet research, read additional materials (a short journal or magazine article), visit a specific webpage, AND/OR view a short video prior to writing a response following the specific guidelines in the assignment.
To earn full credit: you will need to post a response to the discussion topic, respond to the original posts of at least two other students, and then contribute meaningfully to an ongoing discussion. You will need to post your initial response before you will see any posts from your classmates. Please keep in mind that only this initial response is included in your assignment grade, so make sure you have followed all of the guidelines and written a complete response prior to submitting the post. For special cases where one or two students are accelerating faster through the course, the instructor will participate in the discussion so that everyone has the opportunity to interact.
Please see Blackboard/Brightspace for a full description, along with specific guidelines, for each assignment. Discussion board assignments should be completed, along with all other assignments in the course, in the order that they appear. Due to the course design, you may be unable to take a proctored exam if you do not complete all assignments that appear prior to that exam.
Please also refer to the Grading Policy/Grade Breakdown section of the syllabus to learn the percentage of your grade that each discussion board assignment is worth.
Please review the technical requirements for UNE Online Graduate Programs: https://online.une.edu/online-learning/technical-requirements/
A schedule of lectures and assignments is included in this syllabus. This is, however a self-paced course and you can complete the course in less time.
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Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to the following:
Charges of academic dishonesty will be reviewed by the Program Director. Penalties for students found responsible for violations may depend upon the seriousness and circumstances of the violation, the degree of premeditation involved, and/or the student’s previous record of violations. Appeal of a decision may be made to the Dean whose decision will be final. Student appeals will take place through the grievance process outlined in the student handbook.