Syllabus

Science Prerequisites for Health Professionals

MEDT 1000: Medical Terminology

Credits - 3

Description

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.  

Materials

Required 

  • Medical terminology express: A short-course approach by body system, 2nd edition (online access included).
    • For purchase discounts, please see the Course Welcome page in Blackboard
  • Mandatory UNE-approved webcam – To be used during proctored exams

    • Please note: 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.
    • 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.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for Science Prerequisites for Health Professions Program

In lecture courses, students should be able to:

  1. Communicate scientific concepts and information clearly.
  2. Illustrate fundamental laws, theories, and principles of scientific disciplines.
  3. Apply knowledge and critical thinking skills to scientific problems.

Course Objectives

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:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic etymology of medical words.
  2. Identify the component parts of medical terms and their combinatory meanings (prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms)
  3. Apply guidelines for proper medical term formation, pronunciation, and spelling
  4. Apply terminology and abbreviations in regards to systems of the body, diseases, and therapies within real-world situations

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.

Assignments

Quizzes and Exams

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 (e.g. Blackboard may count off for a small spelling error that instructors would accept).  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 (2 hours). 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.

Case Study Timed Assignments

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.

Wiki Learning Object Assignments

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, and tutorials, are available in the course.

Video Assignments

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 Boards

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 quarter 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:

  1. Read the assignment carefully so that you are familiar with the materials that you need to cover and how to craft your post.
  2. Respect each other’s ideas, feelings, and experiences. Some of the questions involve areas of disagreement. Expect your classmates to have different opinions.
  3. Use proper writing style. Correct spelling and sentence structure are expected just as if you were writing a regular paper. Use spell check and grammar check before you submit.
  4. Write your posting in a word document! That way you can save a copy and use spell check and grammar check.
  5. Cite the sources that you use to write your response. Follow the AMA guidelines.
  6. Avoid posting large blocks of text. Break your writing into paragraphs and use a space between paragraphs to make your posting easier to read online.
  7. Subscribe to the discussion so that you get email updates when there is activity.
  8. Use the “reply” button rather than the “compose” button when responding to someone else’s post.
  9. When responding to a classmate, address them by name.
  10. Do not use postings such as “I agree,” “I don’t know either,” or “ditto.” They do not add to the discussion, take up space on the Discussions, and will not be counted.
  11. Everyone benefits from an active discussion. Check back in frequently to see what others are saying.
  12. Plan your time carefully. You will need to give your classmates time to respond to your postings. This is an asynchronous class where students will be in different points of the class.

Formative Practice Activities

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.

Grade Breakdown

Grading Policy

Your grade in this course will be determined by the following criteria:

Grade Breakdown

Assignment (Number in course)Grade Value
Formative Practice Activities (47)5%
Video Assignments (2)5%
Discussions (5)10%
Case Study Timed Assignments (12)10%
Wiki Learning Object Assignments (6)10%
Chapter Quizzes (13)10%
Midterm Exam25%
Final Exam25%
Total100%

Grade Scale

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

Schedule

Week 1  – Introduction to Medical Terminology

  • Learning Outcomes
    • Discuss and review course resources and requirements:  Blackboard, library resources. Games, online content, etc.
    • Discuss the history of medical words (Greek, Latin, etc) and relating to etymology (maps)
    • Identify the four basic word parts that form most medical terms (prefix, suffix, roots, combining form)
    • Apply component parts of words to the assembly of more complicated terms

Readings and Lectures

  • Read
    • Required Text Chapter 1 – Introduction to Medical Terminology
  • Watch
    • Week 1 Lecture

Activities

  • Formative Practice Activities
    • Recall Matching
  • Discussions
    • Introductions and History of a Term/Word/Word-Component
  • Week 1 Quiz

Week 2 – Body Structure

  • Learning Outcomes
    • Define the levels of organization, anatomical position, and directional terms of the body
    • Define body planes, body cavities, quadrants and regions.
    • Identify positions of the body for examination and treatment.
    • Apply terminology for diseases, procedures, and common abbreviations related to anatomical divisions of the abdomen, back, direction, planes and cavities of the body

Readings and Lectures

  • Read
    • Required Text Chapter 2 – Body Structure
  • Watch
    • Week 2 Lecture
    • Supplemental Videos (Optional)

Activities

  • Formative Practice Activities
    • Word-building
    • Recall
    • Pronunciation
    • Demonstration
  • Case Study Timed Assignment
    • Body Structure and Imaging
  • Learning Object Wiki Assignment
    • Chapters 1 or 2
  • Week 2 Quiz

Week 3 – Integumentary System

  • Learning outcomes
    • Define terms related to the Integumentary system
    • Define terms related to the medical specialty of Dermatology and Integumentary-related procedures, diseases and pharmacology
    • Apply terminology and common abbreviations related to the Integumentary system

Readings and Lectures

  • Read
    • Required Text Chapter 3 – Integumentary System
  • Watch
    • Week 3 Lecture

Activities

  • Formative Practice Activities
    • Word-building
    • Recall
    • Pronunciation
    • Demonstration
  • Discussion
    • Rare Diseases
  • Case Study Week 3 Timed Assignment
    • Skin Conditions
  • Week 3 Quiz

Week 4: Respiratory System

  • Learning outcomes
    • Define terms related to the Respiratory system
    • Define terms related to the medical specialty of Pulmonology and Respiratory-related procedures, diseases and pharmacology
    • Apply terminology and common abbreviations related to the Respiratory system

Readings and Lectures

  • Read
    • Required Text Chapter 4 – Respiratory System
  • Watch
    • Week 4 Lecture

Activities

  • Formative Practice Activities
    • Word-building
    • Recall
    • Pronunciation
    • Demonstration
  • Case Study Timed Assignment
    • Respiratory Conditions
  • Learning Object Wiki Assignment
    • Chapters 3 or 4
  • Week 4 Quiz

Week 5: Cardiovascular System

  • Learning outcomes
    • Define terms related to the Cardiovascular system
    • Define terms related to the medical specialty of Cardiology and Cardiovascular-related procedures, diseases and pharmacology
    • Apply terminology and common abbreviations related to the  Cardiovascular system

Readings and Lectures

  • Read
    • Required Text Chapter 5 – Cardiovascular System
  • Watch
    • Week 5 Lecture

Activities

  • Formative Practice Activities
    • Word-building
    • Recall
    • Pronunciation
    • Demonstration
  • Video Assignment
    • Cardiovascular Trace Assignment
  • Case Study Week 5 Timed Assignment
    • Cardiovascular Conditions
  • Week 5 Quiz

Week 6: Blood, Lymphatic, and Immune Systems

  • Learning outcomes
    • Define terms related to the Blood, Lymphatic, and Immune systems
    • Define terms related to the medical specialty of Hematology / Immunology and Blood, Lymphatic, and Immune-related procedures, diseases and pharmacology
    • Apply terminology and common abbreviations related to the  Blood, Lymphatic, and Immune system

Readings and Lectures

  • Read
    • Required Text Chapter 6 – Blood, Lymphatic, and Immune Systems
  • Watch
    • Week 6 Lecture

Activities

  • Formative Practice Activities
    • Word-building
    • Recall
    • Pronunciation
    • Demonstration
  • Case Study Timed Assignment
    • Immune System Conditions
  • Learning Object Wiki Assignment
    • Chapters 5 or 6
  • Week 6 Quiz

Week 7: Digestive System

  • learning outcomes
    • Define terms related to the Digestive system
    • Define terms related to the medical specialty of Gastroenterology and Digestive-related procedures, diseases and pharmacology
    • Apply terminology and common abbreviations related to the Digestive system

Readings and Lectures

  • Read
    • Required Text Chapter 7 – Digestive System
  • Watch
    • Week 7 Lecture

Activities

  • Formative Practice Activities
    • Word-building
    • Recall
    • Pronunciation
    • Demonstration
  • Discussion
    • Current Event
  • Case Study Week 7 Timed Assignment
    • Digestive Conditions
  • Week 7 Quiz

Unit 8 / Midterm

  • Learning outcomes
    • Review outcomes for weeks 1 through 7

Readings and Lectures

  • Watch
    • Midterm Review

Activities

  • Proctored Midterm Exam

Week 9:  Urinary System

  • learning outcomes
    • Define terms related to the Urinary system
    • Define terms related to the medical specialty of Urology / Nephrology and Urinary-related procedures, diseases and pharmacology
    • Apply terminology and common abbreviations related to the Urinary system

Readings and Lectures

  • Read
    • Required Text Chapter 8 – Urinary System
  • Watch
    • Week 9 Lecture

Activities

  • Formative Practice Activities
    • Word-building
    • Recall
    • Pronunciation
    • Demonstration
  • Discussion
    • Rhabdomyolysis Case Study
  • Case Study Week 7 Timed Assignment
    • Digestive Conditions
  • Week 7 Quiz

Week 10:  Reproductive System

  • Learning outcomes
    • Define terms related to the Reproductive system
    • Define terms related to the medical specialty of Gynecology / Obstetrics / Urology and Reproductive-related procedures, diseases and pharmacology
    • Apply terminology and common abbreviations related to the Reproductive system

Readings and Lectures

  • Read
    • Required Text Chapter 9 – Reproductive System
  • Watch
    • Week 10 Lecture

Activities

  • Formative Practice Activities
    • Word-building
    • Recall
    • Pronunciation
    • Demonstration
  • Case Study Timed Assignment
    • Reproductive System Conditions
  • Learning Object Wiki Assignment
    • Chapters 7, 8 or 9
  • Week 10 Quiz

Week 11:  Endocrine System

  • Learning outcomes
    • Define terms related to the Endocrine system
    • Define terms related to the medical specialty of Endocrinology and Endocrine-related procedures, diseases and pharmacology
    • Apply terminology and common abbreviations related to the Endocrine system

Readings and Lectures

  • Read
    • Required Text Chapter 10 – Endocrine System
  • Watch
    • Week 11 Lecture

Activities

  • Formative Practice Activities
    • Word-building
    • Recall
    • Pronunciation
    • Demonstration
  • Video Assignment
    • Current Discussion
  • Case Study Week 7 Timed Assignment
    • Digestive Conditions
  • Week 7 Quiz

Week 12: Nervous System

  • Learning outcomes
    • Define terms related to the Nervous system
    • Define terms related to the medical specialty of Neurology and Nervous-System-related procedures, diseases and pharmacology
    • Apply terminology and common abbreviations related to the  Nervous system

Readings and Lectures

  • Read
    • Required Text Chapter 11 – Nervous System
  • Watch
    • Week 12 Lecture

Activities

  • Formative Practice Activities
    • Word-building
    • Recall
    • Pronunciation
    • Demonstration
  • Case Study Timed Assignment
    • Nervous System Conditions
  • Learning Object Wiki Assignment
    • Chapters 11 or 12
  • Week 12 Quiz

Week 13:  Musculoskeletal System

  • Learning outcomes
    • Define terms related to the Musculoskeletal system
    • Define terms related to the medical specialty of Orthopedics / Chiropracty and Musculoskeletal-related procedures, diseases and pharmacology
    • Apply terminology and common abbreviations related to the Musculoskeletal system

Readings and Lectures

  • Read
    • Required Text Chapter 10 – Endocrine System
  • Watch
    • Week 13 Lecture

Activities

  • Formative Practice Activities
    • Word-building
    • Recall
    • Pronunciation
    • Demonstration
  • Discussion
    • Case Study Discussion
  • Case Study Week 13 Timed Assignment
    • Digestive Conditions
  • Week 13 Quiz
  •  

Week 14:  Special Senses: Eyes and Ears

  • Learning outcomes
    • Define terms related to the Special Senses
    • Define terms related to the medical specialty of Ophthalmology / Otolaryngology and Special Senses-related procedures, diseases and pharmacology
    • Apply terminology and common abbreviations related to the Special Senses
  •  

Readings and Lectures

  • Read
    • Required Text Chapter 13 – Special Senses
  • Watch
    • Week 14 Lecture

Activities

  • Formative Practice Activities
    • Word-building
    • Recall
    • Pronunciation
    • Demonstration
  • Case Study Timed Assignment
    • Eyesight Conditions
  • Learning Object Wiki Assignment
    • Chapters 13 or 14
  • Week 14 Quiz

Week 15:  Final Exam Review

  • Learning Outcomes
    • Review outcomes for weeks 9 through 14

Readings and Lectures

  • Watch
    • Final Exam Review

Week 16:  Final Exam

  • Learning Outcomes
    • Review outcomes for weeks 9 through 14

Activities

  • Final Exam

Student Resources

Student Portal: Your Best UNE Resource

We created the UNE Online Student Portal, specifically for you, to be a useful collection of information to support you as you navigate your online course(s).

From the UNE Online Student Portal, you can access:

  • Blackboard
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  • Library
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  • UNE Email
  • U-Online

The portal also features:

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  • Support and Services
  • Contact information for your Support Specialist
  • Academic Resources - links to the Academic Calendar, Registrar and Academic Calendar
  • Financial - links to eBilling, Financial Aid and Student Accounts

Instructor and Support Contact Information

Check the course welcome page in Blackboard for specific instructor and support specialist contact information.

Further Assistance

Your student service advisor monitors course progression and provides assistance or guidance when needed. They can assist questions regarding ordering course materials, University policies, billing, navigating the course in Blackboard, and more.

Student Lounge

The Student Lounge Discussion Board is a designated support forum in which students may engage with each other and grapple with course content. Feel free to post questions, seek clarification, and support each other, but be mindful of UNE’s Academic Integrity Policy.

Your instructor will monitor this forum. However, if you are seeking specific and timely answers to questions about course content or your personal grades, please contact your instructor via course messages. For questions about course materials, program policy, and how to navigate and proceed through the course, please contact your Student Service Advisor through the Student Portal.

Accommodations

Any student who would like to request, or ask any questions regarding, academic adjustments or accommodations must contact the Student Access Center at (207) 221-4438 or pcstudentaccess@une.edu. Student Access Center staff will evaluate the student's documentation and determine eligibility of accommodation(s) through the Student Access Center registration procedure.

Policies

Proctored Examinations

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 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.

Course Discussions

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 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.

Technology Requirements

Please review the technical requirements for UNE Online Graduate Programs: https://online.une.edu/online-learning/technical-requirements/

Course Length

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.

  1. Courses in the SPHP program are equivalent to one-semester courses designed to be completed in 16 weeks
  2. Enrollment in the course begins the day your section opens which is listed in the Academic Calendar found on the Student Success Portal.
  3. Course start and end dates are in respect to Eastern Time.

Withdrawal and Refund Policies

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Grade Policy

Students are expected to attempt and complete all graded assignments and proctored exams by the end date of the course. To view the incomplete grade policy, please click here.

Transcripts

Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, only the student may request official transcripts. This may be done online by going to the University of New England Registrar website and following the directions on the page.

To view your unofficial UNE student transcript:

  1. Log into uonline at https://uonline.une.edu
  2. Select Student Services
  3. Select Student Records
  4. Select Academic Transcript

To request your official UNE student transcript:

Please review your Unofficial Transcript prior to requesting an Official Transcript.

  1. Log into uonline at https://uonline.une.edu
  2. Select Student Services
  3. Select Student Records
  4. Select Request Printed/Official Transcript
  5. Follow the prompts

After you click Submit Request, your official transcript will be put into the queue to be printed in the Registrar’s Office.

Academic Integrity

The University of New England values academic integrity in all aspects of the educational experience. Academic dishonesty in any form undermines this standard and devalues the original contributions of others. It is the responsibility of all members of the University community to actively uphold the integrity of the academy; failure to act, for any reason, is not acceptable.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to the following:

  1. Cheating, copying, or the offering or receiving of unauthorized assistance or information.
  2. Fabrication or falsification of data, results, or sources for papers or reports.
  3. Action which destroys or alters the work of another student.
  4. Multiple submission of the same paper or report for assignments in more than one course without permission of each instructor.
  5. Plagiarism, the appropriation of records, research, materials, ideas, or the language of other persons or writers and the submission of them as one's own.

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.