Syllabus

Science Prerequisites for Health Professionals

MEDT 1000: Medical Terminology (2019)

Credits - 3

Description

Overview

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.  

Instructor and Support Contact Information

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

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

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 Student Portal you can access:

  • Blackboard
  • Technical Support
  • Library
  • Bookstore
  • UNE Email
  • U-Online

The portal also features:

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

Study Lounge

The Study 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 content-matter 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 Support Specialist through the course messaging system.

Materials

Textbook 

  • Medical Terminology: Language for Health Care 
    Thierer, Nelson, Ward, and Young, 3rd edition, McGraw-Hill, 2010

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.  

The subjects to be covered include:

  • basic medical word construction and medical language derivation, combining forms, roots, prefixes and suffixes; and
  • the language of systems including:  body structure and organization, integumentary system, musculoskeletal system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, nervous system, urinary and reproductive systems, digestive, blood, endocrine and lymphatic systems.

The course will be taught with an emphasis on foundational word structure construction.  Then building on this foundation, a systems-based approach will follow until the student has the skills and knowledge to derive meaning from most all common terms used in the medical profession and/or the ability to derive meaning from an unknown word due to knowledge of root and combining form basics.  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

Homework Assignments

In order to be successful in this course and retain the information for future coursework, you will need to complete the assigned homework from each chapter.  The homework has been carefully selected and much of this material will re-occur on quizzes, and especially on exams.  The homework will not be collected or graded.  Answers are in the textbook. If you have any questions about specific problems or questions, please contact the professor and a detailed answer will be given.

Quiz and Exam Information

All quizzes after each module will be open-book and taken online.  The quizzes will be worth 10 points each and will represent primarily material from that given module, although sometimes comprehensive information (previous modules) will be included.  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 will be administered by ProctorU.  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.  A study guide will be provided before the midterm and final, stressing the most important word lists and concepts.  The midterm will be 50 questions (multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank and the Final will be 75 questions (multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank).  Both exams will be timed (2 hours).  Exams are closed-book and no communication devices are allowed.

Discussion Board Posts:

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 experience. 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.

 

Grade

Total Points Accrued

Grade Percent

Grade Point Average (GPA)

A

410-438

94-100%

4.00

A-

392-409

90-93%

3.75

B+

379-391

87-89%

3.50

B

366-378

84-86%

3.00

B-

348-365

80-83%

2.75

C+

335-347

77-79%

2.50

C

322-334

74-76%

2.00

C-

304-321

70-73%

1.75

D

278-303

64-69%

1.00

F

0-277

00-63%

0.00

Schedule

Course Outline

There are 14 modules which are designed to be completed in a typical semester.  I recommend a pace of approximately one week per module.  Some modules (such as the first two) have more fundamental information which will be critical to the remainder of the course, thus you may want to spend longer on the first two modules, and work through some of the later modules quicker than one week.  I would suggest taking at least one week before the mid-term and the final exam to review. Each module has video lectures, reading, homework, and learning objectives listed at the start of each module.  I have included an audio word list for the first 3 modules to help students study in this early phase of the course.

Class Schedule by Module (1-14):

Module 1:  This first module is broken into two sub-modules: 1A & 1B. First Discussion Board post.

Module 1A:  Derivation of Medical Terminology, Pluralizing, Word Roots and Combining Forms, and Basics.  Historical aspects of Medical Language.  Chapter 1 in Text

Module 1B:  Prefixes and Suffixes; Putting it all together. Chapter 2 in Text

Module 2:  Body Structure and Organization. Chapter 3 in Text.

Module 3:  Integument; the language of skin, hair, and nails.  Terms, abbreviations, combining forms dealing with dermatologic medicine.  Chapter 4 in Text. Second Discussion Board post.

Module 4:  Orthopedics and the musculoskeletal system. The language of bones, muscles, and tendons. Chapter 5

Module 5:  Cardiovascular system. Combining Forms and Abbreviations specific to cardiac and vascular systems. Structure and function of cardiovascular system.  Medical Terms specific to cardiovascular disease. Chapter 6 in Text. Third Discussion Board post.

Module 6:  Respiratory System.  Structure, function, and pathological terms dealing with pulmonary medicine and the respiratory system.  Chapter 7

Module 7:  Nervous System.  Structure and function, and language of the central and peripheral nervous system.  Chapter 8

Mid-Term Exam:  This exam will be 50 multiple choice and fill-in-the blank questions worth 100 points.  This exam is to be completed after the 7th quiz has been completed, following completion of the 7th module. The exam will be comprehensive covering the first seven modules.  This exam is timed (120 minutes), closed-book, and will be administered online using ProctorU.

Module 8:  Blood System; medical language dealing with hematology and the blood system.  Specific blood cell types and plasma composition.  Diagnostic, pathological, and abbreviations and pharmacological terms specific to Hematology and Laboratory medicine.   Chapter 12

Module 9:  Digestive System; gastroenterology language.  Terminology and Abbreviations dealing with the GI-tract (mouth-anus).   Chapter 14. Fourth Discussion Board post.

Module 10:  Urinary System; emphasis will be on terms, and language specific to the Renal system. Chapter 9

Module 11:  Female & Male Reproductive Systems; both urological and gynecological language will be learned.  Essential anatomy and physiology, endocrine, sexual issues, and pathology dealing with diseases of reproduction. Chapter 10/11

Module 12: Endocrine System; the hypothalamic-pituitary-organ axis will be reviewed regarding the language and terms of endocrine disease.  Chapter 15

Module 13: Sensory System; this module will be limited to the special senses of vision and hearing. Language of diagnosis, pathology, and surgical issues dealing with these two special senses.   Chapter 16

Module 14: Lymphatic and Immune System; focusing on pathological and structural terms and basic function and anatomy of lymphatic and immune systems in medicine.  Chapter 13

Final Exam:  This exam will include 75 multiple choice and fill in the blank questions, which will be comprehensive (module 1-14).  However, the final will be heavier on material covered in modules 8-14.  This exam will be administered online through ProctorU, will be timed (120 minutes), and is closed-book.

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
  • Technical Support
  • Library
  • Bookstore
  • UNE Email
  • U-Online

The portal also features:

  • Dates to Remember
  • 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

Please visit this page to review the withdrawal and refund policies.

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.