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HCA 105: Medical Terminology

Course Description

This course will cover medical terminology via asynchronous online discussions, presentations and demonstrations. Emphasis will be placed on recognition, evaluation and deduction of medical word meanings by applying word-building rules. An additional focus of study will be to define and use words pertaining to the various sub-specialties of medicine.

Prerequisite

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. All Units-- Spell Words Correctly
    Unit I- Basic Word Structure
  2. Recognize and define the root (combining form), prefix and suffix.
  3. Use word building rules to form words from the components
  4. Define and use words pertaining to the body
  5. Define meanings for common suffixes used in the medical language
  6. Build terms following rules for suffixes
    Unit II- Prefixes
  7. Define Prefix
  8. Define meanings for common suffixes used in the medical language
  9. Build terms following rules for suffixes
  10. Explain the basic anatomy of the digestive system
  11. Students will discuss the application of terms used in the digestive system
  12. Define terms and word parts correctly related to the digestive system
    Unit III- Urinary System, Female Reproductive System, Male Reproductive System
  13. Explain the basic anatomy of the urinary and male and female reproductive systems
  14. Students will discuss the application of terms used in the urinary and male and female reproductive systems
  15. Define terms and word parts correctly related to the urinary and male and female reproductive systems
    Unit IV-Nervous System, Cardiovascular System, Respiratory System
  16. Explain the basic anatomy of the Nervous, cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  17. Students will discuss the application of terms used in the Nervous, cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  18. Define terms and word parts correctly related to the Nervous, cardiovascular and respiratory systems
    Unit V- Blood System, Lymphatic and Immune Systems, Musculoskeletal System
  19. Explain the basic anatomy of the blood, lymphatic and immune systems
  20. Students will discuss the application of terms used in the blood, lymphatic and immune systems
  21. Define terms and word parts correctly related to the blood, lymphatic and immune systems
  22. Explain the basic anatomy of the musculoskeletal system
  23. Students will discuss the application of terms used in the musculoskeletal system
  24. Define terms and word parts correctly related to the musculoskeletal system
    Unit VI- Skin, Sense Organs: The Eye and the Ear, Endocrine System
  25. Explain the basic anatomy of the Skin, sense organs and the endocrine system
  26. Students will discuss the application of terms used in the Skin, sense organs and the endocrine system
  27. Define terms and word parts correctly related to the Skin, sense organs and the endocrine system
    Unit VII- Cancer Medicine (Oncology), Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, and Radiation Therapy
  28. Explain the basic techniques and terms used in Pharmacology, oncology and related fields
  29. Students will discuss the application of terms used in Pharmacology, oncology and related fields
  30. Define terms and word parts correctly related to Pharmacology, oncology and related fields
    Unit VIII - Psychiatry
  31. Explain the basic techniques and terms used in the fields of psychiatry
  32. Students will discuss the application of terms used in the fields of psychiatry
  33. Define terms and word parts correctly related to psychiatry
    Unit XI- Critical Thinking
  34. Evaluate and deduce the meaning of a medical term by applying word building rules
  35. Be able to differentiate between a correctly and incorrectly spelled medical term
  36. Write medical terms found in medical reports in plain English
  37. Discuss real life issues via threaded discussion of topics with other students
    Unit XII- Practical Skills
  38. Become familiar with prevalent medical reference materials.
  39. Improve computer and Internet skills so as to feel comfortable using computers, sending E-mails with or without attachments, and communicating via distance education.
  40. Find resources on the computer to search out medical conditions to learn more about them.
    Unit XIII- Personal Growth
  41. Progress in development of a strong work ethic and personal discipline through weekly accomplishment of assignments.
  42. Gain confidence in his/her ability to learn medical terms, read patient chart notes, decipher medical articles and reports through weekly accomplishments of assignments and completion of the course.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignment(s)
Points
Weight

Unit Exams (Weeks 1-8)

400 (8 @ 50 pts)

50%

Discussion Board (Weeks 1-8)

80 (8 @10 pts)

10%

Abbreviation Assessment

20

2.5%

Comprehensive Final Exam (Week 8)

300

37.5%

Total

800

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through our online bookstore)

  • Chabner, Davi-Ellen. The Language of Medicine. 11th ed. Saunders Elsevier Publishing, 2017. ISBN-10: 0-323-37081-0 or ISBN-13: 978-0-323-37081-3

    This book may be purchased new or used. The Access Code is not required.

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignment(s)

1

1-6, 35-42

Topic: Basic Word Structure, Terms Pertaining to the Body as a Whole, Suffixes

  • Readings: Chapter 1-3
  • Read Assigned Chapters
  • Participate in Discussion Forum (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Complete Chapter Exercises (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Review pronunciations on CD
  • Take Practice Quizzes
  • Take Unit Exam (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)

2

1, 7-12, 35-42

Topic: Prefixes, Digestive System

  • Readings: Chapter 4-6
  • Read Assigned Chapters
  • Participate in Discussion Forum (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Complete Chapter Exercises (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Review pronunciations on CD
  • Take Practice Quizzes
  • Take Unit Exam (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)

3

1, 13-15, 35-42

Topic: Urinary, Female, and Male Reproductive Systems

  • Readings: Chapter 7-9
  • Read Assigned Chapters
  • Participate in Discussion Forum (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Complete Chapter Exercises (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Review pronunciations on CD
  • Take Practice Quizzes
  • Take Unit Exam (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)

4

1, 16-18, 35-42

Topic: Nervous System, Cardiovascular & Respiratory Systems

  • Readings: Chapter 10-12
  • Read Assigned Chapters
  • Participate in Discussion Forum (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Complete Chapter Exercises (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Review pronunciations on CD
  • Take Practice Quizzes
  • Take Unit Exam (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)

5

1, 19-24, 35-42

Topic: Blood, Lymphatic, and Immune, and Musculoskeletal Systems

  • Readings: Chapter 13-15
  • Read Assigned Chapters
  • Participate in Discussion Forum (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Complete Chapter Exercises (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Review pronunciations on CD
  • Take Practice Quizzes
  • Take Unit Exam (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)

6

1, 26-28, 35-42

Topic: Skin, Sense Organs and Endocrine System

  • Readings: Chapter 16-18
  • Read Assigned Chapters
  • Participate in Discussion Forum (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Complete Chapter Exercises (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Review pronunciations on CD
  • Take Practice Quizzes
  • Take Unit Exam (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)

7

1, 29-31, 35-42

Topic: Cancer Medicine, Radiology and Nuclear Medicine

  • Readings: Chapter 19 - 21
  • Read Assigned Chapters
  • Participate in Discussion Forum (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Complete Chapter Exercises (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Review pronunciations on CD
  • Take Practice Quizzes
  • Take Unit Exam (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)

8

1, 32-42

Topic: Psychiatry

  • Readings: Chapter 22
  • Read Assigned Chapters
  • Participate in Discussion Forum (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Complete Chapter Exercises (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Review pronunciations on CD
  • Take Practice Quizzes
  • Take Unit Exam (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Complete Final Exam (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Complete Course Evaluation

Final Exam
Chapters 1-22
SLOs 1-42

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