Course Syllabus

Medical Vocabulary Online



Class: HO Medical Vocabulary Credits: 2 Total Chapters: 16


Starting Date: December 27, 2012 Days of Week: 7 Ending Date: March 12, 2013

E-mail: [email protected] (home) Home Telephone: 509.525.0878


Class Description: Student will learn basic elements that make up medical words: prefixes, word roots, combining forms and suffixes. The course includes a review of each body system utilizing practical application of medical vocabulary.


Hardware Used: Computers with Internet access with one of the following browsers: Netscape Navigator version 4.0 or higher; Netscape Communicator version 4.5 or higher; or Internet Explorer version 4.0 or higher, and there is Firefox 4.0.


A CD-ROM drive is helpful (but not absolutely necessary) in order to utilize the CD-ROM included with the text. The CD-ROM exercises offer assistance in learning medical terms. In addition, a study guide is available online to assist in reviewing before any chapter quizzes. Both are excellent supplemental tools to prepare for the chapter quizzes.


Text Used: Mastering Healthcare Terminology, Betsy Shiland, Second or third edition, Mosby Publishing Company, 2006. (Located at our WWCC Bookstore.) Please verify to determine if you are purchasing the correct textbook. There are other courses being offered online. Purchase the textbook ASAP.


Level: Entry-level. Student demonstrates skill of learning medical vocabulary terms.


Quarterly Outcomes for Medical Vocabulary Students:


After completing this course, the learner should be able to:


  Define suffixes, prefixes, combining forms, and root words used with body systems.

  Identify unfamiliar medical terms of body systems by analyzing word parts.

  Spell and pronounce medical terms involved with body systems.

  Utilize a medical dictionary located on the CD-Rom to be used throughout the quarter.

  Identify current health issues, medical research, and diagnostic and surgical procedures by locating information on the Internet.

  Identify pathological conditions of body systems covered throughout the quarter.

  Manipulate the Angel Learning program successfully to locate required information and complete assignments.


How Students Learn: Students will read/study each assigned chapter; complete end-of-chapter activities; review the corresponding exercises on the CD-ROM, complete the review documents for combining forms, prefixes, suffixes, and root words; and, finally, complete the quiz for the chapter.


Your final grade will be determined by the average of all test scores, class participation, and course assignments. A calendar is provided with the Angel Learning program. Click on the calendar to determine when assigned tests will be given, chapters assigned, etc. In addition, instructor will provide daily announcements to keep students on track.


Grading Criteria:


94 - 100 Percent A 77-79 Percent -- C+

90 - 93 Percent -- A- 74-76 Percent -- C

87 - 89 Percent B+ 70-73 Percent -- C-

84 - 86 Percent B 67-69 Percent -- D+

80 - 83 Percent B- 64-66 Percent -- D

60-63 Percent -- D-

Below 60 Percent -- F


What to expect from Instructor:


Announcements will be posted throughout the quarter. Instructor will remind students when tests will be given and the amount of time available to take the test. Usually you will have 20 minutes to complete each quiz. You will want to stay within that timeframe. The program will correct and time your test. You will be given one opportunity to complete the quiz. When time has ended, the test will be removed from the monitor. Im aware of computer problems so let me know immediately if you are experiencing difficulty with technology issues.


Please contact instructor if you find it impossible to complete the course or encounter problems with the program. Many times online learning is not a good learning style for all students. Just let me know if you are having problems of any kind.


Student Expectations:


  Locate daily announcements from instructor to remain on task

  Work on the class anytimeday or night seven days per week

  Complete two chapters per week

  Take two tests per weekTuesday and Friday

  Take a comprehensive final over all 16 chapters

  Receive immediate feedback on tests

  Complete all assignments

  Complete weekly internet assignments on specific medical topics

  Interact with other students through the Discussion Forums

  Check into the class on a daily basis and read all other students comments and reports

  Interact with students/instructor amiably

  Maintain current class schedule in order to complete class on time (Do not get way behind.)

  Communicate with instructor through Bevs Discusssion Board or through e-mail with questions on a more personal level

  Complete the course through the Angel Learning program

  You may check your grade anytime. Your grade can be determined anytime by dividing your total earned points by total possible points. Example: Total points possible 100; Total points earned 80. 100/80=80 percent.