Course Syllabus

Medical Terminology Online

Instructor:  Bev (O’Laughlin) Davis


Class:  OT280                                                 Credits:  Five         Total Chapters:  16


Starting Date:  January 2, 2013                                                                              Ending Date:  March 12, 2013

Days of Week:  Seven

Email:  [email protected]                                                            Home Phone:  509.525.0878


Class Description:  Students study medical terminology to prepare for an entry-level position.  Topics covered are medical suffixes and prefixes, and whole body terminology; several body systems, including integumentary, skeletal, muscles and joints, nervous, blood and lymphatic, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, special senses, urinary system, female reproductive system, and obstetrics.


Hardware Used: Operative Systems:  Windows XP, MAC OSX:  Browsers:  Internet Explorer 7 or newer, try 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 the correct pronunciation of medical terms in addition to crossword puzzles and games.  It is an excellent supplement to prepare for the chapter quizzes.  Page xxvii in the textbook gives instructions on how to use the CD-ROM.


Text Used:  Comprehensive Medical Terminology, Third or Fourth Edition, Betty Davis Jones, Thomson Delmar Learning, 2008 & 2110.


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

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


Ø  Identify and define the word parts most frequently used with the major body systems and specialties.


Ø  Properly spell, define, and pronounce medical terms associated with each body system studied.


Ø  Define unfamiliar medical terms by analyzing the word parts and verifying the definition in a medical dictionary.


Ø  Use the Internet to locate information about specific medical conditions, procedures, and research.


Ø  Identify pathological conditions common to the body systems studied in this course.


Ø  Identify diagnostic and surgical procedures common to the body systems studied in this course.


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


Your final grade will be determined by the average of all test scores, including the final, and internet assignments, or other class requirements. 


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


Please contact instructor if you find it impossible to complete the course.  Many times online learning is not a good learning style for all students.


Student Expectations:


Ø  Locate daily announcements from instructor to remain on task

Ø  Work on the class anytime—day or night seven days per week

Ø  Complete two chapters per week

Ø  Take two tests per week—Tuesday and Friday

Ø  Take a midterm over Chapters 1-8 and a final over Chapters 9-16

Ø  Receive immediate feedback on tests

Ø  Determine points received on each assignment by checking assessments 

Ø  Complete all assignments

Ø  Complete weekly internet assignments on specific medical topics

Ø  Interact with other students through the Discussion Forums

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

Ø  Interact with students/instructor amiably       

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

Ø  Communicate with instructor through Bev’s Forum or through e-mail with questions on a more personal level

Ø  Complete the course through the Angel program

Ø  You may check your grade anytime through the Record Icon.  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.


Ø  To request accommodations related to a disability, contact Claudia Angus, Ph.D., Coordinator of Disability Support Services, at 527-4262 or email [email protected]


Ø  Have fun and enjoy learning online.  J   J   J