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What You Should Already Know

In MEDIC 051, all students will find real-life application of the medical terminology during MEDIC 051. They will become proficient at building medical words from word parts. Students will gain a grounded foundation of medical terminology, abbreviations, and common symbols used in university pre-med courses, nursing programs, healthcare offices, and so forth. They will be able to describe the terms associated with anatomical regions, planes, and movements. No specific prerequisites are in place to take this course, just a desire to learn more about the medical perspective on the human body.

Learning Outcomes

The main purpose of this course is to help you become proficient in core medical terminology. This course will help you get the most out of building your scientific thinking foundation. Here are some of the main things you will learn to do:

  1. Define commonly used medical terminology.
  2. Discover relationships among parts of ten core systems of the human body.
  3. Learn about options for a career in the medical field.

Course Materials

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Course Organization


Flashcard Activities

At the end of each unit, you will find flashcard lists. These lists are designed to prepare you for your unit quizzes and your final exam. These lists test your understanding of the material. If you miss several of these during practice, make sure you go back and review the course material before continuing to the next unit.

Unit Quizzes

Unit quizzes are computer-graded multiple-choice assignments containing questions about what you have learned. Make sure that you have carefully read the discussion material and utilized the flashcards before each unit quiz, as these assignments will ask you to apply what you have learned in each unit. These assignments consist of multiple-choice questions that will test your understanding of the lessons and terminology learned in each unit. These assignments are submitted for grading and count toward your final grade.

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The final exam consists of 100 questions that cover all of the concepts taught in the course.

To prepare for the final exam, review all of the flashcard and unit quizzes. Questions on the final exam will cover all of the material in the course.

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Your final grade will be the combined percentage of your assignments and final exam according to this scale:

Assignment Percentage of Final Grade
Unit 1 Quiz 6%
Unit 2 Quiz 6%
Unit 3 Quiz 6%
Unit 4 Quiz 6%
Unit 5 Quiz 6%
Unit 6 Quiz 6%
Unit 7 Quiz 6%
Unit 8 Quiz 6%
Unit 9 Quiz 6%
Unit 10 Quiz 6%
Unit 11 Quiz 6%
Unit 12 Quiz 6%
Final Exam 28%
Total 100%

This is how your grade will be distributed:

Grade Scale
A 100%–94% C 76%–74%
A- 93%–90% C- 73%–70%
B+ 89%–87% D+ 69%–67%
B 86%–84% D 66%–64%
B- 83%–80% D- 63%–60%
C+ 79%–77% E (fail) 59%–0%

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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Accessibility Notice

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


Summary: 12 computer-graded assignments, may be resubmitted once for a fee.

A NOTE ABOUT PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is taking the work of someone else and claiming it as your own. To simply copy and paste ideas, words, or stories from the internet is stealing. This will NOT be tolerated at BYU Independent Study. If you plagiarize, you will receive an incomplete on the portfolio and must pay a fee to resubmit your own work. If you plagiarize twice, you will automatically fail the course.

Final Exam

Summary: 1 proctored, computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee

You must pass with a score of sixty percent or higher in order to pass and earn credit for this course. There is no time limit on the exam. You will not be allowed to reference any notes or course materials.

Course Duration

You have 1 year to complete this course. You may purchase one 3-month extension if you need more than a year to complete this course.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor.

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Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.