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Course Overview

I am excited you are taking this medical terminology course. This course will give you the foundation for a career in many different health-related fields, such as medicine, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy, dentistry, and so on. Even if you don’t decide to pursue a career in a medical-related field, it will give you a solid foundation in the language of medicine so that you can carry on an informed conversation with your healthcare provider as you seek care for yourself and your family.

Even though knowledge is expanding rapidly in this age of computers and the internet, the basics of medical terminology will not change. Because you will learn prefixes, suffixes, and the different word parts of medical terms, this course will help you to analyze and understand many different health-related words when you encounter them.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Analyze a medical term and identify the different word parts.
  2. Use medical abbreviations appropriately.
  3. Use the most common medical terms in a sentence.
  4. Categorize medical terms according to body systems.

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Course Materials

The required textbook for this course is Chabner, Davi-Ellen. (2017). The Language of Medicine, 11th ed. St, Louis. Saunders. The textbook will guide your study of the medical language, while at the same time describing healthcare technology, medical procedures, and treatments.

Student resources for the textbook are available online. You can access the free student resources at http://evolve.elsevier.com/Chabner/language. You will need to register as a student user of the resources associated with the text. On this website, please review the “Before You Begin” section and confirm that you have the technology needed to access the resources. Many free student resources are available to help your study, including flashcards, practice exams, games, and video animations. Your access to the free online resources will never expire! I strongly suggest that you practice with the online resources such as the flashcards and exams prior to taking the midterm and final exams. More information on registering and accessing the Evolve resources is located after the syllabus quiz.

You may wish to acquire a medical dictionary. Many medical terms are defined throughout the text and in the online resources. After completing the first few units, you will know if you would like to have a medical dictionary in addition to the text required for the course. There are several comparable medical dictionaries available.

  1. Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, published by F.A. Davis.
  2. Mosby’s Medical, Nursing, & Allied Health Dictionary, published by Elsevier/Mosby.
  3. Steadman’s Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing, published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
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Course Organization

There are seventeen units in this course, each of which contains an open-book unit quiz that will be part of your grade. The unit quizzes are based on the textbook reading assignments, activities, and exercises. Please note that the unit quiz is not the same as the practice activities and exercises found in the textbook and the textbook’s online resources.

There are two exams: a midcourse exam and a final exam. Both consist of multiple-choice questions. The midcourse exam will cover units 1 through 8, and the final exam will cover units 9 through 17. Please keep in mind that the information in this course builds upon itself, so functionally, you will see overlap from earlier units in the final exam.

Syllabus Quiz

The syllabus quiz has multiple-choice questions based on the content of the syllabus. You must pass it with 100 percent before continuing on to the rest of the course. You can take this quiz as many times as needed to achieve 100 percent. It does not count as part of your overall course grade, but it is mandatory.

Activities and Exercises

You will have nongraded activities and exercises that can be found at the end of your textbook chapters and on the publisher's Evolve website at http://evolve.elsevier.com/Chabner/language. In each unit, I strongly encourage you to complete the activities and the exercises in each textbook chapter (or chapters) as this will allow you to practice the new terminology in several different formats. The activities in Evolve are a great (and grade-safe) way to learn the material! Do yourself a huge favor and do them!

Unit Quizzes

There are 17 unit quizzes that count towards your grade. These quizzes will guide your study and test your knowledge and understanding of medical terminology and health-related concepts. You will practice medical terms, analyze basic word structure and components, and learn about health and disease.

Virtual Meeting with the Instructor

You will have the opportunity to schedule a virtual meeting with the instructor before each exam. This online meeting is not mandatory and does not count as part of your grade. A virtual meeting does not necessarily need to occur only before an exam. If you feel you would like to meet online at another time, you may schedule an appointment anytime during the times listed.

Exams

There will be two examinations in this course—a midcourse and a final. Both exams are closed-book. No notes, no calculators, dictionaries, or electronic devices will be allowed during the exams.

The midcourse exam will be given after lesson 8 and have 80 multiple-choice questions. Ten questions come from each lesson. The final will be given after you have completed all seventeen lessons and consists of 90 questions. Again, ten questions come from lessons 9 through 17. The final exam is not comprehensive; however, you will likely see familiar topics because the course content builds on itself now and again.

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Grading

The percent breakdown of the course is as follows:

Unit Quizzes 30%
Midcourse Exam 35%
Final Exam 35%
Total 100%

The point grade scale is:

Grading Scale
A 94%–100% C 73%–76%
A− 90%–93% C− 70%–72%
B+ 87%–89% D+ 67%–69%
B 83%–86% D

63%–66%

B− 80%–82% D− 60%–62%
C+ 77%–79% E (fail) 59% or below

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Tips and Hints

This course is largely memorization. The more you practice, the better you will do. To be successful in this course, you will definitely want to do the nongraded activities and exercises in your textbook and textbook resources.

I suggest you first read and study the relevant chapter(s) until you feel comfortable with the material. Next, look over the exercise or activity, and go back and review anything that doesn't look immediately familiar. Then, do the activities and exercises without using the text or other resources.

When you have completed an exercise or activity, go back and check your work, and re-study what you missed. Remember, the exams are closed-book, so the better you can do the assignments without using resources, the better you will do on the exams.

Don't shortchange yourself! The more effectively you study, the better you will do in this course.

Another great way to practice—and to find out what areas you need to strengthen—is to teach someone else. Make a game of it, or add a new topic to your next meal with friends, family, or pets!

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“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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Course Policies

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

Assignments

There are 17 computer-graded assignments (one per unit), which may be resubmitted once for a fee.

Resubmit an assignment for a fee.

Exams

1 proctored, computer-graded midcourse exam, may retake once for a fee; 1 proctored, computer-graded final exam, may retake once for a fee. You must pass the final exam to earn credit for the course.

Retake an exam for a fee.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor. You can find a list of free tutors available to BYU Independent Study students on the Free Tutoring Services website.

Note: The Harold B. Lee Library website provides a number of online resources and librarians are available via phone, chat, and email to answer questions about library-related issues.

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All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

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