Syllabus for APS-100

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Medical Terminology is an introductory course intended to familiarize students with everyday medical terminology used by health care and medical professionals. It is structured to provide students with the entry level knowledge needed to advance into various careers in the medical field. The course emphasizes word parts, word structure, word analysis, and pronunciation of terms. Terms relating to diseases, disorders, diagnostic, and surgical procedures of the organ systems of the body are covered. Specific medical words and word parts will be reviewed as they pertain to the musculoskeletal, lymphatic/immune, cardiovascular,  respiratory, digestive, urinary, nervous, integumentary, endocrine, vision, and hearing and reproductive  systems. Students do not require a medical background prior to enrolling.

COURSE TOPICS

The course covers the following topics:

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to:

Word Parts and Anatomic Terminology

  1. Utilize the four types of word parts to form and interpret medical terms.
  2. Define commonly used prefixes, word roots, combining forms, and suffixes used in medical terminology.
  3. Utilize medical terms and recognize the need for doing so, along with the need for caution with abbreviations.
  4. Use anatomic reference systems to identify anatomic position, body planes, directions, and cavities.

Body Systems & Pathology

  1. Utilize terms related to cells, genetics, and the structure, function and procedures related to tissues and glands.
  2. Utilize terms to describe the pathology, modes of transmission, and types of diseases.
  3. Identify the major organs and functions of the different body systems.
  4. Utilize terms related to the pathology and the diagnostic and treatment procedures of the different body systems.

Additional Medical Information

  1. Utilize terms related to basic examination procedures, and blood and urinalysis laboratory tests.
  2. Utilize terms related to radiography and imaging techniques.
  3. Utilize terms related to pharmacology and complementary and alternative therapies.

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following textbook and accompanying StudyWARE CD-ROM to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

  • Ehrlich, A., & Schroeder, C. L. (2013). Medical terminology for health professions with Studyware CD-ROM (7th ed.). Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Cengage Learning.

    ISBN-13: 978-1-111-54327-3


COURSE STRUCTURE

Medical Terminology is a one-credit online course, consisting of eleven (11) modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles and their associated course objectives are listed below.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, take 11 online quizzes, and take a proctored online final exam. See below for details.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in 11 graded discussion forums. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. There is also an ungraded but required Introductions Forum in Module 1.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics folder of the course Web site is the online discussion forum rubric used to aid in the grading of all online discussion assignments.

Online Quizzes

There will be eleven (11) online module quizzes in the course. Each module-ending quiz consists of twenty (20) questions based on the module’s discussions and assigned reading. Be sure you have studied this material carefully and have completed all module assignments before you take the module quiz.

You have up to 30 minutes in which to complete the online quizzes. Please set aside sufficient time to complete each quiz before starting it.

Final Examination

You are required to take a final examination during the last week of the semester (Week 12).

The final examination is proctored and taken online using the College's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the "Examinations and Proctors" section of the Online Student Handbook (see the General Information area of the course Web site) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.

The final is a closed-book, comprehensive exam. It is one (1) hour long and includes fifty (50) multiple-choice questions based on the modules’ activities and assigned readings.

The exam is administered through the course Web site. Consult the course Calendar for the official dates of exam week.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during an exam. Cheating means:

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in an exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All assignment will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

A

=

93–100

C+

=

78–79

A–

=

90–92

C

=

73–77

B+

=

88–89

C–

=

70–72

B

=

83–87

D

=

60–69

B–

=

80–82

F

=

Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a nonarea of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

 

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:

Please refer to the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the College Catalog and online at www.tesc.edu.

 

 

Plagiarism

Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism 

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

 

Disciplinary Process

First-time incidents of academic dishonesty concerning plagiarism may reflect ignorance of appropriate citation requirements. Mentors will make a good faith effort to address all first-time offenses that occur in courses. In these cases, the mentor may impose sanctions that serve as a learning exercise for the offender. These may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool including a lower grade when appropriate. The mentor will notify the student by e-mail. Decisions about the sanctions applied for subsequent plagiarism offenses or other violations will be made by the appropriate dean’s office, with the advice of the mentor or staff person who reported the violation. The student will be notified via certified mail of the decision. Options for sanctions include:

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