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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 06-Jun-24

Fall 2024 | AHS-1205-VO07F - Medical Terminology

Flex Class

FLEX courses are online courses with flexible assignment submission, allowing students to manage their completion pace during the semester. FLEX courses remain open for enrollment throughout the first half of the semester. Flex course enrollment for Fall 2024 ends on October 30.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 13 (as of 07-24-24 8:05 PM)
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Jayne Willman
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Danielle Lafleur Brooks

Course Description

This course encompasses the development and use of medical vocabulary. Students learn medical terms and abbreviations to name diseases and disorders, diagnostics, and surgical procedures in the context of body systems and related health professions. Students use prefixes, word roots, combining forms, and suffixes to interpret the meaning of medical terms with the goal of reducing errors.

Essential Objectives

1. Demonstrate the use of word roots, combining forms, prefixes, and suffixes that form most medical terms.
2. Define, spell, pronounce, and employ a fundamental vocabulary of medical terms.
3. Translate medical terminology from word/terms to abbreviations and from abbreviations to word/terms.
4. Relate appropriate medical terms to structures and functions of the human body and related body systems (e.g. musculoskeletal, immune, endocrine, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, and digestive).
5. Identify and define medical terms related to diseases and disorders.
6. Identify and define medical terms related to diagnostic and surgical procedures.
7. Research the current use of terminology and abbreviations.
8. Use medical terms and abbreviations in context.
9. Demonstrate appropriate use of a medical dictionary and reliable online sources and cite references in APA format.
10. Explain how data and quantitative reasoning are used in healthcare professions.
11. Identify biases in healthcare, including discrimination, implicit bias, and systemic racism, and the impact they have on the health outcomes of individuals and groups.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

AHS-1205-VO07F Link to Textbooks/Resources Information for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.



Teaching Methods

  • Textbook
  • Lectures, Articles and other Reading Materials, Videos, etc. A list of resources and links are provided each week.
  • Demonstration of Learning Discussions
  • Case Studies,
  • Assessments/Evolve Chapter exercises and quizzes.
  • Feedback - Students will be given feedback within their assignments early in the semester.

Course Outline

  • Week 1: Discussion: Introduction to Medical Terminology
  • Case Study, Evolve Chapter Exercises and quiz
  • Week 2: Discussion: Body Structure & Medical Abbreviations
  • Case Study, Evolve Chapter Exercises and Quiz
  • Week 3: Discussion: Integumentary System
  • Case Study, Evolve Chapter Exercises and Quiz, Medical Dictionary Assign
  • Week 4: Discussion: The Respiratory System
  • Case Study, Evolve Chapter Exercises and Quiz,
  • Week 5: Discussion:The Urinary System & The Male Reproductive System
  • Case Study, Evolve Chapter Exercises and Quiz
  • Week 6: Discussion: The Female Reproductive System
  • Case Study, Evolve Chapter Exercises/MIDTERM EXAM
  • Week 7: Discussion:Obstetrics and Neonatal Care
  • Case Study, Evolve Chapter Exercises and Quiz
  • Week 8: Discussion: Cardiovascular System
  • Case Study, Evolve Chapter Exercises and Quiz
  • Week 9: Discussion: Digestive System
  • Case Study, Evolve Chapter Exercises and Quiz
  • Week 10: Discussion: Eye
  • Case Study, Evolve Chapter Exercises and Quiz
  • Week 11: Discussion: Ear
  • Case Study, Evolve Chapter Exercises and Quiz
  • Week 12: Discussion: Muscular System
  • Case Study, Evolve Chapter Exercises and Quiz
  • Week 13: Discussio: Nervous System
  • Case Study, Evolve Chapter Exercises and Quiz
  • Week 14: Discussion: Endocrine / FINAL EXAM
  • Case Study, Evolve Chapter Exercises and Quiz
  • Week 15: Discussion: Wrap Up

Participation Expectations

Students are expected to progress through the each Week’s Discussion, Case Study, and Assignments.

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Methods

Students will be evaluated on the following:

  • Completion, performance and participation in all Demonstration of Learning Discussions
  • Completion and performance on all assignments: Case Studies
  • Completion and performance on assessments, Evolve Chapter exercises/quizzes.
  • English composition - Evaluation of a student's writing skills (grammar, spelling, punctation, organization of writing, etc.) in all assignments where a student is required to write will be evaluated and subject to grading.
  • Research - Evaluation of a student's ability to extract information, summarize in their own words, and properly cite referenced material and format a reference in APA format will be evaluated and graded.
  • Ability to express knowledge and understanding of the course materials via the various topics.

Course Completion and Final Grade Determination

Students will have many opportunities to demonstrate their academic success in this course. A student’s final grade will be based on the following criteria:

  • 40% Class discussions and Case Studies (Demonstrate Your Learning)
  • 30% Assignments (homework, reviews, etc.)
  • 30% Midterm and Final Exam

To complete and pass the course students must:

  • Satisfactorily complete all assignments, Discussions, Case Studies, assessments , Evolve exercises, quizzes and exams by the end of the semester.
  • Must have passing grade in all three graded sections (class discussion, case studies, Evolve assignments, Midterm and Final Exam).

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.