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Course Syllabus
2015- 2016
TEACHER: Kellie
Flowers, RN
COURSE: Medical Terminology (5540)
EMAIL: kellie.flowers@darlingtoin.k12.sc.us
PHONE: 843-398-3250
EXTRA HELP TIMES: 7:45 8:10 am Monday, Wednesday, & Friday; other times
by
appointment only (24-hour notice please)
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Credit: 1 unit
Medical Terminology is designed to develop a working knowledge of the language of
health professions. Students acquire word-building skills by learning prefixes,
suffixes, roots, combining forms, and abbreviations. Utilizing a body systems
approach, students will define, interpret, and pronounce medical terms relating to
structure and function, pathology, diagnosis, clinical procedures, and pharmacology.
Students will use problem-solving techniques to assist in developing an
understanding of course concepts.
STANDARDS/COURSE GOALS:
Students are expected to meet the Medical Terminology Standards, as outlined by
the South Carolina Department of Education, which are based on the National
Health Care Standards. The SC Department of Education Medical Terminology
Standards may be viewed at
http://ed.sc.gov/scdoe/assets/file/programsservices/148/documents/Medical_Terminology_Standards_Aug_2014.pdf
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
Medical terminology standards focus on body systems, to include the following:

Skeletal
Urinary
Muscular
Nervous
Cardiovascular
Special Senses: Eyes and Ears
Lymphatic and Immune
Integumentary
Respiratory
Endocrine
Digestive
Reproductive

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Foundation Standard 1: Academic Foundation


Healthcare professionals will know the academic subject matter required
for proficiency within their area. They will use this knowledge as needed in
their role. The following accountability criteria are considered essential for
students in a health science program of study.
Human Structure and Function
1. Classify the basic structural and functional organization of the human body
(tissue, organ, and system).
2. Recognize body planes, directional terms, quadrants, and cavities.
3. Analyze the basic structure and function of the human body.
Diseases and Disorders
4. Describe common diseases and disorders of each body system (prevention,
pathology, diagnosis, and treatment).
5. Recognize emerging diseases and disorders.
6. Investigate biomedical therapies as they relate to the prevention, pathology, and
treatment of disease.
Foundation Standard 2: Communications
Healthcare professionals will know the various methods of giving and
obtaining information. They will communicate effectively, both orally and
in writing.
Medical Terminology
1. Construct medical terms using prefixes, suffixes, roots, and combining forms.
2. Use appropriate medical terms to communicate information.
3. Identify medical abbreviations to communicate information.
4. Determine definition of a medical term by examining its component word parts.
Concepts of Effective Communication
5. Pronounce medical terms.
6. Apply speaking and active listening skills.
7. Interpret verbal communication.
Written Communication Skills
8. Recognize elements of written and electronic communication (with emphasis on
correct spelling, grammar, and formatting).
9. Use medical dictionaries and multimedia resources to interpret medical
terminology.
MAJOR ASSESSMENT AND GRADING PRACTICES:
Final Grades:

Nine Weeks:

First Nine Weeks


Second Nine Weeks
Third Nine Weeks
Fourth Nine Weeks
Final Exam
Class work & Homework
Quizzes
Tests/Projects

20%
20%
20%
20%
20%
25%
25%
50%

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Darlington County School District Grading Scale:


90 80 70 60 0-

100
89
79
69
59

A ~ Exceeds expectations
B ~ Meets Health Science standards & expectations
C ~ Passing grade but does not meet some standards
D ~ Passing, but only meets minimum standards
F ~ Failing, does not meet minimum standards

*This is in conjunction with the South Carolina Uniform Grading Scale. Numerical
grades will be reported on interim reports and report cards
MAJOR COURSE ASSIGNMENTS & PROJECTS:
Tests: Unit tests will be administered at the completion of every unit. Cumulative
mid-term and final exams will be administered as scheduled by Darlington County
Institute of Technology.
Projects: Students will complete many projects and assignments throughout the
semester. Project guidelines, requirements, and due dates will be discussed when
the project is assigned. A few assignments are included in this syllabus for your
review; other assignments will be given in class.
#1 ~ Current Health/Medical Event Paper (two part project ~ Weekly Quiz
Grade)

PART 1 (due Friday of 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th weeks of the quarter)
The current event will include a 50 word or greater report that includes a summary (in the
students own wordsplagiarism will receive a zero quiz grade) and the students
developed opinion, and documentation of the source utilized. (See additional handout for
grading criteria.) The health/medical article must come from
USA Today

CBS News Healthwatch http://www.cbsnews.com click on Health

PART 2 (due Friday of 3rd, 5th, 7, and 9th weeks of quarter)

Student should reply/ respond to two posts made by a classmate the previous week

Response should include students well thought out opinion of classmates original post

Can not just agree or disagree must explain why

Does not need to be more than a few sentences.

#2 ~ Unit Video Group Project (Test Grade)


Groups will make a video to be shared with the class to teach an assigned
medical terminology chapter. Rubric will be given for students to go by.

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REQUIRED READINGS AND MATERIALS:


Myrna Lafleur Brooks, Exploring Medical Language. St. Louis, Missouri:
Mosby Elsevier, latest edition
Health Center 21: Health Care Foundations Computer-based health
science curriculum
Materials: Notebook (3 ring binder, or 3-prong folder with pockets), pencils, black
or blue pens, notebook paper and white printer paper for printing notes, earphones,
4x6 index cards, markers or colored pencils, and other supplies for projects as
needed
EXTRA HELP OPPORTUNITIES:
There is no shame in asking for or receiving extra help to promote understanding
and development of skills. Students are encouraged to seek extra help from their
peers, their teacher, or others who have the knowledge or skill to assist. Teachers
will post times they are available before, during or after the school day, as well as
ways they may be accessed through communicate that additional help is needed.
BEHAVIOR PLAN:
Please pay close attention to rules and procedures (see procedures and
expectations letter) to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you. We
will participate in many hands-on activities that will require you to follow safety
measures. In the case of behavior and discipline problems, I will follow the DCIT and
district policy related to the offense and make referrals to administration as needed.

WISH LIST:
Kleenex
Glue Sticks
Markers
Construction paper
Cleaning wipes/ baby wipes
Scissors
Hand Sanitizer
Papertowels

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