NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

Medical Terminology I

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: Medical Terminology I
    B. Course Number: ME 111 - 10332
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 1
    F. Instructor: Gale, Brittany
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address: bgale@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours:
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: Virtual
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This course is an introduction to medical terminology with an emphasis on elements of medical terms, standard medical abbreviations, spelling, and an appreciation of the logical method found in medical terminology. This is a one credit hour course.

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    ME 111 assist students, who are interested in pursuing a healthcare career, learn basic medical terminology using a systematic approach.

    ME 111 will transfer to most community colleges. Information concerning articulation agreements with regional colleges and universities can be obtained through NMJC's counseling office. It is important to check with the institution to which you are planning to transfer to determine transferability. Planning for course credit transfer is ultimately the student's responsibility. All students are encouraged to keep the course syllabus, as it will help determine the transferability of this course credit to another institution.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    Leonard, Peggy C. (2018). Building A Medical vocabulary with Spanish Translations. (10th ed.). Elsevier Science. ISBN: 978-0-323-42794-4

    Internet accessibility.

    Respondus Lockdown Browser.

    Suggested:

    On-line website (http://evolve.elsevier.com/Leonard/Building) will help you master chapter materials prior to taking exams.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F
    

    Grades earned on chapter exams are available in Canvas immediately after they are submitted. For students to receive credit for any coursework, it must be submitted on or before the last class day. The total points anticipated for Medical Terminology is 755 points, which includes the following:

    Getting Stared Activities (20 points)
    Seven Chapter Exams (100 points each)
    Seven Course Communications (35 points)

    Student may calculate their grade by dividing the number of points earned by the number of points that were possible and multiplying by 100. To receive a passing grade, the student must receive 60% of the total possible points for the course. NMJC's grade scale will be strictly adhered to (e.g. no curve of final grades will occur).

    Getting Started Activities (20 pts)
    1) Syllabus Quiz/Survey (10 pts) - There is a short syllabus quiz/survey that is to be submitted by Wednesday of the first week. It is to be accessed via Respondus Lockdown Browser. The password is "success" without the quote marks.
    2) Discussion (5 pts) - Discussions are public and may be viewed by all students enrolled in the course. Students are to post an introduction via Canvas by Friday of the first week.
    3) Canvas Inbox (5 pts) - Messages are a private type of communication between student and instructor. Students are to send an inbox message via Canvas to the instructor by Friday of the first week.

    Chapter Exams (700 pts):
    Exams are housed in Canvas (see "Modules" Tab) and are to be accessed via Respondus Lockdown Browser. The password is "success" without the quotes marks. Chapter exams contain 50 questions randomly selected from a test-bank weighted 2 points each. They are considered individual and closed book. Tests are timed and must be submitted within the time allotted. Once exams have been successfully submitted, scores are immediately available (see "Grades" Tab). Should a problem arise during the testing process, it is the student's responsibility to report the problem to the professor as soon as possible (within 24 hours).

    Within the "Course Outline" section of the syllabus is the testing schedule. Taking exams earlier than scheduled is encouraged. ALL chapter exams must be submitted by 8:00 PM Thursday, October 11, 2018.

    There is an optional comprehensive final that may be submitted. Score earned will be used to replace the lowest test score. The score earned on the final will not negatively impact the students' final course grade.

    Course Communications (35 pts)
    When communicating via Canvas, the highest level of integrity and ethics must be maintained. Seven (7) communications are scheduled. Timing of these scheduled communications is important (see "Course Outline" for dates). Students will be awarded five points for each scheduled communication.

    Students are to let the instructor know where they are in their studies (e.g. Chapter 1 read, Test 1 completed, or working on chapter 2). Questions are encouraged but not required to receive points. The instructor will respond to Canvas communications within 24 hours Monday thru Friday 12 noon. Purposes for these communications are as follows:
    1) To keep contact between instructor-student throughout the semester.
    2) To encourage students to stay on task.
    3) To provide a mechanism for feedback between student/instructor.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    During the semester, students are encouraged to:
    1. Use a word-building system to learn medical terms.
    2. Exercise the understanding for exactness in medical vocabulary.
    3. Analyze complex medical terms by dividing them into simpler components.
    4. Acquire a basic foundation in medical terminology that will lead to recognizing thousands of medical terms related to anatomy and physiology, diagnostic tests and procedures, pathology, surgery, and therapy.
    5. Use the pronunciation guide to pronounce medical terms correctly.
    6. Recognize the singular form and plural form of terms.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Each chapter has specific learning goals stated at the beginning of the chapter. Students that demonstrate an understanding of the learning goals/objectives should be able to achieve a score of 70% or greater on chapter exams.

    Chapter One – Building Medical Terms Starting With Medical Specialties
    Upon completion of the chapter, students should be able to:
    1. Identify the roles of word roots, prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms.
    2. Identify examples of combining forms, prefixes, and suffixes and word roots, and recognize them in medical terms.
    3. Demonstrate correct usage of the combining vowel by correctly joining word parts to write medical terms.
    4. Use the rules learned in this chapter to write the singular or plural forms and to identify eponyms, acronyms, and abbreviations.
    5. Use the rules in this chapter to pronounce medical terms correctly.
    6. Write the meanings of selected word parts and use them to build and analyze terms.
    7. Match the terms for medical specialists with the areas in which they specialize, or write the medical specialties when given the area of expertise.
    8. Identify the specialty associated with various medical conditions.
    9. List five categories for classifying medical terms that are used in this book.

    Chapter Two – Diseases and Disorders: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Terms
    Upon completion of the chapter, students should be able to:
    1. List or recognize seven general causes of disease.
    2. List or recognize four general types of microorganisms.
    3. Recognize terms associated with diseases and disorders or write their meanings.
    4. Match word parts with their meanings.
    5. Write the meanings of the word parts, and use them to build and analyze terms.
    6. Identify the procedures used during a physical examination.
    7. Recognize several types of diagnostic imaging procedures.
    8. Write meanings of surgical and nonsurgical therapeutic terms or match them with their meanings.

    Chapter Three – Organization of the Body
    Upon completion of the chapter, students should be able to:
    1. Recognize the relationship of cells, tissues, and organs.
    2. Name four main types of tissues.
    3. Match or write the meanings of prefixes, and use them to build and analyze terms.
    4. Write or match combining forms for position and direction with their meanings.
    5. Label the directional terns and planes of the body.
    6. Write or match combining forms for body regions and body cavities.
    7. Identify the clinical and anatomic divisions of the abdomen.
    8. Write or match terms that relate to the body as a whole with their meanings.
    9. Recognize general facts about body fluids and analyze associated terms.
    10. Recognize types of body fluids and some kinds of metabolic imbalances.
    11. Write the meanings of word parts pertaining to body fluids and immunity, and use them to build and analyze terms.
    12. Name the functions of the formed elements of the blood, and recognize the meaning of several sings and symptoms of anemia.
    13. Write or match the name of blood pathologies with their descriptions.
    14. Write terms that describe coagulation or match the terms with their descriptions.
    15. List several body defense mechanisms, define active versus passive immunity, and natural versus artificial immunity.

    Chapter Four –Circulatory System
    Upon completion of the chapter, students should be able to:
    1. State the meaning of the circulatory system and its function.
    2. State the functions of the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems, and analyze associated terminology. 3. Write the meanings of word parts associated with the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems, and use them to build and analyze terms.
    4. Write the names of the structures of the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems, and define the terms associated with these structures.
    5. Sequence the flow of blood from when it enters the heart until it returns to the heart.
    6. Write the names of the diagnostic tests and procedures for assessment of the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems when given their descriptions, or match procedures with their descriptions.
    7. Write the names of cardiovascular and lymphatic pathologies when given their descriptions, or match pathologies with their meanings.
    8. Match surgical and nonsurgical therapeutic interventions with their descriptions or write the names of the interventions when given their descriptions.
    9. Build terms using word parts to label illustrations.

    Chapter Five – Respiratory System
    Upon completion of the chapter, students should be able to:
    1. State the function of the respiratory system, and analyze associated terminology.
    2. Write the names of the structures of the respiratory system when given their descriptions, define terns associated with these structures, and label the structures.
    3. Write the meaning of the word parts associated with the respiratory system, and use the word parts to build and analyze terms.
    4. Distinguish between the structures of the upper respiratory tract and those of the lower respiratory tract.
    5. Write or recognize the sequence of the flow of air from the atmosphere through the respiratory structures.
    6. Match structures of the respiratory system with the instruments and procedures that are used to study them, or write the names of the procedures when give their descriptions.
    7. Match terms for respiratory system pathologies with their meanings, or write the names of the pathologies when give their descriptions.
    8. Match terms for surgical and other therapeutic interventions for respiratory system pathologies with descriptions of the interventions, or write the names of the interventions when given their descriptions.
    9. Build terms from word parts to label illustrations.

    Chapter Six – Digestive System
    Upon completion of the chapter, students should be able to:
    1. State the four major functions of the digestive system, and analyze associated terms.
    2. List the three classes of nutrients and their functions.
    3. Write the name of the major structures of the digestive system, define the terms associated with these structures, and label the structures.
    4. Write the meanings of the word parts associated with upper and lower digestive tract, and use them to build and analyze terms.
    5. State the function of the accessory organs of digestion, and analyze associative terms.
    6. Write the names of the diagnostic tests and procedures for assessment of the digestive system when given their descriptions, and match them with the digestive structures.
    7. Match terms for digestive system pathologies with their meanings, or write the names of the pathologies when give their descriptions.
    8. Match the pathologies of accessory organs of digestion with their meanings, or write the names of the pathologies when give their descriptions.
    9. Match terms for surgical and therapeutic interventions for digestive tract and accessory organ pathologies with descriptions of the interventions, or write the names of the interventions when given their descriptions.
    10. Build terms from word parts to label illustrations.

    Chapter Seven – Urinary System
    Upon completion of the chapter, students should be able to:
    1. State the function of the urinary system, and analyze associated terms.
    2. Write the names of the structures of the urinary system, define the terms associated with these structures, and label structures.
    3. Write the meanings of the word parts associated with the urinary system, and use them to build and analyze terms.
    4. Identify the major structures of the nephron and their functions.
    5. Sequence the formation and excretion of urine.
    6. Write the names of the diagnostic test and procedures for assessment of the urinary system when given descriptions of the tests and procedures, or match the names with their descriptions.
    7. Distinguish between normal and abnormal components of urine.
    8. Match the terms for urinary system pathologies with their meanings, or write the names of the pathologies when given their descriptions.
    9. Describe the significance of genitourinary infections and their association with sexually transmitted diseases.
    10. Match terms for surgical and other therapeutic interventions for urinary system pathologies with descriptions of the interventions, or writ the names of the interventions when given their descriptions.
    11. Build terms from word parts to label illustrations.

  10. REQUIRED TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES AND EQUIPMENT

    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/canvasinstructions.aspx.

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/Canvasinstructions.aspx.

  11. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Canvas is used as the Learning Management System (LMS) for on-line course delivery. For first time Canvas users, access NMJC’s Single Sign-On system via https://sso.nmjc.edu. Enter the information as prompted. If you cannot log into Canvas and require troubleshooting help, call the 24/7 Helpdesk at 575.399.2199.

    ME 111 is offered as a first term, eight-week course. Students must complete the bookwork for each chapter prior to taking the exam over that material. There are free online study tools available with your textbook. For registration information, see the front pages of the book.

    Leonard, the textbook’s author, uses the programmed learning method that is a fast and effective means of becoming familiar with medical language and eliminating much of the medium of memorization. It is important to study the chapters in the sequence presented because each chapter builds upon the next (specifically chapters 1 – 3). Students successfully completing ME 111 are encouraged to enroll in ME 121 that is offered as a second term eight-week course and covers chapters 8 - 14.

  12. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at krueda@nmjc.edu.

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at canvashelpdesk@nmjc.edu, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    Netiquette
    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Plagiarism
    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  13. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  14. FINALS SCHEDULE
  15. COURSE OUTLINE

    Getting Started activities (Module 0)
    Syllabus Quiz/Survey - must be submitted by 11: 59 PM, Wednesday, January 16th
    Discussion Board Introduction: January 14th – 18th, 11: 59 PM
    Canvas Inbox Week 1: January 14th – 18th, 11: 59 PM

    Chapter Exams
    Students must complete the bookwork for each chapter prior to taking the exam over that material. If any questions arise during the student’s study, he/she should contact the instructor. Exam due dates in Canvas are "soft" so you can submit quizzes past the deadline without penalty. However, ALL exams must be submitted by 8:00 PM of the last scheduled finals day during the final week. Working ahead of projected due dates is encouraged. To help stay on task, suggested dues dates for submission are as follows:

    Week 1: Chap 1 Building Medical Terms –January 18th (Friday)
    Week 2: Chap 2 Diseases and Disorders – January 25th (F)
    Week 3: Chap 3 Organization of the Body – February 1st (F)
    Week 4: Chap 4 Circulatory System – February 8th (F)
    Week 5: Chap 5 Respiratory System – February 15th (F)
    Week 6: Chap 6 Digestive System – February 22nd (F)
    Week 7: Chap 7 Urinary System– March 1st (F)
    Week 8: Comprehensive Final (Optional) – March 7th, by 8:00 PM (Thursday)

    The comprehensive final exam over chapters 1 - 7 is optional. The score earned on this exam will be used to replace the student's lowest chapter exam score. This score will not be used to negatively impact the student's final course grade.

    Communications
    Checking-in weekly with the instructor is required. Dates for the scheduled communications are as follows:
    Week 1 Inbox Communication: January 14-18th
    Week 2 Inbox Communication: Jan. 19th -25th
    Week 3 Inbox Communication: Jan. 26th- Feb. 1st
    Week 4 Inbox Communication: Feb. 2nd – Feb. 8th
    Week 5 Inbox Communication: Feb. 9th -15th
    Week 6 Inbox Communication: Feb. 16th – 22nd
    Week 7 Inbox Communication: Feb. 23rd - March 1st
    Week 8 Inbox Communication: March 2nd- March 7th by 8:00 PM

    IMPORTANT KEY DATES:
    Last Day to Withdraw for 1st eight-week courses: Friday, February 22nd, 2019.
    Last Day to Submit Exams: 8:00 PM, Thursday, March 7th, 2019.