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HTH 200 - Medical Terminology - Winter 2022

Academic Credit Value:
3 units
Course Delivery Mode:
Hours of Study:
36 hours
Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Anti-requisite(s):
Instructor Name:
Elizabeth Belengeur
Course Dates:
01/17/2022 - 04/17/2022

Required Course Materials:
The Language of Medicine 11th Edition: Davi-Ellen Chabner
Optional Course Materials:
Course Description:
This course will equip learners to utilize the language of medicine to communicate information, in both written and verbal format, within the healthcare environment.  This course will introduce medical terms and abbreviations with corresponding definitions, spelling, and pronunciation using a body system approach.Basic anatomy and physiology, pathology, and common interventions (diagnostic and therapeutic) are included to assist in understanding the structure and function of organs and systems in the human body.  This intensive course requires approximately 6-8 hours of work per week.
Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
Define medical terms within the context of the health record.
Analyze medical abbreviations and acronyms commonly utilized in health care documentation relative to the whole body or a specific body system, and associated interventions.
Create medical terms using applicable medical language component parts (prefixes, suffixes, combining forms).
Enunciate medical terms correctly in the context of the English language.
Demonstrate a basic knowledge of human anatomy including body structure and the function of each body system.
Describe diagnostic and therapeutic interventions relative to the whole body and those specific to a body system.
Demonstrate a basic understanding of the disease process by defining medical terms associated with pathology and learning about medical conditions and diseases associated with each body system. 
Construct a list of resources to assist the user in understanding medical terms, disease pathology, and interventions.entify the correct spelling of medical terms using both the editing and transcription process.


Course Evaluation
The final grade is calculated based on the following components:
Discussion Assignments: 10%
Module Quizzes: 40% (11 quizzes – lowest mark dropped)
Assignments:  50%
         Assignment# 1: Body Systems & Procedures: 15%
         Assignment# 2: Medical Report Critique: 10%
Final Examination 25%
Course Format:
This course is designed to present the fundamental concepts and theories in health information management and promote the application to the workplace and professional practice. Course activities will include instructor presentations, required readings and experiential learning activities (i.e. case studies, group discussions, projects, etc.).
Assignment Submission:
Course assignments are submitted to the appropriate A2L Assignment folder by the specified due date
Late Coursework:
Late submissions will be penalized 2% per day (including weekends and holidays) up to seven (7) days past the due date. After seven days, the submission folder will close, no further assignments will be accepted, and a grade of zero (0) will be assigned for the course work item unless otherwise specified by the instructor. Requests for extensions must be submitted to the instructor before the assignment due date (see Coursework Policies). Extensions are permitted for exceptional circumstances only; supporting documentation may be requested.

Policy & Procedures:

Academic Regulations (Attendance, Coursework, Tests/Exams):
In accordance to McMaster University’s General Academic Regulations, “it is imperative that students make every effort to meet the originally scheduled course requirements and it is a student’s responsibility to write examinations as scheduled.” Therefore, all students are expected to attend and complete the specific course requirements (i.e. attendance, assignments, and tests/exams) listed in the course outline on or by the date specified. Students who need to arrange for coursework accommodation, as a result of medical, personal or family reasons, must contact the course instructor within 48 hours days of the originally scheduled due date. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Program Manager to discuss accommodations and procedures related to deferred tests and/or examinations within 48 hours days of the originally scheduled test/exam, as per policy. Failure to contact the course instructor, in the case of missed coursework, or the Program Manager, in the case of a missed test/examination, within the specified 48-hour day window will result in a grade of zero (0) on the coursework/exam and no further consideration will be granted.

*Note: Supporting documentation will be required but will not ensure approval of accommodation(s).
Academic Integrity
You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity. Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
Improper collaboration in-group work.
Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
Academic Accommodations:
Students with disabilities who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services(SAS) at 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or  to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. For further information, consult McMaster University’s Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities policy.
Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous or Spiritual Observances (RISO)
Students requiring academic accommodation based on religious, indigenous or spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the RISO policy. Students will need to contact their instructors as soon as possible to make alternative arrangements for classes, assignments, and other coursework. and tests. It is the student’s responsibility to contact McMaster Continuing Education to discuss accommodations related to examinations. (if applicable)
On-line Elements:

Conduct Expectations:
As a McMaster student, you have the right to experience, and the responsibility to demonstrate, respectful and dignified interactions within all of our living, learning and working communities. These expectations are described in the Code of Student Rights & Responsibilities (the “Code”). All students share the responsibility of maintaining a positive environment for the academic and personal growth of all McMaster community members, whether in-person or online.

It is essential that students be mindful of their interactions online, as the Code remains in effect in virtual learning environments. The Code applies to any interactions that adversely affect, disrupt, or interfere with reasonable participation in University activities. Student disruptions or behaviours that interfere with university functions on online platforms (e.g. use of Avenue 2 Learn, WebEx or Zoom for delivery), will be taken very seriously and will be investigated. Outcomes may include restriction or removal of the involved students’ access to these platforms.

Copyright and Recording:
Students are advised that lectures, demonstrations, performances, and any other course material provided by an instructor include copyright protected works. The Copyright Act and copyright law protect every original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic work, including lectures by University instructors.

The recording of lectures, tutorials, or other methods of instruction may occur during a course. Recording may be done by either the instructor for the purpose of authorized distribution, or by a student for the purpose of personal study. Students who wish to record sessions need to acquire permission from the instructor. Students should be aware that their voice and/or image may be recorded by others during the class. Please speak with the instructor if this is a concern for you.
In this course, we will be using a web-based service ( to reveal plagiarism. Students will be expected to submit their work electronically to so that it can be checked for academic dishonesty. Students who do not wish to submit their work to must still submit a copy to the instructor. No penalty will be assigned to a student who does not submit work to All submitted work is subject to normal verification that standards of academic integrity have been upheld (e.g., on-line search, etc.). To see the Policy, please go to McMaster Academic Integrity Policy.
Course Changes:

The instructor reserves the right to modify elements of the course and will notify students accordingly.

Extreme Circumstances:
The University reserves the right to change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances (e.g., severe weather, labour disruptions, etc.). Changes will be communicated through regular McMaster communication channels, such as McMaster Daily News, A2L and/or McMaster email.

Course Withdrawal Policy:
Policies related to dropping a course and course withdrawals are posted to the Centre for Continuing Education’s program webpage, FAQs & Policies (
Storm Closure Policy:

In the event of inclement weather, the Centre for Continuing Education will abide by the University’s Storm Closure Policy:, and will only close if the University is closed.  All in-class courses, exams and room bookings by internal and external clients will be cancelled if the Centre for Continuing Education is closed.  On-line courses will take place as scheduled.

Grading Scale:


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Course Schedule:


Topic & Readings

Assignments/Graded Components

Week 1

Module 1: Basic Word Structure/ Prefixes/Suffixes

Readings: Chapters 1, 3, and 4.

· Module 1 quiz.


Week 2

Module 2: Terms Pertaining to the Body as a Whole

Readings: Chapter 2.

· Module 2 quiz.


Week 3

Module 3A: Digestive System

Readings: Chapters 5 & 6.

· Module 3A quiz.

Week 4

Module 3B: Cardiovascular System/Blood System

Readings: Chapters 11 & 13.

· Module 3B quiz.

Week 5

Module 3C: Respiratory System/Lymphatic and Immune Systems

Readings: Chapters 12 & 14.

· Module 3C quiz.

· Discussion #1 (5%)

Week 6

Module 3D: Urinary System/Nervous System

Readings: Chapters 7 & 10.

· Module 3D quiz.

· Assignment #1 (15%)

Week 7

Module 3E: Skin/Cancer Medicine (Oncology)

Readings: Chapters 16 & Instructor notes for chapter 19.

· Module 3E quiz.

Week 8

Module 3F: Musculoskeletal System/Radiology & Nuclear Medicine

Readings: Chapter 15 & Instructor notes for chapter 20.

· Module 3F quiz.

Week 9

Module 3G: Endocrine System/Pharmacology

Readings: Chapter 18 & Instructor notes for chapter 21.

· Module 3G quiz.

· Assignment #2 (10%)

Week 10

Module 3H: Male and Female Reproductive Systems

Readings: Chapters 8 & 9.

· Module 3H quiz.

· Discussion #2

Week 11

Module 3I: Sense Organs: The Eye and the Ear/Psychiatry

Readings: Chapter 17 and Instructor notes for chapter 22.

· Module 3I quiz.

Week 12


Assignment  #2


 Week 13   Final Examination