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HTH 200 - Medical Terminology Winter 2019

Academic Credit Value:
3 units
Course Delivery Mode:
Hours of Study:
36 hours
Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Anti-requisite(s):
Instructor Name:
John Nashid
Course Dates:
01/21/2019 - 04/21/2019

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 based on the following components;

• Discussion Forum Participation: 10%
• Module Quizzes: 40% (11 quizzes in total – lowest mark dropped)
• Assignments:
         Assignment 1: Body System Pathway: 10%
         Assignment 2: Medical Report Critique: 15%
         Assignment 3: Disease Prevention: 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 accommodations must contact the Student Accessibility Centre (SAS) to meet with an appropriate Disability Services Coordinator. To contact SAS, phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652, or email For further information, consult McMaster University’s Policy for Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities.
On-line Elements:
In this course, we will be using on-line elements, which may include email, Avenue to Learn, WebEX, and external web sites.  Students should be aware that, when they access the electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last names, user names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all other students in the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology used. Continuation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any questions or concerns about such disclosure please discuss this with the course instructor.
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.
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

Graded Components

Week 1:

Module 1: Basic Word Structure / Prefixes / Suffixes


Readings: Chapters 1, 3 & 4

· Module 1 Quiz

· Discussion Forum #1: Introduction post (non-graded)

Week 2:

Module 2: Terms Pertaining to the Body as a Whole


Readings: Chapter 2

· Module 2 Quiz

· Discussion Forum #2: Dangerous Abbreviations

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

· Discussion Forum #3: Intervention Video and Description

Week 5:

Module 3C: Respiratory System / Lymphatic and Immune Systems


Readings: Chapters 12 & 14

· Module 3C Quiz

Week 6:

Module 3D: Urinary System / Nervous System


Readings: Chapters 7 & 10

· Module 3D Quiz

· Assignment #1 (10%)

Week 7:

Module 3E: Skin / Cancer Medicine (Oncology)


Readings: Chapters 16 & Instructor’s Notes for Chapter 19

· Module 3E Quiz

Week 8:

Module 3F: Musculoskeletal System / Radiology & Nuclear Medicine


Readings: Chapter 15 & Instructor’s Notes for Chapter 20

· Module 3F Quiz

· Discussion Forum #4: Reference / Resource Material List and Critique

Week 9:

Module 3G: Endocrine System / Pharmacology


Readings: Chapter 18 & Instructor’s Notes for Chapter 21

· Module 3G Quiz

· Assignment #2 (15%)

Week 10:

Module 3H: Male and Female Reproductive Systems


Readings: Chapters 8 & 9

· Module 3H Quiz

Week 11

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


Readings: Chapter 17 and Instructor’s Notes for Chapter 22

· Module 3I Quiz

Week 12



· Assignment #3 (25%)