Metropolitan Community College
Class Syllabus – FALL 2009
TITLE: Medical Terminology II
PREFIX/SECTION: HIMS 1130 WW and WA
CREDIT HOURS: 4.5 quarter hours
CLASS BEGINS/ENDS: 8/29/09 – 11/16/09
WITHDRAWAL DATE: 10/31/09
CLASS LOCATION: Online through ANGEL at http://angel.mccneb.edu
MEDICAL RESOURCE: www.onelook.com
INSTRUCTOR NAME: Mrs. Jan Hess
OFFICE LOCATION: Room 156 – Elkhorn Valley Campus
TOLL-FREE NUMBER: 1-800-228-9553 (Use only during instructor's MCC office hours.
Identify yourself as an online student and give the operator your instructor's office number.)
FACSIMILE: (402) 289-1405
OFFICE HOURS: Varies; see J. Hess’ schedule on Faculty Web Site
EMAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
CELL PHONE: (402) 212-9945
EMAIL COURSE ADDRESS: Use the ANGEL internal course mail
FACULTY WEB SITE: http://ctva.mccneb.edu/jchess
ACADEMIC AREA: Information Technology and E-Learning
DEAN’S TELEPHONE: (402) 457-2660
This course is a continuation of HIMS 1120. It continues to assist the student in establishing a
solid foundation of medical terminology and abbreviations. Emphasis is placed on
understanding the medical vocabulary as it applies to the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of
the human body. The functioning of the body systems, surgical procedures, and drug therapies
are studied. Normal, pathological, clinical, and laboratory considerations are examined in order
to best prepare the student for entrance into the healthcare professions. Emphasis is also placed
on correct spelling and pronunciation. In this continuation course, additional body systems,
specialty areas, clinical procedures, laboratory tests, medical terms, and abbreviations are
presented. Practical applications with case reports, operative and diagnostic tests, and laboratory
and x-ray reports are studied. Upon completion, students should be able to pronounce, spell, and
define a wide array of medical terms related to the human body.
COURSE PREREQUISITES: HIMS 1120
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Explain the evolution of medicine and health care.
2. Understand the structure of the medical language as it relates to anatomy, physiology, and
3. Demonstrate the ability to correctly define, pronounce, and spell medical terms.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the structure, function, and pathology of the major
systems of the human body.
5. Differentiate types of medical terms and the relationships among terms relating to anatomy,
physiology, and pathology.
6. Explain clinical procedures, laboratory tests, and abbreviations utilized in the field of
7. Analyze and interpret medical communications used to document health care.
8. Integrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills essential to career success in the
health care field.
REQUIRED & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS:
Required Textbook: The Language of Medicine, 8th Edition, 2007 (with CD)
ISBN 13: 978-1-4160-3492-6 ISBN 10: 1-4160-3492-7
Davi-Ellen Chabner (author), W. B. Saunders Company (publisher)
Optional: Medical Dictionary (Tabor's, Stedman's, Dorland’s), 5 x 7 index cards
Resource Website: www.onelook.com and http://ctva.mccneb.edu/jchess
Verify the text title, edition, and other bookstore items at www.efollett.com/
The computer you use for MCC online courses must be able to run one of the ANGEL-
compatible web browsers listed on the Browser Support Page:
SOFTWARE/FILE SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
Metropolitan Community College uses Microsoft products as part of its standard software and
encourages students to do the same. You may save word-processed documents for file
attachments in Microsoft Word .doc or .docx format. If your software does not allow either of
these, then save files in Rich Text Format (.rtf).
There are three things that you as a student must accept before enrolling in an online or hybrid
course. If you dislike computer technology, you should not take an online course. You must be
willing to learn the technology necessary to access online and web information, be willing to
communicate with classmates and faculty online, and you have to be committed to doing
assignments online. Because Metro's online courses use the ANGEL learning management
system to deliver course content and learning activities and allow interaction between students
and faculty, you will need to learn how to upload and download files, post to a discussion board,
use the student drop box, and take online quizzes and timed tests. You will also have to be able
to manage your time to produce assignments by the due date.
You will need to:
Check your course Website at least four times a week for announcements, course
information, new discussion postings, and assignments.
Complete assignments on time and send them in at least 4 hours before the actual time
due to allow your instructor adequate time to review your work and provide feedback.
Demonstrate effective time management skills. Set up a study schedule and stick with it
to help you avoid falling behind in the class.
Contact your instructor by course email well in advance of due dates as you may need to
wait 48 hours for a response to your questions.
The activities in this course are included to help you not only learn a new language—medical
terminology—but also to retain that information. When you first log into the course, it is
essential that you go to the START HERE materials for guidance in beginning this online course.
Faculty will respond within 48 hours, Monday through Friday, to student emails concerning
course content, learning activities, and private matters appropriate for discussion within the
teacher-student relationship. Posting of feedback and grades for major assignments is addressed
under Assessment of Student Work.
ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT WORK
TYPES OF ASSESSMENTS/ASSIGNMENTS:
Online courses meet the same criteria for academic rigor and qualified faculty. Online courses
promote active independent learning. Online courses combine the best features of on-campus
instruction with the best features of online learning to promote active independent learning.
Students are required to participate in all online activities in a timely manner. This does not
mean there is less work in an online course than a traditional on-campus course. It means the
same amount of work but most of the work is produced and submitted online. Students assume
most of the responsibility for their own learning.
Methods of Assessing Student Progress:
A module will be assigned each week, and each module contains Learning Objectives,
Learning Materials, Learning Activities, Assessments, and Overview. Homework
activities will be assigned each week. You will use your computer to participate in online
learning activities, homework assignments, discussion, research projects, and
Each module will include a reading assignment as well as review of supplemental
Each module contains at least one Discussion question. You earn up to 20 points per
Discussion Question if your responses are thorough and comprehensive. Generally, you
must cite your resources in order to receive maximum points.
Timed objective assessments will be given covering each of the chapters covered in this
course (Chapters 1 - 10). The tests will cover the material from the textbook exercises,
assignments, handouts, and reading materials.
Spelling assessments will be included during the quarter.
Pronunciation assessments will be included during the quarter. Be sure to study the
pronunciations from the CD that was packaged with your textbook.
A group problem-solving activity may be assigned as well.
Criteria for Determining Final Course Grade:
A - 90% - 100% B - 80% - 89% C - 70% - 79% D - 60% - 69% F - Below 60%
The course consists of a total of 3,504 points. The scores can be viewed using the Report feature
of ANGEL’S Gradebook. The final grade will be determined by a student’s performance in the
following areas: Discussion, Homework Assignments, Chapter Assessments, Reports, and
Pronunciations. All assignments are required throughout the course, though not all may be
Students MUST complete all module activities within the due dates. Students must complete
each timed test during the availability period. There will be no retakes of tests. Test dates are
firm. Students must pay close attention to the availability periods for tests and assignments. If a
student struggles with the timed tests, he/she may contact the instructor, and arrangements may
be made to transfer to a traditional or hybrid section (if available).
Assignments must be submitted when due. Pay close attention to the deadlines listed on the
course calendar. Normally, assignments not completed by the deadline will receive no credit. At
the discretion of the instructor, some deadlines may be extended on certain assignments. If an
assignment deadline is extended, the total points given on any late assignments that are accepted
as late will be reduced by at least 10%.
If you miss a deadline on an assessment, AND if your instructor has approved an extension for
you, it will be necessary for you to come to campus and take a paper version of the assessment.
Follow this criteria for all research assignments in this course:
Use a 12 Point font; Arial or Times New Roman, double space
Use APA format for citing references - You can use this link to help you with APA style:
Respond to each point of the assignment
Use spell check and grammar check
Margins: Top/Bottom = 1 inch, and Right/Left = 1 inch
The instructor will make every effort to evaluate submitted assignments within a week. The
timed chapter tests are graded immediately. Other assignment grades can be viewed through the
REPORT tab; then select Grades; then press RUN. Final grades will be entered through Metro’s
on-line grading system (WebAdvisor).
ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING PROGRAM:
Metropolitan Community College is committed to continuous improvement of teaching and
learning. You may be asked to help us to accomplish this objective. For example, you may be
asked to respond to surveys or questionnaires. In other cases, tests or assignments you are
required to do for this course may be shared with faculty and used for assessment purposes.
USE OF STUDENT WORK:
By enrolling in classes offered by Metropolitan Community College, the student gives the
College license to mark on, modify, and retain the work as may be required by the process of
instruction, as described in the course syllabus. The institution shall not have the right to use the
work in any other manner without the written consent of the student(s).
INSTRUCTOR’S EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS
Attendance, active participation, and timely submission of assignments affect learning and
grading in this course. To remain eligible for financial aid, students are responsible for meeting
Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.
Students who attend no class meetings up to and including the Section Census Data published in
the Class Schedule at www.mccneb.edu/schedule/ may be disenrolled from the class. There is
no appeal for this disenrollment. A student who fails to meet class attendance expectations may
receive a final grade mark of FX, indicating an absence-related failure, or a failing (F) grade.
Students will read the explanatory material contained in the textbook, participate in online course
discussions, and complete all required exercises. Assignments will consist of hands-on activities
using a microcomputer. All assignments must be completed in order to satisfactorily complete
the requirements of this course.
Read and study the textbook and the supplemental resources. Read and study the text
material for each section. Take notes for yourself as you outline important ideas and
examples. Be sure to study the corresponding List of Supplemental Terms each week.
Keep in touch with your instructor and your classmates. You are encouraged to be
touch with the instructor by telephone and Internet as deemed necessary.
Use the discussion tool to post questions and answer questions posed by other students.
Take advantage of this opportunity to interact with classmates.
Use the mail tool to interact with your fellow students one-on-one.
Timed Chapter Tests will be administered through the Assessments folder.
Be sure to use the Quia link to study flash cards for each chapter. You can link directly
to Quia through http://ctva.mccneb.edu/jchess and select Resources.
Complete other assignments and embedded evaluations as specified by your
Frequent logins, active participation, and timely posting of assignments directly
affect learning and grades.
To remain eligible for financial aid, students are responsible for meeting Satisfactory
Academic Progress standards.
The course will be covered partially by assigned portions of the text and may be
presented in a sequence different from the text. Material may also be covered that is not
in the text. Reviewing all of the material in each module each week is necessary to
understand the course material. Each student is expected to recognize the importance of
time management and course participation.
When you communicate with others in this course, you must follow the Student Code of Conduct
(http://www.mccneb.edu/catalog/studentinformation.asp), which calls for responsible and
cooperative behavior. Please think critically, ask questions, and challenge ideas, but also show
respect for the opinions of others, respond to them politely, and maintain the confidentiality of
thoughts expressed in the class. You may also wish to review information at
ACADEMIC HONESTY STATEMENT:
Nationally there have been increased incidences of cheating and plagiarism among the college
and university student population. Although any case of cheating is cause for concern, it is an
especially egregious violation in the medical and healthcare training fields. Patients trust their
healthcare team with the most personal medical concerns and expect healthcare team members
(including health information management personnel) to be competent and skilled in their area of
expertise. This cannot be achieved if cheating or plagiarism is taking place during the
educational process. Cheating of any kind in this field is an ethical violation and cannot be
tolerated. In the healthcare community there is no room for individuals who are willing to
compromise ethics for expediency.
Students are reminded that materials they use as sources for classwork may be subject to
copyright protection. Additional information about copyright is provided on the library website
at http://www.mccneb.edu/library or by your instructor. In response to incidents of student
dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, etc.), the College imposes specific actions that may include
receiving a failing grade on a test, failure in the course, suspension from the College, or
dismissal from the College. Disciplinary procedures are available in the Advising/Counseling
Centers or at http://www.mccneb.edu/procedures/V-4_Student_Conduct_and_Discipline.pdf.
An assignment submitted in one Metro class cannot be submitted for credit in another class. In
addition, please refer to the specific section on Plagiarism below.
In an instructional setting, plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately uses someone else’s
language, ideas, or other original (not common-knowledge) material without acknowledging its
source. This definition applies to textual material published in print or online, to manuscripts,
and to the work of other student writers. The purpose of the learning assignments in this course
is to encourage students not simply to recycle information but to investigate and analyze its
To promote ethical use of source materials and integrity in students’ written work, Metropolitan
Community College subscribed to Turnitin.com, a service that provides document source
analysis in order to detect plagiarism. Students enrolled in this course agree that all required
work may be submitted by the Instructor to Turnitin.com. In an effort to assure that documents
are written in an original “from scratch” format by the student, no more than 20% of a document
may contain quoted material. If a student plagiarizes in excess of 20% of a document, that
activity will receive a zero. A second submission in the course indicating plagiarism in excess of
20% will result in failure of the course.
Unsatisfactory progress will subject the student to administrative withdrawal from the course.
An incomplete grade may be given in the event of a genuine emergency, and generally only if a
student has completed 80 percent of all assignments.
It is strongly suggested that you work with the online materials and features within the first few
days of the course. Online instruction is not the best method of delivery for everyone. You need
to be sure that your hardware will support the course requirements and that your computer skills
are adequate to handle course assignments.
If you cannot participate in and complete this course, you should officially withdraw by calling
Central Registration at 402-457-5231 or 1-800-228.9553. Failure to officially withdraw will
result in either an attendance-related failure (FX) or failing (F) grade. The last date to withdraw
is noted in the CLASS IDENTIFICATION section of this syllabus.
MCC's Academic Resource Centers, Math Centers, and Writing Centers offer friendly,
supportive learning environments that can help students achieve educational success. Staff
members in these centers provide free drop-in assistance with basic computing, reading, math,
and writing skills. Self-paced, computer-assisted instructional support in reading, vocabulary,
typing, English as a Second Language, and online course orientation is also available. Detailed
information about the Academic Resource, Math, and Writing Centers is in the Student
Handbook, College Catalog, and online at http://www.mccneb.edu/arc/.
ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: If you have a disability that
may substantially limit your ability to participate in this class, please contact a Disability Support
Services Counselor located in the Student Services Office on each campus. Metropolitan
Community College will provide reasonable accommodations for persons with documented
qualifying disabilities. However, it is the student’s responsibility to request accommodations. For
further information, please visit http://www.mccneb.edu/dss/ and/or contact Student Services.
If you have difficulty connecting to the Internet, call your Internet provider.
If you need help connecting to the course from the ANGEL login page, refer to “Getting
Started Online” at http://www.mccneb.edu/elearning/orientation.asp.
If you are unable to solve the problem, contact MCC Online Support:
Chuck Davis (402) 457-2866 or email@example.com
Curtis Bryant (402) 457-2853 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For assistance with student email, passwords, and most other MCC technology, contact the Help
Desk at 457-2900 or email@example.com.
By using the information technology systems at MCC (including the computer systems and
phones), you acknowledge and consent to the conditions of use as set forth in the Metropolitan
Community College Procedures Memorandum on Acceptable Use of Information Technology
and Resources. It is your responsibility as a student to be familiar with these procedures. The full
text of the Procedures Memorandum may be found at the following website:
SCHEDULE OF ASSIGNMENTS
NOTICE: This syllabus sets forth a tentative schedule of class topics, learning activities, and
expected learning outcomes. However, the instructor reserves the right to modify this schedule to
enhance learning for students. Any modifications will not substantially change the intent or
objectives of this course and will conform to the policies and guidelines of Metropolitan
Important dates are listed in the online calendar. Please check it carefully for deadlines.
Important Dates; Drop Policy; Refund Policy: www.mccneb.edu/sos/enrollman.asp
1 Chapter 11 - Cardiovascular System
BEGIN MODULE 1 (due by beginning of Week 2)
2 Chapter 11 TEST
Begin study of Chapter 12 - Respiratory System
BEGIN MODULE 2 (due by beginning of Week 3)
3 Chapter 12 TEST
Begin study of Chapter 13 - Blood System
Introduction to Chapter 14 – Lymphatic System
BEGIN MODULE 3 (due by beginning of Week 4)
4 Chapters 13 and 14 TEST
Begin study of Chapter 15 – Musculoskeletal System
BEGIN MODULE 4
MIDTERM REPORT DUE
5 Chapter 15 TEST
Begin study of Chapter 16 – Skin
BEGIN MODULE 5
CAREER REFLECTIONS ACTIVITY DUE
6 Chapter 16 TEST
Begin study of Chapter 17 – Eye and Ear
BEGIN MODULE 6
7 Chapter 17 TEST
Begin study of Chapter 18 – Endocrine System
BEGIN MODULE 7
8 Chapter 18 TEST
Begin study of Chapter 19 – Cancer Medicine
Begin study of Chapter 20 – Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and
BEGIN MODULE 8
9 Chapters 19 and 20 TEST
Begin study of Chapter 21 - Pharmacology
BEGIN MODULE 9
10 Chapter 21 TEST
Begin study of Chapter 22 - Psychiatry
BEGIN MODULE 10
11 Chapter 22 TEST
FINAL REPORT DUE
Final Pronunciations Scheduled
ACADEMIC CALENDAR: http://www.mccneb.edu/academics/calendar.asp