SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
College of Nursing
Department of Undergraduate Nursing
Nurs. 201 Medical Terminology
Course Number, Title and Credit Hours:
Nurs. 201 - Medical Terminology (1, 0).
Course Meeting Time and Location:
This is an Internet course. The class will not meet as a group; however, two
exams will be proctored during the semester. Students who live on campus or
near Brookings will take the exams on campus. Students who live at a distance
may email and ask the instructor for the approval to have the exam proctored.
Instructor’s Contact Information:
Professor: Mary Haight-Kennedy, MS, RN
Office: Sylvan Health Science Center
Office hours: I do post a schedule on my door. Due to my clinical schedule I
have a large variation in office hours. I am always happy to arrange a time to
meet with you by phone. I would suggest using home phone first.
Home Phone: 605-371-9639
Cell Phone: 605-310-7210
Study of definition and use of medical terms common to many health-related
There are no prerequisites for this course. The student should know basic
computer and Internet use and how to download, upload and save documents.
This course is taught on the Internet so an understanding of D2L would be
helpful but not a requirement.
Description of Instructional Methods:
Students will need to read the “Course Outline and Schedule” to be informed
about due dates for the course. This is located under the “Content” of the course
and on the left hand side of the home web page.
Instructional Methods: This course will be taught using Internet modules, online
exams, proctored exam, flash cards, and CD-ROM (bought with book).
Learning Experiences: Learning experiences in this course will include the
following: readings, exercises, online assignments, links, and independent study.
Students may call Helpdesk 605-688-6776 or reach them by e-mail at
Distance Education Support can be reached at: http://distance.sdstate.edu/
Required Textbook: La FleurBrooks, M. L. (2009). Exploring medical language: A
student-directed approach. (7th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby. Available at:
http://www.sdstatebookstore.com or go to the Bookstore on campus.
Class Attendance Policy:
This is an Internet course. Students will be expected to study independently and
to read the schedule and the assigned module for the week and to complete their
homework and memorization before taking the quiz. The class will not meet as a
group for instruction. Students who live on campus or near Brookings will take
the Mid-Term and the Comprehensive Final Exam on campus. Students who live
at a distance may email and ask the instructor for the approval to have the exam
proctored. Students who desire this option must contact the instructor early to
line up a proctor. See the “Content” section for the “Proctor Guidelines” and the
“Proctor Agreement Form”. Once the approval for the proctor has been given, the
student should contact the proctor and send them the “Proctor Agreement” form.
The “Proctor Agreement” form should be returned by email to the instructor by
February 2nd for the Mid-Term Exam and March 16th for the Comprehensive Final
Exam. If the form is not returned by this time then the instructor may require the
student to come to campus to take the exam.
SDSU Academic Dishonesty Policy:
South Dakota State University has taken a strong and clear stand regarding
Academic Dishonesty. The consequence of Academic Dishonesty ranges from
Disciplinary Probation to Expulsion. The full policies are found in Chapter 1 of the
Student Code (01:10:23:01 - 1:10:23:04) within the Student Policy Manual. A
student charged with Academic Dishonesty who wishes to appeal that charge
may follow the appeals Procedure outlines in Chapter 2 of the Student Policy
Manual (Academic Appeals and Classroom Standards) or contact the Vice
President for Academic Affairs Office, AD 230, 688-4173. Any evidence of
cheating or dishonesty will result in a zero for the test and may also result in an
"F" for the course, according to the discretion of the instructor. Students are
expected to complete all of their own home work and their own quizzes by them
self. Assignments that are copied from others or downloaded from others would
be considered cheating.
Students, who are ill, have accidents, family emergencies, or deaths should call
the instructor immediately and ask for an extension on their work. If a student
does not call in advance of the due date for the assignment or exam then the
student will receive a zero for that assignment or exam. The instructor may
request for documentation to substantiate the absence. If the instructor excuses
the absence then a new due date will be set for the assignment and the work
must be completed by that time to receive credit.
Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Define medical terms by analyzing their component parts.
2. Recognize common medical abbreviations.
3. Spell and use medical words correctly in speech and writing.
4. Define anatomical terms for all the body systems.
5. Analyze diagnostic terms for all body systems.
6. Define surgical terms for all body systems.
7. Define medical terms for given definitions.
8. Build medical terms for given definitions.
9. Define word parts.
10. Define key terms that describe the body directions, anatomical planes, and
anatomical abdominal regions.
Evaluation of Student Learning:
Quizzes: There will be 9 quizzes. All quizzes will be taken on the Internet. The
quizzes will be composed of multiple choice and short answer questions. The
quizzes will cover the assigned chapters. Each quiz will be composed of 13 points.
Exams: There are two exams. Both exams will be taken on the Internet within a
Lockdown Browser. They are the mid-term and comprehensive final exam. Each
exam will cover the assigned chapters. The mid-term and final exams are closed
book and proctored. The mid-term grade will be based on quizzes 1-5 and mid-
term test. The final will be comprehensive.
Each quiz is worth approximately 13 points……………………………........117 points
Mid-term exam................................................................................50 points
Final exam .....................................................................................63 points
Total points...................................................................................230 points
The South Dakota State University grading scale will be used as the performance
standard to assign the final grade in this class:
A = 90% - 100%
B = 80% - 89%
C = 70% - 79%
D = 60% - 69%
F = Below 60%
This course acknowledges the importance of ADA requirements. Any student who
feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should
contact the Coordinator of Disability Services privately to discuss your specific
needs. Please contact the Office of Disability Services at 605/688-4504 (Voice) or
605/688-4394 (TTD), or at the office in Wintrode, Room 123 to coordinate
reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. For more
information please see SDSU's Office of Disability Services.
Freedom in Learning:
Under Board of Regents and University policy student academic
performance may be evaluated solely on an academic basis, not on pinions
or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards. Students should
be free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any
course of study and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion, but
they are responsible for learning the content of any course of study for
which they are enrolled. Students who believe that an academic
evaluation reflects prejudiced or capricious consideration of student
opinions or conduct unrelated to academic standards should first contact
the instructor of the course to initiate a review of the evaluation. If the
student remains unsatisfied, the student may contact the department head
and/ or dean of the college which offers the class to initiate a review of the
Last Update: January 2011
Published by Roxann Boysen, CNS, MS, RN
Maintained by Mary Haight-Kennedy, MS, RN