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HLTH 003 (12859
Credits: 2.0
Course Instructor:
Michael J. Abajian MD, MPHLecturer, Department of NursingOffice: 218 RowellPhone: 802-656-3770Email: mabajian@uvm.eduOffice Hours: By AppointmentWelcome to Medical Terminology Online! As course instructor, I will be available to guide and supportyou throughout the semester as you progress through the learning modules. I am available to answer anyquestions you might have along the way; however, as this is an exercise in independent learning, you willneed to keep yourself organized and on schedule so things don’t end up sneaking up on you at the end of thesemester. Questions are best addressed via e-mail, phone, or in person on campus during posted officehours. Good luck!
Required Text:
(a copy is on reserve at Dana Library)Leonard, P. C. (2012).
 Building a medical vocabulary with Spanish translations
ed.). St. Louis, MO:Elsevier. [ISBN: 978-1-4377-2784-5]
Required Access Code from Elsevier:
Elsevier Publishing Company developed and publishes these online learning modules, thus, each student isrequired to purchase an individual access code as a means for paying royalty to the publisher for its work.Access codes can be purchased at the UVM Bookstore in two ways.(1). Book, user guide and access code may be purchased as a bundle [ISBN:
(2) User guide and access code may be purchased without the textbook [ISBN: 9781455708383]
 In the event that a student experiences difficulties related to his/her Access Code purchased at theUVM Bookstore, Tara Tanner from Elsevier Publishing will provide technical support and may becontacted att.tanner@elsevier.comIf you purchased online (or places other than the UVMBookstore) and your access code does not work,
Elsevier Publishing or the UVM Bookstorewill be able to replace that access code.
Course Description/Format:
This is an online course developed by Elsevier Publishing that focuses on the terminology used by medicaland healthcare professionals. There is no on campus component. Students become "independent learners"because there are no
classes, lectures, labs, discussions, or meeting times. Students study the online learningmodules
and the textbook and then take an online exam
any time of their choosing as long as it is before theend of the course. A suggested schedule is provided for these exams to help you avoid procrastination andlast minute cramming.A
Course Orientation
is located in the “Course Documents” in the BlackBoard Course
and provides a niceoverview of how the online learning modules are setup.
Learning Modules:
There are 17 online learning modules which are coordinated with 17 chapters in thetextbook. In addition, there is one module (Module 18) that is for review only.Each learning module contains:
A variety of interactive learning activities related to the Chapter content.
Practice Quiz:
Practice quizzes are, as the name implies, just "for practice". The student cancomplete as many times as he/she wishes. The quizzes are auto-graded to help you study for theexams.
Practice Quizzes do not count towards the final course grade.
Module Exam:
Module exams may be taken only once and count toward the final course grade.The number of questions in each exam may vary between different modules. You will have 2 hoursto complete each exam. The number of questions per exam may range from approximately 25-60.
Exam Grading
: You will be able to see the graded results immediately after you completethe exam.
Login Restrictions:
You can only login once for an online exam, so make sure that you areready to take the exam before you hit the "start" button.
Saving Answers:
Be sure to SAVE each answer (click on “Save”) before you proceed to thenext question.
The goals of this course for each student are 1) to have a good grasp of the meaning and spelling of medicalterms commonly used in typical health care settings and 2) to develop and practice the skill of timemanagement.One of the keys to effective communications in the health care field is the proper use of terminology toadequately and accurately describe a clinical situation.SPELLING: Students are responsible for knowing the correct spelling of medical terms.FORMS: Students are responsible for knowing the singular and plural forms of terms.Learning to organize your time is a typical responsibility that we all face in our day-to-day lives. We allneed to have a system of keeping track of important deadlines. If we don't meet deadlines, there are oftenconsequences, such as late-payment fees and poor job performance evaluations.
GRADING POLICYAverage of the 17 module exams (No Final Exam)
Grading Scale:
A+ 97-100 B+ 87-89 C+ 77-79 D+ 67-69 F <60A 93-96 B 83-86 C 73-76 D 63-66A- 90-92 B- 80-82 C- 70-72 D- 60-62
NOTE: Exam # 1 covers the material in the Online Learning Module 1 and Textbook Chapter 1, etc.It is suggested that the following exams should be completed no later than Monday,
February 11
Online Exam # 1 (Tools for Building Medical Terms)Online Exam # 2 (Building on Familiar Terms)Online Exam # 3 (Diagnostic, Therapeutic, and Surgical Terms)Online Exam # 4 (Diseases and Disorders)Online Exam # 5 (Prefixes)It is suggested that the following exams should be completed no later than Monday,
March 11
Online Exam # 6 (Organization of the Body)Online Exam # 7 (Body Fluids and Immunity)Online Exam # 8 (Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems)Online Exam # 9 (Respiratory System)Online Exam # 10 (Digestive System)It is suggested that
at least 4
 the following exams should be completed no later than Monday,
April 29
Online Exam # 11 (Urinary System)Online Exam # 12 (Reproductive System)Online Exam # 13 (Reproduction and Sexually-Transmitted Diseases)Online Exam # 14 (Musculoskeletal System)Online Exam #15 (Nervous System & Psychological Disorders)Online Exam # 16 (Integumentary System)Online Exam # 17 (Endocrine System)
Please Note: All Module Exams (1-17) must be completed by 11:59 PM Friday May 3, 2013.
Please mark these deadlines in your personal calendar where you will be reminded of them. The instructormight send reminders (via Announcements) but it is the student's responsibility to meet the deadlines.

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