HLTH 003 (13278) MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY – SPRING 2013 Credits: 2.0 Course Instructor: Michael J.

Abajian MD, MPH Lecturer, Department of Nursing Office: 218 Rowell Phone: 802-656-3770 Email: mabajian@uvm.edu Office Hours: By Appointment

Welcome to Medical Terminology Online! As course instructor, I will be available to guide and support you throughout the semester as you progress through the learning modules. I am available to answer any questions you might have along the way; however, as this is an exercise in independent learning, you will need to keep yourself organized and on schedule so things don’t end up sneaking up on you at the end of the semester. Questions are best addressed via e-mail, phone, or in person on campus during posted office hours. Good luck! Required Text: (a copy is on reserve at Dana Library) Leonard, P. C. (2012). Building a medical vocabulary with Spanish translations (8th 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 is required 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). (2) Book, user guide and access code may be purchased as a bundle [ISBN: 9781455709816] 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 the UVM Bookstore, Tara Tanner from Elsevier Publishing will provide technical support and may be contacted at t.tanner@elsevier.com If you purchased online (or places other than the UVM Bookstore) and your access code does not work, neither Elsevier Publishing or the UVM Bookstore will 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 medical and 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 learning modules and the textbook and then take an online exam any time of their choosing as long as it is before the end of the course. A suggested schedule is provided for these exams to help you avoid procrastination and last minute cramming. A Course Orientation is located in the “Course Documents” in the BlackBoard Course and provides a nice overview of how the online learning modules are setup.

Learning Modules: There are 17 online learning modules which are coordinated with 17 chapters in the textbook. 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 can complete as many times as he/she wishes. The quizzes are auto-graded to help you study for the exams. 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 hours to complete each exam. The number of questions per exam may range from approximately 25-60. o Exam Grading: You will be able to see the graded results immediately after you complete the exam. o Login Restrictions: You can only login once for an online exam, so make sure that you are ready to take the exam before you hit the "start" button. o Saving Answers: Be sure to SAVE each answer (click on “Save”) before you proceed to the next question. COURSE GOALS The goals of this course for each student are 1) to have a good grasp of the meaning and spelling of medical terms commonly used in typical health care settings and 2) to develop and practice the skill of time management. One of the keys to effective communications in the health care field is the proper use of terminology to adequately 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 all need to have a system of keeping track of important deadlines. If we don't meet deadlines, there are often consequences, such as late-payment fees and poor job performance evaluations.

GRADING POLICY Average of the 17 module exams (No Final Exam)
Grading Scale: A+ A A97-100 93-96 90-92 B+ B B87-89 83-86 80-82 C+ C C77-79 73-76 70-72 D+ D D67-69 63-66 60-62 F <60

SUGGESTED SCHEDULE ALL EXAMS MUST BE TAKEN ONLINE 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 instructor might send reminders (via Announcements) but it is the student's responsibility to meet the deadlines.


Offenses against the Code of Academic Integrity are deemed serious and insult the integrity of the entire academic community. Any suspected violations of the code are taken very seriously and will be forwarded to the Center for Student Ethics & Standards for further investigation. Since students can take the online exams from any place with an internet connection in a non-proctored environment, this requires each student to have "academic integrity". "Integrity" begins with honest behavior even though no one is monitoring you or looking over your shoulder. We all are called to have "integrity" in whatever we do in life, but especially if we work in a health care profession, education, business, etc. It is assumed by the instructor that: *the person whose Blackboard password is used to login is the person actually taking the exam; *the online exams are taken "closed-book" and "closed-notes"; *there is NO communication among students at any time regarding the content of the online exams. *The exam must not be printed out and shared with other students in the course. Any violations will be handled through the University's Academic Honesty system. Please review the UVM Code of Academic Integrity. To see the full policy and procedures, visit: http://www.uvm.edu/cses/?Page=ah.html&SM=ahmenu.html

LEARNING DISABILITIES: UVM’s ACCESS Program: In keeping with University policy, any student with a disability who needs academic/classroom accommodations should contact ACCESS. ACCESS coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. They are located at A170 Living/Learning Center, and can be reached by phone 802-656-7753, or by e-mail access@uvm.edu. Visit their website http://www.uvm.edu/access. NOTE: Each Module Exam must be completed within a 2 hour period from starting.

COURSE POLICIES For this course to proceed in an organized manner and to ensure that students maximize their learning experiences, the policies below have been put into effect. All students must follow the policies; Please do not request an exception to the policies. 1. EXAMS: The exams are based on material in the textbook AND online modules. 2. CHAPTER SEQUENCE: The foundational chapters (Chapter 1-7) should be done in numerical sequence because each unit builds on previous units. The remaining chapters (8-17) may be done in any sequence. 3. FINISHING THE COURSE: It is possible for students to finish the course at any time during the session early by taking the exams prior to the suggested deadlines. 4. FINAL GRADES: There has never been a "curve" applied to the grades in this course because the course is set up to be a fair and uniform way to evaluate fundamental knowledge, so students always know where they stand in the course. In addition, there is no “extra credit” available.

5. DEADLINES: Please do NOT request an extension of the deadline. Plan ahead! All module exams must be completed by 11:59 PM on Friday, May 3, 2013.

6. COMMUNICATIONS: There are no classes, so how do we communicate? • Blackboard announcements and UVM e-mails will be our main means of communication. o The instructor will use the “Announcements” function to send reminders, clarifications, etc. to everyone in class. o Students are responsible for frequently checking your UVM email account (no other email account can be used) and Blackboard announcements.

7. ACADEMIC WARNINGS: Mid-Term warnings will be sent to any student with an average grade <70 on the first 10 exams or if you have not completed enough exams by that point.

COMPUTER / INTERNET REQUIREMENTS: You should have access to a fast, reliable internet connection or the UVM campus network. Dialup connections are too slow for the extensive graphics usage, and they occasionally disconnect for no apparent reason. If you are in the middle of an online exam and you lose your internet connection, you will not be allowed to log back in to the exam, and you will have to send an email to mabajian@uvm.edu and request that the exam be reset. You will have to start the exam from the beginning.

August 22, 2012

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