Medical Terminolog

National Commission for Academic Accreditation & Assessment


Course Specification

Institution Al-Majma’ah University

College/Department College ofApplied Medical sciences

A Course Identification and General Information

1.  Course title and code: Medical Terminology CAMS 233

2.  Credit hours 2 hours per week

3. Program(s) in which the course is offered.

(If general elective available in many programs indicate this rather than list programs)

Associated Degree in Medical Lab Technology, Nursing, and Physical Therapy

4.  Name of faculty member responsible for the course Mrs Sumbul Zaidi (Lecturer)

5.  Level/year at which this course is offered Level 3

6.  Pre-requisites for this course (if any)

High secondary level

7.  Co-requisites for this course (if any) Biology in Higher Secondary Level

8.  Location if not on main campus College ofApplied Medical Sciences , Majmaah University

B  Objectives

1.  Summary of the main learning outcomes for students enrolled in the course.  This course is designed to develop autonomous skills through an ordered approach to reading,

· Recognize prefixes, suffixes, root words, and combined forms used to write medical terms.

· Recognize correct spelling of terms

· Recognize word parts in medical terms

· Correctly combine words parts to write medical terms

· Match diseases, disorders, and diagnostic terms pertaining to each body system

· Recognize the names and general locations of major structures of each body system.

2.  Briefly describe any plans for developing and improving the course that are being implemented.  (eg increased use of IT or web based reference material,  changes in content as a result of new research in the field)

Classroom Etiquette:

An integral part of an education is developing a sense of integrity, responsibility, and professionalism, not only toward us, but also toward others.  In the classroom, as on the job or in your home, exhibiting appropriate behaviour reflects on your maturity.  Arriving late in class, being unprepared, inappropriate talking while class is in session, etc. negatively reflects on you and your fellow students.  Please be considerate.

Theoretical, practical and research training should be integrated.

Students will acquire the hone her knowledge and skill in various aspects of the subject by actually involving herself in routine work and research.

They should closely interact, discuss, acquire assimilate and refine the knowledge and skill in all other branches of medicine to become a very competent member of the profession.

Attendances of conferences, seminars, workshops, group discussions, etc. will be facilitated and encouraged for furtherance of knowledge and skill.

C- Course Description (Note:  General description in the form to be used for the Bulletin or Handbook should be attached)

1. Topics to be Covered

List of Topics

No. of weeks

contact Hours

Introduction to the course

Interaction with the students

Discussing the book required for the course

Week 1


Chapter 1 Basic Word Structure

1.1 Word Analysis

1.2 Combining Forms, Suffixes and Prefixes

Week 2


Chapter 2 Organization of the Body

2.1 Body Systems

2.2 Body Cavities

2.3 Divisions of the Back

2.4 Planes of the Body

Week 3


Chapter 3 Medical Specialties and Case Reports

3.1. Medical Specialist

3.2 Combining Forms and Vocabulary

3.3 Case Reports

Week 4-5


Quiz 1

Week 4

Chapter 4 Body Systems

4.1. Cardiovascular System

Week 6


First Mid-Term Examination

Week 6

4.2 Digestive System

4.3 Endocrine System

Week 7-8


Chapter 4 Body Systems

4.4 Female Reproductive System

4.5Lymphatic System

Week 9-10


2nd Quiz

Week 10

Chapter 4 Body Systems

4.8 Nervous System4

4.9 Respiratory System

4.10 Skin and Sense Organs

4.11 Urinary System

Week 11-12


Second Mid-Term

Week 12


Week 13-14

Final Exam

Week 15

2 Course components (total contact hours per semester):


Actual 2 hours per week, 30 hours per semester


Recommended Books


Practical/Field work/Internship


Other: Available in Office Hours

3. Additional private study/learning hours expected for students per week. (This should be an average :for the semester not a specific requirement in each week)

Students are free to contact me in the office hours mentioned in my course schedule.

4. Development of Learning Outcomes in Domains of Learning

For each of the domains of learning shown below indicate:

· A brief summary of the knowledge or skill the course is intended to develop;

· A description of the teaching strategies to be used in the course to develop that knowledge or  skill;

· The methods of student assessment to be used in the course to evaluate learning outcomes in the domain concerned.

a.  Knowledge

(i)  Description of the knowledge to be acquired

· Spell medical terms with a high degree of accuracy.

· Pronounce medical terms correctly and recognize that some terms have more than once acceptable pronunciation.

· Demonstrate an understanding of basic human anatomy and physiology and correlates this understanding with medical terminology.

· State the meaning of common medical abbreviations.

· Categorize medical terms as diagnostic, anatomical, surgical, radiological, or therapeutic.

(ii)  Teaching strategies to be used to develop that knowledge

· Lecture

· Class discussions

· Reading assignments

· Individual and group presentation

· Small group practice sessions

· Skill demonstrations

· Emails: I try to respond to all emails within a 24 hour time period. If you do not get a reply from me within 24 hours, please resend message.

(iii)  Methods of assessment of knowledge acquired

The course grade and successful completion of the course will be based on the following components:

1. Attendance                             2

2. Participation                            3

3. Assignment                             5

4. Quizzes                                   10

5. First  term Exam                     20

6. Second term Exam                  20

7. Final Exam                              40


Total                                        100

Participation in the lecture includes asking and answering questions, keeping up with assigned readings, coming prepared to discuss your readings, and active participation in activities and assignments. If called upon, you are expected to be able to discuss the assigned readings.

Attendance- You cannot learn as well if you are not in class. Attendance is mandatory and your final course grade will be lowered for excessive absences. Two or more unexcused absences will result in your final average being lowered by 10 points (example: 83 lowered to 73) for each unexcused absence. Tardiness counts toward class time missed. Each time you are tardy, it counts as 1/2 hour of class missed. If you arrive after the roll has been taken, you will be counted as "absent" unless you speak with the instructor immediately after class. An excused absence is one for which you have notified your instructor in advance, if reasonably possible, and you have evidence (court summons, doctor's note, etc.) supporting your reason for being absent. You must present the supporting evidence to the instructor during first class after you return. NOTE: If you stop attending, you must officially drop the course through the records office. Failure to officially drop will result in an F for the course on your transcript.

Quizzes- • Quizzes will be unannounced and will test your knowledge of assigned readings.

Exams: You will have three exams (First Term Exam, Second Term Exam and Final Exam).

Assessments will be structured to test your understanding. No makeup exams will be given for excused or unexcused absences. If you miss an exam with an excused absence, your final exam grade will be weighted more heavily to compensate for one missing exam. If you miss an exam and the absence is unexcused, or you miss a second exam, you receive a zero for that exam.

b.  Cognitive Skills

(i)  Description of cognitive skills to be developed

Cognitive skills to be developed

1. Each student is expected to prepare a topic related to the course and present it for the whole class.

Frequent assignments during the term.

(ii)  Teaching strategies to be used to develop these cognitive skills

i. Don’t miss lecture. This is the first thing students from previous semesters offer for advice. There is simply too much material covered too rapidly to catch up if you get behind. Print off the “Note Taking Pages” for the chapter(s) we will cover in class each day. Refer to schedule below to see which chapters we will be covering and when.

ii. Keep up by studying regularly. Read the chapters and Note Taking Pages BEFORE you come to lecture. You will not succeed in this course if you wait until the day before an exam to study. You must drill on the material as it is presented.

iii. Manage your time well. Schedule study time every day.

iv. Cooperative learning works. Research has shown that students who study with other students usually perform better on exams. This can be difficult at a commuter University like Cameron but is worth the effort. Form a small (2, 3 or 4 students) study group and get together to work on review questions at the end of each section and chapter.

v. Study the “right stuff”. The purpose of a lecture is to direct your attention to what you need to know. The notes clearly state what you are expected to learn. Recopying your notes and making flash cards are two essential techniques.

vi. Practice! Practice! Practice! After learning your notes, put yourself in a test situation by answering each chapter’s checkpoint and review questions, and the text’s website chapter quizzes. You may want to “write” you own study Exam to help you review the material, either individually or in small groups.

vii. If you’re having difficulty, get help early. The sooner you ask me for help, the more options we have to improve your learning.

viii. Improve your test-taking skills. We’ll cover this in more detail before the first exam.

Do the Homework Assignments and Worksheets! The Worksheets are designed to assist you in learning the course material. Grades are based on the assumption you are completing the Homework

Homework Assignments are due at the beginning of each lecture on the dates specified in the Schedule below and will not be accepted late. Worksheets are due at the time of each exam and will not be accepted late.

(iii)  Methods of assessment of students cognitive skills

1. Evaluation of the topics prepared by students according to the content, arrangement, and covering of the topic.

2. Evaluation of the student presentation according to certain criteria.

Evaluation of the student preparations.

c. Interpersonal Skills and Responsibility

(i)  Description of the interpersonal skills and capacity to carry responsibility to be developed

1. Students are expected to develop certain team work activities regarding the theoretical part.

2. Students are distributed into groups in the practice field, each group has to work in harmony and has certain responsibilities.

Students are to deal with the staff the health care centres they practice in.

(ii)  Teaching strategies to be used to develop these skills and abilities

Part of some lectures will be specified for group discussions. At least students will be distributed into groups once monthly for discussing certain issues in the theoretical part.

(iii)  Methods of assessment of students interpersonal skills and capacity to carry responsibility

Topics are to be selected by the teacher, then to be distributed for the students, and each student is to prepare the material for each topic and to present it for the whole class.

d.   Communication, Information Technology and Numerical Skills

(i)  Description of the skills to be developed in this domain.

1. Encourage students to use internet for searching certain electronic journals regarding topics of the course.

2. Students are required to prepare and present subjects using different educational strategies (power point presentations, projectors,…..)

Students are required deliver a weekly log about their practice.

(ii)  Teaching strategies to be used to develop these skills

1. Students will be asked for delivering a summary regarding certain topics related to the course.

2. Each student is expected to prepare and present one issue regarding to the course for about 15 minutes.

At the end of each week, students are to submit a log regarding their practice in that week.

(iii)  Methods of assessment of students numerical and communication skills

1. Part of the grad is put for students written participations.

2. About 10 grades are put for the presentation (written and way of presentation)

3. Each log delivered by the student will be objectively evaluated.

e.  Psychomotor Skills (if applicable)

(i)  Description of the psychomotor skills to be developed and the level of performance required

(ii)  Teaching strategies to be used to develop these skills

1. All skills that are required from the student will be performed for the student in the class.

2. Each student will have the opportunity to perform each skill in the class and will be given feedback for her  practice.

3. All students are required to perform the previous skills in the field.

(iii)  Methods of assessment of students psychomotor skills

At the end of the practice, student will be evaluated for the skills they had learned.

There will be continuous evaluation in the field.

5. Schedule of Assessment Tasks for Students During the Semester


Assessment task  (eg. essay, test, group project, examination etc.)

Week due

Proportion of Final Assessment


First term exam

Week 6



Second term exam

Week 10



Quizzes and Assignments

Week 8



Final written exam

Week 15


D. Student Support

1. Arrangements  for availability of teaching staff for individual student consultations and academic advice. (include amount of time teaching staff are expected to be available each week)

I would be available for at least a period of 9-10 hours as a part of my office hours weekly to discuss any difficulty with the students (Office Hour attached)

E Learning Resources

1. Required Text(s)

· Davi-Ellen Chabner 2005 Medical Terminology: A Short Course, 4th Edition Elsevier Saunders Publishers

2. Essential References

Medical Dictionaries

3- Recommended Books and Reference Material (Journals, Reports, etc) (Attach List)

· Medical Terminology: A Living Language (4th Edition) by Bonnie F. Fremgen and Suzanne S. Frucht

· Quick Medical Terminology: A Self-Teaching Guide, 4th edition by Shirley Soltesz Steiner

· Medical Terminology: An Illustrated Guide (Point (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins)) by Barbara J. Cohen

4-.Electronic Materials, Web Sites etc

Resources on the web.

5- Other learning material such as computer-based programs/CD, professional standards/regulations

F. Facilities Required

Indicate requirements for the course including size of classrooms and laboratories (ie number of seats in classrooms and laboratories, extent of computer access etc.)

1.  Accommodation (Lecture rooms, laboratories, etc.)

Lecture room suitable for 25 students.

2. Computing resources

One computer in the classroom.

Projector in the classroom

Smart board in the classroom.

3. Other resources (specify --eg. If specific laboratory equipment is required, list requirements or attach list)

G Course Evaluation and Improvement Processes

1 Strategies for Obtaining Student Feedback on Effectiveness of Teaching

Ø Asking question before, during and after each lecture.

Ø Perform a quiz after each unit.

Ø The exams and student participations.

2  Other Strategies for Evaluation of Teaching by the Instructor or by the Department

Oral and written questions and questioner forms.

3  Processes for Improvement of Teaching

Ø Continuous updating of the course content.

Ø Looking for more clarifying examples.

Ø Continuous assessment of student’s acquiring of knowledge and skills.

4. Processes for Verifying Standards of Student Achievement (eg. check marking by an independent  member teaching staff of a sample of student work, periodic exchange and remarking of tests or a sample of assignments with staff at another institution)

Discussion of the course objectives, teaching strategies, exams, students learning abilities and achievements, with another colleague in the same field.

5  Describe the  planning arrangements for periodically reviewing course effectiveness and planning for improvement.

Discussion of the course objectives, teaching strategies, exams, students learning abilities and achievement, with another colleague in the same field.

أرقام الاتصال (Contact)

(Lecturer (English

Email: [email protected]

Alternate Email: [email protected]

الساعات المكتبية

Office Contact Hours


8:00-10:00 AM


8:00-10:00 AM


10:00:12:00 PM


12:00-2:00 PM


8:00-11:00 AM

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