(3 credit hours)

Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dr. Carol Sternberger
Office Neff B50V
Telephone 260-481-5798 

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Course Description Student Objectives Course Basics How to Proceed
Exercises Chapter Assignments (Quizzes) Examinations  Course Schedule

Course Description: This course is designed to provide a general understanding of the language of medicine, including word construction, definitions, spelling and abbreviations. Emphasis is placed on speaking, reading and writing skills.

Student Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1.  Accurately build, spell, pronounce and define medical terms.
2.  Define commonly used medical abbreviations.
3.  Read and comprehend medical terms used in the context of medical reports and documents.
FIRST, begin with updating your computer with the latest programs so Blackboard works at its optimum level.



Chabner, Davi-Ellen. (2007). The Language of Medicine (8th ed.). Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders.

Stedman's medical dictionary for health professions and nursing (5th ed.).Philadelphia, PA:Lippincott Williams& Wilkins.

Additional Dictionaries that are available on-line. You may find these helpful

On-line Medical Dictionary (This dictionary has many British spellings that involve extra vowels - so be careful)

Course Grade:
Tests 4@100 400
Final Examination 150 150
Assignments (quizzes) 200 200
Total Points 750

Grading Scale:
92-100% A
84-91% B
75-83% C
67-74% D
Below 67% F

Grades are available on Blackboard at all times. Assignments and Examinations are graded immediately.

Last Day to Withdraw:The last day to withdraw from this class is posted by the University. Consult the schedule of classes for the current withdrawal date. If you stop attending this class and do not officially withdraw from it, you will automatically receive a grade of "F."
NUR 106, Medical Terminology is an Internet course written in a Blackboard course platform. Blackboard is more than just a course tool to facilitate distance learning. The platform is the interface in which faculty create and present courses to students. The platform includes many educational tools to assist students in communicating and collaborating with fellow students and faculty, and enhancing the learning experience.

This course contains five units. Each unit contains one assignment for each chapter and one examination. There is NO assignment for Chapter 22, it is included in the final. Each unit can be completed independently at an individual rate. However, in order to facilitate independent progress and learning, each unit and its corresponding examination must be completed by the 11:59 PM on the dates as listed in the schedule. All assignments and exams are a combination of multiple choice, matching, and fill-in-the-blank.

Exercises for each chapter are provided to enhance learning in a variety of formats. These exercises are not mandatory. However, information that is not included in your textbook is embedded in some of the exercises. These exercises can be repeated multiple times. Some of this material will appear on the examinations as extra credit. 

In order to receive points for assignments, all assignments for that unit must be completed by the dates indicated in the schedule. These assignments are completed on-line via Blackboard. These are assigments but are graded through the Blackboard quiz feature. They are not timed but can only be accessed one time.

You may complete each examination on-line via Blackboard from the first day of class until 11:59 PM on the dates listed. Each test is timed; thus, you must be knowledgeable and familiar with the material in order to complete the test in the allotted time. You are able to access the examinations only once.

Chapters/Lessons: Here is the step-by-step procedure you should follow for each of the chapters/lessons.

Step 1

 Read the Content pages in each chapter content so you can better understand the information.

Step 2

Read the textbook pages specified.
 SUCCESS TIP: USE FLASHCARDS (Print those available from course and/or make your own) on a daily basis to learn.

Step 3

Complete each of the Chapter exercises in your textbook. (These are not turned in to your instructor.)

Step 4

Test yourself by completing the exercises on-line under each chapter.

Step 5

Review the CD ROM exercises for the chapter.

Step 6

- Complete the assignments for each chapter by clicking on it on the left side of your page under the corresponding chapter; then follow the directions.

Step 7

Complete the assignments and examinations on or before 11:59 PM on the date indicated.

Medical Terminology requires memorization and repetition repetition repetition! If you spend 10 - 15 minutes a day, in 5-minute intervals (using flash cards while you wait in line or between classes) you will be more successful then spending 2 hours once a week.


ACADEMIC HONESTY: A Course Requirement It is important for students to be aware of the expectations of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) regarding individual course work, including assignments and examinations. As your course instructor, I have high expectations of you and will hold you to meet those expectations. In additions, you need to be aware of the rules that govern our behavior both on and off campus and how they apply to this course. Should you make a poor choice, you should be aware of the consequences of those actions. Furthermore, you should know that I have tools available through Blackboard that which enable monitoring of your activity within the virtual classroom.

All students in the class need to feel assured that others are working in an honest and legitimate way. Please consider that the information offered to you in this class will likely be important to you in some way in your future. Academic dishonesty limits the amount of actual learning of all students involved and it may effect your job performance in the future regardless of whether you are caught or not.

Click here to see IPFW Code of Academic Honesty Policy and Regulations.

Please be aware that facilitating academic dishonesty is specifically mentioned in the code of conduct and can have serious penalties. Facilitating academic dishonesty is defined as intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another in committing dishonest acts. In this course, you are particularly not allowed to complete assignments and/or examinations together with other students or share the assignments and/or examinations with other students after their completion.

Blackboard is equipped with tools that allow me to monitor your academic honesty. I am able to see what you are presently doing (if currently online) and where you have been during past visits to the virtual classroom along with the date and times. Thus, I am watching to see who has been naughty or nice.

Some penalties that are available to me to enforce academic honesty include (but are not limited to): assigning a lowered or failing grade for the assignment or examination, completing an additional assignment, or assigning a lower or failing grade for the course.

Practicing academic honesty is beneficial for everyone. Academic honesty is a component of lifelong learning and inspires self-pride in knowing you are working at your personal best. Help us all to work together to make everyone's learning optimal.