ETY101 - Medical Etymology

Outline info
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Subject Title
Medical Etymology

Subject Description
Upon completion of ETY1O1, students will be able to recognize all of the essential Greek and Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes in the most familiar and important medical terms. Moreover, with a firm grounding in the classical sources, students will be able to analyze the components of unfamiliar terms and thus make informed inferences about meaning. In addition, an introduction to study skills is presented.

Credit Status
One Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

* Recognize the essential Greek and Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes
* Analyze the components of unfamiliar terms
* Make informed inferences about meaning
* Begin to develop effective study skills

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Acceptance into the Practical Nursing Program.

Topic Outline
Topic Outline:

  • Study strategies
  • Basic word structure
  • Universally accepted medical abbreviations
  • Understanding prefix and suffixes, anatomical positions, related medical terms and body positioning of the following body systems:
  1. Nervous system
  2. Respiratory  system
  3. Circulatory system
  4. Digestive system
  5. Skeletal system
  6. Muscular system
  7. Endocrine system
  8. Reproductive system
  9. Integumentary system

Mode of Instruction
 A variety of teaching methods are used in this subject including (but not limited to)

Online: All class work is completed in a fully online environment. Students do not attend any classes on campus; however, the final exam must be written in-person at the Test Centre of the College at which you registered. . If you are unable to do so, please make alternative arrangements through the College at which you registered.

Students interested in pursuing hybrid or online courses must have strong time management skills and regular access to a home or office computer with an Internet connection and web access.

  • teacher facilitated
  • cooperative learning groups
  • independent study
  • mini-lectures and discussion


Prescribed Texts
 Chabner, D. (2011).  The Language of Medicine, 11th Edition. St.Louis, Saunders / Elsevier

Reference Material
Mosby's Dictionary Of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions (9th ed.).  Mosby Co.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Final Exam 100%
Total 100%

Grading Policy

A 70% is required to attain a Satisfactory grade.

Exam Requirements

To pass this subject, the student must be competent in the learning outcomes of the subject. This is demonstrated by the student's successful completion of the final exam.

Dates for evaluations are specified in the weekly schedule addendum to this outline. The evaluation process may include, but is not limited to, tests, exams, assignments or presentations. Any absences or missed submissions due to medical or other reasons must be supported by medical or other appropriate documentation within one (1) week of the due date. Failure to produce documentation within the timeframe will result in a grade of zero in the missed evaluation. The faculty and program area must be notified immediately in the event of a missed evaluation. This will be discussed at the promotion meeting if a deferred final examination will be granted. The defeffed final exam will be written on the designated deferred/supplemental night.

Medical Reason

If the student is unable to complete any formal evaluations in this subject for medical  reasons, they must submit an original doctor's certificate identifying the date, length of time of expected absence and the specific reason for your absence. If necessary, this information will be discussed at the Promotion meeting, for consideration in determining and assigning a final grade.

Approved by: Lisa Somers