MDR100 - Medical Terminology

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Subject Title
Medical Terminology

Subject Description
Develop the language required to communicate effectively in a medical setting. Medical terminology, word structure as well as diagnostic procedures and pharmacology related to twelve body systems will be studied.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Medical Devices Reprocessing Certificate Program.

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding and to apply medical terminology related to a variety of body systems.
  2. Write the correct medical term for a given definition, using correct spelling.
  3. Define and correctly spell medical terms.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

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.


Topic Outline
Module 1
Introduction to Medical Terminology
The Human Body in Health and Disease
The Skeletal System
Module 2
The Muscular System
The Cardiovascular System
The Lymphatic and Immune Systems
Module 3
The Digestive System The Urinary System The Nervous System
Special Senses: The Eyes and Ears
Module 4
The Integumentary System
The Endocrine System
The Reproductive System
Diagnostic Procedures and Pharmacology

Mode of Instruction
The course will be divided into 4 study modules that will guide your studies. Students will work independently on guided studies with instructor support as needed. Following each study module the student will be required to complete an assignment for marking. At the end of the course an in-person final exam is written in a supervised setting.
Online chats are not required. Students can post course-related questions in a public discussion forum.
Students should set aside a minimum of 5 hours per week to complete this course.
This is not a self-paced course. There is a schedule to follow.
Platform:  Blackboard

Prescribed Texts
Title:  Medical Terminology for Health Professions
Author:  Ann Ehrlich; Carol L. Schroeder
Publisher:  Thomson/Nelson
Edition:  8th
ISBN: 1305634357
Special Instructions: no substitutions
Only the 8th edition is supported for W17

Required Supplies
No computer software required.

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
All the academic policies for the College at which you registered apply.  This includes, but is not limited to policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams and accommodations.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:
4 assignments weighted at 15 % each = 60%
1 final exam, in-person, paper-based to be written at registering college, closed-book  = 40%
Final Grade:
The passing grade for Medical Terminology is 65%
The student’s final grade will be issued by the registering college.

No student will be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if, in more than 30% of the subjects required for graduation, the student has received a "D" grade.


  • Assignments are due on the date given by the instructor.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams
  • Students who are absent for an examination due to an emergency (e.g., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests.  

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
-writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
-spelling and punctuation are correct
-sentences are structured correctly
-main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
-work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
-work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
-up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.


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