SST838 - Medical Terminology II

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Subject Title
Medical Terminology II

Subject Description
This course has been designed for medical office professionals to concentrate on the pronunciation and verbalization of medical terminology that was learned in the first level of Medical Terminology. Students will listen to audio files to learn the pronunciation of medical terms involving all body systems. Assessment of the student's ability to pronounce medical terms will be done through audio files recorded by the student and submitted for evaluation. Required speakers, microphone.

Credit Status
This subject combined with SST831, can be applied towards the Ontario Medical Secretaries Association (OMSA) Health Care Associates (HCA) certification program compulsory subject requirement "Medical Terminology and Anatomy".

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

1. Identify medical terms and divide them into their various component parts including the roots, prefixes, suffixes and combining forms;

2. Demonstrate the proper pronunciation and spelling of the terms;

3. Relate medical terms to their respective body system as well as to the various structures and functions within the body;

4. Identify and correctly use medical terms and conditions including oncology, related to various body systems;

5. Use basic principles to construct and analyze medical terms, thereby enabling the student to remain up to date with development of new medical terminology.

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.


It is your responsibility to ensure that program requirements and subject prerequisites as outlined are met. Prerequisites are included for your academic protection. Subject content and your professor's teaching assumes that students are academically prepared and instruction will proceed accordingly. If you lack appropriate prerequisites (or advanced standing for the prerequisite subject) you may be asked to withdraw or transfer to a more appropriate subject, with the risk of academic/financial penalty. It is your responsibility to save documents, articles and notes that the instructor has provided on BlackBoard or in class. Students will not be able to access BlackBoard as of the last day of the student's class.

Topic Outline
The order of the topics is at the discretion of the professor. The content of one module does not have to be completed before another module is started, nor do the modules have to be taught in the order listed. By the end of the subject all the topics will have been covered.

  • Blood System Cardiovascular
  • Lymphatic & Immune Systems
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Skin
  • Sense Organs:  The eye and ear
  • Endocrine
  • Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
  • Cancer Medicine (oncology)
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry

Mode of Instruction
Students learn through classroom lectures, exposure to medical articles, consultation reports, films, as well as homework assignments.

Blended models of delivery may also be available.

Prescribed Texts
Medical Terminology for Health Professions,
By Ehrlich, Schroeder, Delmar, 8th edition, ISBN# 1305634357

Reference Material
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, Latest Edition. Pub:  F. A. Davis

Required Supplies
Audio recording program and computer microphone required to record assignments. Computer with: Windows 2000, or higher, or Mac OS X, and CD/DVD drive, sound card, speakers, microphone, media player software (i.e.: Windows Media Player).

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
Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, tidy work. Written materials should be well organized, correctly formatted and grammatically correct, with proper spelling and punctuation.

Please Note

  • Assignments, tests and the final examination are evaluated on subject knowledge as well as correct language usage, organization, and mastery of the subject.
  • In recognition of the significance of proper language skills in the workplace, marks are deducted, in accordance with departmental policy, for language errors on all tests, assignments and exams. (i.e. spelling, grammar, word usage, sentence, and paragraph structure, etc.)
  • The student must retain a copy of all assignments.
  • If assignments are handed in late without sufficient medical or other reason, which must be documented and approved, two marks per day will be deducted for each day the assignment is late up to a maximum of 10 marks in total. 
  • Assignments will not be accepted after the return of graded assignments to the class and/or the provision to the class of the answers to the assignment.
  • Written assignments must be word processed. At the professor’s discretion, assignments that are not word processed, may be subject to mark deduction or not accepted. 
  • For particulars, please obtain standards, dates, etc. from your instructor.

Absenteeism and Tests
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism will impact on their ability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • If you miss a test, you must provide the reason in writing to the instructor within one week. If your reason is accepted, the weighting of that test will be added to that of the final exam. Otherwise, you will be given a zero for the test. You must submit an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time of expected absence and the specific reason for your absence, or other appropriate documentation.
  • Progress tests and quizzes may not be announced in advance and details of the assignment requirements may be explained in class.

Final Exam/ Final Assignment
  • Students must attain a grade of at least 50% to pass the course.
Academic Honesty

Students at Seneca College are expected to be honest and forthright in their academic endeavours. When students cheat on an examination, steal the words or ideas of another, or falsify their research results, it corrupts the learning process. A Seneca College degree, diploma or certificate signifies to society mastery of a set of defined learning outcomes in a designated field of study. If academic credit is obtained dishonestly, the value of every graduate's diploma in the field of study is diminished, as is the reputation of the college as a whole.

Penalties for Academic Dishonesty

The penalty for a first offence is a grade of '0' on the assignment or examination. The penalty for the second offence is expulsion for a time period determined by the Academic Honesty Committee, normally for a minimum of three semesters.

Online Delivery grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Orientation Quiz 1%
Audio Intro 1%
Assignments (6) 60%
Final Assignment 38%

Materials permitted into tests and exams are at the discretion of the instructor.

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

Approved by: Sandra Noble