C C 306M: Intro to Medical and Scientific Terminology Fall 2009 Location: UTC 2.112A Time: MWF 8:00-9:00 (32645) MWF 9:00-10:00 (32650) Instructor: Todd Curtis Email: [email protected]Office: WAG 200A Office Hours: MWF 10-11 TA: Joseph Ponczoch Email: [email protected]Office: WAG 207 Office Hours: TW 10-11 Course Description: This course provides a systematic introduction to medical and scientific terminology. In this course you will acquire a working knowledge of the Greek and Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes which are fundamental to understanding ‘medspeak’, i.e. the specialized language of healthcare. You will learn the principles of word analysis, construction and pronunciation. Although this course is primarily for those who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine or the allied health sciences, please bear in mind that it is a classical civilization course. Thus, we will often skip discussions of the technical aspects of modern medicine for the sake of introducing you to relevant elements of Greek and Roman medico-scientific culture. Such historical information will not only help you to memorize medical terms but it will also give you a better appreciation of the origins of Western medicine. There are no prerequisites. Although we will be working with Latin and Greek terms, no background knowledge of these languages is required. Since you are learning a new ‘language’, you will need to memorize a large number of words and word components. Goals of this Course: 1) You will acquire a working vocabulary of the Greek and Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes which are fundamental to understanding medical and scientific terminology. 2) You will learn the principles of word analysis, construction, and pronunciation. 3) You will become acquainted with deciphering medico-scientific terminology in context. Required Texts: Margorie Canfield Willis, Medical Terminology: A Programmed Learning Approach to the Language of Health Care, 2nd edition, ISBN: 978-0-7817-9283-7 * There are two different 2ndeditions (2006 and 2008). Any second edition will be fine. Because most of you have the 2006 2nded., the chapter numbers of my syllabus are according to the 2006 2nded. rather than the 2008 2nded. If you have a 2008 2nded., please pay attention to the chapter headings, which are essentially the same in both 2ndeds.
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