BI490 Advanced Topics in Biology:

for F1J 2012

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BI 490 Advanced Topics in Biology:


F1J 2012 PV


Thompson, Sarah E.


Adjunct Faculty


Internship - Equine Field Services; The Ohio State University
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine; University of Missouri - Columbia
Bachelor of Science (Biology); Park Univeristy

Office Location


Office Hours

Immediately before or after class. Also by appointment.


***For immediate contact, use Gmail address***

Semester Dates

August 20, 2012 - October 14, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 10:00 PM


Permission of Instructor

Credit Hours



Required Texts:

Erlich A, Schroeder CL.  Medical terminology for health professions.  7th ed.  New York: Delmar; 2013.
Textbook comes with extensive chapter reviews, flash cards, and a StudyWare CD-ROM. You must have this textbook to use in class.
Recommended Texts:
Erlich A, Schroder CL. Workbook for medical terminology for health professions. 7th ed. New York: Delmar; 2013.
We will not use this book in class, although you can purchase this if you feel you need more practice than the study materials offered in the textbook. I will have answer keys available if you choose to purchase the workbook.
Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary (Mass Market Paperback) - Published in 2006.
A medical dictionary is a must for this class to help you with assignments. If you do not wish to purchase a book, there are reliable online medical dictionaries listed later in this syllabus.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:

Online Medical Dictionaries:
National Institutes of Health/MEDLINE:
Merriam Webster:
(Click on ‘Medical’ tab)

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Course Description:
BI490 Advanced Topics in Biology: Medical Terminlogy. This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to medical language. It is geared toward those students entering the health professions, but is also suited for students persuing other science careers. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor; A previous course in Anatomy and Physiology is beneficial, but not required. Variable credit: 3 hours.

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor believes that learning is most comprehensive when multiple teaching methods are used. To this end, there will be lectures, discussions, critical thinking assignments, and quizzes required in this course to maximize understanding of the subject matter.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Varies depending on topic (approved by the department)

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the basic word parts used in medical terminology.
  2. Identify, spell, and define a variety of medical terms relating to all body systems.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Weekly Activities

Homework Assignments

There will be seven (7) homework assignments due Weeks 2-8, and they will be handed out in class the week before they are due. These assignments will involve critical thinking as it pertains to Medical Terminology. It will also enable you to use medical terms in ‘real world’ scenarios by reading and answering questions on SOAP notes and Case Studies. Answers to homework assignments shall be typed for grading, with appropriate headers and numbering for the questions being answered. The printed answers must be in your hand prior to arriving in class. No emailed or handwritten homework will be accepted.

Class Participation

We will discuss the homework assignments at the beginning of class each week. There will also be interaction required during the lectures as well.


There will be six (6) quizzes given Weeks 2-7. You will have 15 minutes to complete this quiz and each will be worth 25 points.


Weekly lecture will consist of PowerPoint presentations covering the material in each chapter. I STRONGLY urge you to peruse each chapter ahead of time, as I believe this will increase your retention and understanding of the material.

Chapter Learning Exercises/Supervised Study Hall

During the last part of each class, you will be given the opportunity to complete the learning exercises in the textbook while I am present as a resource. I will also have the answer keys to the chapter questions available during this time. I will not require you to stay during this time, but I strongly advise you take advantage of this opportunity as this subject matter is best learned by practice.

Final Examination

The final examination will be administered in the last class period on October 10, 2012. It will be comprehensive and worth 200 points. There will be a review period immediately prior to the final examination, after which you will have the remainder of the class period to complete the examination.


Grade Point Allocation

Weekly Class Participation (8)

(5 points/week)

40 points

Weekly Quizzes (6)

(25 points/week)

150 points

Weekly Assignments (7)

(42 points/Week 2; 28 points/Week 3-8)

210 points

Final Examination

200 points


600 points


Grading Scale










59% or less

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will be accepted at the instructor’s discretion if the student encounters extenuating circumstances. However, the student must give the instructor notice BEFORE the deadline for this policy to be effective. The instructor reserves the right to deny late work submission.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Please be on time to class. Please silence your personal electronic devices before entering the classroom. If you have an urgent need to return a call or text message, please excuse yourself from the classroom. Disruptive use of electronic devices will not be tolerated.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Weekly Schedule

We will make every attempt to cover every chapter in the book, as all of them have equal importance.

Week 1

Class Overview

Chapter 1: Introduction to Medical Terminology

Chapter 2: The Human Body in Health and Disease

Chapter 3: The Skeletal System

Week 2

Chapter 4: The Muscular System

Chapter 5: The Cardiovascular System

Week 3

Chapter 6: The Lymphatic and Immune Systems

Chapter 7: The Respiratory System

Week 4

Chapter 8: The Digestive System

Chapter 9: The Urinary System

Week 5

Chapter 10: The Nervous System

Chapter 11: Special Senses: The Eyes and Ears

Week 6

Chapter 12: Skin: The Integumentary System

Chapter 13: The Endocrine System

Week 7

Chapter 14: The Reproductive System

Chapter 15: Diagnostic Procedures, Nuclear Medicine, Pharmacology

Week 8

Course Wrap-Up

Test Review

Final Examination

Class Time Management

This is an approximation of how we will divide our time each week. Please bring your textbook to each class to take advantage of the Supervised Study Hall at the end of each class.

5:30-6 pm: Questions, Discuss Homework Assignments

6-6:15pm: Weekly Quiz

6:15-7pm: Break

7pm-9pm: Lecture with Break

9pm-10pm: Chapter Learning Exercises/Supervised Study Hall


Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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