AHS-1020: Medical Terminology ( Online | Spring 2018 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Jennifer C. Randle

Instructor Rank

Adjunct Faculty

Instructor Email jcrandle@southwest.tn.edu
Instructor Office

It is Very Important that you email me thru PAWS email only.  DO NOT SEND INSTRUCTOR AN EMAIL, THRU SOUTHWEST PORTAL. 

As this is an online class, communication via email is the best way to get in touch with instructor.

When you email, included your name and which class you are in.

Instructor Phone

901-333-5407--Leave Messages (your name and phone number)

Course Information
Course Description

Medical terminology is the study of words that relate to body systems, anatomical structures, medical processes and procedures, drugs and a variety of diseases that affect humans.  Prefixes, suffixes, abbreviations, plural endings, word roots and combined forms are covered.  Terms are presented that relate to all areas of medical science, hospital service and paramedical facilities.

Student Learning Objectives

See each chapter objectives.

Instructional / Learning Methods
  • Lecture (online)
  • Class discussion (online)
  • Quizzes
  • Tests
  • Exams
Specific Course Requirements

Each student is required to:

1. Proof read all assignments before submission

2. Follow Basic Grammar rules (this include correct spelling, punctuation, capitalization, subject verb agreement, etc.)

3. Complete all assigment by deadline

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text

Exploring Medical Language, 9th edition.  Myrna LaFleur Books, Mosby Lifeline.

Additional Text

A Medical Dictionary and/or a Allied Health Dictionary, a recent or current Edition


Hardware Requirements

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit http://southwest.tn.onthehub.com.

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation

Discussion questions will be given for each unit of study. You are required to completed ALL Discussion questions in a timely manner, as I have to grade them manually.   Correct Spelling, Punctuation, Grammar is a MUST.  You will lose 1 point for each error. Students will post their answers to the discussion question(s) on the Discussion board. 

Assignments are as followed:

TESTS:There are six (6) unit tests given on the dates noted on the course calendar. Each unit test covers two chapters with the exception of Test 4 which covers only Chapter 10.

MID-TERM:The mid-term exam will cover Chapters 1-6 and will be given on the date noted on the course calendar.

QUIZZES: There is a total of eleven (11) quizzes. Complete by deadline

Discussion Questions: There are  6 discussion questions. Follow requirement guidelines.

FINAL EXAM:The final exam will cover Chapters 10, 11, 14, 15 and 16 and will be given on the date specified on the course calendar.

It is important that you complete all assignments.  I will use the Averaging Method to determine your final grade. 

You can earn 1 extra point that can be used to add to your final grade,  by completing the Class Evaluation at the end of the semester (you will be notified via email when you can do it)

Grading Scale

Grading Scale:

A = 90-100%

B = 80-89%

C= 70-79%

D = 60-69%

F = below 60%

This is the standard grading scales. To help you understand; Grades will be determine by averaging of each section, then divided by total number of assignments

Testing Procedure / Policy

Read this information carefully, read it multiple times to ensure that you understand these instructions. Plan and organize so that you will complete all tasks on time. 

Quizzes, Tests and Exams will be given on the dates indicated on the course calendar.  It is the student's responsibilty to check the course calendar and to take the quiz/tests/exam on the date referenced on the course calendarOne(1) attempt is allowed for ALL QUIZZES, TESTS & EXAMS....  FIFTEEN (15) minutes is allowed for each quiz. 


Quizzes for Chapters 1,2,3,4,5,6,11,14,15 and 16 consist of 10 questions taken directly from the chapter exercises. 


Chapter 10 quiz consists of 20 questions taken directly from the chapter exercises.  


There will be six (6) tests given throughout the term. Each test consists of 40 objective test items to include multiple choice and matching test questions.  Time limit for each test is 60 minutes.

Note the following:

Test 1 covers chapters 1 and 2. 

Test 2 covers chapters 3 and 4. 

Test 3 covers chapters 5 and 6. 

Test 4 covers chapter 10. 

Test 5 covers chapters 11 and 14. 

Test 6 covers chapters 15 and 16. 

Mid-term: Consists of 50 multiple choice questions and will cover Chapters 1-6. Time limit for the mid-term exam is 75 minutes.

Final exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions and will cover Chapters 10,11,14,15 and 16.   Time limit for the final exam is 75 minutes. 

All Discussion questions are due prior to the Final exam date. Meaning, You Must have completed ALL Discussion questions before you take your final EXAM.



Participation / Attendance Policy

Each student Must log on at least ONCE a week.  This is very important.

Additional Policies

Students are expected to check E-mail daily and should communicate with the instructor by

PAWS E-mail only.

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
Technical Support

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service This service may be found inside PAWS courses.
Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian".

To contact a Librarian, go to the Classlist and select the "Ask A Librarian" tab.
Student Services Links

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center (ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at http://www.southwest.tn.edu.

Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center: Available during working hours
  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris 2131: M-R 8-5:30, F 804:30

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319, available during working hours
  • Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M105: 8-6:30


  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.


  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.