Course Information - Updated August 2017

Course Description
HSC 1531 provides a broad survey of the language of medicine and health technologies. Emphasis is placed primarily on the building of medical terms from word parts. The course is intended to be the foundation of a working medical vocabulary for individuals preparing for careers in both the health professions and other areas in which this knowledge is essential. (3 credits)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  •         Identify and define the word parts most frequently associated with the major body systems
  •        Properly spell, define, and pronounce medical terms.
  •        Define unfamiliar medical terms by analyzing the word parts.
  •        Use the Internet to locate information about specific medical terms

Methods of Instruction

This is a 3-credit hour online course. Online activities will include graded discussions (in the form of a Word Search) and various activities designed to familiarize the student with the content of each chapter. Student should utilize all the course materials including watching online lectures, completing sample test questions, and practicing with the online textbook activities. Refer to the Course Schedule for details on when assignments are due and for when examinations are scheduled. All testing is completed through Proctortrack software the student installs on their computer.

Each week, you will review the material present in each chapter of the text and listen to the online Lecture Presentations, complete the online sample test questions, practice with the online resources, and complete the activities in the textbook to learn the course material. You MUST UTILIZE ALL ONLINE RESOURCES in the course D2L site in order to fully learn all of the course information. Choosing to solely complete the textbook is like never attending the actual class session and simply completing homework. The resources are carefully designed to facilitate your learning, so be sure to take advantage of all of the resources. Success in this course is dependent upon your dedication to studying and memorizing all of the word parts.

Course Attendance Policy
During the first week of class, you must complete the online orientation quiz (the deadline for submission will be on the course schedule) or you will be reported as a no-show and be administratively withdrawn from the course. Simply logging into the course will not satisfy your attendance during this time. As with on-campus courses, students who are reported for nonattendance in an online course and are withdrawn are still responsible for paying for the course. If you do not complete the requirements of the first week of class, you should drop the course by the official drop/add deadline or expect to pay for the course.

If you determine you do not wish to continue with the course prior to the official college withdrawal date, you must formally withdraw from the course according to established college procedures in order for the W grade to be issued, or if it is your third attempt, an F.   Students who remain enrolled in the course after the official college withdrawal date will be awarded the grade achieved in the course in accordance with the course syllabus.  Auditing of this course is not permitted.

Release of Course Content
You will be granted access to the course D2L site on the first day of the semester  and should plan on logging on that day as we jump right in with several assignments due the first week. Your access to the course website is linked to your course registration and payment. There is typically a delay between when payment is made and access is granted. 

 You will need to submit the Orientation Quiz through Proctortrack, by the end of the first week of class. Access to the online course content, assignments, and testing will only be granted after completion of the Orientation Quiz. 

Online Testing

All  testing for this course is completed online through a live proctoring system using Proctortrack a free service that allows you to take exams from a remote location using your own webcam and microphone while being proctored. To be ready for the first exam, you must set up your computer and an account with Proctortrack and download the software to your computer. Instructions will be provided when you are granted access to the course. A laptop or desktop computer, microphone and webcam are required for all examinations. In addition speakers are required for the final exam. Testing CANNOT be completed on a tablet or smartphone or Chromebook. It must be completed on a computer or laptop that is Windows or Mac compatible.

FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS TESTING: 4 examinations and comprehensive final exam online through Proctortrack

SUMMER SEMESTER TESTING: 15 chapter quizzes, midterm examination online through Proctortrack, and comprehensive final exam online through Proctortrack

Course Materials

Required Textbook: Medical Terminology Complete Third Edition by Bruce Wingerd, 2016, Pearson Publishing
ISBN 978-0-13-404238-1

It is critical that you purchase the text PRIOR to the start of the course as we begin utilizing it to deliver the majority of the course content starting the first week.  The text is available at the Campus Bookstores.
Recommended: - A medical dictionary is recommended for this course.

Technology Requirements: Reliable access to a computer meeting the BC minimum hardware and software standards for e-learning courses. 

Computer with Webcam, Microphone, and Speakers
meeting Proctortrack hardware and software requirements.

 Testing CANNOT be completed on a tablet or smartphone or Chromebook. It must be completed on a computer or laptop that is Windows or Mac compatible. Headphones cannot be utilized during testing.

Typing Skills:
- Students must possess at least basic typing skills to succeed in this course. The course requires students to correctly spell/type terms in a timed testing environment.

Fall and Spring Semester Information

During the FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS, this course is delivered online with frequent weekly login to the course website required for content review, assignment submission, and testing. Additionally, there are four chapter examinations and a comprehensive final examination completed online through Proctortrack. Pacing of the full semester course requires students to learn the information from ONE CHAPTER of the textbook EACH WEEK.

Here is a rough estimate:
  •    3 hours a week listening to the online lectures and other materials.
  •    3 hours a week completing assignments and learning activities
  •    At least 3 hours a week STUDYING and MEMORIZING the word parts.
  •    TOTAL OF AT LEAST 9 hours a week for this course
Summer Semester Information

During the SUMMER SEMESTER, this fully online course is extremely fast paced requiring consistent login to the course site throughout the each week.  The same content presented in the full semester (fall/spring 16 week) course is covered in only six weeks during the summer semester. The expectations remain the same despite the short time frame, so students need to be motivated to remain on task to learn the information from THREE CHAPTERS of the textbook EACH WEEK. Students complete weekly online quizzes, assignments, and Proctortrack online midterm and comprehensive final examinations. 

Here is a rough estimate:
  •    9 hours a week listening to the online lectures and other materials.
  •    9 hours a week completing assignments and learning activities
  •    At least 9 hours a week STUDYING and MEMORIZING the word parts.
  •    TOTAL OF AT LEAST 27 hours a week for this course
Online Learning

To log into the course on the first day of the semester, go to

If you are new to online learning, you should do the following BEFORE THE START OF THE SEMESTER:

     1.   Review the D2L Technology Requirements:  Run the D2L System Check:

3.  Complete the D2L Orientation:
2      4.  Contact the Help Desk if you encounter any difficulties or have technical questions:
call the 24-hour BC Online Helpdesk at 954-201-7521email
All Semesters Strategies for Success

You must spread your studying out over the course of the week so that you have time to really move the information into your long term memory and not just know it for the specific chapter test. The course is cumulative over the entire semester and so is your future medical career. This is your foundation!

Utilize the course syllabus objectives for each unit to help guide you as to the goals for the course.  It is important that you review all of the resources for the course as additional information is presented in each one.  While there is some redundancy of the basics, there are key concepts covered in different instructional materials.  As you learn and study, your goal is to:

Learning Goal
·        Memorize Word Parts - You need to commit to memory all of the word parts (prefix, suffix, roots, and combining forms) presented in each chapter of the textbook.  Part of this is knowing how to spell them correctly.
o   Appendix A of the textbook must be committed to memory by the final exam.

·        Construct and Deconstruct terms - You will utilize your word part knowledge to construct (build) terms based on definitions provided and deconstruct (break down) terms to determine the meaning of the diagnosis, procedure, test, symptom, etc.  You must be able to SPELL all terms correctly.

·        Learn Conditions, Tests, etc. - Additionally, chapters present information related to the various system anatomy, conditions, tests, etc. that you are responsible for learning. All of the information is equally important.

·        Pronounce Terms – It will be important for you to be able to pronounce terms in your health profession as well as being able to understand and define them once heard.

How to Learn the Material

For each chapter your TO DO LIST to learn the material each week includes the online materials in the content area of the course for each chapter in addition to what is presented in the textbook. There are also additional study tools listed in the additional resources of the course website.

You’ll want to participate in all of these learning strategies as learning medical terminology is best accomplished through practice and memorization.

Specifically, for each chapter you should:
1.     Read the Textbook chapter.  The information in the text is presented and learned in small sections called frames. You should participate in each of the fifteen (15) chapters by reading the statements provided in each frame and then determining the appropriate "fill-in-the-blank" answer. This will help you become more familiar with the terms presented. This method of learning is self-directed and is called programmed learning - learning one bit of information at a time with continual repetition of the terms so that you will truly know medical terminology at the end of the course! There are also multiple online resources to instruct you in the content. These are located in the content area of the course under the specific text chapter section.

2.     Complete the Practice and Review Activities at the end of the chapter.  These will not be collected by the instructor. Review Activities are provided in the text at the end of each chapter. We strongly recommend that you complete all of the activities as they serve to reinforce the content that is being covered in the chapter. The Answer Key for Textbook Activities is located in the course content area. Appendix A is also a great resource as it lists the major prefixes, suffixes and combining forms that are used to construct medical terms.

3.     Listen to the Lecture Presentation.  This is a voiced over power point lecture equivalent to the instruction you would receive in the classroom.  You can pause, rewind, and replay the lectures as often as you want. It includes pictures, videos, and explanations of the content and self- assessment quizzes.  As you go through the presentation, it might be helpful to write the information into your text as additional clarification.

4.     Complete the Optional Worksheets. Print out these sheets as a way to interact with the content in a different way to help memorize and apply it. They are not scored or submitted to the instructor. A key is provided at the end of the packet for each chapter so you can check your answers. Consider using this as a self-test of your knowledge. Activities include spelling correction activities, term construction, term breakdown/definition, word search, crossword puzzle, and dictation report.  Online examinations will require you to build terms with correct spelling and break them down.

5.     Utilize the Chapter Online Flash Cards for the system chapters which are portable and can expand your study opportunities. You can play games which test your ability to retain the information which is important for the comprehensive final exam. Investigate the games that you can use in the flashcards to test yourself.

6.     Complete the Sample Test Questions. Read each question and have your answer in mind, then click to find the correct response. These sample test questions will allow you to get a sense of the content for the chapter and know what knowledge you are retaining. The scores on these sample questions do not count toward your grade, so take advantage of the free practice!

7.      Additional Online Resources section of the content areal includes flashcards for Appendix A of the textbook which covers many of the terms from the entire book. This is a good way to look back on old information in preparation for the big exams. There are also other study tools to keep it interesting as you learn the information.

Study Tips

Time, Repetition, and Looking at the information in a variety of ways is necessary for learning!!

Designate time each week to dedicate to this course. Plan specific days and times on your calendar to log into the course site. This would be equivalent to your class meeting session if you were on campus. You will just be sitting down to your computer to attend.

Have a specific plan when you sit down to learn the content. Use the “TO DO LIST” above.

Spend as much time as you need to memorize the word parts and gain understanding of the meanings of the terms presented in each chapter.  Some students find it helpful to create flash cards so they can study on the go.

Developing your own flashcards, participating in a study group to talk out the terms, and practicing creating your own medical terms using the word parts will also help.

Repetition is key - when you notice content that you are not recalling, go back to the text and other resources to review it in more depth.

Spend some time each week looking back over the previous chapters. Each online examination taken using Proctortrack will contain previous content and the final exam is comprehensive of the entire text.

Student Responsibilities with Online Learning
Most students enjoy online courses once they get the "hang of it". It gets easier as you become familiar with this type of learning. Please take a few moments to review the information in the Orientation to Online Learning section of the content area reviewing technology, organization, and other strategies to get insight as to how well-suited you are to this type of experience.

When taking an online course, the student needs to be an independent, self-paced learner. The student is expected to:
  •       Login to the course web site within the first two days of class
  •       Remain in contact with the course facilitator by e-mail
  •       Check Discussion Forums, Course Announcements, and e-mail frequently - at least several times a week as the course progresses through the semester
  •       Participate in Discussion Forums as detailed in the Course Syllabus for assignments and also to clarify content as needed
  •       Be aware of all course announcements and assignment/exam dates
  •       Devote the correct amount of time to the subject area before proceeding with the course content. the student is the most important factor in the formula for success. To succeed, each student must put in his/her maximum effort and communicate with the course facilitator and fellow students as needed.
  •       Be prepared for any emergency when using a computer for any kind of work. It is up to the student to find alternate ways to access the course in the event that their personal computer if not operating.
Tips for Success
Here are some additional hints to help you succeed:
  •       Be self-motivated and self-disciplined. Online learning requires that you work independently without a lot of prompting. You must be able to stay on task and motivate yourself to enter the course several times a week to check for announcements, e-mails, etc.
  •       Online learning is a more convenient way to take classes but it is definitely not an easier way! The increased flexibility of when to actually "attend" class can often create problems in terms of keeping up with the course work.
  •       You will need to dedicate time to the course - not only the three hours a week that you would ordinarily have been in the "face-to-face" classroom on campus, but also all of the extra time that you need to adequately prepare for the chapter exams, completing all of the Review Activities, etc.
  •       Use good time management skills. The flexibility of an online course - no scheduled classes, no teacher to remind you of upcoming exams, etc. requires commitment and discipline to keep up.
  •       You must be able to manage your time and prioritize so that the grades you earn in the course reflect the amount of time that you have devoted to it.
  •       Be willing to "speak up" if problems arise. Most of the non-verbal communication mechanisms instructors use to determine whether students are having problems are not possible in an online course. If you are experiencing difficulty on any level (either with the technology or with the course content), you must communicate this immediately via e-mail to the course facilitator.
  •       Have reliable and consistent access to a computer. You must determine whether or not the computer that you will be using for this course is reliable and is available when you need it. It must have the minimum requirements as detailed in the Technology Requirements section of the course syllabus.

How to Register for this Course

Students can register for the course through MyBC at and must pay for the course before they will be able to log into the course site.

For additional information contact an instructor: 
  • Dana Dowe                (954) 201-2084          Email:
  • Susan Edelstein        (954) 201-2086           Email: 
  • Gregory Ferenchak   (954) 201-2060           Email: 
  • Jodi Gootkin              (239) 489-9494           Email: 
  • Joephine Gordon       (954) 201- 2974         Email:
  • Karen Hoban             (954) 201-2089           Email:  
  • Maria Holodak           (954) 201-2087           Email: