Welcome to Medical Terminology and Common Diseases, a course designed for all students who plan to complete one of our twelve Health Technology programs and those who wish to enroll in just this one course. Allow me to introduce myself - Pat Hassel, instructor for this course. I have been a full-time faculty member of the Biology/Health Sciences Division of De Anza College since 1969 and program coordinator of the Health Technologies Department since 1984. I was an operating room nurse, cardiology and pulmonary staff nurse and pediatric advice nurse prior to and during my teaching tenure. And I squeezed in one more wonderful job: I was a travel study program coordinator for a local nursing magazine, traveling and teaching continuing education courses on cruise ships to Alaska, the Caribbean, Greece, and Hawaii, in addition to teaching in China, Australia, and
New Zealand, and Europe. So, now you know where all my stories and examples will come from!
You can reach me by leaving a message on my voice-mail or e-mail and I will respond within 24 hours.
There will be a co-instructor for Spring 2013 who will be communicating with you.
There are two methods of learning medical terminology - the easy way and the hard way. The hard way consists of memorizing each word after looking it up in the dictionary. I used this method in nursing school. The easier method consists of memorizing the word components - prefixes, suffixes, and roots. This course uses the easy method!
This course has three main objectives: identifying and defining the most common prefixes, suffixes, and roots; interpreting medical terms that would indicate diseases or conditions of the various body systems; and pronunciation and spelling of medical terms accurately.
The textbook, Medical Terminology: A Text/Workbook has everything you will need for this course. The front of the text contains the material to study, the assignments are in the back of the text and there is a glossary (dictionary) behind the assignments. You might wish to purchase a medical dictionary for additional reference use.
In order to successfully complete this course, you must complete three assignments (from the back of the text) after each of the nine teleclasses, take four examinations, and complete the take-home final exam. Our passing percent is 76 percent.
You will have the option of viewing the teleclasses on your home computer via videostreaming. The videostreams are available through Catalyst (catalyst.deanza.edu ) as well as De Anza's iTunes U site. Or you can go to the De Anza home page and click on the iTunes U icon on the left side of the page.
Please see the syllabus for directions on viewing the videostreamed lessons.
A high speed Internet connection is needed to view the videostreams. If you are connecting from home, this means a cable modem or DSL.
The quality of the videostream can be affected by Internet congestion on the De Anza Campus or network congestion with your Internet service provider.
Homework and Exams
Graded homework and exams are available to review approximately 5 to 8 days after the last day an exam is offered. You may review your papers at the Distance Learning Center MLC 255 but not take them with you. You must
show a picture ID to the Distance Learning staff to review your homework/exams.
Be prepared to spend a minimum of 7-9 hours per week using and studying the course materials.
Video programs for this course are shown weekly on cable TV in Silicon Valley. Below are channel listings by community.
East Palo Alto
|The channel numbers listed are subject to change. Consult your local cable guide for the most current information.
For problems or questions concerning the De Anza College cable TV broadcasts, please contact the Broadcast Media Center at 408-864-8300.
Check your syllabus for specific broadcast information or visit our Technology web page
for general information on days and times.
Most courses with video content are also available via streaming media. Please check the course syllabus and/or instructions within the Catalyst shell for additional information on access
to streaming media.
Webcasts and Videostreaming
The video lessons for this course are also available as videostreams. If you
would like to access your video lessons from a computer you will need:
- RealPlayer installed on the computer.
- A high speed Internet connection.
To access the videostreams go to http://catalyst.deanza.edu
and follow the logon instructions on this page. You will not be able to logon until
the first day of instruction.
If you do not already have RealPlayer you may download it for free. Some courses use Quicktime instead of RealPlayer. Instructions for downloading are in your Catalyst course.
Keep in mind that network congestion either at De Anza College or with your ISP can affect the smooth
delivery of the videostream.