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Medical Terminology (Radiloic Science)

Course Details

Course Number
RADS 1011
Section Number
RADS 1011
Fall 2014
Rodney C Fisher Jr. (view Profile)


Medical Terminology: Get Connected!
Course Objectives
  • Define the origins of medical language and the four word parts used to build medical terms.
  • Define, build, interpret, and pronounce medical terms related to body structure, anatomic planes, abdominopelvic regions, the integumentary system, denotations of color, the respiratory system, the urinary system, the reproductive systems, the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system, the digestive system, the ear and eye, the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, and the endocrine system.
  • Interpret the meaning of abbreviations related to body structure, directional terms, abdominopelvic quadrants, the integumentary system, denotations of color, anatomic planes, abdominopelvic regions, the integumentary system, denotations of color, the respiratory system, the urinary system, the reproductive systems, the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system, the digestive system, the ear and eye, the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, and the endocrine system.
  • Use medical language in clinical statements and documents.
  • Use radiology related medical language in statements and documents.
Course Expectations

The student will exhibit professional communication skills using appropriate medical terms, and will demonstrate a solid foundation in the terminology unique to radiologic sciences.

Grading Standards


            Module Exams           40%

            Module Activities       20%                                                                            

            Final Exam                 40%


Grade Scale:

            A                                  100-90

            B                                    89-80

            C                                    79-75

            D                                   74-65

            F                                    64 & below

** Please note that this course requires a 75 for a grade of “C.” This is consistent with the grading policy of the BSRT Radiologic Sciences Program. This course is a prerequisite for admittance into the BSRT Radiologic Scien

Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy

All assignments, quizzes, etc. must be completed and submitted by the due date indicated on the course schedule at the end of this syllabus. If a student cannot complete a course activity by the indicated due date, he or she MUST contact the course instructor IMMEDIATELY, PRIOR TO THE DUE DATE. Please note that late submissions will not be graded and will result in a grade of zero (0).


** Please note, all assignments are considered complete upon submission and will be graded as such.


Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

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Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

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Attendance Requirements

This is an online course and there are no mandatory sessions.  However, the student should be vigilant in logging onto D2L.  Regular checks will insure that messages from the instructor are received in a timely manner. This course is on a schedule that will be strictly adhered to. See the Course Schedule for specific information about activities and due dates.


The last opportunity to drop this course with a grade of “W” is 4:00pm on October 27, 2014.  Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin for details about receiving a grade of “Incomplete” in a course.  In an emergency or extenuating circumstance, a student may request a grade of “Incomplete” in a course before grades are submitted.  If the instructor grants the “Incomplete,” the student has until thirty (30) days after the beginning of the next long semester to complete the course requirements.  If the student does not complete the course requirements within the deadline, the grade of “Incomplete” will automatically convert into a grade of “F.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

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