VSLT0221s Basic Medical Terminology II - seminar

Faculty of Medicine
Spring 2017
Extent and Intensity
0/1. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Jozefa Artimová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
doc. Mgr. et Mgr. Juraj Franek, Ph.D. (seminar tutor), Mgr. Kateřina Pořízková, Ph.D. (deputy)
Mgr. Natália Gachallová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor), Mgr. Kateřina Pořízková, Ph.D. (deputy)
Mgr. Soňa Hudíková, Ph.D. (seminar tutor), Mgr. Libor Švanda, Ph.D. (deputy)
Mgr. Kamila Novotná (seminar tutor), Mgr. Libor Švanda, Ph.D. (deputy)
Mgr. Kateřina Pořízková, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Tereza Ševčíková (seminar tutor), Mgr. Kateřina Pořízková, Ph.D. (deputy)
Mgr. Libor Švanda, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Marie Žáková (seminar tutor), Mgr. Kateřina Pořízková, Ph.D. (deputy)
Mgr. Robert Helán, Ph.D. (assistant)
PhDr. Jana Vyorálková (assistant)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Kateřina Pořízková, Ph.D.
Language Centre, Faculty of Medicine Division - Language Centre
Contact Person: Mgr. Kateřina Pořízková, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Language Centre, Faculty of Medicine Division - Language Centre
Prerequisites (in Czech)
VSLT0121c Basic Med. Terminology -p && ZC011 Handling chemical substances
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
General characteristics of the subject: Greek-Latin medical terminology is one of the relevant means for acquisition of the target knowledge of medical students. The tuition is of both theoretic and practical character, conceived as a preparatory course sui generis, introducing the students into the study of medicine by means of its language.
The content of tuition is, like the set of knowledge postulated in the examination, exclusively determined by the needs of the discipline and medical practice. In the first place it provides such knowledge of Latin and/or Greek as enables the student to master quickly and purposefully the semantic aspect of terms, their grammatical form, and word-forming structure. Simultaneously it provides systematic instruction to independent solution of current terminological problems consisting in understanding of the technical content of the terms and in the formation of medical terms. Besides this it opens a view of the wider historical and linguistic fundamentals of medical terminology as well as its general theoretical contexts.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students should be able to:
use Latin and Greek-Latin medical terminology and expressions correctly and understand them;
explain and apply grammatical devices and rules relevant for acquisition of Greek-Latin medical terminology;
recognize the syntactic structure of complex terms;
describe the semantic structure of one-word terms;
form compound words applying the most used word-formation principles;
translate selected expressions from anatomy, pre-clinical and clinical fields of study, medical prescriptions, and pharmacology;
guess the meanings of unknown terms on the basis of semantic, grammatical and logical relations.
  • BASIC MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY - seminar. Syllabus. 1st week: Summary of the subject matter. Numerals (2): objects next to numerals. The components of a case history.
  • 2nd week: Verbs (1): infinitive, imperative, present passive subjunctive. Definition prerequisites of professional communication between a doctor and a pharmacist.
  • 3rd week: Verbs (2): present active and perfect passive participles, gerundive, gerund. Factual and formal grammatical structure of medical prescription.
  • 4th week: Supplementing of the subject matter I. Restored pronunciation of classical Latin.
  • 5th week: Formation of words (1): basic rules of derivation. Latin prefixes, their meanings and mutual relations.
  • 6th week: Latin suffixes (substantival, adjectival).
  • 7th week: Greek prefixes, their meanings and mutual relations. Synonymy, antonymy, polysemy, and homonymy of prefixes.
  • 8th week: Greek suffixes, polysemy of suffixes.
  • 9th week: Supplementing of the subject matter II.
  • 10th week: Formation of words (2): basic rules of composition, combining morphemes. Latin compound words, hybrid words.
  • 11th week: Greek compound words, productive word-forming components.
  • 12th week: Latin and Greek equivalents of basic medical terms. Post mortem diagnosis as an example of authentic application of Latin in medical practice.
  • 13th week: Borrowed words of Latin and Greek origin: sound adaptation and orthography. Final summary of the subject matter.
  • 14th week: Final written test.
  • 15th week: Evaluation of final test. Requirements for the examination.
    required literature
  • MAREČKOVÁ, Elena and Hana REICHOVÁ. Úvod do lékařské terminologie : základy latiny s přihlédnutím k řečtině. 6. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2011. 186 s. ISBN 9788021055766. info
  • PRUCKLOVÁ, Renata and Marta SEVEROVÁ. Introduction to Latin and Greek Terminology in Medicine. 2., přeprac. a rev. vydání. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2006. 153 pp. ISBN 80-210-4051-3. info
    recommended literature
  • KÁBRT, Jan and Jan KÁBRT JR. Lexicon medicum. Druhé, dopl. a přeprac. vyd. Praha: Galén, 2004. 1136 pp. ISBN 80-7262-235-8. info
  • VEJRAŽKA, Martin and Dana SVOBODOVÁ. Terminologiae medicae IANUA. 2. vyd. Praha: Academia, 2006. 440 pp. ISBN 80-200-1459-4. info
  • PÁČ, Libor. Slovník anatomických eponym (Vocbulary of anaomical eponyms). druhé doplněné vydání. Praha: Galén, 2010. 182 pp. ISBN 978-80-7262-652-6. info
    not specified
  • První dva tituly jsou základní (český/anglický program), ostatní doplňkové. - The first two titles are basic (Czech/English programme), the others supplementary.
Teaching methods
lectures, translation and grammar exercises, drills, homework, presentation, group work
Assessment methods
Examination (zk) mainly proceeds in the oral form but also includes a shorter written part in the form of a translation of clinical and prescription terms from Czech into Latin. The oral part contains grammatical analysis of selected Latin anatomical and clinical terms, determination and variation of basic grammatical categories, explanation of a technically relevant grammatical phenomenon, and tasks which check knowledge of word formation. The exam may be supplemented with questions from the theory of terminology (historical aspects, contemporary state of development, characteristic features, etc.). A prerequisite for admission to the examination is successful completion of the final written test focused especially on word-formation.
Only one unexcused absence will be tolerated; further absences must be properly excused (i.e. via the Study Department of the Faculty of Medicine).
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: seminář.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2002, Spring 2003, Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016.
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