BVOT011c Self-specific terminology

Faculty of Medicine
Autumn 2015
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Kamila Novotná (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Robert Helán, Ph.D. (assistant)
Mgr. Kateřina Pořízková, Ph.D. (assistant)
PhDr. Jana Vyorálková (assistant)
Mgr. Jozefa Artimová, Ph.D. (alternate examiner)
Mgr. Lucie Mazalová, Ph.D. (alternate examiner)
Mgr. Tereza Ševčíková (alternate examiner)
Mgr. Libor Švanda, Ph.D. (alternate examiner)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Libor Švanda, Ph.D.
Language Centre, Faculty of Medicine Division - Faculty Branches of University Departments - Faculty of Medicine
Contact Person: Mgr. Libor Švanda, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Language Centre, Faculty of Medicine Division - Faculty Branches of University Departments - Faculty of Medicine
Timetable of Seminar Groups
BVOT011c/01: Mon 11:30–13:10 B11/211, K. Novotná
BVOT011c/02: Mon 11:30–13:10 B11/334, K. Novotná
Basic knowledge of Latin will facilitate the study of the subject and may be regarded as a useful component of the educational outfit of students when entering the faculty, though it is no obligatory prerequisite for the acquisition of the subject matter in the introductory phase.
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: Medical Latin has the character of a preparatory subject whose sense is to facilitate for the students basic orientation in the professional language. The conception of tuition specifies three main tasks: to provide elementary technical vocabulary where nouns and adjectives predominate; to provide instruction in the regular nominal inflexion, and to introduce into the theory of word formation on a professional level. This is complemented with a getting knowledge of medical prescription Latin, and an informative view of select topics in the theory and history of medical terminology.
Learning outcomes: At the end of the course students should be able to:
recognize and explain grammatical devices and rules relevant for acquisition of Greek-Latin medical terminology;
translate expressions from particular field of studies;
employ and understand basic medical terminology;
recognize the semantic structure of selected anatomical and clinical terms;
form compound words applying particular word-formation principles;
explain syntactic structure of complex terms.
  • Syllabus
  • 1st week: Introduction to the study of the subject: significance and contents of the course, methodological instructions, study literature. Latin alphabet and pronunciation. Basic nominal categories and their specific features in medical terminology. Latin and Greek nouns of 1st declension, adjectives of 1st declension.
  • 2nd week: Syntactic relations among constituents of multiple terms, word order. Latin and Greek nouns of 2nd declension, adjectives of 1st and 2nd declension.
  • 3rd week: Latin nouns of 3rd declension. Notes on anatomical nomenclature.
  • 4th week: Greek nouns of 3rd declension. Notes on clinical terminology.
  • 5th week: Summary of 3rd declension substantives; preparation for Progress test.
  • 6th-7th week: Progress test. Adjectives of 3rd declension (three-termination, two-termination, one-termination adjectives).
  • 8th week: Latin nouns of 4th and 5th declensions. Prepositional phrases.
  • 9th-10th week: Comparison of adjectives (regular, irregular, defective).
  • 11th week: Numerals: cardinal, ordinal, and numeral adverbs; objects next to numerals.
  • 12th week: Word formation (1) - basic rules of derivation. Productive Latin and Greek prefixes and suffixes. Synonymy and antonymy of prefixes. Polysemy of suffixes.
  • 13th week: Word formation (2) - basic rules of composition. The most frequently used Latin and Greek word-forming components.
  • 14th week: Revision. Requirements for the examination.
    required literature
  • MAREČKOVÁ, Elena and Hana REICHOVÁ. Úvod do lékařské terminologie. Základy latiny s přihlédnutím k řečtině (Introduction to medical terminology. Basic Latin and Greek). 2. dotisk 5., nezm. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2010. 187 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-4072-4. info
    recommended literature
  • SVOBODOVÁ, Dana. Terminologiae medicae vestibulum. 2nd ed. Praha: Karolinum, 2005. 228 pp. ISBN 80-246-1128-7. info
  • KÁBRT, Jan and Jan KÁBRT JR. Lexicon medicum. Druhé, dopl. a přeprac. vyd. Praha: Galén, 2004. 1136 pp. ISBN 80-7262-235-8. info
  • MAREČKOVÁ, Elena, Hana REICHOVÁ, Marta SEVEROVÁ, Dana SVOBODOVÁ and František ŠIMON. Latinitas medica. Lexikon nejen lékařských sentencí, citátů a rčení (Medical Latinity. A lexicon of not only medical sentences, quotations and phrases). 1st ed. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2009. 909 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-4758-7. info
Teaching methods
  • Lectures, translation and grammar exercises, drills.
  • Links to the parallel anatomy classes.
  • Switching from frontal instruction to group work and self-study. Group discussion.
  • Homework and self-preparation for the class work is required.
  • Class test in the middle of the semester.
  • Assessment methods
    Passing the class test, which focuses on declensions and word-formation, is a prerequisite for admission to the exam. The exam itself has a written and oral form. The student is expected to show the knowledge of studied language devices, phenomena and rules necessary for the basic orientation in Greek-Latin medical terminology, particularly in the area of his field of study. The limit for passing the class test and the exam test is 60%. Other requirements: regular class attendance, active participation in class, preparation for classes. The maximal number of absences is two. Both absences must to be properly excused (i.e. via the Study Department of the Faculty of Medicine).
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    Follow-Up Courses
    Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
    Study Materials
    The course is taught annually.
    Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
    The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, autumn 2018, autumn 2019, autumn 2020, autumn 2021.
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