BVOT011c Self-specific terminology

Faculty of Medicine
Autumn 2016
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Kamila Novotná (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Libor Švanda, Ph.D. (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)
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 26. 9. to Fri 6. 1. Mon 11:30–13:10 B11/334, L. Švanda
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 specifics in medical terminology. Latin and Greek nouns of 1st declension. Adjectives of 1st declension. Agreed and non-agreed attributes in medical terms. Latin ordinal numerals.
  • 2nd week: relations among constituents of multiple terms, word order. Latin and Greek nouns of 2nd declension. Adjectives of 1st and 2nd declension.
  • 3rd week: Latin and Greek nouns of 3rd declension. Terms with 3rd declension nouns and 1st and 2nd declension adjectives. Exceptions in 3rd declension of nouns.
  • 4th week: Adjectives of 3rd declension (two-termination and one-termination types). Derivation of adjectives using Latin suffixes -alis, e and -aris, e. Derivation of adjectives using Greek suffixes -icus, a, um and -eus, a, um.
  • 5th week: Comparison of adjectives (regular, irregular, defective).
  • 6th week: Revision of 1st-3rd declension of nouns and 1st and 2nd declension of adjectives. Practising comparative and superlative forms of adjectives.
  • 7th week: Progress test. Introduction to Latin nouns of 4th and 5th declensions.
  • 8th week: Latin nouns of 4th and 5th declensions. Latin diminutives. Greek adjectives with suffix -īdeus, -īdea, -īdeum.
  • 9th week: Introduction to clinical terminology (basic principles, word order, syntax, collocations). Prepositional phrases in clinical terms. Accusative. Prepositional phrases with accusative. Specific features of clinical diagnoses.
  • 10th week: Ablative. Prepositional phrases with ablative. Latin prepositions with ablative. Word formation: principles of derivation using Latin prefixes. Specific features of clinical diagnoses.
  • 11th week: Word formation: principles of derivation using Greek prefixes and suffixes. Greek adjective suffixes – summary. Latin noun suffixes – summary and additional remarks. Latin adjective suffixes – summary and additional remarks. Some common Greek stems used in compound nouns (with examples).
  • 12th week: Word formation: compounding. Overview of most common Greek stems in medical terminology. Structure snalysis of clinical and anatomical terms.
  • 13th week: Analysis of Latin and Greek compound words in clinical terms (exercise).
  • 14th week: Revision. Requirements for the examination.
    required literature
  • DÁVIDOVÁ Eva, Kateřina POŘÍZKOVÁ, Libor ŠVANDA a Jozefa ARTIMOVÁ. Terminologia graeco-latina medica pro studijní obor nutriční terapeut. Brno, 2016. (ke stažení ve studijních materiálech)
  • POŘÍZKOVÁ, Kateřina, Jozefa ARTIMOVÁ, Libor ŠVANDA and Eva DÁVIDOVÁ. Terminologia graeco-latina medica pro bakalářské obory LF MU (Gramatická příručka) (Terminologia graeco-latina medica for bachelor's degree study programmes at Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University (Grammar Book)). 1. vydání. Brno: MUNI Press, 2016. 56 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-8286-1. Optimed Repo 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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    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 2015, Autumn 2017, autumn 2018, autumn 2019, autumn 2020, autumn 2021.
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