ZLLT0121s Basic Medical Terminology I - seminar

Faculty of Medicine
autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
0/1/0. 1 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Jana Malá, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Lucie Mazalová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Libor Švanda, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Veronika Dvořáčková, Ph.D. (assistant)
Mgr. Kateřina Pořízková, Ph.D. (assistant)
PhDr. Jana Vyorálková (assistant)
Mgr. Kamila Novotná (alternate examiner)
Mgr. Marie Okáčová, Ph.D. (alternate examiner)
Mgr. Jan Slíva (alternate examiner)
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 - Language Centre
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 university 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 the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
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;
  • recognize and explain grammatical devices and rules relevant for acquisition of Greek-Latin medical terminology;
  • explain syntactic structure of complex terms;
  • recognize the semantic structure of selected anatomical and clinical one-word terms;
  • form compound words applying the most used word-formation principles;
  • translate selected expressions from anatomy and pre-clinical and clinical fields of study.
  • Syllabus
    • Syllabus - seminar:
    • 1st week: Introduction to the study of the subject: significance and contents of the course, methodological instructions, study literature. Latin alphabet, pronunciation rules, Greek phones and their transcription into Latin. Basic nominal categories and their specifics in medical terminology. Latin and Greek substantives of the 1st declension (a-stems), adjectives of the 1st declension.
    • 2nd week: Latin and Greek 2nd declension nouns (o-stems), 1st and 2nd declension adjectives. Syntactic structure of multiple terms, agreed and non-agreed attributes, word order.
    • 3rd week: Latin 3rd declension nouns (consonant stems and i-stems).
    • 4th week: Summary of the 1st-3rd declension nouns and 1st-2nd declension adjectives. Exceptions in declensions.
    • 5th week: Greek 3rd declension nouns (consonant stems and i-stems). Word-formation: names for inflammatory, non-inflammatory and tumorous diseases.
    • 6th week: Additional comments to 1st and 2nd declension adjectives and 3rd declension nouns.
    • 7th week: 3rd declension adjectives (adjectives of three terminations, of two terminations, of one termination).
    • 8th week: Additional comments to 3rd declension adjectives. Similarities and differences in declining 3rd declension nouns and adjectives.
    • 9th week: Latin 4th and 5th declension nouns (u-stems and e-stems). Prepositional phrases overview.
    • 10th week: Regular comparative and superlative forms of adjectives and their declension.
    • 11th week: Irregular, defective and periphrastic forms of comparatives and superlatives. Differences in translation of comparatives an superlatives in medical terms.
    • 12th week: Latin noun declension system overview. Particularities of some nouns of the Greek origin.
    • 13th week: Latin adjective declension system overview (including comparative and superlative forms). Use of comparatives and superlatives in Latin and Czech medical terminology.
    • 14th week: Questions about grammar and vocabulary before the final test.
      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
    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
  • Practical examination (demonstration of proficiency)
  • Credit test
  • Language of instruction
    Follow-Up Courses
    Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
    Study Materials
    The course is taught annually.
    The course is taught: every week.
    Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 15.
    The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2005, Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017.
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