aVLLT0121c Basic Medical Terminology - practice

Faculty of Medicine
Autumn 2017
Extent and Intensity
0/1/0. 1 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Natália Gachallová (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Marie Okáčová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Andrea Salayová (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Tereza Ševčíková (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Veronika Dvořáčková, Ph.D. (assistant)
Mgr. Kateřina Pořízková, Ph.D. (assistant)
Mgr. Libor Švanda, Ph.D. (assistant)
PhDr. Jana Vyorálková (assistant)
PhDr. Renata Prucklová (alternate examiner)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Natália Gachallová
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
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No previous knowledge of Latin/Greek is required.
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
Greek-Latin medical terminology is essential means for understanding the professional medical terminology. The curriculum conveys both theoretical and practical concepts used in medical documentation and is conceived as a preparatory course sui generis, introducing the students into the study of medicine by means of its language. In the first semester, the focus is put on the understanding of anatomical nomenclature and simple authentic diagnoses, mostly from traumatology.
The content of the course is fully derived from the actual needs of the professional practice. In the first place, it provides students with instruction on how to apply Latin and/or Greek quickly and purposefully, i.e. the students are required to master the semantic aspect of terms, the grammatical forms and their functions. It also systematically develops student´s ability to analyze medical terms independently, solve terminological problems, and form medical terms. Last but not least, the course also introduces the wider historical and linguistic foundations of medical terminology as well as its general theoretical concepts.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students will be able to:
  • apply relevant Latin (and Greek) medical terms and expressions correctly and with understanding;
  • recognize and explain grammatical concepts and categories relevant to the acquisition of Greek-Latin medical terminology;
  • explain syntactic structure of complex terms;
  • recognize the semantic structure of selected anatomical and clinical one-word terms;
  • derive adjectives from nouns and vice-versa using common suffixes;
  • form simple compound words denoting inflammatory and non-inflammatory diseases, as well as the basic types of tumors (-itis, -osis, -oma)
  • translate anatomical terms and simple clinical diagnoses (with focus put on fractures and basic types of injuries, i.e. traumatology.
  • Syllabus
    • BASIC MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY - practice. Syllabus.
    • An obligatory part of each class is practice and testing of knowledge acquired during the seminars.
    • 1st week: Guarantee´s instructions. Checking the level of initial knowledge. Pronunciation. Introduction to basic grammatical concepts of a flective language (case system, declension chart, understanding the dictionary entry - Genitive stem).
    • 2nd week: 1st declension. Function of Genitive in anatomical terms - nouns in apposition. Basic prepositions.
    • 3rd week: Adjectives of 1st and 2nd declension. Agreement of noun and adjective.
    • 4th week: 2nd declension - Latin paradigms.
    • 5th week: 2nd declension - Greek paradigms.
    • 6th week: 1st progress test. Introduction to nouns of 3rd declension.
    • 7th week: Consonant and i-stems.
    • 8th week: Revision of the nouns of first three declensions.
    • 9th week: Progress test 2. Introduction to 4th and 5th declension.
    • 10th week: 4th and 5th declension.
    • 11th week: Adjectives of 3rd declension.
    • 12th week: Forming adjectives from nouns and vice-versa.
    • 13th week: Final revision.
    • 14th week: Dissections.
      required literature
    • PRUCKLOVÁ, Renata a Marta SEVEROVÁ. Introduction to Latin and Greek Terminology in Medicine. 4th rev. ed. Praha: KLP, 2016. x, 117. ISBN9788087773413.
      recommended literature
    • EHRLICH, Ann and Carol L. SCHROEDER. Medical terminology for health professions. 6th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, Cegage Learning, 2009. xxvi, 582. ISBN 9781418072520. info
    Teaching methods
    lectures, presentations, translation and grammar exercises, drills, group activities, authentic diagnoses
    Assessment methods
    Requirements for gaining the credit: regular class attendance, active participation in class, preparation for classes, passing the credit test (60-70% based on the passing/failing the progress tests) - see the guarantee´s instructions. Only one unexcused absence will be tolerated; further absences must be properly excused via the Study Department of the Faculty of Medicine.
    Language of instruction
    Follow-Up Courses
    Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
    Study Materials
    The course is taught annually.
    Information on the extent and intensity of the course: cvičení.
    Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
    The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, autumn 2018, autumn 2019, autumn 2020.
    • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2017, recent)
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