aVLLT0222s Basic Medical Terminology II - seminar

Faculty of Medicine
Spring 2018
Extent and Intensity
0/1/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Natália Gachallová (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Marie Okáčová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Kateřina Pořízková, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
PhDr. Renata Prucklová (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Tereza Ševčíková (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Libor Švanda, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Veronika Dvořáčková, Ph.D. (assistant)
PhDr. Jana Vyorálková (assistant)
Mgr. Natália Gachallová
Language Centre, Faculty of Medicine Division - Language Centre
Contact Person: Mgr. Libor Švanda, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Language Centre, Faculty of Medicine Division - Language Centre
aVLLT0121c Basic Med. Terminology -p
Passing the course Basic medical Terminology I
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 a 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, 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: Discussing common mistakes in the credit test. Practicing problematic issues.
  • 2nd week: Comparatives, superlatives, and dimminutive forms in anatomical nomenclature. Authentic diagnoses focused on fractures.
  • 3rd week: Medical terms referring to position: adjectives, Latin and Greek prefixes and suffixes, Latin comparatives and superlatives. Student presentation on position terminology.
  • 4th week: Muscle nomenclature. Student presentation on terms denoting facial expressions.
  • 5th week: Expressing resemblance in shape and form in anatomical nomenclature. Student presentation on colours in medical terminology.
  • 6th week: Progress test I. Terms specifying the progress of a disease.
  • 7th week: Diseases and the relevant medical interventions and examinations. Student presentation on the terms denoting inflammations and types of fever.
  • 8th week: Expressing extent and degree in medical terminology. Student presentation on terms related to particular ages of human life.
  • 9th week: Progress test II. Working with authentic medical reports containing compound words.
  • 10th week: How to write a medical prescription. Basic types of medications and their functions.
  • 11th week: Expressing quality and quantity in medical terminology. Student presentation on terms specifying types of pulses.
  • 12th week: Working wth an authentic dissection protocol. Student presentation on terms related to death.
  • 13th week: Dissections.
  • 14th week: Dissections.
    required literature
  • PRUCKLOVÁ, Renata and Marta SEVEROVÁ. Introduction to Latin and Greek terminology in medicine. 3rd, rev. ed. Praha: KLP, 2012. xii, 115. ISBN 9788086791241. info
    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: passing the oral exam consisting of three parts: a) pronunciation b) medical pescription c) understanding and translating clinical diagnoses with emphasis on compound words of Greek origin. Students are admitted to oral exam only after fulfilling the requirements of aVLLT0222c (attendance, passing the credit test, submitting student presentation, active participation in class).
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
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.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2016, Spring 2017, spring 2019, spring 2020.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Spring 2018, recent)
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