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Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Terminology

Course Code: OADM 1114
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Office Administration
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter
course overview

This course is designed to teach the medical language by the study of prefixes, suffixes, root words, abbreviation and pronunciation of words. Anatomy and physiology are included in order to increase the understanding of the medical vocabulary. Terminology will better enable the medical office assistant student to prepare for work in all medical environments including the preparation of the student for medical transcription.

Course Content

1.  Introduction to Medical Terminology

1.1  component parts of medical words
1.2  meaning of basic combining forms, prefixes and suffixes
1.3  use of component parts to build medical words
1.4  pronunciation of medical words

2.  Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

2.1  composition of the cell
2.2  types of tissues and membranes
2.3  dorsal and ventral cavities and associated organs
2.4  anatomical and clinical divisions of the body
2.5  positions, directions and planes

3.  Introduction to the Disease Process

3.1   causes and predisposing causes of disease
3.2   incidence of disease
3.3   communicable, epidemic, and endemic disease
3.4   diagnosis and treatment of disease
3.5   infection and modes of transmission
3.6   pathogenic organisms
3.7   cross-infection
3.8   microbial control - community and medical environment

 4.  Digestive System

4.1  vocabulary, root words, suffixes, prefixes, abbreviations and pronunciation of words pertaining to the digestive system
4.2  basic anatomy of the digestive and accessory structures
4.3  common disorders of the digestive system
4.4  process of digestion

5.  Metabolism, Nutrition, and Body Temperature

5.1  catabolism, anabolism
5.2  food for energy
5.3  minerals and vitamins
5.4  practical aspects of nutrition
5.5  metabolic rate
5.6  heat loss, production and temperature regulation
5.7  fever, hypothermia

 6.  Urinary System

6.1   vocabulary, root words, prefixes, suffixes, abbreviations and pronunciation of words
6.2   organs of the urinary system
6.3   structure of the kidneys
6.4   physiology of the kidney
6.5   function of the kidney
6.6   common disorders of the urinary system
6.7   urine and urinalysis
6.8   body fluids

7.  Reproductive System

7.1  vocabulary, root words, prefixes, suffixes, abbreviations and pronunciation of terms
7.2  basic anatomy of the reproductive systems
7.3  physiology of the reproductive systems
7.4  common diseases pertaining to the reproductive systems
7.5  sexually transmitted diseases
7.6  menstrual cycle and pregnancy
7.7  disorders of pregnancy
7.8  menopause, contraception

8.  Nervous System

8.1  vocabulary, root words, suffixes, prefixes, abbreviations
8.2  nerve cell - structure and function
8.3  central nervous system - structure, function and disorders
8.4  peripheral nervous system - structure, function and disorders
8.5  autonomic nervous system - structure, function and disorders

9. Respiratory System

9.1 vocabulary, root words, suffixes, prefixes, abbreviations and pronunciation
9.2 organs of the respiratory system
9.3 physiology of respiration
9.4 common diseases of the respiratory system
9.5 medical terms describing abnormal respirations

Methods of Instruction

Lecture of anatomy, physiology and medical terminology.

Means of Assessment

Tests (Minimum of four)     40%
Mid-term examination  30%
Final examination  30%
Total 100%

Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  1. Define the rules necessary to study and use medical terminology.
  2. Describe body organization from the cellular level to the systems level.
  3. Describe the diagnosis, control and treatment of transmissible disease processes.
  4. Describe the basic anatomy, physiology and disorders of the digestive, urinary, reproductive, nervous, and respiratory systems.
  5. Use the vocabulary, root words, suffixes, prefixes, abbreviations and pronunciation of words pertaining to the above systems.

course prerequisites

English 11 with a grade of “C” or better or equivalent

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

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course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


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