Medical Terminology II


  2. A. Course Title: Medical Terminology II
    B. Course Number: ME 121 - 10334
    C. Semester: Spring 2018
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 1
    F. Instructor: Turner, Larchinee
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 221
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2811
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 9:00:00 AM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 9:00:00 AM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): ME 111
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course is a continuation of ME 111 and uses a systematic approach to learn medical terms, standard medical abbreviations and spellings. This is a one credit hour course. Prerequisite: ME 111, Medical Terminology I


    ME 121 assist students, who are interested in pursuing a healthcare career, continue to learn basic medical terminology using a systematic approach.

    ME 121 will transfer to most community colleges. Information concerning articulation agreements with regional colleges and universities can be obtained through NMJC’s counseling office. It is important to check with the institution to which you are planning to transfer to determine transferability. Planning for course credit transfer is ultimately the student’s responsibility. All students are encouraged to keep the course syllabus, as it will help determine the transferability of this course credit to another institution.



    Leonard, P. C. (2015). Building a medical vocabulary. (9th ed.). Elsevier Science. ISBN: 978-1455772681

    Internet accessibility.

    Respondus Lockdown Browser.


    On-line website ( to help master chapter materials prior to taking exams.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Grades earned on chapter exams are available in Canvas immediately after they are submitted. For students to receive credit for any coursework, it must be submitted on or before the last class day. The total projected points for Medical Terminology is 750 points, which includes the following:

    Getting Started Activities (20 points)
    Seven Chapter Exams (100 points each)
    Six Course Communications (30 points)

    Student may calculate their grade by dividing the number of points earned by the number of points that were possible and multiplying by 100. To receive a passing grade, the student must receive 60% of the total possible points for the course. NMJC's grade scale will be strictly adhered to (e.g. no curve of final grades will occur).

    1) Syllabus Quiz/Survey (10 pts) - There is a short syllabus quiz/survey that is to be submitted Wednesday of the first week. It is to be accessed via Respondus Lockdown Browser. The password is "success" without the quotes marks.
    2) Discussions (5 pts) - Discussions are public and may be viewed by all students enrolled in the course. Students are to post an introduction via Canvas by Friday of the first week.
    3) Canvas Inbox (5 pts) - They are a private type of communication between student and instructor. Students will send an e-mail via Canvas inbox, to the instructor by Friday of the first week.

    CHAPTER EXAMS: (700 pts)
    Exams are housed in Canvas (see "Modules" Tab) and are to be accessed via Respondus Lockdown Browser. The password is "success" without the quotes marks. Chapter exams are written in multiple-choice format with 50 questions randomly selected from a test-bank weighted 2 points each. They are considered individual and closed book. Tests are timed and must be submitted within the time allotted. Once exams have been successfully submitted, scores are immediately available (see "Grades" Tab). Should a problem arise during the testing process, it is the student's responsibility to call the Canvas Help Desk and also report the problem to the professor as soon as possible (within 24 hours).

    Within the "Course Outline" section of the syllabus is the testing schedule. Taking exams earlier than scheduled is encouraged. ALL chapter exams must be completed by midnight Friday, May 4th, 2018.

    There is an optional comprehensive final that may be taken by Tuesday (by midnight) during finals week, per NMJC's final exam schedule. Score earned will be used to replace the lowest test score. The score earned on the final will not negatively impact the student's final course grade.

    When communicating via Canvas, the highest level of integrity and ethics must be maintained. Six (6) communications are scheduled over the course of the semester; Timing of these scheduled communications is important (see "Course Outline" for dates). Students will be awarded five points for each scheduled communication.

    Students are to let the instructor know where they are in their studies (e.g. Chapter 8 read, Test 8 completed, or working on chapter 9). Questions are encouraged but not required to receive points. The instructor will respond to Canvas communications within 24 hours, Monday thru Friday. Purposes for these communications are as follows:
    1) To keep contact between instructor-student throughout the semester.
    2) To encourage students to stay on task.
    3) To provide a mechanism for feedback between student/instructor.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    During the semester, students are encouraged to:
    1. Use a word-building system to learn medical terms.
    2. Exercise the understanding for exactness in medical vocabulary.
    3. Analyze complex medical terms by dividing them into simpler components.
    4. Acquire a basic foundation in medical terminology that will lead to recognizing thousands of medical terms related to anatomy and physiology, diagnostic tests and procedures, pathology, surgery, and therapy.
    5. Use the pronunciation guide to pronounce medical terms correctly.
    6. Recognize the singular form and plural form of terms.


    Each chapter has specific learning goals stated at the beginning of each chapter. Students that demonstrate an understanding of the learning goals/objectives should be able to achieve a score of 70% or greater on chapter exams.

    Chapter Eight – Urinary System
    Upon completion of the chapter, students should be able to:
    1. Identify the structures of the urinary tract and their functions.
    2. Identify renal failure as the cause of uremia.
    3. Identify blood, glucose, ketones, proteins, or large numbers of red cells or white cells as abnormal findings in a urine specimen.
    4. Associate genitourinary infections and certain sexually transmitted diseases.
    5. Write the meanings of word parts associated with the urinary system and use them to build and analyze terms.

    Chapter Nine – Reproductive System
    Upon completion of the chapter, students should be able to:
    1. Identify the structures and functions of the major male and female reproductive structures
    2. Name the three types of uterine tissue.
    3. Write the meanings of word parts and use them to build and analyze terms.
    4. Demonstrate a general understanding of fertilization, implantation, and growth of the embryo.
    5. Select the correct meanings of terms related to pregnancy, labor, and the newborn.
    6. Match contraceptives with their characteristics.
    7. Match sexually transmitted diseases with their characteristics.

    Chapter Ten – Musculoskeletal System
    Upon completion of the chapter, students should be able to:
    1. Identify the major bones of the body.
    2. Match bones, muscles, and supporting structures with their functions.
    3. Differentiate the different types of body movement.
    4. Match types of fractures with their descriptions.
    5. Identify the three types of muscles and their functions.

    Chapter Eleven – Nervous System
    Upon completion of the chapter, students should be able to:
    1. Match the major divisions and structures of the nervous system with their functions.
    2. Match the structures of the nervous system with their descriptions.
    3. Identify the stimuli for the five types of receptors.
    4. Use the word parts to build and analyze terms.
    5. Match several disorders of the nervous system with their characteristics.

    Chapter Twelve - Peripheral Nervous System: Special Sense Organs
    Upon completion of the chapter, students should be able to:
    1. Identify the structures of the eye and ear.
    2. Know the terms and disorders of the eye and ear.
    3. Know the tests and procedures used identify disorders of the eye and ear.
    4 Identify the types of body receptors.

    Chapter Thirteen – Integumentary
    Upon completion of the chapter, students should be able to:
    1. Identify the functions of the skin.
    2. Match the epidermis, dermis, and adipose tissue with their characteristics.
    3. Recognize the accessory structures and their functions.
    4. Write the meaning of word parts associated with the integumentary system and use them to build and analyze medical terms.
    5. Match different types of skin lesions with their descriptions.

    Chapter Fourteen – Endocrine System
    Upon completion of the chapter, students should be able to:
    1. Identify several glands of the endocrine system.
    2. Identify the pituitary gland as the master gland.
    3. Describe two ways in which the pituitary gland cooperates with the nervous system to maintain homeostasis.
    4. Recognize the hormones associated with the major endocrine organs and their target organs or functions.
    5. Differentiate between endocrine and exocrine glands.
    6. Recognize structural and functional aspects of the breasts.
    7. Write the meaning of word parts associated with the endocrine system and use them to build and analyze medical terms.


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    Canvas is used as the Learning Management System (LMS) for on-line course delivery. To log on to your account, use your “A” number (or Smart ID) along with a password. This is typically your birth date (e.g. 061280) until you change it in within your TBird WebPortal account. If you cannot log into Canvas and require troubleshooting help, call the 24/7 helpdesk at 575.399.2199.

    ME 121 is offered as a second term eight-week course. Students are solely responsible for completing the bookwork for each chapter prior to taking the exam over that material. There are free on-line study tools available with your textbook. For registration information, see the front materials of the book.

    NOTE: Students enrolled in ME 121 should have been attained course credit in ME 111 prior to taking ME 121, since Leonard uses a programmed systematic building approach (particularly chapters 1 – 4) to learn medical language.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2018. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Getting Started Activities (Module 0)
    Syllabus Quiz/Survey – must be submitted by midnight, Wednesday, March 14th
    Discussion Board Introduction: March 12-16
    Canvas Inbox: March 12-16

    Chapter Exams
    Students must complete the bookwork for each chapter prior to taking the exam over that material. If any questions arise during the student’s study, he/she should set up a meeting with the instructor. To help stay on task, below are suggested test dates.

    Week 1: Chap 8 Urinary System – March 16 (F)
    Week 2: Chap 9 Reproductive System – March 23 (F)
    Week 3: Chap 10 Musculoskeletal System – April 6 (F)
    Week 4: Chap 11 Nervous System – April 13 (F)
    Week 5: Chap 12 Peripheral Nervous System: Special Sense Organs – April 20 (F)
    Week 6: Chap 13 Integumentary – April 27 (F)
    Week 7: Chap 14 Endocrine System – May 4 (F)
    Week 8: Comprehensive Final (optional) – May 8 (Tu)

    Comprehensive Final is optional and the score earned on this exam may be used to replace the student's lowest chapter exam score. The score earned on the final will not negatively impact the student's final course grade.

    Course Communications
    Checking-in weekly with the instructor is required. Dates for scheduled communications are as follows:
    Week 2 Inbox Communication: March 17-25
    Week 3 Inbox Communication: March 31-April 6
    Week 4 Inbox Communication: April 7-13
    Week 5 Inbox Communication: April 14-20
    Week 6 Inbox Communication: April 21-27
    Week 7 Inbox Communication: April 28-May 4

    Spring Break - Campus closed March 26-30, 2018.
    Last Day to Withdraw for 2nd eight-week courses: Thursday, April 19th, 2018.
    Last Day to Submit Chapter Exams: Midnight Friday, May 4th, 2018.