Welcome to Medical Terminology and Common Diseases, a course designed for all students who plan to complete
one of our twelve Health Technology programs and those who wish to enroll in just this one course. Allow me to introduce myself
- Pat Hassel, instructor for this course. I have been a full-time faculty member of the Biology/Health Sciences Division of De Anza
College since 1969 and program coordinator of the Health Technologies Department since 1984. I was an operating room nurse,
cardiology and pulmonary staff nurse and pediatric advice nurse prior to and during my teaching tenure. And I squeezed in one
more wonderful job: I was a travel study program coordinator for a local nursing magazine, traveling and teaching continuing
education courses on cruise ships to Alaska, the Caribbean, Greece, and Hawaii, in addition to teaching in China, Australia, and
New Zealand, and Europe. So, now you know where all my stories and examples will come from!
You can reach me by leaving a message on my voice-mail or e-mail and I will respond within 24 hours.
There are two methods of learning medical terminology - the easy way and the hard way. The hard way consists of
memorizing each word after looking it up in the dictionary. I used this method in nursing school. The easier method consists of
memorizing the word components - prefixes, suffixes, and roots. This course uses the easy method!
This course has three main objectives: identifying and defining the most common prefixes, suffixes, and roots; interpreting
medical terms that would indicate diseases or conditions of the various body systems; and pronunciation and spelling of medical
The textbook, Medical Terminology: A Text/Workbook has everything you will need for this course. The front of the
text contains the material to study, the assignments are in the back of the text and there is a glossary (dictionary) behind the
assignments. You might wish to purchase a medical dictionary for additional reference use.
In order to successfully complete this course, you must complete three assignments (from the back of the text) after each of
the nine teleclasses, take four examinations, and complete the take-home final exam. Our passing percent is 76 percent.
This quarter you will have the option of viewing the teleclasses on your home computer via videostreaming. The
gives you information on the hardware and software required in order to access this feature:
A high speed Internet connection is needed to view the videostreams. If you are connecting from home, this means a cable
modem or DSL.
To access the streams: go to the Distance Learning Center web page, http://distance.deanza.edu. Select "Technology;" then
select "Webcasts and Videostreams."
Please note on the "Webcasts and Videostreams" page, there is a link toward the top of the page to the RealPlayer download.
If you do not have RealPlayer installed on your computer, selecting this link will take you to the RealPlayer web page where you
can download the software. There are also links to the Real website with system requirements and a "Test Video Clip" to try once
you have downloaded the software.
The quality of the videostream can be affected by Internet congestion on the De Anza Campus or network congestion with your
Internet service provider.
Note: Videostreaming gives you as a Distance Learning student a unique opportunity to review previous lessons
course is in progress. Whereas you can only view Lesson 1 during the first week of classes, the following week you will be able to
access Lessons 1 and 2 and so on throughout the quarter.
The videostreamed lessons are also available through iTunes. You can access them from the De Anza home page by clicking
on the iTunes U icon on the left side of the page.
Homework and Exams
Graded homework and exams are available to review approximately 5 to 8 days after the last day an exam is offered. You may
review your papers at the Distance Learning Center (LC-107) but not take them with you. You must
show a picture ID
to the Distance Learning staff to review your homework/exams.
Be prepared to spend a minimum of 7-9 hours per week using and studying the course materials.
Video programs for this course are shown weekly on cable TV in Silicon Valley. Below are channel listings by community.
East Palo Alto
|The channel numbers listed are subject to change. Consult your local cable guide for the most current information.
For problems or questions concerning the De Anza College cable TV broadcasts, please contact the Broadcast Media Center at 408-864-8300.
Check your syllabus for specific broadcast information or visit our Technology web page
for general information on days and times.
Most courses with video content are also available via streaming media. Please check the course syllabus and/or instructions within the Catalyst shell for additional information on access
to streaming media.
Webcasts and Videostreaming
The video lessons for this course are also available as videostreams. If you
would like to access your video lessons from a computer you will need:
- RealPlayer installed on the computer.
- A high speed Internet connection.
To access the videostreams go to http://catalyst.deanza.edu
and follow the logon instructions on this page. You will not be able to logon until
the first day of instruction.
If you do not already have RealPlayer you may download it for free. Some courses use Quicktime instead of RealPlayer. Instructions for downloading are in your Catalyst course.
Keep in mind that network congestion either at De Anza College or with your ISP can affect the smooth
delivery of the videostream.