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HIMT 1300 (formerly HIT 1010) Syllabus

Course Syllabus

HIMT 1300 (formerly HIT 1010) - Medical Terminology

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

A study of the language of medicine with emphasis on body systems, prefixes, suffixes, root terms, pronunciation and spelling.

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the four parts to medical terms.
  • State the importance of correct spelling of medical terms.
  • Recognize word roots and the combining forms.
  • Identify the most common prefixes and suffixes.
  • State the rules for determining singular and plural endings.
  • Define word building.
  • Discuss the importance of using caution with abbreviations.
  • Recognize the documents found in a medical record.
  • Define the terms associated with managed care, health care settings, and billing codes.
  • Understand the importance of confidentiality.
  • Recognize the combining forms and prefixes introduced in each chapter.
  • Gain ability to pronounce medical terms and major anatomical structures.
  • Discuss the organization of the body in terms of cells, tissues, organs, and systems.
  • Define the four types of tissues.
  • List the major organs found in the twelve organ systems.
  • Describe the anatomical position.
  • Build medical terms from word parts.
  • Define vocabulary, pathology, diagnostic, and therapeutic medical terms relating to the integumentary, musculoskeletal, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic and hematic (blood), respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive (male and female), nervous, special senses (eye and ear) systems.
  • Gain the ability to pronounce pharmacology terms.
  • Discuss pertinent information, build medical terms relating to the topics, define vocabulary, pathology, diagnostic, and therapeutic medical terms relating to the topics, and interpret abbreviations associated with the topics
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Pre- and co-requisites should be defined by individual institutions and must be courses from General Education Requirements - Core and Major Field Core courses. This course is open to any student.

Course Topics:

Medical Terminology Online has been organized as follows:

  • Chapter 1 Word Building Rules
  • Chapter 2 Prefixes
  • Chapter 3 Suffixes
  • Chapter 4 Whole Body Terminology
  • Chapter 5 Integumentary System
  • Chapter 6 Skeletal System
  • Chapter 7 Muscles and Joints
  • Chapter 8 Nervous System
  • Chapter 9 Blood System and Lymphatic Systems
  • Chapter 10 Cardiovascular System
  • Chapter 11 Respiratory System
  • Chapter 12 Digestive System
  • Chapter 13 Endocrine System
  • Chapter 14 Special Senses (Eye and the Ear)
  • Chapter 15 Urinary System
  • Chapter 16 Male Reproductive System
  • Chapter 17 Female Reproductive System
  • Chapter 18 Obstetrics
  • Chapter 19 Child Health
  • Chapter 20 General Surgery
Specific Course Requirements:

Speakers and microphone or a headset.

This course is designed for the student to learn medical terminology. Students will learn the composition of medical terms, their meanings, how to spell the terms, and pronounce the terms. 

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

Medical Dictionary (Dorland’s, Taber’s, etc.) Not required, but is very helpful.

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Grading Procedures:

Graded Items 

10% of grade



4 Discussions

20 Chapter Assignments

25% of grade

14 Module Tests

30% of grade

 2 Exams (final and mid-term) 

 35% of grade



Grading Scale:

Letter grades for this course will be assigned based on the following scale. 

Point Range

Assigned Grade

93 - 100%


85 - 92%


77 - 84%


70 - 76%


69% and undder


Assignments and Projects:

Grades will be based on module tests, mid-term and final exams, chapter homework assignments, and discussion postings. Chapter home work assignments count 25 % of your total grade, module tests count 30%, discussion postings count 10% and the mid-term and final exams count 35% of your total grade.

Class Participation:

Each module in the course includes an overview with topics covered in each module, and includes a list of items to be completed for each module with instructions. To begin each module, study the notes page and watch the corresponding videos taking additional notes from each chapter. Then, complete the module activities (homework assignments, discussion board posts, and test) in the order suggested in the overview. Ultimately, activities for each module are due at the close of the module. Please contact the instructor with any questions! Sickness and other issues will be considered on an individual basis.

Late Policy:

Students will be reported as stopped attending if the weekly assignments are not completed. You may contact the instructor for a makeup. These will be accessed on an individual basis and up to the instructor's discretion for a makeup.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on July 12, 2021