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BIOL 230: Medical Terminology

Course Description

An  introduction to medical terminology with an emphasis on learning word roots, suffixes and prefixes as it pertains to the human body.

Prerequisite: N/A

Proctored Exams: Midterm and Final



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Chabner, Davi-Ellen. (2015). Medical Terminology – A Short Course (7th). St. Louis: W.B. Saunders Co. (Elsevier Science).
    • [ISBN-978-1-4557-5830-2]

Recommended

  • (2010). APA Publication Manual (6th ). Washington DC: American Psychological Association.
    • [ISBN-978-1-4338-0561-5]
  • (2013). Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine with CD (10th). St. Louis: Elsevier Inc..
    • [ISBN-978-0-323-22205-1]

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

Welcome to BIOL 230 Medical Terminology online!

In this course, you will be introduced to the characteristics common to medical terminology, which include those terms used in the health sciences, biology, and chemistry. This course may be useful for those who plan to work in the healthcare or life sciences field. Each week we will focus on different word structures expanded by readings and study aids provided by your text. In addition, you will utilize these terms in writing APA formatted papers, demonstrating your knowledge of medical terminology and scientific writing. In addition to the research paper, you will read and review four medical journal articles, utilizing your growing understanding of medical terminology and its everyday use. I hope that when this class is finished, you will have an understanding of the concepts of medical and life sciences terminology and the utilization of terms in writing papers and reading medical journal articles as you progress towards your chosen career. These concepts should enable you to understand the pronunciation, writing, and definition of medical or life science terms. Please refer to the Course Schedule for a detailed overview of weekly objectives and assignments.



Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Objectives

  • To learn common word roots, prefixes and suffixes used to speak and write medical and human pathophysiology terms.
  • To examine how word parts can be combined to write or speak medical and human pathophysiology terms.
  • To review how medical and human pathophysiology terminology relates to the organization of the human body and body systems.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • Spell, pronounce, define and identify word parts and words.
  • Use medical and human pathophysiology terms and abbreviations correctly in written or spoken work.
  • Correctly combine word parts to write or speak medical and human pathophysiology terms.
  • Recognize the names and general locations of major structures in each body system.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 909-1010 90-100%
B 808-908 80-89%
C 707-807 70-79%
D 606-706 60-69%
F 0-605 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Pre-Course Knowledge Assessment (1) 10 1%
Discussions (6) 150 15%
Article Review Assignments (4) 200 20%
Quizzes (5) 150 15%
Research Paper Abstract (1) 50 5%
Research Paper (1) 100 10%
Midterm Exam (1) 150 15%
Final Exam (1) 200 20%
Total 1010 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1 25 Wednesday/Sunday
Introductions -- Sunday
Pre-Course Knowledge Assessment 10
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2 25 Wednesday/Sunday
Quiz 1 30 Sunday
Research Paper: Topic Submission --
Proctor Information N/A
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 25 Wednesday/Sunday
Quiz 2 30 Sunday
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Article Review Discussion 1 50 Wednesday/Sunday
Research Paper: Abstract 50 Sunday
Midterm Exam 150
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 25 Wednesday/Sunday
Article Review Discussion 2 50
Quiz 3 30 Sunday
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 25 Wednesday/Sunday
Article Review Discussion 3 50
Quiz 4 30 Sunday
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 25 Wednesday/Sunday
Research Paper 100 Wednesday
Quiz 5 30 Sunday
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Article Review Discussion 4 50 Wednesday/Saturday
Final Exam 200 Saturday
Total Points 1010

Assignment Overview

Pre-Course Knowledge Assessment

During Week 1 of the course, a pre-assessment of medical terminology knowledge must be completed utilizing a multiple-choice assessment. The Pre-Course Knowledge Assessment will provide an orientation to the chapter open book quiz format, and a baseline understanding of current medical terminology knowledge. This assignment has a fixed participation score that is not determined by correct or incorrect responses. You are encouraged to answer all material to the best of your ability and not check/verify answers using the textbook or other resources. Participation in this assessment is worth 10 points.

Discussions

Discussion topics will vary from week to week and are worth 25 points each. Discussion topics will become available Monday. You must post your original responses to the discussion prompts by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday. You must then also respond substantively to at least two classmates’ initial posts within each discussion topic by 11:59 pm CT Sunday. You must respond to questions and further prompts initiated by the instructor to amend incorrect information or confusion with your original posting.

Grades will be based on the quality of your posts and responses, as well as punctuality and extending the conversation further with fellow students and the instructor.


Article Review Discussion Assignments

Article Review Discussion Assignments are based on articles you are finding and utilizing in the creation of your Research paper. Participation will take place in the Discussion area and each Article Review Discussion Assignment is worth 50 points. You must post your original response to the discussion prompts by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday. You must then also respond substantively to at least two classmates’ initial posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday, except in Week 8 where they will be due by 11:59 pm CT on Saturday.

The initial post must present and discuss one article (in 150-300 words) from the Abstract Paper reference list of Week 4. A PDF of the article must be provided. Like Discussion Assignments, work will involve dividing the terms into component parts, analyzing and spelling the terms using common combining forms, and definitions. Examples will be provided in the Content area. In addition to the review, students must include a listing of a minimum of 10 medical terms from the article, and divide the terms into component parts, analyzing and spelling the terms using common combining forms, and definitions. Failure to present the medical terms as required with a definition will result in point deductions.

Responses to classmate’s initial review/analysis must extend the discussion utilizing terms and concepts from their article. Responses should be substantive (150-300 words). Students must also respond to questions and further prompts initiated by the instructor to amend incorrect information or confusion in their original posting.

A grading rubric will be provided to students. Grading will be based on the quality of posts and responses, as well as punctuality and extending the conversation further.


Quizzes

There are 5 quizzes in the course in Weeks 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7. Each Quiz is worth 30 points and is comprised of 50 questions. Quiz questions come directly from the readings, PowerPoints, and Self-Study Guides. The Quizzes are open-book and will have a 120-minute time limit (with a 5 minute grace period). Quizzes will open at 12:01 am CT Monday and close 11:59 pm CT Sunday.


Research Paper

For this course you will complete a Research Paper. The Research paper is worth 150 points over three assignments that include a research topic submission (0 points), and Abstract Paper (50 points), and the Final Research Paper (100 points). The objective of the Research Paper is to introduce you to scientific writing, reinforcing the use of medical terminology in scientific writing using APA style, and to provide experience in conducting research using the library database or reference librarian.

Research Topic Submission (Week 2)

The Research Topic Submission is the first of several assignments designed to help develop the Research Paper. Your chosen research topic must be submitted to the appropriate Discussion forum for instructor review and approval by 11:59 pm CT Sunday. This is an ungraded activity between you and the instructor where you’ll have the opportunity to see the research topics chosen by fellow students. Students can choose to respond to others if they wish but it is not a requirement. The research topic must be in the medical, healthcare, or biology area with the recommendation that if students plan intend to enter a healthcare or science field, select a topic from that field.

Abstract Paper (Week 4)

The Abstract Paper will be due to the appropriate dropbox by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 4. The abstract paper must use the approved Research paper topic submitted in Week 2. You may change your research topic, with instructor approval, following your initial research for the abstract paper. Students often determine a different or narrowed topic following their initial research. This can be done through the designated discussion topic, or via email with the instructor. A minimum of four articles must be obtained from the Stafford Library database. Books may be sourced once the four-journal article requirement has been met. Textbooks and websites may not be used as references unless approved by the instructor. The Abstract Paper should be three (3) pages (Title Page, Abstract Page, and Reference Page), and should be submitted in either a .DOC/.DOCX or .RTF (Rich Text Format) file format with the understanding that longer reference pages will add pages to the minimum.

Research Paper Discussion Workshop (Week 6)

A draft of your completed Research Paper will be submitted to a workshop discussion topic in Week 6 for peer review. The Research paper must be a minimum of 8 pages and include a title page, abstract, body, and a minimum of 5 pages of content. A reference list of a minimum of 4 journal articles (minimum of 1 page) must be provided. The Research paper must be posted by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday of Week 6.

You must provide feedback to two classmates by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 6. Students must respond to two classmates with feedback that includes constructive commentary of content, including medical terms from the paper, APA formatting errors (margins, fonts, references, citations, etc.), or spelling/grammatical errors.

Research Paper (Week 7)

The completed Research Paper will be due to the appropriate dropbox by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday of Week 7. The Research Paper should be the same topic chosen in Week 2, unless otherwise approved by the instructor.

The Research Paper should be a minimum of 8 pages, (Title Page, Abstract page, Body (5 pages), and Reference Page) and should be submitted in either a .DOC/.DOCX or .RTF (Rich Text Format) file format. It should follow current APA style guidelines, and have appropriate spelling and grammar. The Research Paper must have a minimum of four scholarly journal articles obtained from library databases. Textbooks and websites must not be used unless approved by the instructor. A sample APA style paper will be provided in the Content area as a resource. Research Papers must be original work and cannot be resubmitted work from other classes.

This course will use Turnitin® to verify authenticity of your work and to assist you with handling quotes. Following submission of your paper to the Dropbox, both you and your instructor will be able to view a report on the paper’s authenticity. Items with a high individual percentage will be scrutinized for original work and plagiarism. If you choose to modify the paper submitted to the Dropbox, you may do so by resubmitting your work to the Dropbox. The original due dates will remain in effect and the instructor will evaluate the last paper submitted to your Dropbox. Papers submitted to previous courses will not be accepted. Previous papers cannot be submitted as original coursework. All work must be original. Plagiarized work will result in a zero score for the paper.


Exams

Two exams will be given in the course, a Midterm Exam in Week 4 and a Final Exam in Week 8. Both Exams will be proctored and comprehensive.

The Midterm Exam will cover all material in Weeks 1-4 (Chapters 1-2). It will be given during Week 4, opening at 12:01 am CT Monday, and closing at 11:59 pm CT Sunday of the same week. The Midterm Exam will consist of 100 questions, and there will be a 120-minute time limit (with a 5 minute grace period). The Midterm Exam is worth 150 points.

The Final Exam will be given in Week 8 and will cover all material from Weeks 1-8. It will open at 12:01 am CT Monday and close at 11:59 pm CT Saturday of Week 8. The Final Exam will consist of 100 questions, both multiple-choice and matching, following the same format as the weekly Quizzes. There will be a 120 minute time limit (with a 5 minute grace period). The Final Exam is worth 200 points.



Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Introductions and Learning Assessment
Readings
Preface to 7th Edition
Review all Instructional Materials
Discussion 1

Go to the Education Planner Learning Styles Assessment (URL in Content area) and take the learning styles quiz. Once you have completed the assessment, report the results to your classmates and answer whether or not you feel the results “fit” you or not.

In your experience with online courses, have you had to adapt or make changes to your learning style? Do you think you’ll have to make any changes specific to this course? In addition to your initial post, reply to a minimum of two other students, in addition to responding to any questions you receive.

Introductions

Please introduce yourself to the class and in addition to telling us a bit about yourself, answering the following questions:

  1. What are your career goals?
  2. What do you hope to learn from this class?
  3. What experience do you have with medical terminology?
  4. Have you ever taken an online course before?
    Pre-Course Knowledge Assessment
    Acts as a pre-assessment of student’s medical terminology knowledge. Time limit 1 hour.
    Week 2: Basic Word Structure
    Readings
    Chapter 1
    Review all Instructional Materials
    Discussion 2

    Select 10 terms of your choosing (15-points). Complete the following prompts (A-D) and submit your answers to the Discussion 2 topic by at 11:59 pm CT Wednesday.

    1. Divide the terms into component parts as described in Chapter 1
    2. Analyze and spell the terms using common combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes
    3. Define/explain the terms in your own words
    4. Use each term in a sentence reflective of the term's definition
    Example:
    1. Prefix/root/suffix
    2. Hyper/glyc/emia
    3. Definition: Condition of excessive sugar/glucose in the blood stream
    4. Sentence: The fasting blood glucose lab result demonstrated an elevated blood glucose resulting in the diagnosis of hyperglycemia

    Review each student's posting and comment on a minimum of two student postings. With the two student postings you are reviewing, pick five of their ten terms and develop a sentence based on the term definitions they have provided you (total ten sentences required between the two responses, worth a total 10-points). All posting must be completed by 11:59 pm CT Sunday. Be sure to respond to any questions posted to your posting by subscribing to the post.

    Example:

    The hyperglycemia resulted in a diagnosis of diabetes.

    Quiz 1
    Covers concepts covered in assigned reading (Chapter 1) and learning resources.
    Research Paper: Topic Submission

    In this first of several assignments designed to help you develop your Research Paper, you will submit the topic you intend to write about (Medical/Healthcare/Biology) for approval. If you intend to enter a healthcare or science field, select a topic from within that field.

    Your research paper is a descriptive paper over a medical or healthcare topic of your choice. Looking ahead, in Week 4, we will complete the Abstract Paper, a brief one page abstract and the selected references for your paper from the Stafford Library.

    Proctor Information
    Submit your proctor form to the appropriate Dropbox folder by the end of the week. Remember to “Save” the form before placing it in Dropbox. See the Content area for more information.
    Week 3: Organization of the Body
    Readings
    Chapter 2
    Review all Instructional Materials
    Discussion 3

    Pick a body system and provide an overview of the organs and functions of this system (150 to 300 words). When summarizing the organs and functions of this system, you must include a list of the medical/scientific terms divided into components as you did in Discussion 2 and provide a definition of these terms. Failure to include the list of terms will result in a loss of 5-points from the initial posting. Failure to fully address the topic (150 to 300 words) will result in a loss of 10-points.

    You must respond to two student’s initial postings by building on each initial post with at least 150 words of additional information regarding the system and answering any questions from students or the instructor not covered in the initial posting. Initial postings are due by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday. Responses are due Sunday by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

    Quiz 2
    Covers concepts covered in assigned reading (Chapter 2) and lectures.
    Week 4: Utilizing Medical Terms in Writing
    Readings
    Chapters 1 and 2 (Review)
    Review all Instructional Materials
    Article Review Discussion 1

    For your initial post: Present and discuss one article from your Abstract Paper reference list of Week 4. You must attach a PDF version of the article to the discussion or you will lose 10 points. Your initial post should thoroughly discuss (in 150-300 words) and review the article utilizing terms and concepts from the article and assigned reading. Your overall analysis should reflect deep insight and understanding of article's content. Failure to include medical terms and concepts from the article in your analysis/review will result in point deductions. Initial postings are due by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday.

    For your responses: Read and comment on two articles from other student’s postings. Your responses to classmate’s initial review/analysis should contribute substantively (150 to 300 words) to the discussion, extend the discussion utilizing terms and concepts from their article.

    In addition to discussing the article's review, include a listing of a minimum of 10 medical terms from the article, presenting them in the same format as in Week 2 with the inclusion of a definition. Unlike Week 2 however, no sentence is required. Failure to divide the words as in Week 2 and adding a definition will result in point deductions. Your responses to classmates are due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

    Example:
    Prefix/root/suffix
    Hyper/glyc/emia; Definition: Condition of excessive sugar/glucose in the blood stream

    Research Paper: Abstract
    Complete an Abstract for your Research Paper. A minimum of four articles must be obtained from the Stafford Library database. Books may only be sourced once the four-article requirement has been met. The Abstract Paper should be three (3) pages (Title Page, Abstract Page, and Reference Page).
    Midterm Exam
    A proctored 100-question Midterm Exam worth 150 points (15%) will be given during Week 4 covering Chapters 1 & 2. Students will have 120 minutes to take the Midterm Exam.
    Week 5: Suffixes
    Readings
    Chapter 3
    Review all Instructional Materials
    Discussion 4

    Select 10 terms of your choosing (15-points). Complete the following prompts (A-D) and submit your answers to the Discussion 2 topic by at 11:59 pm CT Wednesday.

    1. Divide the terms into component parts as described in Chapter 1
    2. Analyze and spell the terms using common combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes
    3. Define/explain the terms in your own words
    4. Use each term in a sentence reflective of the term's definition
    Example:
    Prefix/root/suffix
    Hyper/glyc/emia
    Definition: Condition of excessive sugar/glucose in the blood stream
    Sentence: The fasting blood glucose lab result demonstrated an elevated blood glucose resulting in the diagnosis of hyperglycemia.

    Review each student's posting and comment on a minimum of two student postings. With the two student postings you are reviewing, pick five of their ten terms and develop a sentence based on the term definitions they have provided you (total 10 sentences required between the two responses, worth a total of 10-points). All posting must be completed by 11:59 pm CT Sunday. Be sure to respond to any questions posted to your posting by subscribing to the post.

    Example:
    The hyperglycemia resulted in a diagnosis of diabetes
    Article Review Discussion 2

    For your initial post: Present and discuss one article from your Abstract Paper reference list of Week 4. You must attach a PDF version of the article to the discussion or you will lose 10 points. Your initial post should thoroughly discuss (in 150-300 words) and review the article utilizing terms and concepts from the article and assigned reading. Your overall analysis should reflect deep insight and understanding of article's content. Failure to include medical terms and concepts from the article in your analysis/review will result in point deductions. Initial postings are due by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday.

    For your responses: Read and comment on articles from two other student’s postings. Your responses to classmate’s initial review/analysis should contribute substantively (150 to 300 words) to the discussion, extend the discussion utilizing terms and concepts from their article.

    In addition to discussing the article's review, include a listing of a minimum of 10 medical terms from the article, presenting them in the same format as in Week 2 with the inclusion of a definition. Unlike Week 2 however, no sentence is required. Failure to divide the words as in Week 2 and adding a definition will result in point deductions. Your responses to classmates are due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

    Example:
    Prefix/root/suffix
    Hyper/glyc/emia; Definition: Condition of excessive sugar/glucose in the blood stream

    Quiz 3
    Covers concepts covered in assigned reading (Chapter 3) and lectures.
    Week 6: Prefixes
    Readings
    Chapter 4
    Review all Instructional Materials
    Discussion 5

    Post your final Research Paper by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday and provide feedback to two classmates by 11:59 pm CT Sunday. Your minimum paper content should be 8 pages and include a title page, abstract, body of a minimum of 5 pages, and references with a minimum of 4 journal articles (minimum 1 page).

    Your responses/review of two of your classmates’ work should include:

    • Constructive commentary on content, including medical terms from the paper.
    • Pointing out any APA formatting errors (margins, font, references, citations, etc.)
    • Notification of any spelling or grammatical errors.
    Article Review Discussion 3

    For your initial post: Present and discuss one article from your Abstract Paper reference list of Week 4. You must attach a PDF version of the article to the discussion or you will lose 10 points. Your initial post should thoroughly discuss (in 150-300 words) and review the article utilizing terms and concepts from the article and assigned reading. Your formatting and overall analysis should reflect deep insight and analysis of article's content. Failure to include medical terms and concepts from the article in your analysis/review will result in point deductions. Initial postings are due by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday.

    For your responses: Read and comment on articles from two student postings. Responses to classmate’s initial review/analysis should contribute substantively (150 to 300 words) to the discussion, extend the discussion utilizing terms and concepts from the article. In addition to discussing the article's review, include a listing of a minimum of 10 medical terms from the article, presenting them in the same format as in Week 2 with the inclusion of a definition. Unlike Week 2 however, no sentence is required. Failure to divide the words as in Week 2 and adding a definition will result in point deductions. Your responses to classmates are due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

    Example:
    Prefix/root/suffix
    Hyper/glyc/emia; Definition: Condition of excessive sugar/glucose in the blood stream

    Quiz 4
    Covers concepts covered in assigned reading (Chapter 4) and lectures.
    Course Evaluation
    Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
    Week 7: Medical Specialties
    Readings
    Chapter 5
    Review all Instructional Materials
    Discussion 6

    Using the Internet, find five job postings in the medical or healthcare field of your choice.  For each job posting,

    • create a short (no more than 25 words) description of the role/duties of the job
    • identify 2 medical terms used and conduct the word analysis for each, and
    • based on your word analysis of the medical terms used in the description, assess the job title.  Do you feel the current job title best reflects the work they do?  If you were to rename the position using medical terminology, what would you choose?

    Respond to two student posts by selecting two occupations from each of their postings and expand the discussion of the roles/duties of the occupation they’ve provided using medical terms.  You may not use the same occupation twice in your responses.

    Research Paper

    The completed Research Paper will be due to the appropriate dropbox by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday of Week 7.

    Quiz 5
    Covers concepts covered in assigned reading (Chapter 5) and lectures.
    Week 8: Final
    Readings
    No new readings, review Chapters 1-5 learning resources for the Final Exam
    Review all Instructional Materials
    Article Review Discussion 4

    For your initial post: Present and discuss one article from your Abstract Paper reference list from Week 4. You must attach a PDF version of the article to the discussion or you will lose 10 points. Your initial post should thoroughly discuss (in 150-300 words) and review the article utilizing terms and concepts from the article and assigned reading. Your formatting and overall analysis should reflect deep insight and analysis of article's content. Failure to include medical terms and concepts from the article in your analysis/review will result in point deductions. Initial postings are due by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday.

    For your responses: Read and comment on two articles from student postings. Responses to classmate’s initial review/analysis should contribute substantively (150 to 300 words) to the discussion, extend the discussion utilizing terms and concepts from the article. In addition to discussing the article's review, include a listing of a minimum of 10 medical terms from the article, presenting them in the same format as in Week 2 with the inclusion of a definition. No sentence is required. Failure to divide the words as in Week 2 and adding a definition will result in point deductions. Your responses to classmates are due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

    Example:
    Prefix/root/suffix Hyper/glyc/emia; Definition: Condition of excessive sugar/glucose in the blood stream

    Final Exam
    A proctored, comprehensive 100-question Final Exam worth 200 points (20%) will be given during Week 8 covering Chapters 1-5 learning resources. Students will have 120 minutes to take the Final Exam.


    Course Policies

    Student Conduct

    All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

    Plagiarism

    Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

    Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

    All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

    Non-Discrimination

    There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

    Student Accessibility Resources

    Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

    Online Participation

    You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

    Attendance Policy

    Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

    Cougar Email

    All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

    Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

    Late Assignment Policy

    An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

    No late discussion posts will be accepted. 

    Late assignments – papers and quizzes – will receive an automatic 20% deduction. No late assignments will be accepted after the course closes.

    Course Evaluation

    You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

    Proctor Policy

    Students taking courses that require proctored exams must submit their completed proctor request forms to their instructors by the end of the second week of the session. Proctors located at Columbia College campuses are automatically approved. The use of ProctorU services is also automatically approved. The instructor of each course will consider any other choice of proctor for approval or denial. Additional proctor choices the instructor will consider include: public librarians, high school or college instructors, high school or college counseling services, commanding officers, education service officers, and other proctoring services. Personal friends, family members, athletic coaches and direct supervisors are not acceptable.


    Additional Resources

    Orientation for New Students

    This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

    Technical Support

    If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

    Online Tutoring

    Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

    Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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