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.
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.
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 approximately 50 questions. Quiz questions come directly from the readings, PowerPoints, and Self-Study Guides. They may be multiple-choice or matching. 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.
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), with the understanding that longer reference pages will add pages to the minimum. The paper must be submitted in either a .DOC/.DOCX or .RTF (Rich Text Format) file format; other formats will not be graded and you will be required to resubmit using the proper file format.
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 Friday 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). 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. The paper must be submitted in either a .DOC/.DOCX or .RTF (Rich Text Format) file format; other formats will not be graded and you will be required to resubmit using the proper file format.
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.
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.