Course Title: Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: HWSS5654C

Course Title: Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4321 - Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

Course Contact: Veemita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4662

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are no pre-requisites or co-requisites for this course.

Course Description

This course describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to understand and respond to instructions; to carry out routine tasks
and communicate with a range of internal/external clients in a medical environment; and to use appropriate advanced medical
This course applies to individuals who are skilled operators and apply a broad range of competencies in various medical administration contexts.
They may exercise discretion and judgment using appropriate knowledge to provide technical advice and support to a team.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBMED301B Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately


Carry out routine tasks

Performance Criteria:

Use medical terminology correctly in the completion of routine tasks
Seek assistance from supervisor or experienced staff member as required


Respond appropriately to instructions which contain medical terminology

Performance Criteria:

Receive, interpret and document written and oral instructions using medical terminology
Use checklists where appropriate
Ensure own understanding of abbreviations for specialised medical terminology and associated processes
Ensure own understanding of and adhere to, the policies and procedures of the enterprise
Seek clarification when necessary


Use appropriate medical terminology in oral and written communication

Performance Criteria:

Use appropriate medical terminology as directed, in oral communication with patients, fellow workers and health professionals
Use appropriate medical terminology as directed, in written communication with patients, fellow workers and health professionals
Present written communication to a designated person for verification if required
Spell and pronounce medical terminology correctly

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities include-
• Face to face teaching
• Using online resources
• Accessing online lecture presentations
• Accessing online information and learning hub
• Pronunciation/ presentation activities and discussing case studies in each class

Teaching Schedule

The timetable is as follows-

Session Date Topic
1 15/07 Introduction to Medical Terminology
2 22/07 Levels of Organisation/ Cells and Tissues/ case studies
3 29/07 The digestive system/ Case studies
4 03/08 The respiratory system/ case studies
5 12/08 The cardiovascular system
6 19/08 The blood, The lymphatic system and immunology/ case studies
7 26/08 The urinary system/ case studies
8 07/09 The nervous system/ case studies
9 16/09 The eye,,The ear,The skin and The nose / case studies
10 21/09 The muscular system, The skeletal system / case studies
11 28/09 The male reproductive system, The female reproductive system
12 5/10 Revision work
13 12/10 Discussions and case studies
14 19/10 Written Assessment
15 26/10 Student presentations
16 2/11 Student Presentations
17 9/11 Student presentations

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Hutton, A.R. 2006. An introduction to medical terminology for healthcare. 4th ed. Churchill & Livingstone


Online Learning Hub resources are avaialble for this course.

Other Resources

The students can access library for more resources like-
• Videos
• Articles of interest
• useful external links
• Learning Lab
• Medical dictionaries

Overview of Assessment

The assessment for this course will involve online quizzes, pronunciation tests and an examination at the end of the course.

Assessment Tasks

The assessments tasks will involve-

  • Written assessments- The students need to score at least 80% to be deemed competent
  • Presentation activity - The student needs to demonstrate competence in the required skills against the set criteria.
  • Medical Terminology Journal- The students need to prepare a journal and the guidelines for the requirements will be provided through blackboard
  • Ongoing case studies in class- the students need to participate in all the case study activities held in class to a satisfactory level.

The dates for assessments are given in the schedule above.

The details of these assessment tasks  and dates will be informed in class and also displayed in blackboard.

Students are required to pass all the above outcomes to gain competecy in the course.

Assessment Matrix

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