Course Title: Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: HWSS6066C

Course Title: Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4367 - Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

Course Contact: Veemita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4662

Course Contact Email:

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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 unit describes the 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; as well as use appropriate medical terminology.
It applies to individuals who 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:

BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately


1. Respond appropriately to instructions which contain medical terminology

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Receive, interpret and document written and oral instructions using medical terminology
1.2 Use checklists where appropriate
1.3 Interpret abbreviations for specialised medical terminology
1.4 Interpret and adhere to the policies and procedures of the workplace
1.5 Seek clarification when necessary


2. Carry out routine tasks

Performance Criteria:

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


3. Use appropriate medical terminology in oral and written communication

Performance Criteria:

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

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities





A combination of activities will support students learning in this course, such as:

- Face to face and or online lectures to cover theoretical and practical concepts for each topic in the course
- Students will learn to apply their skills and knowledge to work integrated learning (WIL), during simulations and classroom based learning
- Observations of performance in the clinical placement or simulated environment will be a valuable part of your learning experience
- Tutorial activities (individually and in teams) to discuss, debate, critique and consolidate your ideas and extend your understanding around key concepts within specific topics
- Online discussion and activities support you to collaborate with other students in your course and debate and debate and discuss ideas
- Self directed study time to enhance and strengthen your knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts
- To further facilitate learning, students are strongly encouraged to use a range of communication tools between themselves and their course instructor as well as between themselves and fellow students by using the online learning platform

Pronunciation activities and case studies include a major part of the learning activities.







Teaching Schedule

The timetable is as follows-

Session Date Topic
1  16/02 Introduction to Medical Terminology
1  16/02 Levels of Organisation/ Cells and Tissues/ case studies
2  18/02 The digestive system/ Case studies
2  18/02 The respiratory system/ case studies
3  23/02 The cardiovascular system
3  23/02 The blood, The lymphatic system and immunology/ case studies
4  25/02 The urinary system/ case studies
4  25/02 The nervous system/ case studies
5  1/03 The eye,,The ear,The skin and The nose / case studies
5  1/03 The muscular system, The skeletal system / case studies
6  3/03 The male reproductive system, The female reproductive system
6  3/03 Revision work
7 8/03 Discussions and case studies
7 8/03 Written Assessment
8 10/03 Student presentations
    Ongoing learning hub studies and implication of the knowledge to other related courses

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

You must demonstrate Performance and Knowledge Evidence of the unit in order to be deemed competent.
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.
You may be assessed by:
• Oral or written questioning
• Oral presentations
• Assignments and projects
• Direct observation of actual work practice- Clinical Placement & Skills Checklist
• Work-based activities

Primary assessment involves on-going group discussions and applied assessment in a clinical workplace or simulated environment such as Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placement activity.
Competency based training requires you to be in attendance in order for assessment to be undertaken.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.
All Assessment tasks should be performed or submitted by their due dates.
If due to illness or other unforeseen circumstance, you are unable to attend on the due date of an assessment (e.g. test, examination, oral, etc.) OR you do attend, but your performance has been affected, you may submit an APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL CONSIDERATION within 2 working days of the due date. If Special Consideration is granted, you will be given the opportunity to complete/repeat the assessment task at a later date. For advice on this application please visit or speak to your Program Coordinator.
If due to illness or other unforeseen circumstance, you are unable to submit by the due date (e.g. assignment, report, project etc.):
• you may submit an APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK for an extension of time of up to seven (7) calendar days or less. This must be lodged with the Program Coordinator 1 working day before the original due date. If granted, you will have the opportunity to submit up to 7 days later than the original due date. For advice on this application please visit or speak to your Program Coordinator.
• you may submit an APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL CONSIDERATION within 2 working days of the due date. If Special Consideration is granted, you will be given the opportunity to submit the assessment task more than 7 days after the original due date. For advice on this application please visit or speak to your Program Coordinator.
You are expected to prepare all assignments and other written work in a professional manner. More information on general academic study and writing skills can be found on the “Learning Lab” . All work submitted for assessment must be submitted electronically unless otherwise advised.
Students must keep a copy of all submitted assessments including electronic copies.
Harvard style is used for all referencing and for bibliography.
RMIT University has a strict policy on academic integrity and plagiarism and. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
Your rights and responsibilities as a student can be found at This course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced at
Credit transfer and RPL
Credit transfer is available to students who have already completed the same or similar courses. Recognition of prior learning is available to students who have relevant prior skills or experience. Please refer to;ID=8u7jborsx9dy


Assessment Tasks

The assessments tasks will involve-

  • Written assessments- Due by 8/03
  • Presentation activity - The student needs to demonstrate competence in the required skills against the set criteria. Due by 10/03
  • Medical Terminology- Written tasks( on medical terms) ongoing
  • 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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