Course Title: Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: BUSM7866C

Course Title: Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5328 - Diploma of Interpreting

Course Contact : Atsuko Taniguchi

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 3973

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Atsuko Taniguchi

Bum Lee

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

Not applicable

Course Description

This unit 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 terminology.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBMED301B 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. Ensure own understanding of abbreviations for specialised medical terminology and associated processes
1.4. Ensure own understanding of and adhere to, the policies and procedures of the enterprise
1.5. Seek clarification when necessary


2-Use appropriate medical terminology in oral and written communication

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-Carry out routine tasks

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

See elements and key performance criteria

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities include-

- Completing weekly online activities on Blackboard
-  Completing activities in the prescribed text book
 - Developing bilingual glossaries of common conditions, tests and treatment methods
-  Site visits
-  Maintaining an e-journal

Teaching Schedule

The PROGRAM will be made available on the Blackboard site for this course at the begining of the semester.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Online Learning Hub resources are avaialble for this course.

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

Other Resources

The students can access library for more audio-video and print resources on common medical terms, conditions, treatment methods, tests.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks will look for evidence of the following skills and knowledge:
• using medical terminology in written and verbal communication
• identifying and appropriately using abbreviations for medical terms and associated processes
• managing own learning to maintain knowledge of up-to-date medical terminology
• knowledge of relevant legislation from all levels of government that impacts on business operations, codes of practice and national standards.

Assessment tasks may include:
• direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence 
• review of workplace documents and content  and their currency and authenticity (for RPL assessment)
• analysis of responses to case studies and scenarios
• demonstration of techniques
• observation of presentations
• oral or written questioning
• observation of performance in role plays
• oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of workplace emergencies, risks and hazards
• assessment of documentation.

Assessment Tasks

The assessments tasks will involve-

  • Weekly online quizzes/activities on Blackboard - All quizzes must be completed with a minimum pass of 90%, and all activities must be completed.  
  • Medical Terminology Bilingual Verbal Test - Minimum pass 50% in each language (English pronunciation / Sight translation into LOTE).   
  • Medical Terminology Written Test on the course content covered - Minimum pass 50%.

Students are required to complete all assessment tasks successfully to achieve competecy in this course. 

Assessment Matrix

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