Course Title: Use basic medical terminology

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: HWSS5355C

Course Title: Use basic medical terminology

School: 155T Life & Physical Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4215 - Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

Course Contact : Veemita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4662

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Nominal Hours: 30

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 and co-requisites for this course.

Course Description

This course covers the skills and knowledge to understand basic medical terminology principles for communication in the health care environment.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBMED201A Use basic medical terminology


Carry out routine tasks

Performance Criteria:

Basic medical terminology is used correctly in the completion of routine tasks
Assistance is sought from designated person as required


Identify the fundamentals of basic medical terminology

Performance Criteria:

Appropriate basic medical terminology is used as directed in oral communication with patients, fellow workers and health professionals
Appropriate basic medical terminology is used as directed in written communication with patients, fellow workers and health professionals
Basic medical terminology is spelt and pronounced correctly
Advice is sought from designated person with regard to basic medical term/s and accompanying process/es


Respond appropriately to instructions which contain basic medical terminology

Performance Criteria:

Written and oral instructions using basic medical terminology are received, understood and documented
Checklists are used where appropriate
Abbreviations for commonly used medical terms and associated processes are understood
The policies and procedures of the medical practice are understood and adhered to
Clarification is sought where necessary

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities include-
• Face to face teaching
• Word buildings
• Pronunciation activity
• accessing information online

Teaching Schedule

There will be one face to face teaching for this course in 4th week of this program. All the learning activities will be conducted online except the pronunciation test which will be conducted in the 19th week of this program.Timetable can also be accessed online in the learning hub.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Hutton, A An introduction to medical terminology for health care; A self-teaching package. Churchill Livingstone

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A medical dictionary, for example:
Como, D. (Ed) . Mosby's medical, nursing & allied health dictionary, Missouri, USA (United Kingdom Edition): Mosby, Inc.

Ehrlich, A & Schroeder, C. Medical Terminology for Health Professionals. NY, USA: Delmar Thomson Learning

Check for other reference books in the learner guide of this course in online learning hub.

Other Resources

Online learning materials can be accessed using the RMIT Online Learning Hub.
The online learning materials listed include:

Subject outlines
Lecture notes
Assessment details

Overview of Assessment

The assessment will involve online activities and written examination.
There will be observation in the clinical placement with questioning to address appropriate application of knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

The assessments will comprise of-

1. Online quizzes- to test the understanding of medical terminology and its communication with clients and fellow workers
2. Written examination- to validate the information submitted in the online quizzes
3. Pronunciation test- to assess for the communication of the medical terms
4. Clinical placement review to observe the use of medical terminology in the workplace.

Assessment Matrix

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