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Course Number: NCMA 101
Course Title: Body Structure and Function I
Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture/Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Special Fee: none

Course Description

Explores medical terminology in its proper context. Includes form and function of the human body in health and disease and basic word structure. Reviews select body system including: their components, basic structure and function to be able to apply medical terminology skills in the clinical setting.

Intended Outcomes for the Course

  1. Define basic combining word forms, suffixes, prefixes and demonstrate how to build medical words.
  2. Define terms that apply to the structural organization of the human body.
  3. Locate and identify terms that describe positions, directions and planes of the body.
  4. Correctly describe locations, structure and functions of each organ of the following systems:
    • integumentary, digestive, urinary, female reproductive and male reproductive.

Course Activities and Design

  1. Lecture
  2. Assignments
  3. Small group activities
  4. Research project

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions that require integration, application, and critical examination of material covered in class.
  2. Identification of body systems using diagrams, models and student peers during class, homework and skills lab.
  3. Written assignments designed to stimulate critical thinking related to the function and structure of the human body.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Basic Word Structure
  2. Suffixes
  3. Prefixes
  4. Terms Pertaining to the Body as a Whole
  5. Specific systems:
    • Skin
    • Digestive System
    • Urinary System
    • Female Reproductive System
    • Male Reproductive System