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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
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
- Define basic combining word forms, suffixes, prefixes and demonstrate how to build medical words.
- Define terms that apply to the structural organization of the human body.
- Locate and identify terms that describe positions, directions and planes of the body.
- 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
- Small group activities
- Research project
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions that require integration, application, and critical examination of material covered in class.
- Identification of body systems using diagrams, models and student peers during class, homework and skills lab.
- Written assignments designed to stimulate critical thinking related to the function and structure of the human body.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Basic Word Structure
- Terms Pertaining to the Body as a Whole
- Specific systems:
- Digestive System
- Urinary System
- Female Reproductive System
- Male Reproductive System