Fall Semester, 2002

FLAN 3002: Health and Life Science Terminology

Professor Daniel B. Levine


Welcome To Health and Life Sciences Terminology!


The goals of the course are to:


In order to reach these goals, we shall:



Three textbooks are required for this course.

In addition, students must have access to a good unabridged English Dictionary. Please use the gigantic dictionaries in Mullins Library if you only have a small one at home.

You may use the Oxford English Dictionary on-line. It usually has good etymologies:


1) Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, 19th edition.

2) Greek and Latin Roots of English, by Tamara M. Green.

3) Medical Terminology: Exercises in Etymology, by Dunmore & Fleischer.

These textbooks should be available in the University of Arkansas Bookstore, in the Arkansas Union.

This course website also has some useful LINKS which you might look at as useful resources for this class.



Attendance and participation in all class sessions is required.



In addition to attending all classes, students are expected to spend as much time as they need to memorize the word roots and parts and complete written exercises by their due dates. In addition, outside class, students will prepare their oral presentations, read the assigned articles, write their papers, and prepare for quizzes and examinations. I estimate that on average students will need to budget a minimum of two hours of homework for every hour of class time -- some will need more, and a few might need less. You will find the Schedule of Assignments HERE.



Grades will be based on the Midterm Examination (25%), Final Examination (25%), Oral/Written Reports (25%), Class Participation/Quizzes (25%). There will be a short quiz in each class, given over the homework we have just discussed. Two lowest quiz grades will be dropped.




Each student will hand in three short written reports (maximum length: 3 pages), based on readings from the Science or Health Section in recent issues (only between July, 2002 and December, 2002) of the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, or Chicago Tribune. Current issues are available in the Periodicals Room, on the entrance level of Mullins Library. Web-based articles from these papers may be used, if approved by the professor.

Reports will be on a single article of the student's choice, focusing on four scientific terms which you consider important. Please do not choose words for which you cannot find an etymology, and please do not guess on etymologies.

The article must be SUBSTANTIAL (of at least three pages when printed up from the web). When in doubt, show a printed copy to the professor for approval.

The report will be written in complete sentences and contain:

Reports will be typewritten, double-spaced, and will be graded on the quality and accuracy of the summary, quality of word analysis and etymology, proper use of grammar and punctuation, and relevance to the course. Reports will be due September 23, October 23, and December 9. Students may hand in written reports before their due dates.



Beginning the second week, students will give short reports (2-minute maximum) in class about a scientific word they have encountered in class, in their written report preparation, or elsewhere, concentrating on:

1) the analysis of the word's etymology;

2) the literal and current meaning;

3) a way we might remember these terms when we see them again.

Words which students present in their oral reports will be fair game on quizzes, as well as on the midterm and final examinations.

Oral reports are graded on completeness and accuracy of information, clarity of presentation, relevance, and ability to engage the class' attention.

For the Schedule of Oral Reports, with the words presented so far, go HERE.



Daniel B. Levine, Professor, Classical Studies

Office: Kimpel Hall 502. Office Hours: MWF 8:30-9:20 AM, and by appointment.

Office Phone: 575-5937, or 575-2951; Home Phone: 521-3294 (not after 9:00 PM, please.)

FAX: 575-6795



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