CLAS-225-01 Scientific Terminology, 2 credits
TTH 9:30-10:20, WH 102
Instructor: Dr. Wine, office WH 16, x2332; office hours: MWF 11:00-11:30
This course examines Greek and Latin word elements in a variety of scientific language contexts, including medicine, biology, chemistry, and physics. It also considers ways to use technical dictionaries and Greek and Latin roots of the English language to understand and use scientific terminology. The course enables students to become more conscious of words and their history and to increase their English vocabulary through their study of how words are formed, learning Latin and Greek elements in English words, and practice using a dictionary effectively.
Ayers, Donald M. Bioscientific Terminology: Words from Latin
and Greek Stems.
Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary. 20th ed.
Class Goals, Format, and Evaluation:
Weekly quizzes and daily homework count as 50% of the final grade. A midterm and a final exam count as the other 50% of the final grade.
Quizzes may be made up within two weeks for half credit. Quizzes taken on time may be corrected for half credit on points lost.
Participation in class doesn’t require all correct answers, but does require attendance and responding to questions.
Grading scale: A (100-91), B (90-80), C (79-68), D (67-57).
Schedule: The following schedule shows when material will be covered in class. The instructor may make modifications announced in class, however, as necessary, based on class needs and preferences; it is the student’s responsibility to be aware of changes made in class.
Week 1. LATIN bases, prefixes,
Tue, Aug 26. introduction: combining forms
Thu, Aug 28. diagnostic exam; 21-23
Week 2. Latin suffixes
Tue, Sept 2. 24-26
Thu, Sept 4. quiz
Week 3. more Latin suffixes
Tue, Sep 9. 27-29
Thu, Sep 11. quiz
Week 4. even more Latin suffixes
Mon, Sep 15. 7:30,
Tue, Sep 16. 30-32
Thu, Sep 18. quiz
Week 5. Latin verb suffixes and nouns
Tue, Sep 23. 33-36
Thu, Sep 25. quiz
Week 6. Latin nouns and adjectives
Tue, Sep 30. 37-40
Thu, Oct 2. quiz
Tue, Oct 7. review
Thu, Oct 9. midterm
Sat, Oct 11. 1:00,
Week 8. GREEK bases, prefixes, alphabet
Tue, Oct 14. Fall Break
Thu, Oct 16. 1-2
(or 23?). 7:30,
Week 9. Greek suffixes
Tue, Oct 21. 3-5
Thu, Oct 23. quiz
4:00: “Classical Cartoon Art”
Week 10. more Greek suffixes
Tue, Oct 28. 6-8
Thu, Oct 30. quiz
Week 11. Greek noun-forming, diminutive, and verb-forming suffixes
Tue, Nov 4. 9-12
Thu, Nov 6. quiz
Week 12. Greek plurals and words from mythology
Mon, Nov 10. 7:30,
Tue, Nov 11. 13-15
Thu, Nov 13. quiz
Week 13. changes of meanings and in forms
Tue, Nov 18. 17-20
Thu, Nov 20. quiz
Thurs, Nov 20. 7:30,
Tue, Nov 25. review
Thu, Nov 27. Thanksgiving
Tue, Dec 2. review
Thu, Dec 4. quiz
Tues., Dec. 9. review
Final Exam: Monday, December 15, 1:00
Honesty and Plagiarism:
Students are encouraged to do their homework together (identical work which is submitted should be acknowledged). All other classwork, especially quizzes and exams, must be the student’s own work. Plagiarism, i.e., copying someone else’s work without giving credit, is to be avoided. Such copying--from a book, another classmate’s paper, or any other source--is dishonest. Any student submitting plagiarized work will receive a failing grade for that assignment. If two papers with identical or nearly identical work are submitted by different students, both papers will receive a failing grade.