Classical Studies 301 helps students understand the language of medical and biological terminology by learning the Greek and Latin elements from which it is composed. You learn how to deconstruct biological and medical words into everyday English in order to more easily understand and remember the language used in those fields, and you also learn the principles behind the construction of the terminology.
The course is designed primarily for science students, particularly those studying biology or those planning careers in any field of the medical sciences, but students from other areas of study are also very welcome. No knowledge of the Greek or Latin languages is required, and no specialised knowledge of anatomy or physiology is needed. The course additionally provides relevant material from ancient literary, mythological, historical, and medical sources, in order to furnish a cultural context for the language of biology and medicine.
The course is offered on-campus as well as on-line in both the fall and winter terms. Each mode of learning (on-campus or on-line) covers the same materials overall, with some minor non-vocabulary variations. The course materials for the on-campus section are provided partly through the course website but primarily through classroom lectures (approximately twelve lectures); students also attend six tutorials during the term, where they practice their skills in defining terms as well as creating them. There is a midterm as well as a final exam.
For the on-line section, all materials are presented on Canvas, and there are weekly assignments and quizzes which are similar in nature to the on-campus tutorials; there is no midterm, but there is however a must-pass final exam.