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  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 42.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Fall 2017
Prerequisites: (OADM70007 APPL70052 OADM70008 COMM12423)
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: Minimum 36 nwpm Keyboarding Skills, Word 2007/2010

Program(s): Office Administration -Medical
Program Coordinator(s): Radica Bissoondial
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20170905_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: This course is offered in a classroom version and an online version. In the classroom version, there are three hours per week of classroom instruction. Students should have a basic level of comfort using computers, keyboarding skills (36 nwpm), a firm knowledge of Word, and College-level English skills. The online version is a web-based course offered entirely online through Sheridan and hosted by Sheridan College. Students taking this course will need reliable access to the internet, a computer with audio capabilities (speakers or ear phones), transcription playback and speed & accuracy software. (The use of a foot pedal is a personal choice and purchasing one is optional). Students can expect to spend an additional three hours per week for online activities such aspostings, discussions, and homework.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Develop skills in operating transcription equipment to produce a variety of medical reports. This course will increase your understanding and usage of medical terminology, as well as improve your proofreading, editing, and punctuation skills. Through 5-minute timed writings, students demonstrate a minimum of 40 net words per minute. Keyboarding skills (36 nwpm), a firm knowledge of Word, and College-level English skills are required. Prerequisite(s): OADM70007 Medical Terminology 2, OADM70008 Medical Documents and Techniques, APPL70052 Word, Advanced, COMM70036 Professional Business Communications (COMM12423 Business Communication) and keyboarding skills (36 nwpm)

Program Context

Office Administration -Medical Program Coordinator(s): Radica Bissoondial

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to produce accurate medical documentation from audio dictation using transcription techniques.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Apply correct spelling of medical terminology relating to anatomy & physiology of the human body.
  2. Apply correct English grammar and punctuation to medical documents.
  3. Demonstrate keyboarding ability to a minimum of 40 nwpm without error.
  4. Produce accurate medical documents from dictation using current technology.
  5. Use references and resource material for clarification for accuracy and clarity in medical documentation.
  6. Apply medical terminology and abbreviations to a variety of medical specialties.
  7. Prepare typed material containing numbers and symbols found in medical writing.
  8. Demonstrate proofreading and editing skills to medical documents.
  9. Explain the issues and importance of record confidentiality.
  10. Explain the purpose and types of information contained in common medical documents .
  11. Edit and format text files produced by speech recognition software.
  12. Examine personal aptitude and attributes to assess readiness for a career in medical administration.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: ONLINE
 Weekly Journal Entry Mark8.0%
 Speed and Accuracy Test Mark20.0%
 Tests (2 @ 10%)20.0%
 Vocabulary Quizzes (4 @ 3% each)12.0%
 Assignment ~110.0%
 Assignment ~210.0%
 Assignment ~310.0%
 Assignment ~410.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
Note: All tests and assignments will be conducted online. Further details will be provided within the online course.

Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Transcription/Vocabulary Tests - 4 @ 20%80.0%
 5 Minute Speed Tests - 1 @ 20%20.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
To encourage behaviours that will help students to be successful in the workplace and to ensure that students receive credit for their individual work, the following rules apply to every course offered within the Faculty of Continuing and Professional Studies. 1. Students are responsible for staying abreast of test dates and times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for submitting assignments and projects as supplied to the class by the professor. 2. Students must write all tests at the specified date and time. Missed tests, in-class/online activities, assignments and presentations are awarded a mark of zero. If an extension or make-up opportunity is approved by the professor as outlined below, the mark of zero may be revised by subsequent performance. The penalty for late submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up to five business days (excluding weekends and statutory holidays), after which, a grade of zero is assigned. Business days include any day that the college is open for business, whether the student has scheduled classes that day or not. 3. Students who miss a test or in-class/online activity or assignment or fail to submit an assignment on time due to exceptional circumstances are required to notify their professor in advance of the class whenever possible. A make-up test may be supplied for students who provide an acceptable explanation of their absence and/or acceptable documentation explaining their absence (e.g., a medical certificate). All make-up tests are to be written at a time and place specified by the professor upon the student┐s return. Alternately, students may be given an opportunity to earn the associated marks by having a subsequent test count for the additional marks. Exceptional circumstances may result in a modification of due dates for assignments. 4. Unless otherwise specified, assignments and projects must be submitted at the date and time specified by the instructor. 5. Students must complete every assignment as an individual effort, unless the professor specifies otherwise. 6. Since there may be instances of grade appeal or questions regarding the timely completion of assignments and/or extent of individual effort, etc., students are strongly advised to keep, and make available to their professor, if requested, a copy of all assignments and working notes until the course grade has been finalized. 7. There will be no resubmission of work unless this has been previously agreed to or suggested by the professor. 8. Students must submit all assignments in courses with practical lab and field components in order to pass the course.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar

  • Not Eligible for PLAR

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Print Instruction Mode Professor Applicable Student Group(s)
In-Class Multiple Professors Continuing Education: Office Administration - Medical - 12 Week course
In-Class Multiple Professors IN-CLASS TOPICAL Continuing Education: Office Administration - Medical - 14 Week course
Online Multiple Professors ONLINE Continuing Education Students

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