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Medical Terminology in Russian

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:5.00
Study Course Accepted:01.06.2020
Study Course Information
Course Code:VC_006LQF level:All Levels
Credit Points:2.00ECTS:3.00
Branch of Science:LinguisticsTarget Audience:Medicine
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Ludmila Jermakoviča
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Language Centre
The Head of Structural Unit:Dace Žibala
Contacts:Riga, 16 Dzirciema Street, valodasatrsu[pnkts]lv, +371 67061586
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - Semester No.1
Lectures (count)0Lecture Length (academic hours)0Total Contact Hours of Lectures0
Classes (count)16Class Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Classes32
Total Contact Hours32
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
Basic knowledge of the Russian language is required (level A2 according to Common European Framework of Reference for Language Learning, Teaching and Assessment).
To improve, develop and streamline students’ knowledge of Russian for communication, academic and professional purposes and to facilitate the acquisition of professional medical terminology for productive use.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1My studies at the RSU. Studying medicine in Latvia – duration, study content, study subjects, residency. Overview of stressed and unstressed consonants and vowels, letter combination reading, affirmation and interrogation intonation. Sentence structure, question formation. Noun gender. Overview of the plural, irregular plural.Classes1.00auditorium
2Human body parts and organs, organ systems and their functions. Correct pronunciation of anatomy terminology. Identifying noun number; comparing Russian terminology with Latin and Greek terminology. Terminology explanation, formation of phrases. Overview of noun declension. Use of the genitive for speaking of possession or parts of the whole. A reading task. Analytical reading; being able to identify essential, new, familiar, interesting information. Overview of numerals, ordinal numbers.Classes1.00auditorium
3Anamnesis. Patient`s medical record form – personal details, complaints, pain, disease onset and course; making doctor-patient dialogues, asking about the onset and course of disease. The perfective and imperfective aspects of the verbs.Classes1.00auditorium
4Healthy lifestyle; pernicious habits. Being able to give recommendations on healthy lifestyle, to warn of the adverse effect of pernicious habits. Overview of adjective declension. Overview of verb conjugation in the present tense. The imperative mood.Classes1.00auditorium
5The cardiovascular system, its organs and functions; being able to describe the pulmonary and systemic circuits. Stenocardia, its symptoms, patient's complaints, the course of the disease. Being able to take anamnesis, describe chest pain. Noun accusative case with and without prepositions.Classes2.00auditorium
6The respiratory system, its organs and functions. Being able to describe the process of breathing. Bronchitis, its symptoms, patient's complaints, the course of the disease; being able to take anamnesis. Conversation with a patient. Overview of reflexive verbs.Classes2.00auditorium
7The digestive system, its organs and functions; being able to describe the process of digestion. Gastritis, its symptoms, patient's complaints, the course of the disease; being able to take anamnesis. Conversation with a patient. Healthy nutrition; being able to give recommendations on healthy nutrition. Noun locative case.Classes2.00auditorium
8Liver diseases. Hepatitis, its symptoms, patient's complaints, the course of the disease, prevention. Being able to take anamnesis, to give recommendations. Conversation with a patient. Overview of compound sentences, that-clauses.Classes1.00auditorium
9The urinary system, its organs and functions. Nephritis, its symptoms, patient's complaints, the course of the disease. Being able to take anamnesis, to give recommendations. Formation of participles.Classes1.00auditorium
10Hospital, its departments; medical specialties. Methods of investigation; being able to describe major investigation methods. Noun instrumental case.Classes2.00auditorium
11Medication; annotation of medication, instruction for use, medication types. Knowledge of abbreviations, being able to give instructions on medication use and dosage. Modality of obligation.Classes1.00auditorium
Unaided Work:
Home assignments to acquire medicine vocabulary; compiling their own terminological glossary; presentation preparation and delivery in the field of profession.
Assessment Criteria:
Regular attendance of classes is compulsory (20%); Tests, group work and presentation (30%); Examination (50%).
Final Examination (Full-Time):Exam (Written)
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:On successful completion of the course students will be able to: • recognise familiar medical terminology in different types of text; • to provide either Russian explanation or Latvian translation of the terms; • to read a text related to medicine, find and highlight key words, the main idea, the necessary information in the text; • to name the parts of the body, the main organs and systems; describe deseases and their major symptoms; • to describe patient condition, course of the illness; • to recognise linguistic structures characteristic to scientific and popular science sources (noun formation, cases, agreement with adjectives; grammatical system of the verb in the active voice, the imperative; the subjunctive mood, participle and the infinitive, etc.).
Skills:After successful course complition students will be able to: • use appropriate medical terminology to interact with patients/clients and colleagues; • select medical terminology and make their own termininological glossary; • speak about the hospital, departments, medical staff, patient care, basic investigations; • find information related to anamnesis, complaints and character of pain, give advice, instructions and reassure the patient.
Competencies:Students will be able to deliver information about themselves, their studies; to perceive and deliver the necessary information related to patient condition; to express own opinion and put forward arguments on general medical issues; to form questions and ask them to a patient.
Required Reading
1А.А. Марцелли Латинский язык и основы медицинской терминологии; Ростов-на-Дону, 2011
Additional Reading
1Большой толковый медицинский словарь, 1 -2 том, Москва, 2001
2Krievu-latviešu vārdnīca ar skaidrojumiem un piemēriem; Zvaigzne ABC 2005
3M.Krasnais, V.Pužule, G.Silakalne Грамматика легко и просто Krievu valodas gramatikas rokasgrāmata; Zvaigzne ABC 2014
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