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HIMT 1301 (formerly HIT 1011) Syllabus

Course Syllabus

HIMT 1301 (formerly HIT 1011) - Introduction to Health Information Management

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course is designed to introduce students to the principles of health information technology.  The development, content and management of the medical record will be explored as well as a basic overview of the healthcare delivery system.  Emphasis is placed on hospital and medical staff organization; patient record content; procedures in filing, numbering, and retention of patient records; quantitative analysis; release of patient information; forms control and design; indexes and registers; regulatory and accrediting agencies; and the transition to an electronic health record. 

Course Outcomes:

After conclusion of this course, the student will be able to :

  • Discuss the development of the health information management profession
  • Describe the functions and various uses of the health record
  • Describe medical record storage, control and retention
  • Recognize the documentation requirements of accreditation organizations and state and federal government agencies
  • Describe the purpose, development, and maintenance of registries and indexes such as the master patient index, disease index and operation index
  • Distinguish between primary and secondary data and between patient-identifiable and aggregate data
  • Discuss the basic organization of the various types of hospitals and healthcare organizations
  • Verify timeliness, completeness, accuracy, and appropriateness of data and data sources for patient care, management, billing reports, registries and databases 
  •  Describe confidentiality laws, HIPAA privacy standards, retention guidelines, and identify methods to maintain record storage
  •   Differentiate ethical conduct and professional behavior after studying AHIMA's Code of Ethics
  • Explain their knowledge of the medical record, its uses, content and requirements and structure.
  • Explain their knowledge of Electronic Health records, its formats, strengths and weaknesses, and functioning
  • Compare and contrast numbering and filing systems used in health information departments
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Pre- and co-requisites should be defined by individual institutions and must be courses from General Education Requirements - Core and Major Field Core Courses. *Certificate programs may have alternative requirements. This course is open to any student.

Course Topics:

Modules One through Nine in the Course Content page.

AHIMA Related Domains:

  • I. A. 1.  Collect and maintain health data (such as data elements, data sets and databases).
  • I. A. 3.  Apply policies and procedures to ensure the accuracy of health data.
  • I. A. 5. Verify timeliness, completeness, accuracy, and appropriateness of data and data sources for patient care, management, billing report, registries, and/or databases. 
  • I. B. 1. Monitor and apply organization-wide health record documentation guidelines. 
  • I. B. 2. Apply policies and procedures to ensure organizational compliance with regulations and standards.
  • I. B. 3. Report compliance findings according to organizational policy.
  • I. B. 4. Maintain the accuracy and completeness of the patient record as defined by organizational policy and external regulations and standards.
  • I. B. 5. Assist in preparing the organization for accreditation, licensing, and/or certification surveys.
  • II. A.1. Abstract and maintain data for clinical indices/databases/registries.
  • III.A.2. Apply current laws, accreditation, licensure, and certification standards related to health information initiatives from the national, state, local and facility levels.
  • III.A.3. Differentiate the roles of various providers and disciplines throughout the continuum of healthcare and respond to their information needs.
Specific Course Requirements:

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:


Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

Testing will be online through the course management system in the Assessment (Quizzes) Section.

Grading Procedures:


Assignment Name

Number of AssignmentsPoints

Module Quizzes

8 Quizzes / Assessments




3 Exams 



4 @ 25 pts. ea



12 discussions @ 5 pts. ea


Final Exam

1 Final Exam @ 100 pts. ea


Total Points

Grading Scale:

85-92%  ---B
76-84%   --C
70-75%  ---D

*HIT degree students must receive a "C" or better  in this course to be accepted into the HIT Degree program.

Assignments and Projects:

4 course assignments are assigned with due dates.  Please see the specific guidelines for each assignment in the Assignments Topic.  Due dates are posted in the course schedule.

Class Participation:

Participation in Discussion Board topics is required.  The instructor encourages communication on course-based topics through the discussion board.  Communication with the instructor via the course management system is also encouraged.  Students are expected to access the course at least several times per week.

Late Policy:

Attendance is verified by the meeting of scheduled due dates for testing and assignments.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on April 28, 2017