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HIMT 1401 (formerly HIT 1120) Syllabus

Course Syllabus

HIMT 1401 (formerly HIT 1120) - Fundamentals of Disease Processes

4 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to disease processes in the human body with emphasis on the etiology, signs, symptoms, diagnostic aids and findings, and treatment, including medications.

Course Outcomes:


Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Determine disease processes according to predisposing factors, pathology, and etiology.
  • Determine diagnostic, therapeutic procedures, and medications for the disease process
    they indicate.
  • Determine for each major condition discussed under each organ system the following: 
  • Normal structure and function
  • Pathogenesis and etiology
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Common diagnostic tests
  • General treatment
  • Outcomes of diseases
  • Identify drug classification with mechanism of actions, main therapeutic effects and potential adverse reactions
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

BIOL 2010. Open to any student. 

Course Topics:
  • Introduction to Pharmacology
  • Disease Process Integrative Medicine & Complementary Therapies
  • Pain & Its Management; Analgesic Drugs
  • Infectious & Communicable Diseases; Anti-Infective Drugs, Vaccines
  • Cancer; Chemotherapy Drugs
  • Congenital Diseases & Disorders
  • Mental Health Diseases & Disorders; Psychiatric Drugs
  • Skin Diseases & Disorders; Dermatologic Drugs
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases & Disorders; Musculoskeletal Drugs
  • Nervous System Diseases and Disorders; Neurologic Drugs
  • Endocrine System Diseases & Disorders; Endocrine Drugs
  • Cardiovascular & Lymphatic System Diseases & Disorders; Cardiovascular Drugs & Hematologic Drugs
  • Respiratory System Diseases & Disorders; Respiratory Drugs
  • Digestive System Diseases & Disorders; Gastrointestinal Drugs
  • Urinary System Diseases & Disorders; Urinary Drugs
  • Reproductive System Diseases & Disorders; Gynecologic & Obstetric Drugs
  • Eye & Ear Diseases & Disorders; Ophthalmic Drugs & Ear, Nose & Throat Drugs
  • Anesthetic Drugs
  • Emergency Drugs, Intravenous (IV) fluids, & Blood Products
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:

A medical dictionary would be helpful but is not required. (Dorland's, Mosby's, Stedman's)
Free Online Medical Dictionary  (New Window)

Medline Plus Medical Dictionary and Drugs & Supplements (New Window)

Dictionary Boss Free Download (New Window)

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:

There are 14 module tests consisting of 50 matching and multiple choice questions. There is a mid-term and final exam. The midterm exam is not proctored.  The final exam is proctored.

Grading Procedures:
  1. Test and exams are automatically graded by the computer. If you have a question concerning the answer to a question, please contact the instructor for clarification.
  2. The instructor will grade the discussion questions based on:
  • content
  • spelling
  • grammar
Grading Scale:
Point RangeAssigned Grade
1800 - 1665 PointsA
1664 - 1521 PointsB
1520 - 1377 PointsC
1376 - 1251 PointsD
under 1250 PointsF

To succeed, you must READ!


Assignments and Projects:

Detail any specific descriptions that need to be provided to the students regarding their graded assignment or projects...

See Calendar and or CHECKLIST for DUE DATES

Introductory Assignments

To be completed within 48 hours of the first day of the semester

  • Assignment #1: Read the course syllabus and take the syllabus quiz. 
  • Assignment #2: Email the instructor

    Log on to Course Management System (CMS) and this class: send the instructor an email using the email provided within the course. In the email please include:

    1. name
    2. address
    3. phone number
    4. alternate (home/other) email address
    5. Do you have the textbook?  If not, when will you get it?

This assignment will let the instructor know that the student can log on, that the student has accessed the course, the student knows how to use e-mail, and whether or not the student has a textbook.  If your address or phone number changes during the semester, please let the instructor know.

  • Assignment #3 - Discussion Board 

The Discussion area allows for threaded discussions between all participants in the class.

  • a. Your third assignment is to use the Discussion Board and Introduce Yourself to the class.
  • b. Click on the discussion Forum Coffee Shop - thread topic - Introduce yourself - Then Compose Message and Introduce Yourself to the class members.
  • c. Read other students' introductions and respond to at least two other students. 

        Module 1 Assignment:

  • Read Pharmacology Chapters 1, 2, 3, & 4
  • Review all the Reading & Study Materials for Module 1
  • Post on the Discussion board for Module 1
  • Take the test for Module 1

        Module 2 Assignment:

  • Read Pharmacology Chapters 5 & 6
  • Read Diseases Chapters 1 & 2
  • Review all the Reading & Study Materials for Module 2
  • No Discussion board for Module 2
  • Take the test for Module 2

         Module 3 Assignment:

  • Read Pharmacology Chapters 20, 21, & 23
  • Read Diseases Chapters 3 & 4
  • Review all the Reading & Study Materials for Module 3
  • Post on the Discussion board for Module 3
  • Take the test for Module 3

         Module 4 Assignment:

  • Read Pharmacology Chapter 22
  • Read Diseases Chapters 5 & 6
  • Review all the Reading & Study Materials for Module 4
  • Post on the Discussion board for Module 4
  • Take the test for Module 4

          Module 5 Assignment:

  • Read Pharmacology Chapters 16 & 17
  • Read Diseases Chapters 7 & 8
  • Review all the Reading & Study Materials for Module 5
  • Post on the Discussion board for Module 5 (Choose one of the topics)
  • Take the test for Module 5

        Module 6 Assignment:

  • Read Pharmacology Chapters 9 & 15
  • Read Diseases Chapters 9 & 10
  • Review all the Reading & Study Materials for Module 5
  • Post on the Discussion board for Module 5
  • Take the test for Module 5

               Mid-Term Exam

  • Take the Mid-Term Exam
  • Diseases Chapters 1 through 10
  • Pharmacology Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 20, 21, 23, 22, 16, 17, 9, & 15

Module 7 Assignment:

  • Read Pharmacology Chapter 14
  • Read Diseases Chapter 11
  • Review all the Reading & Study Materials for Module 7
  • Post on the Discussion board for Module 7
  • Take the test for Module 7

Module 8 Assignment:

  • Read Pharmacology Chapters 11 & 12
  • Read Diseases Chapter 12
  • Review all the Reading & Study Materials for Module 8
  • Post on the Discussion board for Module 8
  • Take the test for Module 8

Module 9 Assignment:

  • Read Pharmacology Chapter 10
  • Read Diseases Chapter 13
  • Review all the Reading & Study Materials for Module 9
  • Post on the Discussion board for Module 9
  • Take the test for Module 9

Module 10 Assignment:

  • Read Pharmacology Chapter 8
  • Read Diseases Chapter 14
  • Review all the Reading & Study Materials for Module 10
  • Post on the Discussion board for Module 10
  • Take the test for Module 10

Module 11 Assignment:

  • Read Pharmacology Chapter 7
  • Read Diseases Chapter 7
  • Review all the Reading & Study Materials for Module 11
  • Post on the Discussion board for Module 11
  • Take the test for Module 11

Module 12 Assignment:

  • Read Pharmacology Chapter 13
  • Read Diseases Chapter 16
  • Review all the Reading & Study Materials for Module 12
  • No Discussion board for Module 12
  • Take the test for Module 12

Module 13 Assignment:

  • Read Pharmacology Chapters 18 & 19
  • Read Diseases Chapter 17
  • Review all the Reading & Study Materials for Module 13
  • No Discussion board for Module 13
  • Take the test for Module 13

Module 14 Assignment:

  • Read Pharmacology Chapters 24 & 25
  • Review all the Reading & Study Materials for Module 14
  • No Discussion board for Module 14
  • Take the test for Module 14

Disease Paper or Medical Family Tree

The disease paper must be a minimum of 3 full pages, double spaced and size 12 font.  You must also have a cover page and a bibliography page--which do not count toward the 3 pages of the actual disease report.  The paper is to be your own words.  Do not copy and paste, as this will result in a 0 for the project.

Final Exam

  • Take the final exam
  • Pharmacology chapters 14, 11, 12, 10, 8, 7, 13, 18, 19, 24, 25
  • Diseases Chapters 11 through 17

As the semester progresses, you may use the Discussion area to post questions regarding assignments or chat with other students. If the instructor is not available, another student might be able to assist in answering questions. It provides a method for meeting other students in the class.

The instructor may post announcements in the discussion thread topic from the instructor.  The Discussion area is also used for discussion questions for the course.

Graded Items

10  Discussions, @ 10 points each100 Subtotal Points
14 of Quizzes, @ 100 points each1400 Subtotal Points
1 of Papers, project @ 100 points each100 Subtotal Points
2 of Exams, @ 100 points each100 points
Total Points1700 Total Course Points
Class Participation:

Class participation includes postings on the discussion board, completing tests and exams by the due, completing the project by the due date, and communicating your situations, concerns, etc. with the instructor before they become problems.

Late Policy:

All assignments must be completed before or by the due date.  If you cannot complete an assignment by the due date for any reason, you must let the instructor know. The instructor will make the determination if the assignment can be made up.

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 23, 2018