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HIMT 2304 (formerly HIT 2111) Syllabus

Course Syllabus

HIMT 2304 (formerly HIT 2111) - HIM Management Principles

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course is a study of supervisory and management functions. There is a  focus on planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling in healthcare organizations. Special emphasis will study managerial techniques to supervise, motivate, counsel, lead, train and communicate with staff in health information services.

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Apply the fundamentals of team leadership. (V.A.1)***
2. Participate in and work in teams and committees. (V.A.2)
3. Conduct orientation and training programs. (V.A.3)
4. Monitor and report staffing levels and productivity standards for health information functions. (V.A.4)
5. Use tools and techniques to monitor report and improve processes. (V.A.5)
6. Comply with local, state and federal labor regulations. (V.A.6)
7. Make recommendations for items to include in budgets and contracts. (V.B.1)
8. Monitor and order supplies needed for work processes. (V.B.2)
9. Monitor coding and revenue cycle processes. (V.B.3)
10. Recommend cost-saving and efficient means of achieving work processes and goals. (V.B.4)
11. Contribute to work plans, policies, procedures, and resource requisitions in relation to job functions. (V.B.5)
12. Assist in preparing the organization for accreditation, licensing, and/or certification surveys. (I.B.4)
13. Apply policies and procedures for the use of clinical data required in reimbursement and prospective payment systems (PPS) in healthcare delivery. (I.D.1)
14. Support accurate billing through coding, charge master, claims management, and bill reconciliation processes. (I.D.3)
15. Compile patient data and perform data quality reviews to validate code assignment and compliance with reporting requirements such as outpatient prospective payment systems. (I.D.5)
16. Use common software applications such as spreadsheets, databases, word processing, graphics, presentation, e-mail, and so on in the execution of work processes. (IV.A.2)
17. Use specialized software in the completion of HIM processes such as record tracking, release of information, coding, grouping, registries, billing, quality improvement, and imaging. (IV.A.3)

*** NOTE: The numbers in parentheses correspond to the competencies documented in the HIM Associate
Degree Curriculum Map that are addressed in the course. These competencies can be found in

CAHIIM’s model curriculum. 

Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Admission to HIMT program at CAHIIM accredited home school.

Course Topics:

The following knowledge clusters are documented in CAHIIM’s curriculum map for associate degree programs in Health Information Management and are topics covered in this course:

  • Roles and functions of teams and committees 
  • Teams/consensus building and committees 
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Team leadership concepts and techniques
  • Orientation and training (such as content, delivery, media) 
  • Workflow and process monitors
  • Revenue cycle monitors
  • Organizational plans and budgets (framework, levels, responsibilities, etc.)
  • Resource allocation monitors
  • Health record documentation requirements (such as accreditation, certification, licensure)
  • Compliance strategies and reporting
  • Reimbursement monitoring and reporting
  • Common software applications (such as word processing, spreadsheet, database, graphics) 
  • Health information specialty systems (such as ROI, coding, registries) 
Specific Course Requirements:

This course is designed to provide entry-level competencies for a Registered Health Information Technician to manage financial, physical, and human resources of health information services. 

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:

Practice Briefs published by the American Health Information Management Association accessible on AHIMA’s site. 

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:

Test questions will be multiple choice, matching, short answer, and/or essay. All exams will be completed online in the course management system. Two of the tests will not be proctored, but a lock-down browser and timed exams will be utilized. One of the tests will be proctored. It is the student’s responsibility to remember to click “save” for each question when taking a quiz or test because there is a possibility that the instructor will not authorize an exam or quiz to be reset.  Students are expected to complete their own tests or quizzes without the help from anyone else. Cheating is construed as attempting to deceive or mislead which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Utilizing old tests, lab reports, or projects, notes or written papers, etc. 
  • Providing information to a fellow student during an exam
  • Procuring information in an unacceptable manner during an exam such as crib-sheet, verbal exchange, looking at another person’s paper, utilizing headphones, utilizing cell phones, using instant or text messaging, or using a textbook when the quiz/test is not an open book quiz/test. 
  • Consulting with a classmate or anyone else when taking a computerized test
  • Disregarding other specific policies and procedures outlined for a particular class
Grading Procedures:
3 Unit tests 60% of Course grade (Each test worth 20% of course grade)
Test 1100 points 
Test 2100 points 
Test 3100 pointsThis is a proctored exam. Must schedule appointment.
Research Paper 25% of course grade
Paper100 points 
Participation in discussion threads 15% of course grade
Discussion 140 points 
Discussion 240 points 
Discussion 340 points 
Discussion 440 points 

 

Grading Scale:

Pay close attention to the grading scale for this course because it may be different from general education courses. Tests and assignments will be calculated for the final course grade as outlined above. Overall course grade will be computed as below according to the RODP HIT program policy: 

93-100A
85-92B
77-84C
70-76D
69 or belowF

NOTE: To fulfill degree requirements in accordance to HIT program policies, a student must complete this course with a minimum grade of “C” or above. If the student earns a grade of “D” or “F,” he/she will be required to repeat the course and be successful in order to continue in the program. 

Assignments and Projects:

A schedule of assignments including due dates may be found under the course checklist. A general overview is listed below:

Week    Assignment or Activity

  1. Course Orientation – Class Begins First Discussion posting is due

  2. LABOR DAY HOLIDAY;
    Begin Module 1 – Human Resources Management

  3. Continue Module 1

  4. Continue Module 1
    Second Discussion posting is due

  5. Test #1 is due and covers Module 1 topics;
    Begin Module 2 – Labor Relations

  6. Continue Module 2

  7. Continue Module 2
    Outline for Research Paper is due

  8. FALL BREAK Continue Module 2

  9. Test #2 is due and covers Module 2 topics;
    Begin Module 3 – Financial and Resource Management

  10. Continue Module 3
    Third Discussion posting is due

  11. Continue Module 3
    Research Paper is due

  12. Continue Module 3

    THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

  13. Continue Module 3

  14. Continue Module 3
    Fourth Discussion posting is due

  15. TEST 3 (FINAL EXAM) is due -- PROCTORED 

Class Participation:

Students must communicate with the instructor regarding any issues they have regarding the course,schedule and assignments. If a student is having difficulty with any concept being taught, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor for assistance. To be successful, the student should make regular contact with the instructor. Students must check the course discussions for discussion topics/questions.

Students should check course announcements and updates on a regular basis, at least three times per week. Students must actively participate in threaded discussion events. 

Late Policy:

Attending class and being punctual in an online environment should be treated with the same importance as a face-to-face class. The instructor expects each student to complete and submit all assignments on time and take tests by the posted deadlines. The instructor provides a range of dates when assignments and tests are due, so the instructor expects each student to anticipate emergencies and NOT wait until the last day of a deadline to begin the work for an assignment or test. Part of the value of a college education is that each student must learn time management. The instructor does not look favorably toward extending deadlines, so please plan accordingly. However, there can be some life occurrences that are true emergencies that may warrant consideration for an extension, but such occurrences should be rare rather than the norm.

Late submission of assignments may be allowed based on extenuating circumstances at the instructor’s discretion and are subject to grade reduction. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the instructor if there are legitimate circumstances interfering with the ability to complete course work on schedule. A student cannot assume that a special accommodation will be granted by the instructor. Late submission of work will not be granted if the cause of a missed deadline is due to student procrastination. 

Course Ground Rules

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

RULES OF THE TENNESSEE BOARD OF REGENTS STATE UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM OF TENNESSEE SYSTEMWIDE STUDENT RULES CHAPTER 0240-02-03 STUDENT CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS

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

Email:

  • 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

Discussions:

  • 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.

Library

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.

Disclaimer

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 May 8, 2017