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HIMT 2307 (formerly HIT 2140) Syllabus

Course Syllabus

HIMT 2307 (formerly HIT 2140) - Professional Practice Experience I

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

Students will meet objectives through assignment to a healthcare facility or through the use of virtual simulation projects. This course places emphasis on providing opportunities that relate classroom theory to actual functions of health information. These include:

  • assembly and record analysis
  • medicolegal procedures
  • information retention
  • filing and retrieval
  • the use of technology
Course Outcomes:

This course is designed to:

  • Integrate classroom learning with field experience
  • Enable the student to gain hands-on experience (either on-site or in a simulated environment) through the completion of Health Information Management Technology activities
  • Provide exposure to advanced skills and knowledge
  • Develop foundation workplace competencies
  • Provide exposure to job opportunities and potentials
  • Clarify and confirm career goals 
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Admission to the HIMT program; and HIMT 1301 and HIMT 1303

Course Topics:
  • Role and environment of the health information manager in the health care setting
  • Data Management
  • Content and format of the record
  • Release of information
  • Statistical reports and calculations
  • Classification Systems
  • Professional Development
  • Electronic Health Record 
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:

Health Information Management Technology: by Johns * 

3rd edition, 2009
Publisher: AHIMA
ISBN: 1-58426-141-2

* Students should have this text from previous HIT coursework. 


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 no tests.

Grading Procedures:

This course will be graded utilizing a point system. Each student will receive an assessment guide showing how they will be assessed for their individual PPE I experience based on whether they will have an onsite clinical or a hybrid clinical. The Instructions for the Onsite Clinical Handbook and the Clinical Simulations Guidelines will explain the different types of assignments that may be required. 

Grading Scale:
Fbelow 70%

** A grade of "C" or better must be earned in this course to progress in the HIT program. 

Assignments and Projects:

Students may be assigned on-site clinical activities by their clinical supervisor. Students may also have clinical simulation assignments. Each student will receive a plan of study for this course detailing their clinical and/or simulation assignments. All students will complete a clinical portfolio to be submitted at the end of the semester. Please see specific instructions for completion of the portfolio in the Content Module. Students must adhere to all guidelines and due dates for assignments. 

Class Participation:

Students are expected to communicate with the instructor as a learning resource, students must check the course frequently for announcements, and students must actively participate in threaded discussion events and respond to emails as needed. 

Late Policy:

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 May 8, 2017