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HIMT 2309 (formerly HIT 2121) Syllabus

Course Syllabus

HIMT 2309 (formerly HIT 2121) - Data Analysis and Statistics

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course includes basic research principles along with purpose of Institutional Review Board and its role in research.

This course provides instruction on:

  • health data collection
  • commonly-used healthcare statistical computations and interpretation
  • presentation and reporting of data
  • indices
  • databases and registries
  • statistics computed for daily operations of the health information management department
Course Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Define statistics and identify how they are used in healthcare and why they are important for administrative, financial, performance improvement and quality management purposes
  • Define and calculate rates, ratios, proportions and percentages
  • Define and calculate averages, mean, median, mode, range, frequency distribution and standard deviation
  • Abstract data from patient records for collection and statistical computations
  • Calculate patient census, percentage of occupancy, length of stay, death rates, autopsy rates, morbidity, infection rates, C-section rates, consultation rates and other miscellaneous rates
  • Develop a formula to calculate a percentage for any given situation by understanding how to apply the basic ratio/rate formula
  • Calculate HIM department statistics such as unit cost, productivity rates, staffing levels, and case-mix index reports
  • Create tables and graphs from abstracted statistical data by using the correct display method for category of data, interpret the data and create a Power Point presentation
  • Define and review data for cancer registries, trauma registries, and other healthcare registries. 
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Admission to the HIT program or permission from the instructor. Successful completion of learning competencies. INFS 1010, HIMT 1300, HIMT 1301, BIOL 2010.

Course Topics:

Course modules must be completed in a linear fashion with one module building on the next. 

  • Introduction to statistics 
  • Basic math review for rates, ratios, percentages, proportion and rounding
  • Patient census to include inpatient census, daily inpatient census, inpatient service days and discharge days
  • Percentage of occupancy, bed occupancy, and bed turnover rate
  • Length of stay, average length of stay, total length of stay
  • Death rates to include gross and net, postoperative death rates, anesthesia, maternal, fetal, infant, and cancer death rates
  • Autopsy rates to include the different hospital autopsy rates and coroner’s cases for autopsy
  • Nosocomial and postoperative infection rates, C-section rates, consultation rates and other miscellaneous rates
  • Statistics calculated in the HIM department to include productivity, staffing, unit cost, case-mix index and other departmental rates
  • Measures of central tendency to include mean, median, mode, range, variance and standard deviation
  • Categories of data and data display techniques such as bar, pie, line graphs; histograms, frequency polygons, pictograms, and scatter diagrams
  • Basic research principles, steps in research process, various data collection techniques, types of samples,
  • Institutional Review Board purpose and role
  • Required reporting for vital statistics and registries such as Cancer Registry, head and spinal cord/traumatic head injury registry and other miscellaneous health care registries

HIM Associate Degree Entry Level Competencies: Domains, Subdomains, and Tasks

II. Domain: Health Statistics, Biomedical Research, and Quality Management

A. Subdomain: Healthcare Statistics and Research

  1. Abstract and maintain data for clinical indices/databases/registries.
  2. Collect, organize, and present data for quality management, utilization management, risk management, and other related studies.
  3. Compute and interpret healthcare statistics.
  4. Apply Institutional Review Board (IRB) processes and policies.
  5. Use specialized databases to meet specific organization needs such as medical research and disease registries. 
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:

All course exams/quizzes are submitted online. 

Grading Procedures:

This course will be graded utilizing a point system. Exams will contribute to the final course grade, while learning activities will assist the student with content mastery. Students will have opportunities for discussion of content with students and faculty via discussion forums.

  • A sequenced list of homework assignment and due dates will be posted in the class schedule.
  • Attendance/participation points will be granted if you are online completing your assignments and taking quizzes/tests as scheduled.
  • When taking a test, it is your responsibility as a student to remember to click “save” for each question when taking a quiz or test. If you do not save each answer, the test will not be reset for you. Your score will be based upon the answers submitted.
  • A list of projects and due dates will be posted in the class schedule.
  • Calculation editor within course management software will be utilized in tests, homework, emails and any discussion postings. 
    Tests x 2 @ 50 points each100
    Final Exam (Comprehensive)100


Grading Scale:
100-93%1000-930 pointsA
92-85%929-850 pointsB
84-77%849-770 pointsC
76-70%769-700 pointsD
69% and below699 points or lessF
Assignments and Projects:
 Orientation Assignment/Review Syllabus and Class Schedule

Statistical Terminology and Health Care Data

Module 1 Quiz


Health Care Overview and Patient Data Collection

Module 2 Quiz 


Mathematical Review

Module 3 Quiz

Project 1 



Module 4 Quiz

Project 2 


Percentage of Occupancy

Module 5 Quiz 


Length of Stay/Discharge Days

Module 6 Quiz

Project 3 


Hospital Mortality Rates

Module 7 Quiz

Unit 1 Test 


Obstetrical Related Rates

Module 8 Quiz 


Autopsy Rates

Module 9 Quiz

Project 4 


Miscellaneous Rates

Module 10 Quiz 


Vital Statistics Data/Rates

Module 11 Quiz 

12 & 13

Frequency Distribution/ Measures of Central Tendency and Variation

Module 12 Quiz

Module 13 Quiz

Project 5 


Data Presentation

Module 14 Quiz

Unit 2 Test 


Final Exam 

Class Participation:

Students must communicate with other students in the discussion board and must actively participate in threaded discussion. Students are expected to communicate with the instructor as a learning resource. Students must check course announcements and updates frequently. 

Late Policy:

Attending class and being punctual in an online environment should be treated with the same importance as in a face-to-face class. 

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