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HIMT 1303 (formerly HIT 1131) Syllabus

Course Syllabus

HIMT 1303 (formerly HIT 1131) - Basic ICD Coding I

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course is a study of diagnosis coding and classifications systems used in classification and conditions, injuries and diseases employed to organize medical information for future retrieval. The current International Classification of Diseases is emphasized including its use of the prospective payment systems. Students will learn to apply Official coding Guidelines in health record coding. Other topics include Uniform Hospital International Discharge Data Set (UHDDS), reimbursement in prospective payment systems and introduction to procedure classification systems. 

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Apply Official ICD-10-CM Guidelines to accurately code diagnoses (3) (I.A.1) I.A.3)
  • Select principal diagnosis(es) (1) (V.B.1)
  • Apply Present on Admission (POA) criteria (3) (V.B.1)
  • Identify the importance of documentation on code assignment (1) (V.D.1)
  • Explain the purpose of the Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set (UHDDS) and identify it's data elements (2) (V.B.1)
  • Discuss AHIMA's Standards of Ethical Coding (2)(VI.H.1)
  • Locate codes using the code book in the coding process (3) (III.A.1)
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

BIOL 2010

Course Topics:
  • Introduction to Coding and Coding Professions
  • Overview of ICD-10-CM, Conventions, Format & Structure
  • Steps in Diagnostic Coding and Guidelines
  • Diagnostic Coding by Body System ICD-10-CM
Specific Course Requirements:
  • Computer and Internet access
  • either a head set with microphone or speakers and some type of microphone for online tutoring an pronunciation exercises
  • a camera for your computer is helpful, but not necessary (camera may be already built in)

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, medical terminology book, disease processes (pathophysiology) textbook, and or human anatomy and physiology book.  These books will be helpful, but they are not required.

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 tests are online – Final Exam is online but is proctored 

Grading Procedures:

Letter grades for this course will be assigned based on the following scale. Students must earn a "C" or better in this course in order to progress.

The mid-term and final exams are proctored.  This means they are supervised.

Steps for Obtaining a Proctor at a TBR Site    Using ProctorU

Eighteen percent of the questions on the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam will be on coding.


Grading Scale:
Percentage EarnedAssigned Grade
100 - 93%A
92 - 85%B
84 - 77%C
76 - 70%D
69% or underF

Graded Items

15 Discussions15%
11 Module Review Quizzes25%
16 Module Tests25%
2 Exams Proctored - mid-term and final35%
Total Percentage100%


Assignments and Projects:

Students will be assigning medical codes to diagnoses in the review exercises and module tests. You will need your coding book and Official Coding Guidelines to code accurately.

Check Your Understanding Quizzes

This course has quizzes that you will use to practice your knowledge of the chapter topics. "Check Your Understanding" quizzes are not times, open perpetually, and have no attempt restrictions. Please take advantage of these quizzes to help you practice before taking the graded quizzes.

Review Quizzes

The textbook, Basic ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding provides the answers for the odd number chapter review questions. The chapter reviews provided in each module contains the even numbered questions with feedback. After you have coded all the chapter review questions, check the odd numbers with answers provided in the textbook and the even numbered questions are in the chapter reviews. 

Module Tests

Module tests requires coding of some diagnosis(es) applying the ICD-10-CM Guidelines for Coding and Reporting. There are also questions concerning the coding guidelines. 


To receive points for discussion postings they must be meaningful:

  • Post in each module
    • Ask a question about the assignment for that week/ module
    • Answer a question another student has posted.
    • this module was harder - explain why
    • this module was easier - explain why

comments will require an explanation to receive points for the posting

You will NOT receive credit for postings such as:
  • I agree

Exams are proctored.

The mid-term exam and the final exam are proctored. You will need to schedule a time to take the proctored exam at a TBR proctoring center near you. On the homepage, right side Course Resources, Student Services, Proctoring to schedule your exam.

Mid-term Exam

Questions and scenarios to be coded will come from:

Modules 1 through 6 = Chapters 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 in the textbook

Students may use the ICD-10-CM code book when taking the mid-term exam, but no other materials. The Official ICD-10-CM Guidelines for Coding and Reporting are included the ICD10-CM code book.

Study Guide - Study the exercises and reviews for each chapters 1 and 3 - 11 in the textbook. Know how to apply the Official ICD-10-CM Guidelines for Coding and Reporting.

Official Guidelines for ICD-10-CM Coding and Reporting (Appendix E)

  • Section I - A. Conventions for ICD-10-CM
    • B. General Coding Guidelines
    • C. - Chapter Specific Guidelines
  • Section II - Selection of Principal Diagnosis
  • Section III - Reporting Additional Diagnoses
  • Section IV - Diagnostic Coding and Reporting Guidelines for Outpatient Services
  • Appendix I - Present on Admission Reporting Guidelines (POA)

Final Proctored Exam

The final exam is proctored and it is comprehensive, covering all the chapters that are discussed in the course. The exam contains coding scenarios and from each chapter including the chapters on External Causes of Morbidity and Factors Influencing Health Status.

Students may use the ICD-10-CM code book when taking the exam, but no other materials. The Official ICD-10-CM Guidelines for Coding and Reporting are included the ICD10-CM code book.

Study Guide - Study the exercises and reviews for each chapter in the textbook. Know how to apply the Official ICD-10-CM Guidelines for Coding and Reporting.

Class Participation:

Post questions and responses about your assignments in the discussion board in the appropriate discussion module provided.

Late Policy:

Students are required to submit assignments on time.  If there are special circumstances such as illness or a death in the family contact your instructor. Late submission requests will be reviewed on an individual basis.

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 December 18, 2017