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HIMT 1305 (formerly HIT 1140) Syllabus

Course Syllabus

HIMT 1305 (formerly HIT 1140) - Computer Applications in Health Information Systems

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

The student will use several different software applications related to health records including spreadsheets, database applications, electronic health records, chart deficiencies, master patient index, chart locator, abstracting, and release of information software.

This course provides instruction on:

  • health data structure
  • content and standards
  • information and communication technologies
  • uses of hardware, software, spreadsheets
  • databases
  • networks
  • electronic health records
  • personal health records
  • data storage and retrieval
  • data security
  • selection and implementation of healthcare information systems
Course Outcomes:

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

  • Collect and maintain health data by use of different health information systems, such as databases, documentation and record management software to include master patient index, chart locator, chart analysis, and documentation
  • Ensure data accuracy and integrity by utilization of appropriate policies and procedures
  • Understand and apply clinical vocabularies for health information systems
  • Verify and validate timeliness, accuracy and completeness of data
  • Interpret HIPAA regulations regarding security of personal health information
  • Utilize word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, and communication software by completion of various projects and assignments
  • Define networks and be able to differentiate between LANs and WANs
  • Generate reports in various health information software applications
  • Understand and utilize imaging technology for health information
  • Retrieve information in various health information software applications
  • Understand contingency planning and data recovery for health information systems
  • Categorize common hardware/software problems and determine ways to manage problem situations
  • Describe an effective, systematic approach for selecting a healthcare information system
  • Distinguish between administrative and clinical decision support systems
  • Apply policies and procedures for confidentiality and security of information systems 
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Admission to HIMT program at CAHIIM accredited home school ; BIOL 2010, HIMT 1300, HIMT 1301, INFS 1010.

Course Topics:

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

  • Information technology including hardware, software, characteristics of systems
  • Spreadsheets and presentations
  • Databases
  • Administrative Decision Making Support Systems
  • Clinical Decision Making Support Systems 
  • Healthcare Information Systems and Departments
  • Strategic Planning and Implementation of Healthcare Information Systems
  • Networks
  • Life Cycle of Healthcare Information Systems to include budgeting, proposals, and project management
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Human factors in Healthcare Information Systems
  • Communication Technology
  • Imaging Technology
  • Standards for Electronic Health Records
  • Protection and security of healthcare information and systems 


  • I. Domain: Health Data Management 

    A. Subdomain: Health Data Structure, Content and Standards 

    1. Collect and maintain health data (such as data elements, data sets, and databases). 

    2. Conduct analysis to ensure documentation in the health record supports the diagnosis and reflects the patient’s progress, clinical findings, and discharge status. 

    3. Apply policies and procedures to ensure the accuracy of health data. 

    4. Contribute to the definitions for and apply clinical vocabularies and terminologies used in the organization’s health information systems. 

    5. Verify timeliness, completeness, accuracy, and appropriateness of data and sources for patient care, management, billing reports, registries, and/or databases. 

    III. Domain: Health Services Organization and Delivery 

    B. Subdomain: Healthcare Privacy, Confidentiality, Legal, and Ethical Issues 

    2. Apply policies and procedures for access and disclosure of personal health information. 

    4. Maintain user access logs/systems to track access to and disclosure of identifiable patient data. 

    IV. Domain: Information Technology & Systems 

    A. Subdomain: Information and Communication Technologies 

    1. Use technology, including hardware and software, to ensure data collection, storage, analysis, and reporting of information. 

    2. Use common software applications such as spreadsheets, databases, word processing, graphics, presentation, e-mail, and so on in the execution of work processes. 

    3. Use specialized software in the completion of HIM processes such as record tracking, release of information, coding, grouping, registries, billing, quality improvement, and imaging. 

    4. Apply policies and procedures to the use of networks, including intranet and Internet applications to facilitate the electronic health record (EHR), personal health record (PHR), public health, and other administrative applications. 

    B. Subdomain: Data, Information, and File Structures 

    1. Apply knowledge of database architecture and design (such as data dictionary, data modeling, data warehousing) to meet departmental needs. 

    C. Subdomain: Data, Storage and Retrieval 

    1. Use appropriate electronic or imaging technology for data/record storage. 

    2. Query and generate reports to facilitate information retrieval. 

    3. Design and generate reports using appropriate software. 

    4. Maintain archival and retrieval systems for patient information stored in multiple formats. 

    5. Coordinate, use, and maintain systems for document imaging and storage. 

    D. Subdomain: Data Security 

    1. Apply confidentiality and security measures to protect electronic health information. 

    2. Protect data integrity and validity using software or hardware technology. 

    3. Apply departmental and organizational data and information system security policies. 

    4. Use and summarize data and compiled from audit trail and data quality monitoring programs. 

    5. Contribute to the design and implementation of risk management, contingency planning, and data recovery procedures. 

    E. Subdomain: Healthcare Information Systems 

    1. Participate in the planning, design, selection, implementation, integration, testing, evaluation, and support for organization-wide information systems. 

    2. Use the principles of ergonomics and human factors in work process design. 


Specific Course Requirements:

A description of any special course requirements, such as knowledge of specific software, and why it is necessary for successful completion of the course. 

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:

AHIMA V-Lab Access possibly required for projects. Instructions to obtain access provided in “Getting Started” Module if needed. 

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 formats.

  • A sequenced list of homework assignments and due dates will be posted in the class schedule.
  • 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.
  • Multiple software systems will be utilized in this course. 
Grading Scale:
100-93% (1116-1200 points)A
92-85% (1020-1115 points)B
84-77% (924-1019 points)C
76-70% (840-923 points)D
69% and less (839 points or less)F


Assignments and Projects:

Please see attached Weekly Class Schedule for detailed list of assignments and due dates and track your progress with the following score sheet.

HIT 1140 Computer Applications in Health Information Point Sheet

Assignment NameNumber of AssignmentsPoints
Discussions14 Topics @ 7.15 points each100
Homework Assignments - Interactive Exercises8 Assignments @ 25 points each200
Projects7 Projects @ 100 points each700
Tests2 Tests @ 50 points each100
Final ExamFinal Exam @ 100 points100
Total Points 1200

Late submissions may be allowed based upon extenuating circumstances at the discretion of the instructor and are subject to grade reduction. 

Getting Started

Orientation Assignment/Review Syllabus and Class Schedule
Begin Projects 1, 2, and 3
Introduce Yourself Discussion Posting 


Electronic Health Records an Overview Chapter
Discussion 1
Continue Projects 1, 2, and 3 


Coding Standards Chapter
Discussion 2
Projects 1, 2, and 3 Due 


Learning Medical Record Software Chapter (two weeks for Module 3)
Discussion 3 (two graded discussion postings for this module)
Assignment 1 Due
Project 4 Due 


Data Entry at the Point of Care Chapter (two weeks for Module 4)
Discussion 4 (two graded discussion postings for this module)
Assignment 2 Due
Project 5 Due 


Electronic Coding from Medical Records Chapter
Discussion 5
Assignment 3 Due 


First 50 Point Test
Mid-Course Discussion
Assignment 4 Due 


Advanced Techniques Speed Data Entry Chapter
Discussion 6
Assignment 5 Due
Project 6 Due 


Using the EHR to improve Patient Care
Discussion 7
Assignment 6 Due


Privacy and Security of Health Records Chapter
Discussion 8
Project 7 Due 


EHR and Technology Chapter (two weeks for Module 9) 
Discussion 9
Assignment 7 Due
Second 50 Point Test
Assignment 8 Due 
End of Semester Discussion

End of SemesterFinal 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 November 27, 2017