HITS-110: Health Data Content and Structure

HITS-110: Health Data Content and Structure

Course Description, Textbook Requirements, and Learning Outcomes

Course Description: This course introduces systems and processes for collecting, maintaining, and disseminating primary and secondary health-related information. The focus is on the content of health records, documentation requirements, registries, indices, licensing, regulatory agencies, and more.

Course Text: Essentials of Health Information Management: Principles and Practice Third Edition
The book can be ordered in print or eVersion at the Champlain College Bookstore (Links to an external site.) or at this link:

Essentials of Health Information Management: Principles and Practice  (Links to an external site.)

Student Centered Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course you will have enough information to help you:

  1. Describe the health record in terms of its purpose, ownership, uses, and value in the healthcare environment.
  2. Differentiate between primary and secondary records.
  3. Identify and demonstrate how data and information is maintained in the healthcare industry.
  4. Identify operational functions of a health information department.
  5. Describe the purpose, organization, and regulatory requirements of indices and registries maintained by healthcare facilities.
  6. Value the role and responsibility of the health information professional in data collection, storage, retrieval, and maintaining of data integrity.
  7. Recognize the importance of data quality and evaluate quality of data.
  8. Identify the major minimum healthcare data sets, their scope, and special features.
  9. Identify and apply accreditation and licensing standards in maintaining patient and healthcare data.
  10. Understand industry trends and evaluate new uses of heath data.
Methods of Assessment
Your final grade will be determined based on:
Graded ElementsDescriptionPoints/Percentage Value
Forum Discussions1 original post per forum discussion30%
ParticipationMinimum of 2 substantive responses per forum discussion10%
Weekly AssignmentsWritten assignments for week: 1, 2, 4, 5, 630%
Final PresentationFinal Paper and Presentation30%
Extra Credit – Course Evaluations2%
Description of Methods of Assessment

* Course Discussion and Participation*

Attendance is measured through your presence and participation in all aspects of the class. Your participation is extremely important to the learning experience for both you and your classmates.

You will have weekly forum discussions. In order to receive credit for Participation, students need to be active and engaged in the discussions each week. It is expected that each week students contribute substantively with at least one original post and respond to the posts of at least two other students. A successful discussion includes the following features. The student will:

  • Demonstrate relevance to readings and class discussions
  • Demonstrate an understanding of course content
  • Offer insightful comments or questions that build on comments from peers
  • Use professional language
  • Use proper grammar and punctuation
  • Post often throughout the week period
  • Respond to all questions
  • Cite relevant resources (readings, module content, and personal experience) with appropriate detail
Discussion Rubric
CriteriaDescription Max. Points
FrequencyDistributes participation across 3-4 days throughout the week creating a dialogue. 20
Initial Discussion PostingPosts well developed, timely discussions that fully address and develop all aspects of the task. 20
Follow-up PostingsDemonstrates timely analysis of others’ posts; extends meaningful discussion by building on previous posts. 20
Content ContributionsPosts factually correct, reflective and substantive contributions; advances discussion. 20
Reference & SupportUses references to literature, readings, or personal experience to support comments. 20
Total Points: 100

PLEASE NOTE:  Several discussions have been defined such that you need to make your own posting before you can see posts that have been made by any other classmate. This is an effort to encourage original, researched, thought-out postings uninfluenced by anyone else’s writings.

Assignment Evaluation

Assignments will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Completeness – Addresses each step/element required by assignment with no obvious omissions
  • Timeliness – Completed within specified time frame
  • Originality – The work is not plagiarized and does not violate copyrights held by other entities
  • Critical Thinking – Contains substantive original analysis and interpretation. Uses inductive and/or deductive reasoning to reach conclusions and construct big-picture meaning
  • Application – Applies course content, required readings, independent research, and original thought into assignment as appropriate
  • Credibility – Opinions, assertions, and conclusions are well supported with relevant (cited) factual information
  • Treatment – Approach, voice, vocabulary, terminology, level of detail, and formality of the assignment are engaging, effective, and appropriate
  • Clarity – Composition is structured logically, focused, well organized, and flows well. Conveys ideas clearly and concisely
  • Language – Assignment consistently employs conventional English spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, and paragraph construction

Late Policy

Discussions: At the start of each week, new discussions will be opened and past discussions will be locked. So, points lost from prior weeks cannot be made-up.

Assignments: Assignments are expected to be turned in on time. Late assignments will receive a 10% deduction. Late assignments greater than 2 weeks will not be accepted.

Course Withdrawal Policy

Course Withdrawal Voluntary

It is the student’s responsibility to officially withdraw from a course. Potential consequences of a student’s failure to do so include a failing grade, reduction in financial aid, and/or academic dismissal from the College.

Course Withdrawal Involuntary

A student may only be involuntarily withdrawn by the instructor due to a student’s violations of the standard of conduct or for disciplinary problems. In other words, an instructor may not involuntarily withdraw a student for poor academic performance or excessive absences. This policy places the responsibility of course withdraw on the student rather than on the faculty. Any questions about this policy can be directed to the Advising & Registration Center (ARC) at arc@champlain.edu or +1 802-860-2777.

Course summary: