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Health Information Management

Managing information throughout the health care system.

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HTH 102 - Health Information Management II: Coding & Classification of Health Data - Spring 2020

Academic Credit Value:
3 units
Course Delivery Mode:
Hours of Study:
36 hours
Course Prerequisite(s):
HTH 101
Course Anti-requisite(s):
Instructor Name:
Janet Pitts, BHA, CHIM
Course Dates:
05/11/2020 - 07/12/2020

Required Course Materials:
1. Textbook: Fundamentals Of Health Information Management – 2nd Edition, CCW reader avaiable from the Campus Store ( Chapters 1- 3, Fletcher , J 2012!CD-10-CA/CCE Classification Primer)
Optional Course Materials:
Course Description:

Improvements and increased efficiencies in the health care system depend upon the collection, coding and classification of health data. Once captured in a standard format, health data can be used to support management, planning and delivery of health services, research and education. The principles of data quality and the ICD-10-CA classification system, the current standard within Canadian hospitals and health facilities, will be examined and applied.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will:

•Identify, compare, and contrast the key components of healthcare classification, coding, and terminology systems and apply them within the Canadian context
•Demonstrate awareness of key entities who develop, maintain, and update HIM infrastructure (e.g., classification systems, coding systems, terminologies) and describe the process in which these systems are created, implemented, and updated
•Describe how healthcare data are collected, assessed, abstracted, coded, and reported, and identify the role of the HIM/HI professional throughout this process
•Summarize the pitfalls and benefits of coding and healthcare data entry.
•Assemble resources appropriate to the roles and professional development of Health
Information and Health Informatics professionals
Program Outcomes:
• Apply ethical standards and guidelines as identified by professional associations and the field of work
• Apply group and team-building strategies in order to complete course projects.
• Integrate project management principles for individual and group work activities
• Demonstrate effective communication practices (verbal and written) for course activities
Course Evaluation
Course Format:

: The final grade is calculated based on the following components:

Discussion: 10%

Quizzes (3 quizzes in total): 45% 

Briefing Paper (3 sections of this assignment):  35%

  • Group Project Plan

  • Final Briefing Paper

  • Peer & Self Evaluation

Briefing Paper Recommendation Report: 10%

Assignment Submission:
Course assignments are submitted to the appropriate A2L Assignment folder by the specified due date
Late Coursework:

Late assignments will be subject to a 2% per day late penalty (includes weekends and holidays) for up to seven (7) days. After this date, no assignments will be accepted and a grade of zero (0) will be applied.  There are no extensions for assignments due on the last day of the course. Extensions for course work must be approved by the instructor before the due date (see Academic Regulations below), and will be granted for illness or emergencies only. Students may be asked to submit supporting documentation for an extension request. 

Policy & Procedures:

Academic Regulations (Attendance, Coursework, Tests/Exams):

In accordance to McMaster University’s General Academic Regulations, it is imperative that students make every effort to meet the originally scheduled course requirements and it is a student’s responsibility to write examinations as scheduled. Therefore, all students are expected to attend and complete the specific course requirements (i.e. attendance, assignments, and tests/exams) listed in the course outline on or by the date specified. Students who need to arrange for coursework accommodation, as a result of medical, personal or family reasons, must contact the course instructor within 48 hours of the originally scheduled due date. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Program Manager to discuss accommodations and procedures related to deferred tests and/or examinations within 48 hours of the originally scheduled test/exam, as per policy. Failure to contact the course instructor, in the case of missed coursework, or the Program Manager, in the case of a missed test/examination, within the specified 48-hour window will result in a grade of zero (0) on the coursework/exam and no further consideration will be granted.


*Note: Supporting documentation will be required but will not ensure approval of accommodation(s).

Academic Integrity

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity. Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.


It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at


The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.

  2. Improper collaboration in-group work.

  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Academic Accommodations:

Students with disabilities who require academic accommodations must contact the Student Accessibility Centre (SAS) to meet with an appropriate Disability Services Coordinator. To contact SAS, phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652, or email For further information, consult McMaster University’s Policy for Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities.

On-line Elements:

In this course, we will be using on-line elements, which may include email, Avenue to Learn, WebEX, and external web sites.  Students should be aware that, when they access the electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last names, user names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all other students in the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology used. Continuation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any questions or concerns about such disclosure please discuss this with the course instructor.

In this course, we will be using a web-based service ( to reveal plagiarism. Students will be expected to submit their work electronically to and in hard copy so that it can be checked for academic dishonesty. Students who do not wish to submit their work to must still submit a copy to the instructor. No penalty will be assigned to a student who does not submit work to All submitted work is subject to normal verification that standards of academic integrity have been upheld (e.g., on-line search, etc.). To see the Policy, please go to McMaster Academic Integrity Policy.

Course Changes:

The instructor reserves the right to modify elements of the course and will notify students accordingly.

Course Withdrawal Policy:

Policies related to dropping a course and course withdrawals are posted to the Centre for Continuing Education’s program webpage, FAQs & Policies (

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Course Schedule:



Module One |Principles of Classification, Terminology, and Coding Systems

Week 1 Discussion

Module Two |Classification and Abstraction Systems

Week 2 Discussion

Module Three |ICD-10-CA and CCI

Week 3 Discussion

Quiz #1:

Briefing Paper - Group Project Plan Due

Module Four | : ICD-10-CA and CCI Coding Process, Canadian Coding Standards

Week 4 Discussion

Holiday Break (December 21 - January 2nd)

The course site will remain open during this time; however, A2L technical support will not be available.The Centre for Continuing Education will be closing at noon on December 22nd.McMaster University is closed as of December 23rd - January 1st; offices reopen on January 2nd.

Module Five | SNOMED-CT : Overview

Week 5 Discussion

Module Six |SNOMED-CT: Organization

Week 6 Discussion

Quiz #2

(Optional) Briefing Paper Draft Submission:

Module Seven |Clinical Data Standards

Week 7 Discussion

Quiz #2

Module Eight | Implementation of a Clinical

Week 8 Discussion

Module Nine |Case Mix and Grouping

Week 9 Discussion

Quiz #3

Module Ten | Performance Measurement

Week 10 Discussion

Quiz #3:

Final Briefing Paper Due

Briefing Paper – Peer & Self Evaluation Due

Briefing Paper Recommendation Report