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HTH 101 - Health Information Management I- Fall 2021

Academic Credit Value:
3 units
Course Delivery Mode:
Hours of Study:
36 hours
Course Prerequisite(s):
Program Admission
Course Anti-requisite(s):
Instructor Name:
Lynn Cartan
Course Dates:
09/13/2021 - 11/21/2021

Required Course Materials:
Fundamentals of Health Information Management, 2nd Edition , Neehr Perfect EHR Simulation : Student Registration
Optional Course Materials:
Course Description:
The course covers fundamental theories and principles of health information management including data types, data acquisition, data standards, data quality and data uses and users. Learners will develop an appreciation of how data is collected, processed and used in
health care settings and the role that data plays in decision-making (including an understanding of the complexities involved in transforming data into information and knowledge). The course will introduce learners to the roles and responsibilities of the Health Information Management and Health Informatics professional in the access, protection, storage, use, dissemination, retention and destruction of health records in both paper and electronic record systems,  and their central role in quality assurance and performance improvement, planning and management of resources, risk management, research and education.
Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, students will:
• LO1: Identify different types, and users, of health care data
• LO2: Differentiate between health information management and health informatics professionals within the health care system  
• LO3: Explain the principles and practices of health record management for various types of health records
• LO4: Determine the flow of data through life cycle of health information from collection to destruction
• L05: Evaluate the relationship between data standards and data quality
• L06: Appreciate the nature of research for the health information management and health informatics fields
• L07: Examine risk management principles for privacy, confidentiality and security of health information
• L08: Assemble resources appropriate to the roles and professional development of Health
Information and Health Informatics professionals
• LO9: Apply ethical standards and guidelines as identified by professional associations and the field of work
• L010: Apply group and team building strategies in order to complete course projects.
• LO11: Integrate project management principles for individual and group work activities
• L012: Demonstrate effective communication practices (verbal and written) for course activities
Course Evaluation
The final grade is calculated based on the following components:

Discussion Posts – 15%
Grading based on discussion posts and responses to other students.
Assignments – 40%
Full assignment details are posted in the Course Overview Module in Avenue to Learn (A2L)
EHR Go Activities – 40%
These hands-on learning activities will have you complete tasks in an electronic health record environment.
Quiz – 5%
Electronic health records quiz.

Full evaluation details are posted to the Course Overview Module in Avenue to Learn (A2L).
Course Format:
This course is designed to present the fundamental concepts and theories in health information and health informatics and promote the application to the workplace and professional practice.  Course activities will include instructor presentations, required readings and experiential learning activities (i.e. case studies, simulations, group discussions, projects, etc.).  The curriculum will be delivered online via Avenue to Learn.
Assignment Submission:
Course assignments are submitted to the appropriate A2L Assignment folder by the specified due date
Late Coursework:
Late submissions will be penalized 2% per day (including weekends and holidays) up to seven (7) days past the due date. After seven days, the Dropbox will close, no further assignments will be accepted, and a grade of zero(0) will be assigned for the course work item unless otherwise specified by the Instructor.  Requests for extensions must be submitted to the Instructor before the assignment due date (see Coursework Policies).  Extensions are permitted for exceptional circumstances only; supporting documentation may be requested.   

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(2 days) 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 (2 days) 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 day 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 previous 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 accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services(SAS) at 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or  to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. For further information, consult McMaster University’s Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities policy.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous or Spiritual Observances (RISO)
Students requiring academic accommodation based on religious, indigenous or spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the RISO policy. Students will need to contact their instructors as soon as possible to make alternative arrangements for classes, assignments, and other coursework. and tests. It is the student’s responsibility to contact McMaster Continuing Education to discuss accommodations related to examinations. (if applicable)
On-line Elements:

Conduct Expectations:
As a McMaster student, you have the right to experience, and the responsibility to demonstrate, respectful and dignified interactions within all of our living, learning and working communities. These expectations are described in the Code of Student Rights & Responsibilities (the “Code”). All students share the responsibility of maintaining a positive environment for the academic and personal growth of all McMaster community members, whether in-person or online.

It is essential that students be mindful of their interactions online, as the Code remains in effect in virtual learning environments. The Code applies to any interactions that adversely affect, disrupt, or interfere with reasonable participation in University activities. Student disruptions or behaviours that interfere with university functions on online platforms (e.g. use of Avenue 2 Learn, WebEx or Zoom for delivery), will be taken very seriously and will be investigated. Outcomes may include restriction or removal of the involved students’ access to these platforms.

Copyright and Recording:
Students are advised that lectures, demonstrations, performances, and any other course material provided by an instructor include copyright protected works. The Copyright Act and copyright law protect every original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic work, including lectures by University instructors.

The recording of lectures, tutorials, or other methods of instruction may occur during a course. Recording may be done by either the instructor for the purpose of authorized distribution, or by a student for the purpose of personal study. Students who wish to record sessions need to acquire permission from the instructor. Students should be aware that their voice and/or image may be recorded by others during the class. Please speak with the instructor if this is a concern for you.
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 to ensure that standards of academic integrity have been upheld (e.g., on-line search, etc.). To see the policy, please go to
Course Changes:

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

Extreme Circumstances:
The University reserves the right to change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances (e.g., severe weather, labour disruptions, etc.). Changes will be communicated through regular McMaster communication channels, such as McMaster Daily News, A2L and/or McMaster email.

Course Withdrawal Policy:
A student can withdraw/drop from a course by logging into his/her MOSAIC Student Center.  If a refund is applicable (see section below), the refund amount will be applied to the student’s financial account.  Course withdrawal/drops completed within the policy will show as “dropped” or “cancelled” on a transcript or academic advisement report.  Course withdrawal/drops completed after the policy date will result in a student grade calculation based on submitted work to date, which may result in a failing grade “F”.   

Refund Schedule for Online Courses
- Withdrawal from course 7 days (including weekends and holidays) or more BEFORE the course start date:  100% refund of tuition, 100% refund of part-time student fee.

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- Withdrawal from course 1-6 days (including weekends and holidays) BEFORE the course start  date: 80% refund of tuition, 100% refund of part-time student fee.

- Withdrawal from course 0*-14 days (including weekends and holidays) AFTER the course start date: 70% refund of tuition, 0% refund of part-time student fee.

- Withdrawal more than 15 days (including weekends and holidays) or more  AFTER class start date: No refund.

*NOTE: "0" days is the day the course begins. If you withdraw on the day the day the course is scheduled to begin, you will receive the 70% refund.
Grading Scale:
A passing grade of the program’s course is 50% (D-).  Unless otherwise specified in a course outline, course results determined on a percentage scale will be converted to an official letter grade, as indicated in the equivalent percentage scale listed below.   The results of all courses attempted will appear on your transcript as letter grades.
A failing grade means that the course will have to be repeated, and a passing grade achieved, before the diploma can be awarded.  
The instructor cannot release final grades. Final grades are approved by McMaster University’s Office of the Registrar and will be posted to your MOSAIC Student Center.  Mac ID and password are required to access student grade reports.


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Course Schedule:



Week 1

Module 1

Overview of HIM and HI in Healthcare

Week 2


Module 2

Principles of Data and Health Information Management


Week 3

Module 3

Clinical Classifications and Terminologies

Week 4

Module 4

Health Information Life Cycle Part 1

Week 5

Module 4 Health Information Lifecycle Part 2

Week 6

Module 5

Electronic Health Record (EHR)

Week 7

Module 6

Data Standards & Data Quality

Week 8

Module 7

Uses of Data Part 1

Week 9


Module 7

Uses of Data Part 2


Week 10


Module 8

Quality, Utilization, and Risk Management