MARA 284-10
Seminar in Archives & Records Management
Topic: Health Information Management
Summer 2020 Syllabus

Lisa Marie Daulby PhD, CRM, IGP
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Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning June 1, 2020, unless you are taking an intensive or a one-unit or two-unit class that starts on a different day. In that case, the class will open on the first day that the class meets. This 1-unit course Runs from July 6 - August 3 and will be available beginning July 6, 2019.

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Course Description

This seminar course introduces learners to the foundations of Health Information Management (HIM). The course will focus on themes related to the collection, storage, management, retrieval, analysis, dissemination, and communication of health information while balancing the legal and ethical considerations and measures.

Course Requirements


Grading will be based on a total accumulation of possible 100 points, distributed as follows:



Description/Due Dates

Class Participation and Discussion

Due: July 12, July 19, July 26 and August 2

40 points (40% of final grade)

Participation in weekly discussion boards (10 points each unit)

Supports MARA Competencies D H

Supports CLO # 1-5

Reading Knowledge Quiz / Test / Assignment

Due: July 12, July 19, July 26 and August 2

60 points (60% of final grade)

Completion of weekly quiz/test/assignment (15 points each unit)

Supports MARA Competencies D H

Supports CLO # 1-5

Course Calendar






July 6 - July 12

Course Overview & Introduction to the Principles and Practices of Health Information Management

Health Information Management Data Structure, Content and Standards

Definitions of Terms and Concepts; Healthcare Delivery Systems; Evolution of Health Recordkeeping.

Nomenclatures and Classification Systems; Data Coding Conventions, Guidelines, and Standards.

Week Unit Discussion

Selected Reading Knowledge Textbook Quiz, Test or Case Study Assignment

Supports MARA Competencies D H

Supports CLO # 1 and # 2

Text Chapters

1, 4, 6 5, 9


July 13 - July 19

Health Information Management Systems and Applications

Tools and Technology Ecosystems; Vendor Software; System Functional Requirements and Architecture; Interoperability

Week Unit Discussion

Selected Reading Knowledge Textbook Quiz, Test or Case Study Assignment

Supports MARA Competencies D

Supports CLO # 3

Text Chapters

3, 12, 13, 14


July 20 - July 26

Health Information Management Laws, Ethics and Professionalism

Legislation & Regulations, Compliance, Confidentiality, Access, Consent, Privacy, Security and Protection

Week Unit Discussion

Selected Reading Knowledge Textbook Quiz, Test or Case Study Assignment

Supports MARA Competencies H

Supports CLO # 4

Text Chapters

2, 10, 11, 27


July 27 - August 2

Health Information Management Quality Management, Statistics, and Performance

Research & Education; Business Intelligence and Analytics; Contemporary Issues

Week Unit Discussion

Selected Reading Knowledge Textbook Quiz, Test or Case Study Assignment

Supports MARA Competencies D

Supports CLO # 5

Text Chapters


Late assignments will not be accepted after 5 days past the due date. Late assignments submitted after the assignment deadline will receive a 10% point reduction for each day up to 5 days based on the total point value of the assignment. No points will be awarded after 5 days late.

Discussion board postings will not be accepted for credit after the module's discussion has ended.

All course materials must be completed by the last day of the class.

NOTE: Students should provide their initial discussion board posts by the first Thursday of each module by 11:59 pm (Pacific Time), to leave ample time for follow-up discussion. Please participate early and actively in the required discussions.

Details for all of the discussions and assignments will be provided in Canvas.

Assignments Due
Unless otherwise noted, each module begins on Monday and ends on Sunday. Assignments will be due by 11:59 pm (Pacific Time) on the due date.

Course Workload Expectations

Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.

Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.

Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.

Course Prerequisites

MARA 284 has no prequisite requirements.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Summarize Health Information Management principles, terms and concepts.
  2. Describe Health Information Management nomenclatures, classification systems, and coding standards.
  3. Evaluate the selection, implementation and operation of Health Information Management systems and applications.
  4. Explain the legal and ethical concepts and principles that direct the management of personal health information.
  5. Judge and justify the collection, access, analysis and secondary statistical use of quality health data to provide information to management/care teams, government bodies, researchers, and information technology product developers.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

MARA 284 supports the following core competencies:

  1. D Apply basic concepts and principles to identify, evaluate, select, organize, maintain, and provide access to physical and digital information assets.
  2. H Describe current information technologies and best practices relating to the preservation, integrity, and security of data, records, and information.


Required Textbooks:

  • Oachs, P., & Watters, A. (2020). Health information management: Concepts, principles and practice (6th ed.). AHIMA Press. Available through Publisher, product ID: 66056arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Grading Scale

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100 A
94 to 96 A minus
91 to 93 B plus
88 to 90 B
85 to 87 B minus
82 to 84 C plus
79 to 81 C
76 to 78 C minus
73 to 75 D plus
70 to 72 D
67 to 69 D minus
Below 67 F


In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work or undergraduate (for BS-ISDA);
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA, Informatics, BS-ISDA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation. You must repeat the class if you wish to stay in the program. If - on the second attempt - you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Graduate Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). Undergraduates must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

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