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Course Details

Course Code: HIMA505 Course ID: 4766 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course focuses on the research methods, tools, instruments, and devices used in health information management. It concentrates on the logic of the scientific method, research design, and qualitative and quantitative analysis. This course evaluates methods to collect, classify, categorize, evaluate, assess, and report research data, to formulate valid research questions, and to derive logical conclusions. In addition, the course emphasizes the proficient development of research and writing skills necessary in academic and professional settings. Lastly, students will utilize all of these methods to demonstrate competence in data collection and analysis, as well as strategic and tactical decision making. The principles, practices, tools, and methodologies presented in this course are applicable throughout the program of graduate studies.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session D 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
1. Evaluate selected research methods and tools
2. Synthesize concepts associated with specific research tasks: hypothesis construction, conceptualizing terms, literature review, data collection, critical analysis, and communicate findings.
3. Justify the appropriate scientific method and research design.
4. Critically evaluate data and research findings.
5. Defend conclusions using analysis of the collected data and written communication.
6. Evaluate various research approaches: quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods analysis.

Please join the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.


• Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Thursday.
• Initial responses should be no less than 300 words.
• Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
• Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
• Replies to classmates should be no less than 200 words.
• Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
• All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.

Forum Rubric

Weekly Activities
Weekly activities are designed to engage you in solving or addressing real-world problems or scenarios. Specific instructions and submission instructions are provided within the Assignments area of the course. Please note that all written work will be evaluated against the standards within the Graduate Level Writing Rubric. Please take time to review these standards during Week 1. Should you have any questions about how your work will be evaluated in this course, please contact your instructor promptly.

Graduate Level Writing Rubric

Course Project – Research Proposal
You will develop a Research Proposal in response to a specific grant opportunity. There are specific elements that are required in your proposal:

I. Impact: Introduction, Purpose Statement of Need, Objectives or specific aims
II. Methodology: Research design, research methods, statistical analysis
III. Feasibility: Organization/Management Plan, Personnel, and Timetable, Costs
IV. Evaluation: Measurement for Success, Intended Distribution

Details about the specific grant and further instructions can be found in the Assignments area of the course. Your final submission will be 8-10 pages, which does not include the cover page and reference page.

Please note that written work should adhere to APA format; see the Citation and Reference Style policy information within the Policies section of the syllabus for further information. Your Research Proposal will be evaluated against the Graduate Level Writing Rubric.

Required Textbook for the degree program:

Candidates are expected to adhere to APA style throughout the program. The Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Currently 6th ed.) should be purchased and used in all courses.

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

AHIMA Home - American Health Information Management Association. (n.d.). Retrieved
December 2, 2014, from

HIMSS - Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. (n.d.). Retrieved December
2, 2014, from

Book Title:Health Informatics Research Methods: Principles and Practice, 2nd ed.
Publication Info:AHIMA
Author:Watzlaf and Forrestal
Electronic ISBN:9781584265320
Electronic Unit Cost:$94.95

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.