Course Title: Health Classification and Clinical Coding - Advanced

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Health Classification and Clinical Coding - Advanced

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Rauha Quazi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8366

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 051.07.005

Course Coordinator Availability: Monday to Thursday

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You are required to have concurrent enrolment, or to have previously passed the following course of study:

  • BUSM4329 Health Classification and Clinical Coding - General

and may be directed to amend your enrolment if this requirement is not met.

Course Description

In this course you will be introduced to the principles underpinning health information systems as the foundations of managing and interpreting health information. You will examine electronic and traditional systems for capturing health information on individual patients in hospitals, and a range of health care settings. The role of health information management professionals in planning, developing and identifying current and future information needs will be examined.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for Associate Degree in Health Sciences:
1. access up to date discipline information/knowledge and ensure that decisions and actions are informed by a critical assessment of information
2. analyse and interpret information to determine appropriate solutions to predictable and unpredictable situations
3. Recognise and apply relevant technologies in health to perform work tasks
6. Apply ethical practices and be committed to the ethical and professional standards in health.

  1. Describe the principles of electronic health records and personal health records
  2. Use a client and provider identify management system
  3. Use a health record collection storage and retrieval process - manual or electronic
  4. Identify common roles and functions required of health information management professionals in Australian Healthcare
  5. Develop and apply processes, policies and procedures to ensure complete clinical and administrative clinical documentation in the health record
  6. Develop and maintain a budget for the information management service
  7. Describe the fiscal impact of DRG (Diagnosis Related Groups) allocation and clinical coding outputs
  8. Abstract relevant clinical information from a range of moderately complex medical records by applying your knowledge of health record structure, principles, the language of clinical practice and simple diseases/conditions/diagnoses and medical treatments in moderately complex cases where there are multiple codes and concepts to be allocated or where moderately complex clinical concepts and coding rules apply. 
  9. Accurately interpret and apply the Australian National Coding Standards to clinical data from a range of medical reports and records found in moderately complex medical record cases to completely represent data for morbidity reporting


Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will learn through the following activities:
• Face to face teaching: to obtain an understanding of basic concepts that are required to undertake further study
• Personal reading (e.g. prescribed sections of textbooks and online materials): to reinforce/strengthen your understanding of the coding conventions, standards and practices.
• Undertake classification and coding for a range of medical records, using a computerised coding system in a simulated work environment
• Participate in tutorials to explore solutions to coding issues.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be provided with the following resources on-line through CANVAS (the RMIT online student learning system):
• Relevant guidelines, standards including Australian Coding Standards
• Clinical coding on-line text ICD-10 – AM and ACHI text.
• A range of texts, online learning materials, scenarios and coding answers.

You may also be referred to other resources available in the RMIT Library, such as videos and the subject learning guide:

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Early Assessment Task: Clinical coding committee submission
Weighting 0%
This assessment task supports CLO 7

Assessment Task 2: Coding exercises 1
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4, 8 and 9

Assessment Task 3: Coding exercises 2
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 4, 8 and 9

Assessment Task 4: On-line exam
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9

The pass mark in this course is 75%