Course Title: Health Classification & Clinical Coding - General

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Health Classification & Clinical Coding - General

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: Judith McCann

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99258366

Course Coordinator Email:

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:

  • ISYS3316 Health Classification and Clinical Coding - Introduction


Course Description

This course introduces you to the knowledge and skills to undertake clinical coding of simple medical records to meet the requirements of a range of Australian health care settings. You will also develop the skills associated with accurate collection and recording of morbidity data in an inpatient environment and DRGs.

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. Use the appropriate language used in health information systems, including that which represents clinical concepts
  2. Abstract relevant clinical information from a range of medical records by applying your knowledge of health record structure, principles, language of clinical practice and simple diseases/conditions/diagnoses and medical treatments in simple cases where there are few codes to be allocated or where simple clinical concepts and coding rules apply.

Specialties:  Musculoskeletal, mental, Behavioural, Nervous System, heart and Vascular, Genitourinary, Male Reproductive, Gynaecology, Pregnancy, Digestive and Respiratory, Infectious, Parasitic, Haematology and Skin and Subcutaneous.

  1. Accurately interpret and apply the Australian National Coding Standards to clinical data from a range of medical reports and records found in simple medical record cases to completely represent data for morbidity reporting
  2. Apply morbidity data collection requirements and tools
  3. Research appropriate sources of information to generate solutions to coding issues
  4. Communicate effectively with health professionals to clarify clinical records
  5. Write and perform queries on databases to produce required reports and analyse findings from selected queries.

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 simple coding issues.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be provided with the following resources on-line through Blackboard (myRMIT):
• 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: Written exercise on morbidity data collection and audits
Weighting 0%
This assessment task supports CLOs 4, 5 and 7 

Assessment Task 2: Coding exercises 1
Weighting 48%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 

Assessment Task 3: Coding exercises 2
Total weighting 36%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 

Assessment Task 4:
On-line examination
Weighting 16%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7

The pass mark for this course is 75%