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Healthcare Informatics
BUSI-505

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/30/2020

Contact Information

See detailed faculty information in Blackboard. 

Course Description

Focused on the foundations of healthcare informatics, students will gain an overview of the information, resources, and technologies in healthcare. Topics include but are not limited to healthcare information systems infrastructure, enterprise architecture, applications, data management, information security, telehealth, project management, and emerging technologies. Students will examine major theories supporting healthcare informatics, understand its application in supporting decision-making, and recognize its importance in the provision of effective and efficient healthcare. (Crosslisted with INFO 505)

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Health informatics, an evolving field, utilizes information technology to collect, store, process, and communicate data and knowledge related to the delivery and support of health care. A diverse discipline, health informatics incorporates processes, procedures, theories, and concepts from computer and information sciences, health sciences, and the social sciences. The ultimate goal of health informatics is to provide efficient and effective access, retrieval, and support in managing healthcare information while improving the overall health status of all.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Integrate biblical principles within the context of health informatics.
  2. Appraise the importance of health informatics.
  3. Examine the primary theories of health informatics as applied to best practices, policies, and regulations.
  4. Evaluate the appropriate roles of information systems in healthcare.

 

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases 

Braunstein, M. L. (2014). Contemporary health informatics. Chicago, IL: American Health Information Management Association. ISBN: 9781584260318.

Nelson, R., & Staggers, N. (2018). Health informatics: An interprofessional approach (2nd ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323402316.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resource

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Office

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 600 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 450 words. Each thread and reply must include at least 1 biblical integration and 2 peer-reviewed source citations in current APA format in addition to the textbooks.

Case Study Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. For this discussion board, all prompts will deal with real-life applications of health informatics. Each thread must be at least 600 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 450 words. Each thread and reply must include at least 1 biblical integration and 2 peer-reviewed source citations in current APA format in addition to the textbooks.

Research Project

Annotated Bibliography

The student will be placed into a group for the collaborative Research Project. The Annotated Bibliography requires each student in his/her group to research 20 scholarly articles from peer-reviewed journals to establish research for the final document. The student will use the provided template to annotate each source. Current APA formatting must be present. One member of the group will submit the final version of the Annotated Bibliography. The student is required to read all instructor feedback and implement it on future assignments.

Peer Evaluations (4)

After each part of the collaborative Research Project, the student will evaluate the contributions of each of his/her group members using the Peer Evaluation Form. The student will also be evaluated by his/her fellow group members. The resulting scores will be used to provide a final Peer Evaluation score for each part of the Research Project. All Peer Evaluation scores will be awarded provisionally.

Outline

In his/her group, the student will complete a full sentence outline in preparation for the final document of the Research Project. The Outline will include a thesis statement, the research question(s)/issue(s) being answered/addressed, how much space will be allotted to each section of the paper, and a preliminary reference list of at least 20 sources. One member of the group will submit the final version of the Outline. The student is required to read all instructor feedback and implement it on future assignments.

Draft

The student will be responsible for constructing and reviewing the draft document in his/her group. The student will work collaboratively on a 20–25-page paper in current APA format, complying with the formatting and content instructions. The topic of the paper will be selected by the group and approved by the instructor. Each student will contribute weekly to the group’s discussion in the Research Project Group Discussion Board Forum about this paper. One member of the group will submit the Draft.

Final Document

The student will be responsible for constructing and reviewing the final document in his/her group. The student will work collaboratively on a 20–25-page paper in current APA format. The topic of the paper will be selected by the group and approved by the instructor. Each student will contribute weekly to the group’s discussion in the Research Project Group Discussion Board Forum about this paper. One member of the group will submit the Final Document.

Quizzes (8)

The student will complete 8 open-book/open-note quizzes containing multiple-choice and true/false questions. The student will have 1 hour minutes to complete each quiz.

 

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums

(4 at 60 pts ea)

240

Case Study Discussion Board Forums

(4 at 60 pts ea)

240

Research Project

 

       Annotated Bibliography

50

       Peer Evaluations

(4 at 25 pts ea)

100

       Outline

50

       Draft

50

       Final Document

70

Quizzes

(8 at 25 pts ea)

200

Total

1010

Course Policies

Quizzes/Tests/Exams

For timed quizzes/tests/exams, the student is required to complete the quiz/test/exam within the assigned time. For the student who exceeds this time limit, a penalty of 1 point will be deducted for each minute, or part thereof, he/she exceeds the assigned time limit.

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

 

BUSI 505

Textbooks: Braunstein, Contemporary Health Informatics (2014).

Nelson & Staggers, Health Informatics: An Interprofessional Approach (2018).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Braunstein: chs. 1–2

Nelson & Staggers: chs. 1–5

2 presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

Quiz 1

10

0

60

25

2

Braunstein: chs. 3, 8

Nelson & Staggers: chs. 6–11

2 presentations

CSDB Forum 1

Quiz 2

60

25

3

Braunstein: ch. 7

Nelson & Staggers: chs. 12–15

1 presentation

CSDB Forum 2

Research Project – Annotated Bibliography

Research Project – Peer Evaluation 1

Quiz 3

60

50

25

25

4

Nelson & Staggers: chs. 16–20

1 presentation

DB Forum 2

Research Project – Outline

Research Project – Peer Evaluation 2

Quiz 4

60

50

25

25

5

Braunstein: chs. 4–6

Nelson & Staggers: chs. 21–24

1 presentation

CSDB Forum 3

Research Project – Draft

Research Project – Peer Evaluation 3

Quiz 5

60

50

25

25

6

Nelson & Staggers: chs. 25–29

1 presentation

DB Forum 3

Quiz 6

60

25

7

Braunstein: ch. 9

Nelson & Staggers: ch. 34

1 presentation

DB Forum 4

Research Project – Final Document

Research Project – Peer Evaluation 4

Quiz 7

60

70

25

25

8

Braunstein: ch. 10

Nelson & Staggers: chs. 35–36

1 presentation

CSDB Forum 4

Quiz 8

60

25

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

CSDB = Case Study Discussion Board

 

 

NOTE: Module(s)/Week(s) 1-7 begin on Monday at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and end at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday.

Module/Week 8 begin on Monday at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and end at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.