Coding and Classification Systems Syllabus for 2021-2022
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HITT-1341-001 Coding and Classification Systems


Prerequisites: HITT 1305 and BIOL 2401

Course Description

Fundamentals of coding rules, conventions and guidelines using clinical classification systems.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec, 1 lab)

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On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


ICD-10-CM Code Manual,2022, Elsevier
ICD-10-PCS Manual, 2022,  Elsevier

ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding Theory and Practice Textbook, 2021/2022 Edition, Publisher - Elsevier


ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding Manuals
Paper for class notes


Student Performance


End-of-Course Outcomes:  Apply nomenclatures and classification systems and assign codes.

Course Objective: 
This course is designed to teach the student to code correct diagnoses and procedures in order for the physician, medical facility, and / or patient to receive maximum reimbursement by optimization.

Course Goals:
Recognize & identify the tracking of the disease processes.
Identify the classification of causes of mortality.
Demonstrate how to use the medical record & ICD-10-CM codes for medical research.
Describe how to use ICD-10-CM codes in the evaluation of hospital service utilization.

Course Competencies:
Upon completion of the following the student will be able to perform & recognize the following with at least a 70% accuracy as evaluated by the program's faculty.
1.  Understand the reason for coding.
2.  Explain the contents of the ICD-10/PCS-CM coding volumes & the steps involved in coding.
3.  Define, understand & recognize the use of special terms for coding.  These will involve the following categories: synonyms in the Alphabetic Index, NEC, NOS, main term, subterm, carry-over line, "see also" blocks, eponyms, and adjectives & tabular list symbols.
4.  Recognize when more than one code is needed to code a diagnosis properly.
5.  Understand and explain the reason for 3 - 7 alpha numeric characters in coding with ICD-10-CM.
6.  Undertand and explain the reason for "includes" and "excludes 1 & 2" with ICD-10-CM coding.
7.  For ICD-10-PCS coding understand the medical and surgical section guidelines.
8.  For procedural coding the student will also be introduced to CPT-4 coding.  There will be an understanding of the coding procedure manual for coding of Medicare surgical procedures & any other insurance purposes.
9.  Recognize the need for & understanding the V & E code supplemental classifications incorporated into main classification in ICD-10-CM and how used in coding diagnostic statements.
10. Correctly code the module exercises by using the coding instructions received from the lecture sessions.
11. Understand the principles & philosophy of advanced coding logic.
12. Define & understand the basic terms involved with coding diagnosis & procedure statements, & in working with MS-DRGs.
13. Apply the UHDDS definitions & coding guidelines to coding problems.
14. Utilize the medical record for coding properly.  The student will be dognitive of how important it is to fully understand the medical record & all of its uses.
15. Recognize the reasons for multiple coding, override exclusion notes & combination codes.
16. Differentiate "principal" from "primary" diagnosis.
17. Understand external causes of morbidity & apply all the uses of "V, W, X, & Y codes.
18. Understand the OGCR in sequence while using DRG grouping.
19. List the six (6) surgical approaches, fifth character in the ICD-10-PCS.
20. Correctly code the following coding areas:  Poisonings, colitis, neoplasms, diabetes, immunity disorders, anemia, substance (drug) abuse & dependence, blindness, circulatory diseases, hypertension, respiratory diseases, pregnancy, special disorders involving the digestive system, abortions & delivery codes, & fractures.
21. Understand the code for chiropractic care.
22. Understand & apply additional sixth character in some chapters.
23. Assign additional seventh characters for obstetrics, injuries, and external causes of injuries.
24. Understand the process of constructing codes in ICD-10-PCS that will include 7 characters: section, body system, root operation, body part, approach, device & qualifier.
25.  Understand the need & reasons for coding special procedures such as the following: complications of surgical & medical care & residuals & late effects.
26. Locate codes for diagnoses expressed in vague terms.
27. Correctly code the module exercises by using the coding instructions received from the lecture sessions.
28. Discuss the disease process related to coding.

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A student who has a problem with the course or the course instructor should make every attempt to resolve the problem with the course instructor.  If that is not successful, the student may appeal the decision of the instructor the Program Director, Associate Dean of Health Sciences, Kim Boyd, Dean of Health Sciences Division, Kim Crowley, Associate Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Becky Burton, Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Tamra Clunis, and the President--IN THAT ORDER.  Please refer to the current Amarillo College Online Catalog for complete explanation of the grievance procedures.

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Pagers and telephones are disruptive during class time.  Telephones must be turned off during class time with the exception of emergency personnel.  Pagers must either be turned off or set on vibrate during class time.  Please notify the instructor in writing if you fall in this category, otherwise failure to comply will result in the student being asked to leave class for that day.  The student will still be responsible for the material covered in class.  If you feel that you will have an emergency during class time, leave the number of the student services office & they will contact you immediately. 
The number is 371-5300.

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Academic dishonesty shall constitute a violation of the college rules & regulations & if punishable as prescribed by Amarillo College Board policies.  Academic Dishonesty shall include, but is not limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism, and collusion. 

"Cheating on a test" shall include:

  • Copying from another student's test paper.
  • Using test materials not authorized by the person administering the test.
  • Collaborating with or seeking aid from another student during a test without permission from the test administrator/instructor.
  • Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, or soliciting, in whole or in part, the contents of an administered / unadministered test.
  • Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for one's self, to take a test.
  • Bribing another person to obtain an administered / unadministered test or information about an administered / unadministered test.

 "Plagiarism" shall be defined as the appropriating, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means another's work and the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of it in one's own written work.

"Collusion" shall be defined as the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work for fulfillment of course requirements. 

Grading Criteria

Quizzes AND Homework:
Weekly quizzes will be given at the discretion of the instructor. 
Quizzes may or may not be announced by the instructor. 
Material covered by these quizzes will consist of review material or new material assigned in class.

If a student arrives late to class, while a quiz is in progress, the student will NOT be given extra time to complete the quiz. 
If a student arrives late to class after a quiz has been given, the student will NOT be allowed to take the quiz.

Take Home Quizzes may be assigned during the semester at the discretion of the instructor. 
Students must be in attendance during the class in which the quiz is distributed in order to receive the quiz. 
Take-home quizzes must be turned in the date assigned in order to receive credit. 
NO LATE quizzes will be accepted for a grade.

  • There will be approximately 7 to 8 quizzes during the semester.
  • There will be NO MAKEUP quizzes.
  • NO quiz grades will be dropped.
  • Quizzes and Homework will be worth 25% of your final grade.

Major Exams:
Exams will be announced during class at least a week in advance of the exam date. 
Exams will be posted to the course calendar online. 
Major exams will be given in several formats such as fill-in-the-blank, scantrons, and / or take-home exams.

Take-Home Exams:

  • Take-home exams will be due at the beginning of class, NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • If a student is not in class on the day a take-home exam is handed out, the student will be allowed to makeup the exam, however, the exam will be considered late. 
    There will be a 15% deduction for the exam grade, regardless of the reason for the student missing class that day.
  • If a student is unable to attend class, it is the student's responsibility to make arrangements for the exam to be delivered to the instructor no later than 8:30pm on the exam due date.

There will be 5 major exams administered in this course.

Make-up Exams:

  • A student who misses a major exam regardless of the reason(s) for missing the exam, must contact the instructor to make arrangements to make up the missed exam. 
    The student must contact the instructor within 48 hours.  The exam is given on Tuesday, the student will have until Thursday 10:00pm to contact the instructor. 
    If the student fails to contact the instructor a make-up exam will not be given and the student will receive a zero (0) for the exam.
  • The make-up exam will be scheduled at the convenience of the instructor.
  • To contact the instructor the student should e-mail the instructor through the AC Connect Online course and also call 806.316.9368..
  • If the student is unable to contact the instructor, it will be the student's responsibility to designate some else who can do this for them.
  • All make-up exams, with the exception of a take-home exam, will be given in the Testing Center on the Washington Street Campus.  The Testing Center is located in the Student Service Center.
  • All makeup exams will be graded at the convenience of the instructor.
  • You must bring your I.D. with you to the Testing Center, your makeup exam will not be administered without proper identification.
  • The student should contact the Testing Center personnel @ 371-5445 to ensure that your makeup exam is available.
  • Hours for the Testing Center (Washington Street Campus)

    Monday - Thursday  8:00am to 7:00pm
    Friday                       8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Make-up exams will not be given out the last hour before closing.

Final Exam:
There will be a comprehensive Final Exam. 
The final exam is worth 20% of the final grade.
If the student misses the designated time for the final exam, a grade of zero (0) will be given for the exam, unless an incomplete has been granted.

Arrangements to receive an incomplete "I" grade for the course must be made prior to the date of the final exam. 
Incompletes are granted only for emergency situations such as hospitalization of the student, serious injury to the student on the day the final exam is scheduled. 
Incompletes are NOT granted for situations involving vacation plans, transportation difficulties, doctor's appointments, honeymoons, etc.

Students who need to request an incomplete must do so prior to the scheduled time of the final exam with appropriate documentation given to the instructor.

Grade Scale:
A  =  90.0 - 100%
B  =  80.0 - 89.9%
C  =  70.0- 79.9%
F  =  69.9% or less

A "D" is NOT possible in this course.

Grading Summary:
Attendance                  15% of the final grade
Quizzes/Homework     25% of the final grade
Major Exams               40% of the final grade
Final Exam                  20% of the final grade


Attendance will be taken at the beginning of all class meetings.  100 points will be given to all students who arrive on time to class and who stay for the entire class period.  Students who arrive late or leave early, regardless of the reason, will be awarded only 50 points.  A zero (0) will be given for a student's absence.
After 3 absences the student's final grade average will DROP 1 (one) letter grade.

Attendance will be worth 15% of your final grade.


Calendar is subject to change:

Week 1     
Introduction   Syllabus/Computer Software

Chapter 1 The Rationale for & History of Coding

Week 2
Chapter 2 The Health Record as the Foundation of Coding

Week 3
Chapter 3 ICD-10-CM Format / Conventions
Chapter 4 Basic Steps of Coding
Review for Exam 1

Week 4
Exam 1

Week 5
Chapter 5 General Coding Guidelines for Diagnosis
Chapter 6 Introduction to ICD-10-PCS

Week 6

Chapter 7 Introduction to Guidelines for other Medical & Surgical-related Procedures & Ancillary Procedures
Review for Exam 2

Week 7
Exam 2
Chapter 8 Coding Medical  & Surgical Procedures

Week 8
Chapter 9 Symptoms, Signs, and Abnormal Clinical & Laboratory Finds Not Elsewhere Classified, & Z Codes
Review for Exam 3

Week 9
Exam 3 
Chapter 10 Certain Infectious & Parasitic Diseases
Chapter 11 Neoplasma

Week 10
Chapter 12 Diseases of the Blood & Blood-Forming Organs & Certain Disorders Involving the Immune Mechanism.
Chapter 13 Endocrine, Nutritional, and Metabolic Diseases
Review for Exam 4

Week 11
Exam 4
Chapter 14 Mental, Behavioral, & Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Week 12
Chapter 15 Diseases of the Nervous System, Diseases of the Eye & Adnexa, & Diseases of the Ear & Mastoid Process

Week 13
Chapter 16 Diseases of the Circulatory System

Week 14
Chapter 17 Diseases of the Respiratory System
Exam 5  Take-home Exam

Week 15
Chapter 18 Diseases of the Digestive System
Exam 5 Take-home exam DUE

Week 16
Final Exam


Additional Information

Important Dates:
Spring 2022

Jan. 18        First day of class
Mar. 14-20  Spring Break
Mar. 21       Last day to drop or withdraw from a class
May 10        Final Exam

Syllabus Created on:

01/18/22 4:10 PM

Last Edited on:

01/18/22 4:38 PM