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Diploma/Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Health Information Management)

Approved Abbreviation: DipICT/BICT(HIM)


Western Sydney University Course Code: 6038.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 096984E


Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


The increasing use of electronic health records requires the accurate and efficient capture, maintenance, security and reporting of health information and the Bachelor of Information Communications Technology (Health Information Management) course will provide students with the knowledge and skills required to build software systems and undertake roles relating to the classification, coding and management of health information within a healthcare setting.

This course will offer students the opportunity to seek employment in health information management and/or clinical coding, recognised as workforce skills shortage areas. Specific content areas addressed include Health Informatics, Systems Analysis and Design, Medical Terminology, Database Design and Development, Healthcare Data Environments, Clinical Classification and Coding, Programming, Web Development, Computer Networking, Health Service Management, Activity Based Funding and Data Quality and Healthcare Software and Systems.

The course also offers direct industry experience via a 20 day work placement.

The first year of this course is delivered by Western Sydney University The College as an agent of Western Sydney University via extended face-to-face hours in smaller learning environments.

A Diploma in Information and Communications Technology (Health Information Management) is also available as an exit point at the end of the first year of the course.

For more information on Western Sydney University, The College, please refer to their web site.

Western Sydney University, The College

For course advice during your first year of study, please use the contact below under ‘Course Advice’. For course advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Health Information Management).

Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Health Information Management)

Study Mode
Three years full-time. Students will be required to attend the Kingswood or Parramatta South campus for some learning experiences.

Course Advice

NameEmail
Miriam Krakovskam.krakovska@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Admission

For more information on applying please see link to The College admission pages below.

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/thecollege/how_to_apply

Domestic Students

Domestic students are required to have

  • Completed an English unit in the NSW Higher School Certificate, Or
  • Competency in English at IELTS 6.0 equivalent (unless a native speaker) Or
  • Passed The College English test at IELTS 6.0 equivalent Or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher.

Students are also assumed to have completed a Mathematics subject, equivalent to the Mathematics subject in the NSW Higher School Certificate.

Met other entry requirements such as

  • An ATAR identified prior to the offer of a place, Or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

International Students

International students must satisfy one of the following language requirements

  • IELTS 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each sub band Or
  • Completed the College EAP 4 course with a 50% pass Or
  • Passed The College English test at IELTS 6.0 equivalent Or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher for which advanced standing can be applied for.

Academic Entry Requirements vary according to country of origin. However, in general

  • Completion of Year 12 or its equivalent is the minimum entry requirement Or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 260 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

The early exit College Diploma consists of 110 credit points which includes four College Preparatory units.

Western Sydney University The College Units

Nirimba Campus

Term 1 of study

700171Tertiary Study Skills in Information and Communications Technology (WSTC Prep)
700047Programming Design (WSTC Prep)
700146Mathematics 2 (WSTC Prep)
700040Principles of Professional Communication 1 (WSTC)
700258Introduction to Health Informatics (WSTC)

Term 2 of study

700045Statistics for Academic Purposes (WSTC Prep)
700013Systems Analysis and Design (WSTC)
700008Programming Fundamentals (WSTC)
700011Database Design and Development (WSTC)

Term 3 of study

700012Computer Networking (WSTC)
700041Statistical Decision Making (WSTC)
700257Programming Techniques (WSTC)

Students may exit at this point and graduate with the Diploma in ICT (Health Information Management) following a passing grade in all of the above units. Students who progress onto Year Two may also be awarded the Diploma if they gain a passing grade in all of the above units.

  • Students must pass all College Preparatory units before progressing to the Year Two units.
  • Students must pass at least 70 credit points of University level units in Year One before progressing to the Year Two units.

Western Sydney University Units

For course advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Health Information Management).

Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Health Information Management)

Campbelltown, Parramatta (Victoria Road) and Penrith Campus

Year 2

Autumn session

300582Technologies for Web Applications
300095Computer Networks and Internets
300144Object Oriented Analysis
300950Fundamentals of Medical Concepts and Terminology

Spring session

300583Web Systems Development
300958Social Web Analytics
300955Healthcare Data Environments
400277Health Services Management

Year 3

Autumn session

300570Human-Computer Interaction
300578Professional Development
300951Clinical Classification and Coding
400787Health Services Management Practice

Spring session

300579Professional Experience
300956Healthcare Software and Systems
300953Advanced Clinical Classification
300954Activity Based Funding/Casemix and Data Quality


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