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Week 7 Assignment: HIT Job Application Cover Letter Instructions and Grading Rubric 
Assignment Rationale:
Please refer to the course syllabus to determine what percentage this assignment is of your final course grade. The purpose of this assignment is to allow each student an opportunity to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of Health Information Technology (HIT) department staff members through investigating current job opportunities and writing a letter classifying individual specifications needed to be hired.
Assignment Learning Objective:
Each assignment will be related to a specific learning objective. This assignment is linked to Week 7 Learning Objective 2 (Classify the roles, responsibilities of major HIT staff members).
Assignment Instructions:

Review the websites we looked at during Week 1 again. Particularly, the AHIMA and HIMSS websites.
Examine health information technology (HIT) related job opportunities available within the career resources on each website. Please feel free to explore other career opportunities websites with HIT openings as well. For example, Veterans Affairs job opportunities or Human Resources website of local healthcare systems.  
Choose a listed HIT career opportunity.
Imagine you are applying for this job.
Compose a professional cover letter that you would submit with your application/resume for the chosen job.
The letter should include an introduction and an argument as to why you would be a good fit for the selected job.
Review the grading rubric (below) to make sure you include all the important elements of the assignment.
Submit the completed form (as a Word document) using the appropriate assignment link (located in the Week 7 Learning Activities Folder).

HIT Job Application Cover Letter Assignment Grading Rubric 
Element
Exemplary (4 points)
Proficient (3 points)
Developing (2 points)
Needs Improvement (1 points)
No Credit (0 points)
OrganizationExpertly uses all necessary professional cover letter formatting (heading, greeting, introduction, body, closure, signature, enclosure, and copy).Accurately uses all necessary professional cover letter formatting (heading, greeting, introduction, body, closure, signature, enclosure, and copy).Some noticeable errors in professional cover letter formatting noted (heading, greeting, introduction, body, closure, signature, enclosure, and copy).Excessive number of errors in professional cover letter formatting noted (heading, greeting, introduction, body, closure, signature, enclosure, and copy).Majority of the professional cover letter formatting elements are missing (heading, greeting, introduction, body, closure, signature, enclosure, and copy).Content/ArgumentLetter clearly states the purpose. Appropriate explanations or facts used to support argument as to why the applicant is qualified for the job. Tone is appropriate for intended audience.Letter clearly states the purpose. Some explanations or facts used to support argument as to why the applicant is qualified for the job. Tone is generally appropriate for intended audience.Purpose of letter is unclear. More explanations or facts needed to support argument as to why the applicant is qualified for the job. Tone is too formal or too informal for intended audience.Purpose of letter is unclear. Argument as to why the application is qualified for the job is not supported by explanations or facts Tone is inappropriate for intended audience.Letter rambles; hard to follow or understand. No obvious argument included.  Grammar, Spelling, and Sentence StructureWriting is of excellent quality; free of any grammar and spelling errors. Writing is polished; maximum of one grammar or spelling error. Writing is adequate for graduate level work; maximum of two grammar or spelling errors.Writing is inadequate for graduate level work; three spelling or grammar errors.Letter is poorly written with multiple spelling and grammar errors.
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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Master of Health Science Program (MSHS)

Health Informatics Concentration

Week 7 Assignment: HIT Job Application Cover Letter Instructions and Grading Rubric

Assignment Rationale:

Please refer to the course syllabus to determine what percentage this assignment is of your final course grade. The purpose of this assignment is to allow each student an opportunity to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of Health Information Technology (HIT) department staff members through investigating current job opportunities and writing a letter classifying individual specifications needed to be hired.

Assignment Learning Objective:

Each assignment will be related to a specific learning objective. This assignment is linked to Week 7 Learning Objective 2 (Classify the roles, responsibilities of major HIT staff members).

Assignment Instructions:

1. Review the websites we looked at during Week 1 again. Particularly, the AHIMA and HIMSS websites.
2. Examine health information technology (HIT) related job opportunities available within the career resources on each website. Please feel free to explore other career opportunities websites with HIT openings as well. For example, Veterans Affairs job opportunities or Human Resources website of local healthcare systems.  
3. Choose a listed HIT career opportunity.
4. Imagine you are applying for this job.
5. Compose a professional cover letter that you would submit with your application/resume for the chosen job.
6. The letter should include an introduction and an argument as to why you would be a good fit for the selected job.
7. Review the grading rubric (below) to make sure you include all the important elements of the assignment.
8. Submit the completed form (as a Word document) using the appropriate assignment link (located in the Week 7 Learning Activities Folder).

HIT Job Application Cover Letter Assignment Grading Rubric

Element

Exemplary (4 points)

Proficient (3 points)

Developing (2 points)

Needs Improvement (1 points)

No Credit (0 points)

Organization

Expertly uses all necessary professional cover letter formatting (heading, greeting, introduction, body, closure, signature, enclosure, and copy).

Accurately uses all necessary professional cover letter formatting (heading, greeting, introduction, body, closure, signature, enclosure, and copy).

Some noticeable errors in professional cover letter formatting noted (heading, greeting, introduction, body, closure, signature, enclosure, and copy).

Excessive number of errors in professional cover letter formatting noted (heading, greeting, introduction, body, closure, signature, enclosure, and copy).

Majority of the professional cover letter formatting elements are missing (heading, greeting, introduction, body, closure, signature, enclosure, and copy).

Content/Argument

Letter clearly states the purpose.

Appropriate explanations or facts used to support argument as to why the applicant is qualified for the job.

Tone is appropriate for intended audience.

Letter clearly states the purpose.

Some explanations or facts used to support argument as to why the applicant is qualified for the job.

Tone is generally appropriate for intended audience.

Purpose of letter is unclear.

More explanations or facts needed to support argument as to why the applicant is qualified for the job.

Tone is too formal or too informal for intended audience.

Purpose of letter is unclear.

Argument as to why the application is qualified for the job is not supported by explanations or facts

Tone is inappropriate for intended audience.

Letter rambles; hard to follow or understand.

No obvious argument included.

Grammar, Spelling, and Sentence Structure

Writing is of excellent quality; free of any grammar and spelling errors.

Writing is polished; maximum of one grammar or spelling error.

Writing is adequate for graduate level work; maximum of two grammar or spelling errors.

Writing is inadequate for graduate level work; three spelling or grammar errors.

Letter is poorly written with multiple spelling and grammar errors.

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