Syllabus for NUR-328



The course introduces the learner to the process of systematic and comprehensive health data collection and assessment. Emphasis is placed on strategies for interpersonal communication, skillful examination techniques, and data validation. Culturally and age appropriate health promotion and disease prevention activities are explored. This course is designed to be taken with NUR-320, NUR-340 and NUR-342.



After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Value the dignity of individuals in the performance of a comprehensive health assessment;
  2. Utilize professional interpersonal communication skills;
  3. Demonstrate comprehensive health assessment skills across the life cycle;
  4. Apply critical thinking skills to formulate related health problem activities; and
  5. Document assessment findings based on professional standards and competencies.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required materials are available from the College’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Materials


Additional Resources

Please see the Additional Resources link on the course Web site for a list of additional course resources.


Health Assessment and Health Promotion (NUR-328) is a three-credit course covering the following ten topics.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to take exams and demonstrate performance of selected health assessment techniques in the clinical lab. See below for details.

Consult the course schedule for due dates.

Please note: (1) Rewriting or re-submitting assignments is not permitted; (2) no assignments may be submitted after the last day of the course


You are required to complete the following three examinations. Details can be found within the Examinations section of the course.

In-Class Examination Policy

Clinical Lab Assignments

There are four Clinical Labs associated with this course. You are required to complete the following:

All Clinical Labs will be graded as a Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory, and you must achieve a Satisfactory on each testing lab by the second attempt in order to pass the course.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

Examinations will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any exam not taken. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C+ or better, based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, papers, discussion postings, etc.).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the Course Calendar. The Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.

Note: All Web site addresses (URLs) in this course were accurate and reflected the stated content at the onset of the course. However URLs change and great resources may disappear. If you encounter a problem accessing a Web site, post a message in the HELP discussion area of this course.


Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:

Please refer to the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at


Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Thomas Edison State University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process

First-time incidents of academic dishonesty concerning plagiarism may reflect ignorance of appropriate citation requirements. Mentors will make a good faith effort to address all first-time offenses that occur in courses. In these cases, the mentor may impose sanctions that serve as a learning exercise for the offender. These may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool including a lower grade when appropriate. The mentor will notify the student by e-mail. Decisions about the sanctions applied for subsequent plagiarism offenses or other violations will be made by the appropriate dean’s office, with the advice of the mentor or staff person who reported the violation. The student will be notified via certified mail of the decision. Options for sanctions include:

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