Syllabus for NUR-340

NURSING INFORMATICS


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Nursing Informatics focuses on the use of electronic technologies and the management of information to facilitate nursing practice and enhance nursing knowledge. The use of electronic technologies in nursing practice, administration, education, and research is explored. Learning experiences are provided to develop the basic skills nurses need to practice competently in an electronic healthcare environment. A reflective learning portfolio, initiated in the course, is used to validate professional and academic achievements and growth throughout the baccalaureate program.

Credits: 3

ADVISORY

To participate fully in course activities you need to have daily access to a personal computer and command of certain basic computer skills including the ability to send and receive e-mails with attachments.

In addition, your computer will need to meet the following minimum specifications.

COURSE TOPICS

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After successfully completing this course, the student will be able to: 

 

COURSE MATERIALS

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  

Other Required Media

Additional Resources

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

COURSE STRUCTURE

Nursing Informatics (NUR-340) is a three-credit online course, consisting of 11 modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

 

 

 

 

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in 15 online discussion forums and complete 6 written assignments.

 

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in 15 graded discussion forums. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. There is also an ungraded but required Introductions Forum in Module 1 and an ungraded but required Reflection Forum in week 12.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics folder in the top section of the course Web site is the online discussion forum rubric used to aid in the grading of all online discussion assignments.

For posting guidelines, discussion posting requirements particular to the nursing courses, and additional help, please see the Online Student Handbook and the Nursing Student Handbook located within the General Information section of the course Web site.  

Written Assignments

You are required to complete six written assignments.    

 

  1. The first written assignment is a paper called Bio Sketch” that is worth 5% of your grade.
  2. The second written assignment is a paper called “Letter and Spreadsheet” that is worth 10% of your final grade.
  3. The third written assignment is an e-Portfolio activity called “Create the e-Portfolio ‘About Me Page’  that is worth 15% of your grade.
  4. The fourth written assignment is a paper called “Annotated Bibliography” that is worth 15% of your grade.
  5. The fifth written assignment is a paper called Nursing Informatics Paper” that is worth 20% of your grade.
  6. The sixth written assignment is a presentation called Nursing Informatics Presentation” that is worth 15% of your grade.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics folder in the top section of the course Web site are the rubrics used to aid in the grading of each written assignment.

See course Calendar for due dates.

For additional help regarding preparing and submitting assignments, see the online Student Handbook and the Nursing Handbook located within the General Information section of the course Web site.  

Turnitin Requirement for Annotated Bibliography Assignment (Module 4)

You are required to submit the written assignment in Module 4 (an annotated bibliography) to Turnitin.com, an academic plagiarism prevention site, prior to submitting the assignment within your course space. You will receive immediate written feedback from Turnitin regarding writing style as well as a plagiarism gauge with tips for proper citations. You then have the opportunity to edit your assignment with this feedback in mind and resubmit it to Turnitin for additional checking. Once you are satisfied with the project, you are required to submit the Turnitin feedback (also known as the originality report)  for the final version along with the project itself within the course space.

Read carefully the documents at the following links, as they will give you instructions for this requirement:

Turnitin Student Manual

Turnitin FAQ

The course ID and password that you will need in order to create an account may be found at the following link. Look within Step 1, locating your course ID and password by term.

Course ID and Password by Term

This information can also be found within Using Turnitin for Assignments. You can locate this document in the topic list area of your course space.

Students please note: You have the option of submitting any of your assignments to Turnitin.com. Submit any additional assignments through the slots with the optional label. However, submitting other assignments is NOT a requirement and you should not submit originality reports for these assignments to your mentor.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

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

A

=

93100

A–

=

9092

B+

=

8889

B

=

8387

B–

=

8082

C+

=

7879

C

=

7377

C–

=

7072

D

=

6069

F

=

Below 60

Course Grade Requirements by Program of Study

For courses taken in  Accelerated 2nd Degree Program

Students enrolled in the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN program must earn a grade of B- (80) or better in the nursing courses for the credit to be accepted toward the degree.

For courses taken in BSN programs (RN-BSN)

Students enrolled in the BSN degree program must earn a grade of C (73) or better in the nursing courses for the credit to be accepted toward the degree.

For courses taken in MSN programs

Students enrolled in the MSN degree program must earn a grade of C (73) or better in the nursing courses for the credit to be accepted toward the degree.

For courses taken in Graduate Nursing Certificate Programs

Students enrolled in the graduate nursing certificate programs must earn a grade of B (83) or better for the course to be applied to program requirements.

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 Ask the Mentor Forum.

LATENESS POLICY

Written assignments should be submitted no later than the due date unless prior arrangements are made with the mentor and a new due date is established. If a student submits an assignment after the due date without having made arrangements with the mentor, a minimum of five points, (based on an assignment grading scale of 100 points), or 5% of the total points, will be deducted for each week, or part thereof, that the assignment is late. Discussion Board assignments must be done in the week they are due, or points will be forfeited.

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

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

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

 

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students at Thomas Edison State College 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 College 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 College 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 College Catalog and online at www.tesc.edu.

 

 

Plagiarism

Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Thomas Edison State College 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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