Syllabus for NUR-418



This course provides an introduction to evidence-based nursing practice and research. Learners will focus on the critical thinking skills required to identify and appraise the best evidence available to support nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on the components of the research process and the professional nurse’s role in application of research as well as subsequent improvement in healthcare.



After completing this course, you should be able to:

CO1        Discuss the research process and its relationship to evidence-based practice

CO2        Apply the components of the research process using the appropriate language and terminology.

CO3        Evaluate research findings employing critical appraisal of the problem, methods, and findings.

CO4        Evaluate research studies in terms of evidence, validity, reliability, and quality.

CO5        Identify strategies for disseminating research findings in nursing


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

Required Textbooks

(Learners may already have a copy of this publication manual.)

Other Resources


Research in Nursing is a three-credit online course, consisting of twelve modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums and complete written assignments. See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Please note: (1) Rewriting or resubmitting assignments is not permitted; (2) no assignments may be submitted after the last day of the course without an approved extension; and (3) extension requests must be approved by the mentor and submitted by the student to the Registrar's Office prior to the last day of the course.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in twelve 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.

Note: The minimum participation requirement for discussion forum activities is at least three posts on at least three different days—an initial post responding to the questions and at least two posts to at least two classmates. Located within the Evaluation Rubrics folder on the course website is the online discussion forum rubric used to grade all online discussions.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete four written assignments. Three of the assignments are papers that are part of a “Putting Research into Practice” project. The fourth is a quantitative research critique paper.  


  1. Written Assignment 1 is a paper called “Putting Research into Practice, Paper 1” worth 10% of your grade.
  2. Written Assignment 2 is a paper called “Putting Research into Practice, Paper 2” worth 10% of your final grade.
  3. Written Assignment 3 is a paper called “Putting Research into Practice, Paper 3” worth 20% of your grade.
  4. Written Assignment 4 is a paper called “Quantitative Research Critique Paper” is worth 30% of your final grade.

All written assignments must follow APA style, including in-text citations and references.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course Web site are the rubrics used to aid in the grading of all written assignments.


You are required to submit all four (4) written assignments in this course to, an academic plagiarism prevention site, prior to submitting the assignment within your course space.

You will be able to view your originality report  from Turnitin, which will provide information regarding writing style as well as a plagiarism gauge with tips for proper citations (see the FAQ page, linked below, for further information). Based on this feedback you will have the option to keep the original attempt or to choose to edit your assignment and resubmit it one more time to Turnitin (you will be allowed only one additional attempt). Please note: you will still need to submit the final version of your assignment in the course space.

Read carefully the document at the following link, as it will give you instructions for this requirement:

Turnitin FAQ Page


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities 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:






























Below 60

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

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 Forum assignments must be done in the week they are due, or points will be forfeited.


First Steps to Success

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

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


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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