Syllabus for NUR-531




Nursing Informatics combines knowledge and skills from nursing science, computer science, information science and cognitive science to design and implement automated systems that support the nursing process in the delivery of healthcare services. Within this course, major topics related to nursing informatics and related fields will be explored. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of how automation is used to manage information in healthcare and the nurse's role in the process. This graduate-level overview course provides required informatics knowledge and skills for all learners as well as the foundation for all additional informatics courses.

Open only to Thomas Edison State University learners enrolled in the BSN and the MSN degree programs and to non-enrolled RNs with a BSN degree.


Advisory: A course equivalent to NUR-340-NU Nursing Informatics is required to be successful in NUR-531-NG. Learners are responsible for ensuring they have acquired the knowledge needed prior to registering for NUR-531.



After completing this course, the learner will be able to do the following.


  1. Analyze theories, principles, and concepts underpinning the field of healthcare and nursing informatics (CO1)
  2. Use appropriate nomenclatures, vocabularies, terminologies, ontologies, and taxonomies in relation to automated systems (CO2)
  3. Integrate information technology (IT) culture, processes, roles, related terminology, and applications in the practice of nursing (CO3)
  4. Participate as a team member in the information systems life cycle.  (CO4)
  5. Examine issues for regulation, accreditation, and security of automated applications in health care. (CO5)
  6. Analyze the impact of informatics in health care delivery and health care providers. (CO6)
  7. Provide consumers and healthcare institutions with information to access, evaluate, and use electronic healthcare information and resources. (CO7)



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

Required Materials  

ISBN-13: 978-1558102569

ISBN-13: 9781433805615

ISBN-13: 978-1118173534

Additional Resources



Nursing Informatics: Concepts and Issues (NUR-531) is a three-credit online course, consisting of nine modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.


Course objectives covered in this module include CO3, CO6


Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, CO2, CO3

Course objectives covered in this module include CO3, CO4, CO6

Course objectives covered in this module include CO3, CO4, CO6, CO7

Course objectives covered in this module include CO3, CO4, CO6

Course objectives covered in this module include CO2, CO3, CO5, CO6

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, CO2, CO3

Course objectives covered in this module include CO2, CO7

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1,CO2, CO3, CO4, CO5, CO6, CO7



For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in 13 online discussion forums, five independent learning activities and complete five written assignments. See below for more details.


Consult the Course Calendar for assignment 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.

Online Discussion Forums (DF)

You are required to participate in 12 graded discussion forums. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. There is also an ungraded but required introduction 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.

Independent Learning Activities (ILA)

There are five, ungraded, Independent Learning Activities which are included to supplement and enhance the learning experience.    

The details of, and requirements for, each of the ILAs are contained in the relevant modules under Assignments.

Written Assignments (WA)

You are required to complete five written assignments.  

  1. The first written assignment, WA 1, is a paper called Nursing Informatics Theory Paper, and is worth 15 percent of your final grade.
  2. The second written assignment, WA 2, is a case study paper called Case Study #3 - Selection of a Patient Safety Strategy, and is worth 10 percent of your final grade.
  3. The third written assignment, WA 3, is a case study paper called Case Study #15 - Breaching the Security of an Internet Patient Portal, and is worth 10 percent of your final grade.
  4. The fourth written assignment, WA 4, is a case study paper called Case Study # 8 Implementing a Telemedicine Solution, and is worth 10 percent of your final grade.
  5. The fifth written assignment, WA 5, is the course term paper and is called Term Paper, and is worth 25 percent of your final grade.


Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course website are the written assignment rubrics used to aid in the grading of each written assignments.

See Course Calendar for due dates.

Turnitin Requirement for Nursing Informatics Theory Paper Assignment (Module 2)

You are required to submit written assignment 1 (a nursing informatics theory paper) to, an academic plagiarism prevention site. It will be necessary to complete your work with the site prior to submitting the assignment, along with the Turnitin originality report, to the assignment link 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 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.


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 73

To receive MSN credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of B or better, based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, papers, discussion postings, etc.). BSN students receiving a C, C+, or B– will earn credit toward the BSN degree but not toward the MSN degree should they decide to apply or continue on for the MSN degree. BSNA students receiving a C+ or B– will earn credit toward the BSNA degree but not toward the MSN degree should they decide to apply or continue on for the MSN degree.

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:


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.


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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