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Syllabus for NUR-631-OL
Description | Topics | Objectives | Materials | Structure | Assessment | Grading | Strategies

Course Description

This course provides students with a sequential process that supports the successful implementation of an information system within a variety of healthcare settings. Various techniques and skills will be presented that assist healthcare organizations in advancing through the stages of a system’s life cycle.  Emphasis is placed on the role of the nursing informatics specialist within this process.

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Course Topics

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Course Objectives

After completing this course, the student should be able to: 


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Course Materials

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


Required Materials  

American Nurses Association. (2008). Nursing informatics: Scope and standards of practice. Silver Spring, MD: Author. (ISBN 978-1-55810-256-9)

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. (ISBN-13: 9781433805615

Hebda, T. & Czar, P. (2009). Handbook of Informatics for nurses & healthcare professionals (4th ed).  (Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9), Upper Saddle River, NJ:Pearson     (ISBN-13: 9780135043943)

Houston, S., & Bove, L. (2007). Project management for healthcare informatics. New York, NY: Springer. (ISBN-13: 9780387736822)

Additional Resources

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Course Structure

Nursing Informatics: Systems Life Cycle (NUR-631) is a three-credit online course, consisting of 11 modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and assignments. Module titles are listed below.


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Assessment Methods

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


Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Online Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in 11 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. 

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course website 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.  

Independent Learning Activities (ILA)

You are required to complete eight, ungraded, Independent Learning Activities.  

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

Written Assignments

You are required to complete four written assignments.  

The first written assignment, WA #1, is a PowerPoint Presentation titled Project Charter.

The second written assignment, WA #2, is a paper titled Implementation Plan.

 The third written assignment, WA #3, is an organizational chart titled Project Committee Organizational Chart.

The fourth written assignment, WA #4, is a paper titled Educational & Communication Plan.

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

See course Calendar for due dates.

Go to the Submit Assignments area of the course Web site to submit all written assignments.

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.    
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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
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. Students enrolled in the Nurse Educator Certificate program must earn a grade of B (83) or better for the course to be applied to program requirements.

 All website 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.

Written assignments will be submitted on the date due unless prior arrangements are made with the mentor and a new due date is established. If a student submits a late assignment without having made other arrangements with the mentor, one point per day will be deducted. Discussion board assignments must be completed in the allotted time frame or points for those 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:


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.


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