Syllabus for NUR-631



Nursing Informatics: Systems Life Cycle focuses on systems development life cycle (SDLC), change management, and project management concepts. Students monitor and evaluate application of SDLC, change management, and project management concepts for an information system project.



After completing this course, students should be able to:

CO1        Evaluate to what degree a healthcare organization applies Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) concepts, project management concepts, and change management concepts for an information systems project.

CO2        Critique to what degree a healthcare organization aligns an information systems project with the organization’s vision, mission, and goals.

CO3        Critique how a healthcare organization uses communication concepts and/or processes while carrying out an information systems project.

CO4        Assess leadership strategies a healthcare organization applies for an information systems project.

CO5        Synthesize critical thinking and analysis regarding Systems Development Life Cycle application for an information system project.


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 Textbook

ISBN-13:  978-1-55810-579-9

ISBN-13: 978-1433805615

ISBN-13:  978-0-13-257495-2

ISBN:  978-1-4419-2352-3

ISBN:  9781938835667

Accessing Research Journals and Articles

Throughout the course, you may find that current literature in journals listed below can inform discussion forums and written assignments when other information resources are not available or lack substance.

To access some of the above journals (indicated with an asterisk) and other articles listed throughout the course, you will need to use the New Jersey State Library, which you can find through the myEdison portal under the Educational tab in the My Resources block.

You will need a library card to access the NJ State Library, which is free for TESU students. Be sure to apply early in the semester, as it may take several weeks to receive your card. 

Note: Prevalence of predatory journals that publish questionable material has become a problem. Before January 2017, it was possible to consult an online resource, Beall’s List, which identified “potential, possible, or probably predatory” publishers and journals. That resource is no longer available. However, you can review the article referenced below to learn more about predatory journals and avoiding them as information resources for course assignments.

Hansoti, B., Langdorf, M.I., & Murphy, L.S.  (2016).  Discriminating between legitimate and predatory open access journals: Report from the International Federation for Emergency Medicine Research Committee.  Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, 17(5), 497-507.  Retrieved from


Nursing Informatics: Systems Life Cycle is a three-credit online course consisting of 5 modules, 8 discussion forums, 4 written assignments. 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. The purpose of discussion forums and written assignments is to stimulate your thinking about linking information from course reading material to information system projects. Information resources for those assignments include assigned textbook readings, additional readings listed in each module, and articles you identify from journals in the approved informatics journal list provided in this syllabus.

In addition, you may choose, but are not required, to engage in informal consultation with one or more persons experienced in working with information systems and/or information system projects, as an information resource. Consultation with an experienced information systems person can provide access to real world or observed information. Your reflection stimulated only by reading material can enable you to imagine, or predict, activities for a possible information system project. Discussion forum assignments list questions for both “Observed Project” and “Possible Project.”

If you choose to consult with a person experienced in working with information systems and/or information system projects, it is in your best interest to assure that person is able to discuss application of SDLC concepts, change management concepts, and/or project management concepts for either a completed information system project or an information system project currently underway. While maintaining a consultation relationship with a single resource person throughout the course is helpful, it is not required. Instead, you may consult with different people at different times throughout the course.

References for both discussion forums and written assignments must include all information resources, written and consultation(s).

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 complete eight discussion forums.

For discussion forums in modules 2-5, you may choose either the Observed Project option or the Possible Project option. You may switch back and forth between the options as assignments progress during the course. The purpose of discussion forum is to stimulate your thinking about linking reading material to a real world, or a possible real world, information system project.

Observed Project

Possible Project

This option is for students who negotiate  informal agreement with a person experienced in working with information system projects. The purpose of the informal agreement is for you to evaluate observations made by an experienced project participant regarding application of SDLC, change management, and/or project management concepts to system information projects. Maintaining this working relationship with a single information resource person throughout the course is helpful, but not required.

You will need to:

  • Ask a person experienced in working with information systems to be an informal information resource for course assignments.

  • Assure the informal information resource is able to discuss application of SDLC, change management and/or project management concepts for either a completed information system project or an information system project currently underway.

This option is for students who do not negotiate a continuing discussion with personnel experienced in working with information system projects. You will predict, instead of observe, how an organization might apply SDLC, change management, and/or project management concepts for a possible information system project.

You will need to:

  • Either use assigned reading and/or articles from the list of recommended journals as information resources.

  • Predict how an organization might apply SDLC, change management, and/or project management concepts to a possible information system project as required in course assignments.

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. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules and provide you the opportunity to synthesize information from course information resources to address specific issues that occur in working with the Systems Development Life Cycle, change management, and/or project management.


You are required to submit Written Assignments 2 and 4  in this course to, an academic plagiarism prevention site, prior to submitting the assignment within your course space.



For each, you will need to complete your work with the 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


Details on accessing and using Turnitin may be found at the following link: Turnitin Details

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.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All graded 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 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.).

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:


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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.

All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at

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:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

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 for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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