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Syllabus for NUR-701-OL
 
NURSING INFORMATICS: Databases and Knowledge Management
 
Description | Topics | Objectives | Materials | Structure | Assessment | Grading | Strategies
 

Course Description

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive foundation in the relationship between data, information, knowledge, and wisdom by examining database design standards and issues. Students explore the relationship between knowledge discovery and databases as they relate to nursing and healthcare delivery. Concepts of data warehousing, data mining, knowledge management, and data security/access will be explored.

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Course Topics

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Course Objectives

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

 
  1. analyze the relationship between data, information, knowledge, and wisdom as it applies to the field of healthcare and nursing informatics; 
  2. apply database design standards in creating a simple nursing related database;
  3. examine current standard databases used in healthcare delivery;
  4. examine the issues related to security/access, data integrity, data mining, data warehousing, and knowledge management; 
  5. use data manipulation techniques to present data for impact and decision support;
  6. evaluate automated applications and approaches supporting knowledge discovery, decision support, and expert systems; and 
  7. explore current and future challenges with database and knowledge management systems as they relate to the role of nurses and healthcare delivery.

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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)

Kroenke, D. & Auer, D. (2011). Database Concepts (5/E ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall. (ISBN: 10-0138018804)

Grain, H. & Proctoer, P. (2009). Using Health Data: Applying Technology to Work Smarter. Marrickville, NSW/Australia: Elsevier. (ISBN: 978-0-7295-3889-3)

Wickramasinghe, N., Bali, R.K., Lehaney, B, Schaffer, J.& Gibbons, C. (2009). Healthcare Knowledge Management Primer. New York, NY: Routledge. (ISBN: 978-0-415-9944-6)

Additional Resources

 
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Course Structure

NURSING INFORMATICS: Databases and Knowledge Management  (NUR-701) is a three-credit online course, consisting of seven 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 online discussion forums and complete written assignments. See below for more details.

 

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.


Online Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in nine 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.  


Written Assignments 

You are required to complete thirteen written assignments.  


  1. The first written assignment, WA #1, is a "Journal Entry" paper called Journal Entry #1 that is worth 3% of your grade
  2. The second written assignment, WA #2, is a paper called Journal Entry #2 that is worth 3% of your final grade.
  3. The third written assignment, WA #3, is an MS Excel assignment called Excel Assignment that is worth 10% of your grade.
  4. The fourth written assignment, WA #4, is an MS Access Assignment called Access Assignment that is worth 15% of your final grade.
  5. The fifth written assignment, WA #5, is a paper called Journal Entry #3 that is worth 3% of your grade.
  6. The sixth written assignment, WA #6, is a paper called Search Assignment that is worth 5% of your final grade.
  7. The seventh written assignment, WA #7, is a paper called Journal Entry #4 that is worth 3% of your grade.
  8. The eighth written assignment, WA #8, is a paper called Data Mining that is worth 10% of your grade.
  9. The ninth written assignment, WA #9, is a paper called Data Presentation that is  worth 10% of your grade.
  10. The tenth written assignment, WA #10, is a paper called Journal Entry #5 that is  worth 3% of your grade.
  11. The eleventh written assignment, WA #11, is a paper called Journal Entry #6 that is  worth 3% of your grade.
  12. The twelfth written assignment, WA #12, is a paper called Journal Entry #7 that is  worth 2% of your grade.
  13. The thirteenth written assignment, WA #13, is a paper called Paper and Presentation that is  worth 10% of your 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 assignment.

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.

NOTE
 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.

LATENESS POLICY
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.

  
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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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