Syllabus for NUR-710

Testing, Assessment, and Evaluation


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Course emphasis is on preparing teachers in nursing curricula to focus on learning outcomes. The concepts of measurement and evaluation are examined as the basis for studying how instruction, testing, assessment, and evaluation of student learning are interrelated. Formative and summative and qualitative and quantitative assessment methodologies are applied to evaluate instruction and learning in various educational settings.

Advisory: Courses equivalent to NUR-630-NG: Theoretical Foundations and Instructional Strategies in Nursing Education and NUR-700-NG: Curriculum, Theory and Development in Nursing Education are required to be successful in NUR-710-NG: Testing, Assessment and Evaluation. Students are responsible for having acquired this knowledge prior to registering for NUR-710-NG.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Use appropriate evaluation strategies for theoretical and clinical practice learning outcomes.
  2. Demonstrate skill in test design, construction, and analysis.
  3. Apply finding from formative and summative evaluations to improve the teaching-learning process.
  4. Provide appropriate feedback to learners and stakeholders.

COURSE MATERIALS

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

COURSE STRUCTURE

Testing, Assessment, and Evaluation is a three-credit online course, consisting of ten modules. Modules include topics, learning objectives, study materials, and assignments. Module titles are listed below.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online Discussion Forums and Group Practice Exercise Forums and to complete written assignments. See below for details.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in ten (10) graded discussion forums in addition to an ungraded but required Introductions Forum.

Group Practice Exercise Forums

You are required to participate in seven (7) Group Practice Exercise Forums. These group activities are not graded but will be indicated in your gradebook with a complete or incomplete.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete four (4) written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

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

=

93–100

B–

=

80–82

A–

=

90–92

C+

=

78–79

B+

=

88–89

C

=

73–77

B

=

83–87

F

=

Below 73

Students 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 Graduate Nursing Certificate program must earn a grade of B (83) or better for the course to be applied to program requirements.

Students enrolled in the MSN degree program must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA 3.0 or better to graduate.

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 activities must be done in the week they are due, or points 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:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students at Thomas Edison State College 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 College 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 College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:

Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.

A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or the College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.

If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.

Plagiarism

Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College 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, 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 the 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.

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