Syllabus for NUR-711
NURSING INFORMATICS: CONSUMER INFORMATICS AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES
Learners explore communication technologies and their use in meeting consumer needs. The course emphasizes empowering patients and consumers to safely obtain information, services, and emotional support through effective use of health information technologies. Topics include communication technologies, cultural issues related to communication, Web 2.0 and healthcare related groups, consumer literacy, and telehealth/telenursing, especially related to the Hospital at Home concept.
Open only to RNs with a BSN degree or higher.
- Consumer Informatics: Development and Definitions
- Web 2.0 tools
- The Collaborative Edge: Patient Centered Communication and Empowerment
- The Internet and Healthcare Consumer Literacy
- Evaluation and Design for Consumer Health Information Websites
- TeleHealth and Telenursing: Hospital at Home
- Nursing focus on Informatics and Consumers
- Future Issues for Nursing, Healthcare, and Consumers
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
- examine developments in consumer informatics related to communication technologies, health care consumer empowerment, and current and future challenges; (CO1)
- evaluate consumer health information websites for quality of design and content; (CO2)
- develop consumer health information deliverables; (CO3)
- investigate the impact of ethical, legal, cultural, and technological issues on consumer informatics; (CO4)
- apply communication technologies to manage communication and socialization among and between individuals, groups, and healthcare providers;(CO5)
- evaluate technology tools that support consumer informatics and telehealth; and (CO6)
- explore issues related to telehealth, telenursing, electronic medical records, and personal health records. (CO7)
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.
- American Nurses Association. (2009). Nursing administration: Scope and standards of practice. Silver Spring, MD: Author.
- American Nurses Association. (2008). Nursing informatics: Scope and standards of practice. Silver Spring, MD: Author.
- American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
- Lewis, D., Eysenbach, G., Kukafka, R., Stavri, P, and Jimison, H. (2005). Consumer Health Informatics: Informing Consumers and Improving Health Care. Secaucus, NJ: Springer.
- Please see the additional resource section of the course website for a list of additional course resources..
NURSING INFORMATICS: Consumer Informatics and Communications Technologies (NUR-711) is a three-credit online course, consisting of eight (8) modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.
- Module 1: Consumer Informatics – Development and Definitions
Course objectives covered in this module include CO1
Course objectives covered in this module include CO5 & 6
- Module 3: The Collaborative Edge: Patient Centered Communication and Empowerment
Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, 4, 5, & 6
- Module 4: The Internet and Healthcare Consumer Literacy
Course objectives covered in this module include CO1 & 4
- Module 5: Evaluation and Design for Consumer Health Information
Course objectives covered in this module include CO2 & 3
- Module 6: Telehealth and Telenursing: Hospital at Home
Course objectives covered in this module include CO4, 6 & 7
- Module 7: Nursing Focus on Informatics and Consumers
Course objectives covered in this module include CO7
- Module 8: Future Issues for Nursing, Healthcare, and Consumers
Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, 4 & 7
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.
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
You are required to participate in 10 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.
You are required to complete six written assignments.
- The first written assignment, WA #1, is a paper called Consumer Assessment Part 1 that is worth 10% of your grade
- The second written assignment, WA #2, is a video and commentary called Consumer Assessment Part 2 that is worth 15% of your final grade.
- The third written assignment, WA #3, is a paper called Evaluation of a Web 2.0 Tool that is worth 10% of your grade.
- The fourth written assignment, WA #4, is a production and commentary called Consumer Health Information Product that is worth 15% of your final grade.
- The fifth written assignment, WA #5, is a paper called White Paper that is worth 14% of your grade.
- The sixth written assignment, WA #6, is a paper called Future Issues that is worth 16% 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 assignment.
See course Calendar for due dates.
Turnitin Requirement for White Paper (Module 7)
You are required to submit Written Assignment 5 in Module 7 (White Paper) to Turnitin.com, an academic plagiarism prevention 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 assignment, you are required to submit the Turnitin feedback (also known as the originality report) for the final version along with the assignment 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
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 Turnitin.com. 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.
GRADING AND EVALUATION
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
- Online discussions (10) - 20 percent
- WA #1 - Consumer Assessment Part 1 - 10 percent
- WA #2 - Consumer Assessment Part 2 - 15 percent
- WA #3 - Evaluation of a Web 2.0 Tool - 10 percent
- WA #4 - Consumer Health Information Product - 15 percent
- WA #5 - White Paper - 14 percent
- WA #6 - Future Issues - 16 percent
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:
Course Grade Requirements by Program of Study
For courses taken in Accelerated 2nd Degree Program
Students enrolled in the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN program must earn a grade of B- (80) or better in the nursing courses for the credit to be accepted toward the degree.
For courses taken in BSN programs (RN-BSN)
Students enrolled in the BSN degree program must earn a grade of C (73) or better in the nursing courses for the credit to be accepted toward the degree.
For courses taken in MSN programs
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.
For courses taken in Graduate Nursing Certificate Programs
Students enrolled in the graduate nursing certificate programs 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 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 Board assignments 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:
- Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.
- Take the time to read the entire Online Student Handbook and the School of Nursing Student Handbook. These handbooks, which can be found under "Student Support" within the General Information course section, answer many questions about how to proceed through the course and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State College.
- All assignments, including the Online Discussion Forums, are graded using a rubric. Be sure to consult the appropriate rubric in the Evaluation Rubrics section of each course for the specific requirements of each assignment.
- Utilize the writing resources for APA, listed in the "Educational Resources - Writing Style Guides" within the General Information course section, to help you use this format correctly.
- Online tutoring assistance is available through Smarthinking.com located in the "Educational Resources - Online Tutoring Resources" within the General Information course section.
- Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.
- If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting assignments before class begins.
- Note to MSN Students Only. A Synthesis Paper is required for all students in the MSN program. Information on the paper's requirements is available under the MSN Information section of the course. Please read and familiarize yourself with the synthesis paper requirements early in the program.
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 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.
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 can take the following forms:
- Gaining or providing unauthorized access to examinations or using unauthorized materials during exam administration
- Submitting credentials that are false or altered in any way
- Plagiarizing (including copying and pasting from the Internet without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources)
- Forgery, fabricating information or citations, or falsifying documents
- Submitting the work of another person in whole or in part as your own (including work obtained through document sharing sites, tutoring schools, term paper companies, or other sources)
- Submitting your own previously used assignments without prior permission from the mentor
- Facilitating acts of dishonesty by others (including making tests, papers, and other course assignments available to other students, either directly or through document sharing sites, tutoring schools, term paper companies, or other sources)
- Tampering with the academic work of other students
Please refer to the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the College Catalog and online at www.tesc.edu.
Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. 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, 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
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:
- Lower or failing grade for an assignment
- Lower or failing grade for the course
- Rescinding credits
- Rescinding certificates or degrees
- Recording academic sanctions on the transcript
- Suspension from the College
- Dismissal from the College
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