Syllabus for NUR-721



The Nursing Informatics Seminar and Practicum I and II are closely aligned. The two practicums provide a capstone experience for applying knowledge and skills acquired during the nursing informatics program. Practicum I and II are scheduled in the same healthcare setting. Learners select their learning environment based on course objectives and their professional goals, needs, and interests. In Nursing Informatics Seminar and Practicum I, learners, working with the online mentor and on-ground preceptor, develop a plan for practicum activities and select, initiate, and implement informatics related projects that may continue into the second practicum. Learners reflectively discuss their experiences, projects, and related learning in the online seminar. This course requires completion of 120 practicum hours.


Prerequisites: All other MSN degree and Nursing Informatics Certificate requirements except NUR-731: Nursing Informatics Seminar and Practicum II.*

Submission of all documents and requirements outlined in the Practicum Packet including a criminal background check.

*Learners may register for one elective concurrent with this course

Advisory:  Learners who do not have updated e-portfolios will not be able to register for this course.  Learners should have access to a webcam.



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



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  

ISBN: 978-1-55810-580-5

ISBN: 9781433805615

ISBN: 0132574950

ISBN: 978-1-4419-2352-3

Additional Resources



NURSING INFORMATICS: Practicum I (NUR-721) is a three-credit online course, consisting of twelve (12) modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.


Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, CO2, CO5.

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1.

Course objectives covered in this module include CO6.

Course objectives covered in this module include CO2, CO6.

Course objectives covered in this module include CO6.

Course objectives covered in this module include CO2, CO3, CO5, CO6.

Course objectives covered in this module include CO4, CO5, CO6.

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, CO2, CO3, CO4, CO5, CO6.

Course objectives covered in this module include CO2, CO3, CO4, CO5, CO6.

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, CO2, CO3, CO4, CO5, CO6.

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, CO2, CO3, CO4, CO5, CO6.

Course objectives covered in this module include CO2, CO3, CO4, CO5, CO6.


Formal course work in NUR-721 requires your participation in 12 online discussion forums (DFs), two written assignments, four Journals and Logs, and two practicum assignments. See below for 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 focus on a variety of topics associated with course modules. Each graded Discussion Forum is worth 2% of the total course grade. An ungraded, but required, introduction forum is in Module 1; an ungraded, but required, reflection forum is in Module 12.

The Discussion Forum evaluation rubric, used to grade Discussion Forum responses, is in the Evaluation Rubrics folder in the "top" section of the online course.

Journal and Logs

The purpose of the four Journal and Log assignments is for the student to document progress in meeting:

Practicum Assignments

The NUR-721 Practicum Evaluation requires input from the student, the practicum preceptor, and the course mentor on the Practicum Evaluation Tool. The description of the Practicum Evaluation Process follows.

The NUR-721 Practicum Evaluation includes a Practicum Hours Log in which the student documents the following for each practicum day:

Note: These directions and the grading rubric for this assignment will be used to evaluate and grade your assignment. Please refer to the details of each when preparing your assignment.

The Evaluation of Practicum and Preceptor requires the student to evaluate the practicum site and the practicum preceptor. The evaluation form (NUR-721 Student Evaluation of Practicum and Preceptor 3.19.14.doc) is available in the Practicum Forms folder at the "top" of the NUR-721 course. The student submits the completed form to the NUR-721 online course. The evaluation must be completed for the student to pass the course. The mentor grades the completed evaluation form as "Pass" or "Fail".

Written Assignments

You are required to complete two written assignments:

Student Portfolio

See the Course Reflection section of the course site for information about the Student Portfolio.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:


All graded 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:































Below 60


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 website, 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.


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps.


Study Tips

 Consider the following study tip 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.

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 can take the following forms:

Please refer to the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the College Catalog and online at


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

Disciplinary Process

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:

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