Syllabus for NUR-730

Nursing Education Seminar and Online Practicum


The purpose of this course is for the student to integrate education, nursing and change theory, instructional strategies and clinical competence into the role of the nurse educator in an online setting. Students develop and conduct an individualized, educational Practicum in an online environment monitored by the mentor. Students engage in a reflective discussion of nursing education issues and experiences in the online seminar. This course requires completion of 120 Practicum hours. Submission of the e-portfolio and a synthesis paper will be required to demonstrate achievement of MSN program outcomes and competencies.


Students must demonstrate evidence of:

 *This course may be taken concurrently with one nursing elective.


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Integrate education theory and instructional strategies in an online setting.
  2. Demonstrate competency as an online nurse educator.
  3. Analyze strategies for organizational change.
  4. Effectively use the technological tools of a learning management system.
  5. Utilize best practices for adult online education.
  6. Demonstrate synthesis of MSN program outcomes through capstone synthesis paper and e-portfolio (MSN students only).


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.

Required Textbooks

Optional Textbook

Required Software

Internet Access


Nursing Education Seminar and Online Practicum is a three-credit online course, consisting of seven modules. Modules include topics, learning objectives, study materials, and assignments. Module titles are listed below.


Students will spend a minimum of 120 hours during the semester in online practicum-related activities. This includes working within a designated course shell. (See Online Practicum section below.)

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, and complete a final project. See below for details.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in seven graded discussion forums. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. There is also an ungraded but required Introductions Forum in Module 1 and an ungraded but required reflection forum in Week 12.

Written Activities

You are required to complete five (5) written activities, including two written activities associated with the Student-Led Discussion Forum and three written assignments.

Online Practicum

Students will be working within a practicum course shell and will be required to:

  1. Develop and facilitate two (2) content-driven discussion forums.
  2. Participate in an online seminar discussion.
  3. Develop a weekly Online Practicum Log to reflect on their practicum learning experiences and discuss required material. The minimum number of hours required for this practicum is 120.
  4. Students will also discuss the synthesis of knowledge and experiences gained throughout their program.
  5. All evaluation forms must be submitted at the completion of the course in order to meet the requirements of the course.

To facilitate the two content-driven, student-led discussion forums as part of the the online practicum, students are assigned to small peer groups by the mentor.

Student-Led Discussion Forum

You are required to develop, lead, and evaluate two online discussion forums.

For MSN Students Only

The Synthesis Paper and E-portfolio must be submitted in Week 4 of this course. See guidelines posted in the menu of every MSN course under ****MSN INFO****.


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:






























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.


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 tips for success:


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.


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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