Adult Critical Care

Course Details

Course Number: 3543  Section Number: X1

Spring 2011

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: On-Line

Days & Times:


Course Attachments

Syllabus  Critical Care Online Syllabus 2011-20120322-151714.doc


MSU Faculty Member
Tammy Reitz Kurszewski M.Ed., RRT   
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Course Objectives


The focus of this on-line course is a thorough review of ventilatory support techniques.  Emphasis is placed on adult applications; however some neonatal and pediatric support techniques may be covered.  Topics include etiology of respiratory failure, physical implications of positive pressure ventilation, methods of providing support, prescribing machine settings and managing the patient-ventilator system, hemodynamic and gas exchange monitoring, weaning techniques and non-invasive applications.



Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:


  1.  Define basic modes utilized in mechanical ventilation of the adult patient.
  2.  Describe advanced modes utilized with mechanical ventilation.
  3.  Describe the utilization of inhaled aerosols in the critical care patient.
  4.  Describe current strategies utilized in the monitoring of the critically ill patient.
  5.  Discuss the ethical aspects of advanced directives and mechanical ventilation.

Course Expectations





Each week a hot topic assignment will be posted asking the student to research a specific subject currently on the forefront of respiratory care.  Each student is required to locate one peer-reviewed journal article published within the past five years pertaining to the question posed and post either that article or a link to that article on the discussion board.  The student should provide a brief summary, approximately 300 words, of the posted article.  The student is encouraged to include personal opinions and insight as appropriate to the subject matter.  This summary should be well written and should utilize proper grammar.  The summary should be posted on the discussion board along with the referenced article. 




Each student is expected to review and comment on a minimum of two hot topic assignments.  The student is expected to have reviewed the posted article and the summary.  Feedback should be well thought out and constructive in nature.  Feedback should be posted under the Dialogue and Discussion Link associated with the Weekly Hot Topic. 


                        SUGGESTIONS FOR FEEDBACK:

  • Did the student clearly demonstrate all learning objectives?
  • Did the student hold the learners interests?
  • Was this paper adequate for the criteria outlined in the course? 
  • Did the student close the paper effectively by summarizing the major points?
  • What did you learn from reading this article and summary?



 Each student will be asked to review and provide feedback to three articles posted as part of their hot topic assignment in the format of a dialectical journal.  A dialectical journal is a double-entry note taking system that helps one to read critically and encourages the habit of reflective questioning.  Students may choose any three articles, not necessarily their own.  The student should have a minimum of 15 entries with comments for each.  Dialectical journals are due Week 5 (2/18), Week 11 (4/1) and Week 16 (5/6).  These journals should be submitted under the Assignment Icon.



The intent of this project is to share ideas and advance student knowledge of modalities utilized for the management of the critically ill respiratory patient.  You will be required to submit a power point presentation on a specific adult critical care therapeutic technique that you are interested in.  Power points should be around 20-25 slides.  Examples of advance practice techniques include advanced ventilator modes, Nitric Oxide, jet ventilation, optimal PEEP, or other innovative strategies incorporated in the critical care setting.  This may be a strategy recently adopted by your facility or a modality you consider cutting edge in the world of respiratory care.  The project should include indications, contraindications, hazards, and desired outcomes. You must cite your references at the end of your project.    The project must have at least 5 references. References must be current (within the last 5 years).  Use scholarly sources; cite according to APA style.  Please refer to the following description and specifics:


            Project Format Description and Specifications:

            Each student will submit their project in a PowerPoint presentation.


            Sections that must be addressed:


            Title slide: Title of your project, your name, course name and number, instructor’s name, and date.



            This section introduces background information about the modality being presented.



            This section allows for in-depth description of chosen modality. 



            List indications associated with utilization of modality.



            List contraindications associated with utilization of modality.


Desired Outcomes:

This section provides detailed information in reference to outcomes associated with utilization of proposed intervention.


Reference slide:

References should be in alphabetical order and conform to the APA format.   


Evaluation Criteria:


Each presentation will be graded on the following:

  1. Professional appearance of the presentation
  2. Ease of reading/viewing and understanding information
  3. Logical organization of material presented
  4. Critical thinking in the analysis and synthesis of the research articles used
  5. Accuracy of information reflected
  6. Title slide included
  7. Introduction:
  8. Gives adequate background information to problem being addressed?
  9. Stated clearly?
    1. Well focused (Not too broadly conceived?)
    2. Includes topic sections and headings?
    3. All required sections noted and complete.
    4. References cited correctly?





Power point topics are due Week 4 (2/11) and should be posted under the Power Point Topic Link. Completed projects are due Week 16 (5/6).

Grading Standards



            Hot Topic Assignments             20%

            Discussion                                12%

            Dialectical Journals (3)               18%

            PowerPoint Project                    50%

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy



Anything not completed and handed in on time will be subjected to a 10% per day penalty (weekends and holidays excluded). 

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

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Attendance Requirements


Regular class attendance is expected, and is used for grading purposes. Attendance may be evaluated on the basis of the student’s frequency of log-in’s or participation in course postings.  There is a direct correlation between grades and class participation.  Students who check the site regularly and participate typically do better in the course.  Although the syllabus includes an approximate calendar, changes can occur during the year.  If changes are made it is the student’s responsibility to check the site for any changes posted by the instructor.  It is also the student’s responsibility to keep up with material as it is posted on the site.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.