1. Learning Modules: This course is comprised of three (3) learning modules. The faculty will post a learning module on WebCT pertaining to the topic under discussion. This module will contain required readings, activities or other learning opportunity.
2. Discussion Board or Blog Postings:Students will be assigned to discussion groups. Individuals in each group will respond to the designated discussion question(s) and participate in the group's discussion of the assigned topic. All students are expected to use current professional literature and other relevant resources in the discussions. References should be posted to the related section of the discussion board. Each student should participate by answering all discussion questions as well as responding to and engaging peers in the discussion. These postings are due by 10:00 pm on assigned dates. See the course calendar for specific dates. Discussion responses should be substantive, incorporating additional information from research / journal articles, policy papers, or other professional sources. Postings should be succinct and threaded appropriately. All postings will be made directly on the discussion board/blog (do not attach a Word document as your discussion posting.) Discussion/blog topics posted as attachments are difficult to read and therefore will not be graded.
All references will be from peer reviewed journals.
American Psychological Association (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
Barker, A. M. (Ed.) (2009). Advanced practice nursing: Essential knowledge for the profession. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers
Microphone for computer to participate in electronic classroom discussions. Camera is nice, but not required
In addition to the course textbooks, students and faculty will reference current literature for the exploration of issues in this course.
Course requirements and their associated contributions to the final grade are as follows:
Percentage of Final Grade
Online discussions and blogs
Note: An overall course grade of at least 80% must be achieved to progress in the Master of Science in Nursing Program. See pages 125-126 in the Graduate Catalog.
Discussions will be graded using the following criteria:
A= Participated in all aspects of the course. Contributions were substantive and demonstrated growth in depth and breadth of thinking. Challenged peers/countered their arguments. Supported position with appropriate literature and expertise.
B= Participated in all aspects of the course. Most contributions were substantive. Some growth demonstrated in depth and breadth of thinking. Hesitant to challenge peers or counter their arguments. Support for position not always substantiated or referenced.
C= Is late to participate in the course. Contributions are sparse and add little to the discussion. Seldom/never challenges peers or seldom/never enters into challenging discussion. Support for argument is based on personal opinion. Seldom uses current literature
All course work will be accomplished on Blackboard and the course Blog.
Timeliness of Work: We expect that your work will be turned in on time. A deduction will be taken every 24 hours a posting to the discussion board /blog is late.
Students are expected to fully participate in all virtual classroom activities and discussion assignments
Academic Honesty: The MSN Program expects the highest level of academic integrity of Master's students. Academic honesty involves the submission of work that is wholly the student's own work, unless group work has been authorized. In addition, academic honesty involves the citation of other authors' works according the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual. Plagiarism in any aspect of the course requirements results in no credit for that activity.
"By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a 'limited right' in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The 'limited right' shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student's work product in order to verify originality, authenticity, and educational purposes."
Americans with Disabilities Act:
The following is the ADA/504 statement that the faculty approved on May 9, 1995:
Midwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's disability and complies with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act in its admission, accessibility, and employment of individuals in programs and activities.
MSU provides academic accommodations and auxiliary aids to individuals with disabilities, as defined by law, who are otherwise qualified to meet academic employment requirements. For assistance, call (940) 397-4618 or (940) 397-4515, TDD.
Please see the instructor outside of class to make arrangements involving special accommodations.
It is the student's responsibility to declare any disabilities. After declaration, preferably at the beginning of each semester, the student needs to contact individual instructors to determine any reasonable accommodations that may be required.