Evidence-Based Project III

Course Details

Course Number: NURS 6892  Section Number: X20

Spring 2013

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: Internet

Course Attachments


Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare  ISBN: 13-9781605477787

Harvard Business Essentials: Guide to Business Com  ISBN: 978-1591391135

Diffusion of Innovations  ISBN: 978-0743222099

Publication Manual of the American Psychological  ISBN: 978-1433805615

Managing Projects Large and Small  ISBN: 978-1591393214

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Karen Polvado   
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Course Objectives


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

  1. Design an evidence-based project
  2. Incorporate process and outcome evaluation of a project based upon project objectives
  3. Develop a detailed, specific evaluation plan for the project
  4. Incorporate recommended changes, revise, and complete the proposal for project
  5. Peer critique of evaluation plans and projects
  6. Present project to faculty committee

Course Expectations

Student Responsibilities and Class Requirements

Students are accountable for policies regarding graduate nursing programs and completion of requirements for all graduate students as stated in the Graduate Catalog and Graduate Student Handbook.  Students are responsible for making appointments with faculty concerning class assignments as necessary.  This is an online class and students are expected to access the course via Desire2Learn on a regular basis for updates and information.  All course requirements must be met in order to pass the course.

Grading Standards

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64 and below




Assessment Measure

% Course Grade

Class Participation (via discussion board)


Peer Critique


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Submission Format Policy


Submitting assignments. Attach your assignments as Word documents when you post them in the dropbox section of Desire2Learn.  Please make sure your assignments are in Word 2007 or newer.  Always keep a copy of your assignments for your own records.  All assignments should be submitted in the format required.  APA format should be utilized if a specific format is not disclosed. 

Note: 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


All assignments are due at 11:00 pm on the day due unless otherwise specified.  Any assignment received late will receive a penalty of 3 points for each day the assignment is late.

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.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Class Participation

Class participation for this course occurs via the discussion board on Desire2Learn.  Students are expected to answer/post discussion responses as assigned.  It is the student’s responsibility to post discussion responses in a timely manner and according to module instructions.


Other Policies

Course Orientation

The best way to get oriented to the course is to read the syllabus!  In addition, each student should become familiar with the Desire2Learn layout, i.e. how to access the discussion board and submit assignments.  If you have questions about the course content, please post your question in the Discussion Board on Desire2Learn under the topic of “Course Questions.”

Desire2Learn Based Readings and Content Modules

The primary purpose of providing additional readings and learning exercises is to supplement the accompanying texts.  They are not intended as a substitute for the text information.  It is intended to assist students in assimilating and integrating facts and ideas from the text and to provide additional information and current trends in prescribing.

Course folders. Course folders have been set up on the Desire2Learn discussion board to facilitate student discussion and discussion between students and faculty.  Course faculty and students can access and post messages related to this course in the folders.  Students are responsible for checking the folders frequently to see if there are any announcements.  You can also use the folders to discuss project and evaluation issues. There is also a Graduate Café that students may use to discuss non-course issues.  No faculty will read or respond to topics posted in this folder – it is for students only.

Academic Dishonesty

All students are expected to pursue their scholastic careers with honesty and integrity.  Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating on a test or other course work, plagiarism (offering the work of another as one’s own), and the unauthorized collaboration with another person.  Students found guilty of dishonesty in their scholastic pursuits are subject to penalties that may include suspension or expulsion from the University.

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 and authenticity, and for educational purposes.

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 http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.