Detailed Information for Marcy Beck

Marcy Beck 
Nursing, Wilson School of
 » Assistant Professor
Office Location
Bridwell Hall 308I
Office Hours

Monday 1000-1300, Tuesday 1500-1700 by appointment only. Wednesday 1000-1300, Thursday 1000-1200

Voice: (940) 397-4602
Fax: (940) 397-4911

Contact Information

My Websites

Regional Simulation Center


 Professional Conferences

22nd Annual Nurse Educators Conference in the Rockies, Breckenridge, CO, July 2011.

21st Annual Nurse Educators Conference in the Rockies, Breckenridge, CO, July 2010.

Leadership & innovation Symposium 2008, Graded Simulations: Objective Evaluation of Clinical Performance, University of Portland, Portland Oregon, July 19, 2008.

 Bridging the Gap Between Patient Safety and Nurse Competency: Pieces to Policy, Texas Nursing Competency Consortium, Lubbock, TX, Apr 30-May 02, 2008.

6th National Conference on Nursing Skills Laboratories, INACSL, Philadelphia, PA, June 2006.

 5th National Conference on Nursing Skills Laboratories, INACSL, San Antonio, TX, June 2005.

11th Annual International Nursing Simulation/Learning Resource Centers Conference, San Antonio, TX June 2012

Elsiever Faculty Development Conference, Las Vegas, January 2014



 Professional Organizations

President,  Texas Nursing Association, Chapter 11

 Member, Sigma Theta Tau International, Xi Iota Chapter


 RN Licensure: Texas, 1977


Course Information

  Semester Course #    Section Course Name Location Days / Times
Details Fall 2014 NURS #503, RADS 3503, RESP 4423  13  Research    Online 
Details Fall 2014 4304  101  Nursing Leadership    Dillard College of Business Administration 177
Details Fall 2014 3863    Concepts in Caring for the Pediatric Client    Dillard College of Business Administration 131
Details Fall 2014 3503  101  Nursing Research    Dillard College of Business Administration 178
Details Summer II 2014 NURS 3813    Concepts of Pharmacology in Nursing Practice    Bridwell Hall BH 108

0800-0950, Monday-Thursday

Details Summer I 2014 NURS 3812/3811    Health Assessment Competencies    Bridwell Hall 108

Monday-Thursday 0800-0950

Lab: Regional Simulation Center, 917 Midwestern Parkway (940)766-5362

Group 1:1310-1530, Monday-Thursday

Group 2: 1530-1745, Monday-Thursday

Details Spring 2014 NURS 4842    Concepts in Clinical Reasoning and Judgment    Dillard College of Business Administration D 342
Details Spring 2014 NURS 4813    Concepts in Leadership in Nursing    Dillard College of Business Administration D 317
Details Spring 2014 NURS 3503/RADS 3503/RESP 4423  20  Research    Online 
Details Fall 2013 RADS 3503/NURS 3503/RESP 4423  10  Interdisplinary Research RADS 3503/NURS 3503/RESP 4423    Online 

Course Objectives:  Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:


·    Discuss essential components of the research process.

·    Differentiate application of selected research designs.

·    Discuss the ethical and legal aspects of research.

·    Critique selected research projects.

·          Demonstrate ability to apply research findings to professional practice issues

Details Fall 2013 NURS 3863    Concepts in Caring for the Pediatric Client    Dillard College of Business Administration 133



Details Fall 2013 NURS 3503  101  Nursing Research    McCoy Engineering Hall 205
Details Summer II 2013 NURS 3813    Concepts of Pharmacology in Nursing Practice    Bridwell Hall 108
Details Summer I 2013 3812/3811    Health Assessment Competencies    Bridwell Hall 108
Details Spring 2013 NURS 3505, RAD 3505, RESP 4423    Research    Online 

RADS 3503





  • NURS 3503 x 20 Dr. Patti Hamilton
  • NURS 3503 x 21 Ms. Marcy Beck
    • (940) 766-5362 -
  • RADS 3503 x20 - Dr. Beth Veale, Bridwell Hall 212
  • RADS 3503 x21 - Dr. Lynette Watts, Bridwell  Hall 216
  • RESP 4423 x 20 – Ms. Jennifer Gresham, Bridwell Hall
    • 940-397-4656 –



·    BSRS, BSRC, or BSN program chair approval


Course Overview

The focus of this course is to instruct health science and human services students in the role of research in interdisciplinary health studies.


Not e : This is e new Interdisciplinary Research course that will be taught to nursing, radiologic science, and respiratory therapy students - mixed into each course section.


Course Objectives:  Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:


·    Discuss essential components of the research process.

·    Differentiate application of selected research designs.

·    Discuss the ethical and legal aspects of research.

·    Critique selected research projects.

·    Demonstrate ability to apply research findings to professional practice issues.




Required Textbooks:

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association

(6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. [ISBN 1-4338-0561-8]


Leedy, P.D., & Ornrod, J. E. (2013). Practical research: Planning and design (10th ed.). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson. [ISBN 0-13-269324-0]




Teaching Strategies

Independent reading assignments. Independent quizzes. Independent and group activities.


Course Schedule




Jan 12 - 21

Welcome and Introduction Opens

Textbook Use and Overview
Course Etiquette
Course Due Dates and Requirements
Library Use


Due January 19

Library Use Video completed

Individual Assignment: Find a peer-reviewed article

January 19-28

Part 1 – What is Research


Part I - Research

Module 1 – Defining Research

Module 1 – PowerPoint Presentations

Articles for Module 1


Due January  21

Discussion Board Introduction


Due February 2

Quiz 1 – Defining Research




January 26 – March 18

Part II – How do we do Research?


Part II -  How do we do research?

Module 2 – Searching and narrowing the topic

Module 3, Identifying the topic question, and problem

Module 4, Clarifying the question and problem.


Due February 4

Part II Individual Assignment – Find an Article


Due February 11

Quiz 2 - Ethics Certification


Due February 18

Quiz 3 - APA


Due March 4

Part II Group Assignment- Activity 1


Due March 18

Part II Group Assignment – Research Question




March 11 – May 4

Part III – Let’s Do This


Part III – Let’s Do This


Due March 16

Title Page and References


Due March 23

Literature Review


Due April 15

Body of the Paper


Due April 20

First Draft


Due May 4

Final Paper




Students are required to submit all assignments in the appropriate assignment drop box in Desire2Learn.  Do not wait until the last minute to submit in case you have technical difficulties.  If you have difficulties submitting any assignments, contact your instructor immediately so that problems can be resolved by the

deadline.  Technical difficulties need to be addressed through the Desire2Learn help link.  Assignments must be submitted on time.  Due to the nature of the course, late submissions will not be accepted.




How to Proceed:


  1. Click on the Welcome: January 12-21, 2013 link.
    1. Read the Welcome to Research, Discussion board Etiquette, Textbook Use and Overview, and Library Use documents.
    2. Go to the Netiquette link and complete the website module.
    3. Watch the Library Use Video.  Until you do this, the rest of the course will not open.
  2. Once the course has opened, go to the course homepage and click on Part 1: January 19-28.
    1. Read Part 1 Research
    2. Click on Module 1 – Defining Research, and you will find the PowerPoints that accompany the reading assignments in Module 1 as well as the articles for Module 1. Skim the articles and be ready to answer questions about these articles
    3. Once you have read the material, go to Activities.
      1. Complete the Discussion board Introduction
      2. Complete the Part 1 Individual Assignment
      3. Take Quiz 1 – Part 1 – Defining Research.
  3. You may now begin Part 2 – January 26-March 18
    1. Read Part 2 – Look at the Group Assignment Enrollment Page to see who is in your group.
      1. How do we do research
      2. Module 2 – Searching and narrowing the topic
      3.  Module 3- Identifying the topic, question, and problem, and
      4. Module 4 - Clarifying the Research Question.
    2. Individually, complete the activities:
      1. Part 2 Individual Assignment, Find an Article
      2. Ethics Certification
      3. Quiz 3 – APA
    3. As an Interdisciplinary group complete the following:
      1. Part 2 Group Assignment 1 – Group Articles Summary – Use the template in the drop box to document each person’s input.
      2. Part 2 Group Assignment 2 – Research Question – Use the template in the drop box to document each person’s input.
  4. Once your instructor has approved your question, proceed to Part III – March 11-May 4
    1. Read
      1. Let’s Do This!
    2. Complete Part 3 Activities
      1. Use the template in the dropbox to document each person’s input.
      2. Be sure to make use of the examples under Part 3 Resources.




Grade Breakdown:


Grade Item


Quizzes (4)


Literature Review (Final Paper)


Assignments (Individual)


Assignments (Group)


Grade Scale:


Radiologic Sciences

Respiratory Care


A = 100 - 90

A = 100 - 95

A = 100 - 95

B =   89 - 80

B =   85 - 94

B =   85 - 94

C =   79 – 70

C =   75 - 84

C =   75 - 84

D =   69 – 60

D =  65 – 74

D =  65 – 74

 F =  59 and below

F =  64and below

F =  64and below


Note:  Differences in grading scales are due to special requirements set by each program and are at the discretion of each individual program.

The last opportunity to drop this course with a grade of “W” is 4:00pm, March 18, 2013.

Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin for details about receiving a grade of “Incomplete” in a course.  In an emergency or extenuating circumstance, a student may request a grade of “Incomplete” in a course before grades are submitted.  If the instructor grants the “Incomplete,” the student has until thirty (30) days after the beginning of the next long semester to complete the course requirements.  If the student does not complete the course requirements within the deadline, the grade of “Incomplete” will automatically convert into a grade of “F.”



This is an online course and there are no mandatory sessions.  However, the student should be vigilant in logging onto Desire2Learn.  Regular checks will ensure that messages from the instructor are received in a timely manner. This course is on a schedule that will be strictly adhered to; See the Course Schedule for specific information about activities and due dates.


The instructor will be available to meet face-to-face with any interested students on TBA.  This meeting is optional and must be confirmed by email ahead of time with the instructor.


Communication with Instructor

Contact information for the instructor is listed at the beginning of this syllabus.  Email is the preferred mode of communication.  Students must use their standardized MSU Student email for correspondence about this course.  Students are responsible for updating their WebWorld information with this email address. Students must indicate the preferred email in WebWorld as well.


Faculty members will not be responsible for keeping up with other email addresses for students.

The instructor will respond or at least acknowledge email messages from students within a maximum of five (5) business days when MSU is in session.  Beyond standard university holidays and breaks, the instructor will notify students of any extended periods of time when email contact is not practical (professional meetings, etc)


When emailing the instructor, you must use the following subject header:


3503_your last name_topic of message


Example: 3503_Smith_Quiz 4


The instructor will post announcements on Desire2Learn. It is imperative that students log on weekly so that important announcements are not missed.


When there is a need to contact students, the instructor will use the students’ “” email

account. The instructor is not responsible for sending emails to any other email account.





Interdisciplinary Group Activities

Students will be assigned an interdisciplinary group by the course instructor. Working collaboratively, each group must complete the Group Activities as instructed in the modules.



Student participation determined by the instructor, is reflected in each grade item other than quizzes. Group leaders will post each individual’s contribution for each group assignment using the template within the drop box for the assignment.  For example, if the group leader does not have your portion of the assignment by the time the group agrees to post prior to or on the due date, the individual who did not participate will receive a zero.  Partial participation will be determined by the instructor by what is posted.  Any issues with grades on group assignments should be addressed with the instructor.




General Submission Format

Any assignments submitted electronically as a Word document attachment must follow these guidelines:


·    IBM compatible format (not MAC)

·    Word 2003 or newer version (Microsoft WORKS or WordPerfect is not acceptable)

·    Times New Roman (12 point)

·    Double spaced

·    1” margins on all sides




If a student cannot meet these requirements for electronic submission, he or she should meet individually with the faculty member to make other suitable arrangements.


All assignments must reflect baccalaureate level effort. This means that assignments must be written using standard technical writing skills. This includes appropriate spelling, grammar, sentence structure, transitions, text flow, currency of knowledge, and scope of research. Unless otherwise indicated, all assignments must be submitted as a single Word document attachment to the appropriate assignment dropbox. Assignments must be submitted by the due dates indicated at the end of the syllabus.


Students must use the following format as the title of assignment when saving the document:




Example: Jones_Unit1


If students have technical difficulties during a quiz (or assignment submission), they should use the “Help” link at the top toolbar in Desire2Learn, contact the MSU Information Systems Support Staff, and send an email to the course instructor explaining what happened.


Special Needs

In accordance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Midwestern State University endeavors to make reasonable adjustments in its policies, practices, services, and facilities to ensure equal opportunity for qualified persons with disabilities to participate in all educational programs and activities.



The Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) provides information and assistance, arranges accommodations, and serves as a liaison for students, instructors, and staff.  The DSS has assistance devices such as books on tape, recorders, and adaptive software which can be loaned to qualified individuals.  A student/employee who seeks accommodations on the basis of disability must register with the Office of Disability Support Services in the Clark Student Center Room 168 or call 940-397-4140 for further information.  Documentation of disability from a competent professional is required.



Individuals with grievances related to discrimination or lack of accommodation on the basis of a disability are encouraged to resolve the problem directly with the area involved.  If the matter remains unresolved, advice and/or assistance will be provided by the Office of Disability Services for resolution.  The grievance procedure may be found in the Student Handbook and Activities Calendar.



The director of the Counseling Center services as the ADA Coordinator may be contacted at (940) 397-4618, TDD (940) 397-4515, or 3410 Taft Blvd., Clark Student Center Room 108.




Academic Conduct

RADS 3503 adheres to the MSU Code of Conduct.  In particular, academic dishonesty, however small, creates a breach in academic integrity.  A student’s participation in this course comes with the expectation that his or her work will be completed in full observance of the MSU Code of Student Conduct.  A student should consult the current Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.





Many components of RADS 3503 are designed to be highly interactive with students helping each other learn. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of many resources available including online Desire2Learn course resources, Internet sites, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers when answering objectives. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive for life-long learning.





All components of RADS 3503 are designed to represent the efforts of each student INDIVIDUALLY and are NOT to be shared or copied (plagiarized) from other sources.    When students submit their efforts for grading, they are ating they abided by this rule.


Cheating includes, but is not limited to, (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, s, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or completing other assignments; or (3) the acquisition of s or other academic materials belonging to the university faculty or staff without permission.


Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of, by paraphrase or direct quotation without correct citation in the text and on the reference list, the published or unpublished works of another person. Students may NOT submit papers and assignments that they have previously submitted for this or other courses. The use of

materials generated by agencies engaged in "selling" term papers is also plagiarism. Students are encouraged to review the tutorials and suggested websites for more information about plagiarism. Papers and other assignments may be submitted to an external agency for verification of originality and authenticity.


Academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, etc.) will not be tolerated in this class. Whenever a student is unsure of whether a particular situation will be interpreted as academic dishonesty, he/she should ask the instructor for clarification.  If students are guilty of academic dishonesty, a grade of zero (0) will be given for the quiz, assignment, etc.  Cases may also be referred to the Dean of Students for possible dismissal 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. Specifically, faculty may submit student papers and assignments to an external agency to verify originality and authenticity, and to detect for plagiarism.

Administrative Process

Unresolved issues related to this course should be first addressed between the student and the course instructor. If there is no resolution, students must follow this sequence:


  1. Director of Interdisciplinary Studies
    1. Dr. Jeffrey Killion (940) 397-4679
  2. Department Chair
    1. BSRS - Dr. Donna Wright (940-397-4615)
    2. BSRT - Mrs. Ann Medford (940-397-4653)
    3. BSN - Dr. Karen Polvado (940-397-3254)
  3. Interim College Dean – Dr. James Johnston (940-397-4594)
  4. Dean of Students – Dail Neely (940-397-6273)
Details Fall 2012 NURS 3505 X10    Nursing Research    Online 
Details Spring 2012 NURS 3503 X20    Nursing Research    Online 
Details Fall 2011 NURS 3503    Nursing Research    Online 

Education Background

Institution Degree    Graduation Date
University of Texas, Arlington Bachelor of Science of Nursing Dec 10 1977 12:00AM 
Midwestern State University Master of Science of Nursing Education May 10 2008 12:00AM 

Employment Background

Institution Position Start Date / End Date
 St. Joseph's Hospital, Ft. Worth, TX  Staff Nurse, Neuro/Surgical Intensive Care Unit  1977  1979
 U. S. Navy  Various Nursing Positions  1979  1996
 Memorial Hospital, Gonzales, TX  Director of Nursing  1996  1998
 Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital  Infection Control/Staff Education  1998  2007
 United Regional Healthcare System  Staff Nurse, Pediatrics  1998  1998
 Midwestern State University  Co-director, Regional Simulation Center  Aug 07  May 13
 Midwestern State University  Assistant Professor  May 13  Present

Research and Publications

 Thesis/ Research Project

 “Using Simulation to Teach a Diabetes Insulin Management Protocol to BSN Students.” Midwestern State University, Aug 2007.

 Professional Presentations

 19th International Nursing Research Conference Focusing on Evidence-based Practice: Globalization of Reseach Through Technology. Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Singapore, July 2008. Presented “High fidelity Patient Simulation: Process and Outcomes to Improve Competency Education and Validation.” (with Sportsman, Roberts and Chandler.)

 18th International Nursing Research Conference Focusing on Evidence-based Practice, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Vienna, Austria, July 2007. Presented a poster entitled “Using Simulation to Teach a Diabetes Insulin Management Protocol to BSN Students.”

 7th National Conference on Nursing Skills Laboratories, INACSL, San Antonio, TX, June 2007. Presented a poster entitled “Using Simulation to Teach a Diabetes Insulin Management Protocol to BSN Students.”