The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice [American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), 2008]; American Nurses Association Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice (2015) provide the framework for the development of the liberal arts and pre-licensure nursing education curriculum and the associated clinical experiences. The Essentials address the core knowledge required of nursing professionals and concepts of client centered care, interprofessional teams, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, patient safety, informatics, clinical reasoning, genetics, cultural sensitivity, professional values and practice across the life span.
The first two years in the plan of study provides a foundation of science and art upon which the nurse is able to develop clinical judgments, challenge assumptions, develop a broad knowledge base, visualize a systems approach and appreciate the values of diversity and professionalism.
The practice experience in the final two years enhances the connections with didactic content and facilitates growth across the curriculum. The rationale for sequencing of courses facilitates moving from the simple to the complex. Students begin their nursing courses by learning to assess and plan care for meeting basic needs of the independent community based adult followed by the nursing home resident at variable levels of required skill. Upon completion of the program, students are working as a team member to organize, implement, collaborate and evaluate nursing care for groups of clients/families, community groups and populations. The student evaluations demonstrate increasing expectations in clinical performance.
The following curriculum is a guideline for required courses in the program. Students are free to work with their assigned advisor to create the most effective course schedule to complete the prerequisites.
CUC 100 – Campbell Connections
ENGL 101 – Academic Writing
HIST 111 or 112 – Western Civilization
BIOL 111 – Basic Biology
NURS 100 – Nursing
PE 185 – Lifetime Wellness
MATH 111 (or greater)
CUC 100 – Campbell Connections
ENGL 102 – Academic Writing & Literature
PSYC 222 – General Psychology
BIOL 275 – Fundamental Microbiology
CHRS 125 – Intro to Christianity
A/M/T 131 – Intro to Art, Music, or Theater
CUC 200 – Campbell Connections
ELECTIVE (Humanities/Fine Arts/Social Behavioral Sciences)*
SOCI 225 – Principles of Sociology
BIOL 285 – Human Anatomy & Physiology I
PSYC 260 – Developmental Psychology
CUC 200 – Campbell Connections
ENGL 2XX – Literature
BIOL 286 – Human Anatomy & Physiology II
COMM 261 – Team & Small Group Communication
ELECTIVE (Humanities/Fine Arts/Social Behavioral Sciences)*
MATH 160 – Statistics
NURS 300 – Professional Nursing Practice
NURS 310 – Health Assessment
NURS 320 – Fundamentals of Nursing Practice with Older Adults
NURS 330 – Concepts of Pathophysiology & Pharmacology I
NURS 350 – Research & Evidence Based Practice
NURS 360 – Adult Health Nursing Practice I
NURS 370 – Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing Practice
NURS 340 – Concepts of Pathophysiology & Pharmacology II
NURS 400 – Adult Health Nursing Practice II
NURS 410 – Nursing Practice of Women & Children
NURS 420 – Leadership in Nursing
NURS 430 – Health Policy
NURS 450 – Population Health
NURS 460 – Focused Client Experience Practicum
NURS 470 – Transitions to the Role of the Professional Nurse
NURS 480 – Nursing Informatics
*Elective (Humanities/Fine Arts/Social Behavioral Sciences) – Students must take a total of 9 credit hours from the Humanities/Fine Arts and Social/Behavioral Sciences elective lists. At least 1 course must be selected from the Humanities/Fine Arts elective list and at least 1 course must be selected from the Social/Behavioral Sciences elective list (section B. below). Humanities/Fine Arts elective list (3 – 6 hours): CHRS 202, 212, 224, 236, 251, 322 or higher; PHIL 121; ENGL 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, or 206; HIST 1XX, 2XX, 3XX, or 4XX; Foreign Language 221, 222, 241, or 242. Social/Behavioral Sciences Subtotals: B.S.N. 3 – 6 hours.
At least 1 course must be selected from the Humanities/Fine Arts elective list and at least 1 course must be selected from the Social/Behavioral Sciences elective list. Social/Behavioral Sciences elective list (3 – 6 hours): CRIM, ECON, GEOG, POLS, PSYC, SOCI, or COMM 240.
School of Nursing
A: 90 – 100
A: 93 – 100
B: 80 – 89
B: 85 – 92
C: 70 – 79
C: 75 -84
D: 60 – 69
F: < 60
F: < 67
- A student must earn a grade of 2.0 (75%) in each nursing course.
- In the clinical nursing courses (Fundamentals of Nursing Practice with Older Adults, Adult Health Nursing Practice I and II, Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Practice, Nursing Practice of Women and Children, Population Health and the Focused Client Experience Practicum) 85% of the course is dependent on test/examinations with 15% distribution among other assignments (papers, presentations, clinical paperwork).
- A student must achieve an average grade of 75% on all test/examinations in order to successfully complete courses, at that time, all graded course requirements are computed into the final grade. If less than a 75% average is earned, the course grade is computed only on the test/examination average.
- A student earning a grade of less than 2.0 must repeat the course. If a student earns less than 2.0 in a second nursing course, the student is dismissed from the program and is ineligible for readmission to the School of Nursing. A nursing course can be repeated one time only.
- Two course failures within the School of Nursing results in dismissal from the program with an ineligible status for readmission.
Common Units Procedures and Guidelines for Student Matters
In order have a consistent approach to student administrative matters the following Process guidelines are provided.
Student grievances, plagiarism
If you encounter any general problems with your students over assessment grades, plagiarism or any other issue please email the unit coordinator and cc the Theme Leader Common Units and they will support you in managing the issue within guidelines. Following recent faculty policy, if you receive a complaint from a student your response to the complaint should be checked with the theme leader first.
Students (Internal) should be told that the expectation for attendance at tutorials is a minimum 80%. However, although an 80% class attendance is encouraged it is not a compulsory university rule.
Changing to external mode
One of the aims of the common units is to provide a range of modes and forums for learning. So, where students find, for timetabling or other reasons, that they prefer to work through materials online they should be allowed to discuss this option with you. If their request is made before census date they should be advised to change their enrolment to external mode. If it is after census date, they can continue to be marked as internal on the roll but participate as an external student.
Assignments should be moderated before grades are finalised. As part of fair marking it is important to remember to maintain objectivity by basing your judgment of students' work on the:
- Standard that can be expected from first year students,
- Assignment task requirements, and
- Assessment criteria/rubric
If you grade a students’ work as Fail, you should check in with the coordinator to arrange a double mark before that grade is finalised.
Reporting Plagiarism and Ensuring Academic Integrity
Where a breach of academic integrity or plagiarism is suspected, you should take the matter to the unit coordinator who will work through these steps with you.
1/ Please keep a record of all proof and communications with the student to share with the unit coordinator. Also keep a record of estimated time spent on this process of communicating with the student and identifying and addressing breaches of academic integrity.
2/ Check through the Safe Assignment (or other program) report carefully to see whether “plagiarised texts” are reference lists, personal identifiers and other acceptable copied text. Each assignment will reflect a different ‘average’ % depending on the references, personal identifiers and other acceptable copied text. Check all reports that significantly differ from an average (variable maximum 20-30%) to see whether the highlighted text comes from these acceptable overlaps, or whether it is a case of overlap that should have been referenced.
3/ In the first instance, assume that the student has broken academic integrity because they have not yet fully understood the requirements of paraphrasing and referencing. Contact the student (preferably face to face or by telephone) to determine why they have submitted the assessment in an unacceptable manner.
4/ Offer the student an opportunity to resubmit for a maximum possible grade of a pass, providing guidance on how to do this effectively (see page 4 of http://www.cdu.edu.au/governance/Procedures/pro-092.pdf).
5/ Where an assignment has been “copied”, both parties should be contacted to explore what has occurred and the level of collusion (see page 1 of http://www.cdu.edu.au/governance/Procedures/pro-092.pdf).
6/ If you establish this is a real breach of academic integrity that the student refuses to address under your guidance, let the unit coordinator know. The unit coordinator will inform the Common Units theme leader who may contact the Complaints Officer to request a report on breaches recorded in the Register at: http://www.cdu.edu.au/oloc/. This step is only recommended when efforts fail to assist the student to submit work that meets academic integrity standards.
In keeping with the university policy where the person has a prior registration of plagiarism or where the case cannot be resolved following the steps above, the case should also be referred to the Head of School.
Assignment turn around for short assignments should be preferably by the next week; for longer ones amaximum2 weeks. All final assignments must be marked by the time the examiners’ meeting is held (except where students have extensions beyond this date).
Students need to attempt to follow the due dates however we aim to be flexible with extensions (particularly for external students) within reason. If extensions are requested they should get them without penalty. If they are not requested then the students, lose 5% a day for the first If the assignment is submitted more than a week late without an extension they can only get a maximum of a pass and no resubmission.
The common unit’s principle aim is to ensure students acquire a foundation in skills and knowledge which they apply and refine throughout their degree studies. Because the approach to assessment in common units is formative, it is important that they are given the opportunity to learn from assignment feedback and utilise this to improve the skills required in that particular assignment.
As a general rule, resubmission of assignments should be offered to students. The resubmission is allowed on the proviso that they:
- Can only achieve a pass grade
- Must resubmit within an agreed time frame.
Where they have made every effort to complete the task correctly but have either misunderstood a fundamental requirement of the task or not quite met the standard their resubmission should be marked as normal.
A marker is not expected to mark the faulty submission in detail – just sufficiently to ascertain the major flaws.
If you are uncertain about whether a student should be offered resubmission discuss this with the coordinator.
Guidelines for Coordinators of Common Units
The following provides guidelines regarding general organisational issues and those relating to: curriculum, students, teaching staff, and the Common Unit Committee.
Common Unit Coordinators will be responsible for the following:
General organisation of unit
Overseeing the organisation of the team:
- Allocating lecturing and tutorial tasks to members of the team
- Ensuring all members of the team are familiar with the unit organisation, content, assessment
- Ensuring regular meetings (weekly) of the teaching team are held
Overseeing the organisation of tutorials:
- Allocating students to tutorial groups, ensuring a maximum of 20 and minimum of 5 in each group
- Reporting to Common Units Academic Consultant of the need for more tutorials if necessary
- Organising and enrolling students in groups online
Overseeing the organisation of materials:
- Ensuring the Learnline interface and learning material is presented in a consistent manner according to common unit teaching and learning guidelines
- Updating the all learning materials components (Unit Information, Learnline, etc) in consultation with the Unit Teaching Team by the beginning of each semester
- Enrolling students in online discussion groups and overseeing the moderation of these
- Updating Learnline and associated materials (Unit Information, Learning Resource, Reading, etc) to by the designated cut-off date
- Distributing internal material to students and insuring external students receive their materials in a timely fashion
- Liaising with OLTCE and Information Skills Coordinator as necessary
- Ensuring Access Services are informed of any staff changes (i.e. external Coordinators, tutors, etc.)
- Ensuring examination results are entered onto Callista by the central administration unit, including any changes
- With the theme leader, ensuring teaching staff are suitably qualified and experienced and have appropriate induction to the teaching and learning policies for Common Units and training in using Learnline before the semester starts. Prosepective staff should provide a CV.
Teaching and Learning Matters
- In consultation with the theme leader and the Unit Review Team (URT), reviewing and updating, the lecture, tutorial, and assessment tasks at the end of each semester
- Meeting/communicating each week with the Unit Teaching Team (UTT) to discuss and plan the weekly teaching activities
- Ensuring members of the UTT comply with teaching and learning guidelines for Common Units. See Guidelines for Tutors (pdf 567kb)
- Ensuring all major assignments are moderated before students are given grades. See also Moderating Assignments in Common Units (pdf 111kb)
- Ensuring the unit is evaluated each semester using an approved evaluation tool (SELT)
- Incorporating feedback from evaluations in future curriculum planning and updating of content and materials in consultation with the UTT and Theme Leader.
- With the Theme-leader and review team conducting a review of the unit at the end of the year. See also Ongoing Review.
- Being available for consultation and advice during enrolment period
- Authorising enrolments post Week 3
- Liaising with individual students whenever necessary.
- Authorising exemptions from the unit. See also Guidelines to RPL
- Ensuring students receive the Unit Information by Week 2 of semester. (Internal Coordinators)
- Ensuring students receive a covering letter with materials and appropriate information for getting started and using Learnline. (External Coordinators)
Common Unit Management Group Matters
- Liaising with the Common Units Management Group
- Attending management meetings
- Providing a verbal report at the end of each semester and a written one at the end of the year about the unit (Student numbers, Student satisfaction, Staffing, T&L matters etc)
- Discussing proposals for revisions to the unit with the management group
- Reporting any problems regarding teaching, students issues etc
- Collating examination results and presenting them at the School of Academic Language and Learning Examinations Meeting
- Providing the Common Units Management Group with details of staffing effort in order for funds to be distributed.
Internal Teaching staff will be responsible for:
- providing well-prepared and interesting tutorials
- following the curriculum and weekly teaching plan agreed on by the team
- marking assessment tasks
- providing students with prompt and informative feedback and support on their academic progress
- engaging students intellectually in the consideration of major issues as set out in the unit outline
- conducting interactive tutorials, which value and encourage student participation
- providing academic guidance and support to individual students
- responding to student learning needs and styles
- attending team meetings and actively contributing to the management and development of the unit
- participating in moderation of assignments to insure consistent marking across tutors
- promptly providing the Unit Teaching Team Coordinator with final assessment results at the end of semester.
External teaching staff will be responsible for:
- Being proactive in communicating with students each (weekly emails) and responing to students enquiries promptly (within 24 hours)
- Maintaining an approach to external students that is supportive, emphathetic and respectful
- Being prepared with a good understanding of the unit organisation, assessments and purpose so as to be able to assist students in their enquiries,
- Being prepared and familiar with each weeks learning material content and readings in order to support students when required
- Marking assessment tasks within a maximum 2 week turnaround
- Providing individual students with prompt and informative feedback and support on their academic progress
- Responding to student learning needs and styles
- Participating in team meetings and actively contributing to the management and development of the unit
- Participating in moderation of assignments to insure consistent marking across tutors
- Promptly providing the Unit Teaching Team Coordinator with final assessment results at the end of semester.
Click on the guidelines link below for details of administrative responsibilities and teaching and learning guidelines for common units: