Evidence Based Project II

Course Details

Course Number
NURS 6882
Section Number
NURS 6882
Fall 2012
Bridwell Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times


Dr. Karen Polvado (view Profile)


Course Objectives


This course is the second of a 3-course sequence designed to assist the student in the development of an evidence-based project. This course adds to the project planning skills gained in NURS 6872. The focus of this course is performing a risk analysis, developing a timeline for project activities, identifying and communicating with stakeholders, selecting appropriate measures for objectives, identifying resources, and developing a project budget.


The objectives for the course were developed to help students continue to develop a timely, useful project that enables them to gain senior leadership skills. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Utilize basic program planning skills (risk analysis, timeline development, stakeholder communication and responsibility assignment) in planning the evidence-based project
  2. Identify possible tools for measurement of project objectives
  3. Complete a draft of the following project elements:
    • Project activities
    • Project timeline
    • SWOT analysis
    • Required resources
    • Preliminary budget
  4. Write and present a proposal for the project
  5. Continue to develop peer critiquing skills

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 WebCT on a regular basis for updates and information. All course requirements must be met in order to pass the course.

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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 WebCT 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 WebCT under the topic of "Course Questions."

WebCT 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 WebCT 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 material posted in this folder – it is for students only.

Online Resources

W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Logic Model Development Guide.  Available online at:

 W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Evaluation Handbook.  Available online at:

Grading Standards

Grading Scale











64 and below




Assessment Measure

% Course Grade

Class Participation (via discussion board)


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Submission Format Policy

Submitting assignments. Attach your assignments as Word documents when you post them in the assignment section of Blackboard. Please make sure your assignments are in Word format. 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. All assignments are due at 11:00 pm on the day due unless otherwise specified.

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

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, (940) 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 Blackboard. Students are expected to answer/post discussion responses as assigned in each learning module. It is the student's responsibility to post discussion responses in a timely manner and according to module instructions.

Students are expected to come to the MSU campus for project proposal presentation day.  Students who live more than 200 miles from the MSU campus may opt to present virtually.  Virtual presentations must be live and provide opportunities for interaction with the audience.  It is the student’s responsibility to discuss presentation options with the faculty.

Other Policies

Peer Critiquing

Each student will be assigned a critique partner (fellow student) for this course. Students often find it difficult to objectively critique a fellow student's work. On the other hand, you should not take a critique personally. In fact, a good and honest critique is a gift. Professional and well-published writers often seek feedback from colleagues before submitting final manuscripts for publication.

Guidelines for effective peer critiquing:

  • Begin with positives. Identify something about the work that is positive or has the potential to be strong.
  • Use language that is supportive and inviting (i.e., I like the way you have attempted to… You might also want to try…) rather than negative and directive (i.e., The … is very poor. You need to…).
  • Ask questions for clarity. Invite consideration for ideas and direct attention to samples for guidance.
  • Avoid providing the actual revision in the feedback (i.e., The problem is not clear. If you said … instead, it would be better).

Suggested revisions should focus on the most important aspects of the work. Limit suggestions to a feasible number of changes. Too many suggestions can overwhelm and trivial concerns can be frustrating.

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 the 6 hours of Communication Core and 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.

Campus Carry

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