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NURS 5205/6205/7205 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

NURS 5205/6205/7205 - Evaluation Methods in Nursing Education

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

Analysis of testing, benchmarking, and evaluation methods in the clinical practice of nursing across classroom, seminar, and electronic formats; includes evaluation methods to insure competency in the clinical area.

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. Evaluate methods of measuring clinical reasoning, clinical judgment, psychomotor skill development in undergraduate students, graduate students, and practicing clinicians.
  2. Construct valid and reliable measures of learning, curricular effectiveness, and learner satisfaction
  3. Evaluate the effectiveness of standardized testing in nursing programs.
  4. Construct a program evaluation plan for a nursing program.
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Admission to the TN eCampus MSN program; pre-requisite NURS 5002;

Course Topics:
  • Overview and Legal Issues
  • Test Item Construction
  • Item Analysis and Preparation/ Administration of Tests
  • Clinical Evaluation
  • Failing Clinical Evaluation
  • Standardized Achievement Tests
  • Grading Methods
  • Evaluation of Competency
  • Accreditation
  • Program Evaluation Plans and Evaluation of Electronic Learning
  • Ethical/Legal Issues in Evaluation
Specific Course Requirements:


Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

There are assigned articles to read.  These are included in the Course Content modules.

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

Each quiz may be taken twice with the highest grade being recorded.  All quizzes must be done independently without assistance.

Grading Procedures:

If barriers or challenges to progress in this course are encountered, the student must discuss those issues with the course faculty prior to the achievement of a final grade in this course.

Quizzes are automatically graded.  Discussion Board are graded on a scale of 1-10 possible points with 2 of these points being given for responses to the discussion board postings of others.  Late postings accrue a 1 point/day penalty.  The Grading Criteria Assignment, Constructed Test, and Program Evaluation Plan are graded according to specific grading criteria for the assignment.  A late penalty of 5 points/day is accrued for the Grading Criteria Assignment, Constructed Test, and Program Evaluation Plan.


Grading Scale:
Percentage RangeAssigned Grade
Below 70%F


The US Department of Health and Human Service Office of Research Integrity defines Self-Plagiarism as follows:

"Redundant publication has a direct counterpart in the area of academic dishonesty - it is referred to as 'double dipping'.  It occurs when a student submits a whole paper or a substantial portion of a paper to fulfill a course requirement, even though that paper had earlier been submitted to satisfy the requirements for another course taught by a different professor.  Many college undergraduates and even some graduate students are not aware that this type of practice is a serious offense and constitutes plagiarism".

Source:  US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health Office of Research Integrity. (2013). Academic self-plagiarism (double dipping).  

Assignments and Projects:

Discussion Board Questions- There are discussion board questions for every module.  Students are expected to post a thoughtful and referenced answer to these questions and to respond to the postings of two colleagues.

Practice Sets and Quizzes- There are 4 quizzes in the course.  Beginning in Module 2, there is 1 quiz per week for 5 weeks.  There are 10 items on each quiz and usually a bonus question.  Each quiz may be taken twice. Student can refer to notes, Bloom's Taxonomy or the NCLEX-RN domains.  Students cannot confer with other students about quiz questions.

Quizzes 1 and 2 present 10 NCLEX-RN review test items.  The questions on these quizzes ask what cognitive level are these NCLEX-RN items designed to test using Bloom's taxonomy.

Quizzes 3 and 4  present 10 NCLEX-RN review test items.  The questions in these quizzes ask  what  NCLEX-RN domain each item was designed to test.

Bonus questions on these quizzes- Usually, these ask what flaw is present in a specific NCLEX-RN test item on the quiz.

Practice Sets - There are 5 Practice Sets labeled Practice Set 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.  They are designed to correspond to the quiz with the same number.  For example, Practice Set 1 prepares the student for Quiz 1.  Each practice set has 25 NCLEX-RN test items to give students the opportunity to either determine the cognitive level (leveling the items) or to classify the item according to the NCLEX-RN domains.  These practice sets may be entered an unlimited number of times.  Students can discuss the leveling or classification of these items with colleagues.  There is a discussion board for that to occur.

Constructed Grading Criteria- Select a paper, project that requires a grading criteria and construct one.

Constructed 10 item Test- Construct a 10 item paper and pencil test that includes at least one alternative item.  The test must have a cover sheet with directions and a 3-way blueprint (content, cognitive level using Bloom's Taxonomy, and NCLEX-RN domain).

Individual Component of the Program Evaluation Plan

Every student will be randomly assigned to develop one component of a program evaluation plan based on the first letter of the student's last name. The individual component of the PEP must use the template for the group project and adhere to the Individual Component of the Program Evaluation Plan. Students will receive feedback (a grade) on that individual component. The component that each student develops with this assignment will be used in the group Program Evaluation Plan (PEP) assignment.

Program Evaluation Plan Grading Criteria and Directions

Students are randomly assigned as members into one of two fictional campus (University of Manchester or University of Salem) School of Nursing Program Evaluation Committees.  The task of the committee is to develop a functional program evaluation plan that will provide the data to achieve excellence for that school's program and meet the programmatic accreditation criteria (either CCNE or NLNAC) for the school.  The plan must address the specified areas on the Grading Criteria for this project.  The committee will set the benchmarks for each of these areas.  These benchmarks must be concise and crisp.  In every group, there will be more than 1 student who has already developed one of these components in the individual Component assignment (above).  Those students (or the committee) will need to blend those together or decide how to use that work.

Ex:  NCLEX pass rate >85%

       1 year post graduation employment rate >80%

Students are strongly encouraged to use the benchmarks required by their selected programmatic accreditation standards.

Graded Assessments

11 Discussion Board questions @ 10 points each20%
Quizzes (10 items each) @ 10 points each20%
Grading Criteria - 100 points10 %
Constructed Test - 100 points30%
Individual Component of the Program Evaluation Plan - 100 points10 %
Program Evaluation Plan Grading Criteria and Directions - 100 points10 %


Class Participation:

Students are expected to participate in all discussion board questions by posting an original response and responding to the postings of two colleagues.  Students are expected to fully participate in group assignments.  Students who do not participate in group assignments will do the entire assignment alone or receive a grade of "0" for the assignment

Late Policy:

Discussion board postings and responses accrue a late penalty of 1 point/day. The Grading Rubric, Constructed Test, Grading a paper, Program Evaluation Plan accrue a late penalty of 5 points/day.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on September 25, 2017