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Course : NURS

Course Number
Section Number
10, 11, 12
Fall 2021
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time

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

·Discuss alterations in body system functions in individuals across the life span.

·Interpret manifestations of selected pathophysiological and psychopathological processes and compensatory changes in maintaining homeostasis.

·Analyze relationships between known or suspected risk factors and pathophysiological and psychopathological processes.

·Explore the interrelationship between pathophysiological functions across the life span.

·Correlate clinical signs, symptoms, and diagnostic test results with pathology.

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 have adequate access to a computer and check the course via Bright Space/D2L daily for updates and information. Work will be submitted electronically by dates due. Reading assignments and Bright Space/D2L learning activities, as detailed in the course calendar must be addressed and responded to promptly. All course requirements must be met in order to pass the course. Reading assignments should be completed as outlined in the course syllabus. All written assignments should be in APA, 7th edition, format. This includes citations and references. All written work submitted for evaluation is to be the work of the student who submits it.

Course Orientation – Bright Space/Desire to Learn (D2L)

The best way to get oriented to the course is to read the syllabus. By now, each student should be familiar with the Bright Space/D2L layout. Note assignment due dates will be placed in the course calendar.

Course 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 APN practice, counseling, and prescribing.

Contacting Faculty

All assignment questions, questions about grades, or anything pertaining to the course should be addressed by the Bright Space/D2L email within the course or a conference call scheduled with your professor.

Assignment File Naming

All assignments will be submitted through the Bright Space/D2L assignment section. E-mailing assignments is not acceptable and may not be considered for grading. When uploading an assignment to the assignment section of Bright Space/D2L, please use the following guidelines for naming of the files. Your last name, assignment name: Example: Smith-SoapNote3.doc.

All assignments must be uploaded to Bright Space/D2L in the assignment section drop box via WORD format by the due date and time. If the student has computer problems then you should contact Distance Learning @ MSU so they can try to assist you. Assignments submitted any way except through D2L/Brightspace will not be accepted or graded.

Failure to submit your assignments via WORD format so that they can be opened by faculty can result in an assignment being considered late and thus a grade of zero. I cannot stress this enough. My suggestion is that when you submit an assignment to faculty, you submit a copy to yourself to make certain it can be opened.

Again, as this is an online course, I strongly suggest you do not choose to wait until the last minute to submit your assignments. Computer malfunctions and glitches can occur and not being able to submit your assignments by due date deadlines because your computer is not functioning properly will not be an acceptable excuse.

Students are expected to submit assignments by the time they are due. Assignments submitted after the due date and time will receive a deduction of 10 points for each day the assignment is late. Assignments will be accepted, with a penalty as described, up to a maximum of three days late, after which point a zero will be recorded for the assignment. There are no opportunities for extra credit given for any assignment. All assignments will be due on Central Standard Time (CST). 

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.

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.

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.

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.

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MSUTexas 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.

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 2) earned 60 hours. Students may meet this requirement in one of three ways: by passing the Writing Proficiency Exam, passing two Writing Intensive Courses (only one can be in the core), or passing English 2113. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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