Curriculum Development and Program Evaluation for Nurse Educators – NURS 765

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course prepares the student to design, implement and evaluate curriculum. Research and evidence-based theories will be applied to the process of curriculum development and program evaluation. The role of the faculty member in curriculum design and program evaluation will be explored.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to develop curricula through the application of best practices, the theories of learning, and the role of the faculty member (centered on evidence-based practice for nurse educators). Additionally, the course will provide an understanding of program evaluation with emphasis on the importance of outcomes based on the program’s congruence with the institution’s mission, philosophy, and program/accreditation standards.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Summarize the historical and philosophical foundations of nursing education curricula. (PLO 1; NLN Competency 4)
  2. Evaluate the impact of social, economic, political, cultural, environmental, and technical factors on curriculum development. (PLO 1, 3, 4; NLN Competency 4)
  3. Analyze selected theoretical and conceptual frameworks to support the curriculum development process. (PLO 1, 3; NLN Competency 4)
  4. Apply methods to assess, design, and evaluate curriculum development. (PLO 1, 3; NLN Competency 4)
  5. Synthesize current research for implications for curriculum development. (PLO 1; NLN Competency 4)
  6. Implement program assessment models to measure program/learning outcomes. (PLO 1, 3; NLN Competency 4)
  7. Evaluate teaching methods for classroom and clinical instruction. (PLO 1, 3, 4; NLN Competency 4)
  8. Integrate the Christian worldview and biblical principles into leadership and change behaviors that support the curriculum development process. (PLO 7; NLN Competency 4)

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided topic for each forum. The threads and replies do not have a required word count; however, they will be graded on course-related knowledge, including depth and breadth of the discussion. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Graduate-level writing in current APA format (excluding a cover page) is required. Two peer-reviewed references must be used for each thread in addition to the Bible; the student may use his/her textbook as 1 resource. Two different peer-reviewed references must be used for each reply; the student may use his/her textbook as 1 resource. All citations must be in current APA format.

Curriculum Development Workshop

During this workshop assignment, the student will write a paper addressing the assigned topics related to curriculum development. The paper must: be written in current APA format, be 6–9 pages (excluding title and reference pages), and cite at least 5 peer-reviewed articles in addition to the textbook and the Bible.

Internal or External Frame Factor Assessment

The student will first conduct an assessment of external or internal frame factors and then write a paper addressing his/her findings. The assignment must: be written in current APA format, be 6–9 pages (excluding title and reference pages), and include at least 5–6 peer-reviewed resources in addition to the textbook and the Bible.

Group Project

The instructor will assign the student to work in a group in order to develop a curriculum for a MSN or post-MSN DNP program.

Part 1

The student will develop key elements and a degree completion plan for the nursing curriculum. The student will submit a 7–10-page paper in current APA format; the paper must include 5–7 resources, which may include the textbook and/or Bible.

Part 2

The student will create a course overview/syllabus and include links to essentials and outcomes. The student will submit a 7–10-page paper in current APA format; the paper must include 5–7 resources, which may include the textbook and/or Bible.

Part 3

The student will complete a projected program evaluation of the nursing curriculum. The student will submit a 7–10-page paper in current APA format; the assignment must include 5–7 resources, which may include the textbook and/or Bible.