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NU 727 Curriculum Design and Evaluation

Learn how to create a curriculum that stimulates learning.

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 3 credits

To be an effective nurse educator, you need to have a plan. Not only does it need to be relevant, it needs to engage and motivate students to learn. NU 727 Curriculum Design and Evaluation offers an in-depth exploration of the components that make up an effective curriculum, focusing on the development of nursing curriculums.

As you go through the course, you’ll discover different curriculum styles, as well as explore the influences that shape curriculum development and the challenges of maintaining its relevancy. In weekly discussions, you’ll interact with fellow classmates on timely topics such as your own experiences with online education. As a team, you’ll design a curriculum drawing from what you’ve learned throughout the course to illustrate your understanding of effective curriculum design that supports successful learning outcomes.

What You’ll Learn in NU 727

Examines curriculum development. Analyzes influence of competencies, accreditation standards, NCLEX-RN test plan, institution and program mission and vision, and learning outcomes on curriculum. Examines strategies to assess learning. Explores legal and ethical issues related to academic performance. Examines The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice and requirements for program accreditation and educator certification.

Course Topics

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include but are not limited to:

  • What Is a Curriculum and Why Is It Important?
  • Curriculum Development and Maintenance
  • Developing a Relevant Nursing Curriculum
  • Course Development with the Curriculum
  • Lesson Plan Criteria and Course Components in the Curriculum
  • Evaluation Strategies
  • Considerations in Nursing Education Using Distance Delivery
  • Interdisciplinary/Interprofessional Education

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of NU 727, you will be able to:

  • Explore forces and current issues influencing curriculum development (IOM, QSEN, NCLEX, info management/technology, societal demands, and other systems).
  • Explore faculty roles in curriculum development.
  • Analyze a curriculum for congruence with specified standards, university, program, mission, and learning outcomes in relation to assessment and evaluation.
  • Understand the accreditation processes to assure programs meet discipline, community, and societal needs.
  • Develop a course focusing on health promotion for a topic of interest.
  • Identify lesson plan criteria and appropriate assessment methods to evaluate student acquisition of knowledge and/or skills.
  • Examine program evaluation strategies and their importance in education.
  • Examine advantages of interdisciplinary education.

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To learn more about Curriculum Design and Evaluation or other courses in the online MSN program from the University of Saint Mary, call 877-307-4915 to speak with an admissions advisor or request more information.