BSN 4416 | Fall 2018

Course Facilitator

Laura Killam

Office times: Room 2268 (for meetings with students) and the Teaching and Learning Innovation Hub. Please visit Book a meeting: to book in-person or virtual meetings. Through this link a meeting can be booked up to 2 weeks in advance. One day’s notice is required. Meetings may be available at alternate times or on shorter notice through e-mail or telephone booking.

Drop-in: You are also welcome to drop by my office. If I am not there I am likely working in the Hub during work hours. The Hub is a faculty-only space so please call me and I will come to meet with you. If I am in my office and my door is open please come in. If it is closed please knock.  

Office phone: 705 566 8101 ext. 6252 – Call anytime as this number forwards to my cell phone. I will answer as long as I am available, even after hours. 

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Please allow 24 hours for a response Monday to Friday. Typically I check my email in the morning and end of the workday.

Twitter: @NurseKillam

Course Description

In this course, students will focus on promoting critical rationality in relation to selected topics for nursing inquiry. Opportunities are provided to systematically examine a current nursing issue through the theoretical application of methodological and ethical knowledge.

Prerequisites and policy statements can be found in your course outline, which is available through myCambrian. Please note that “The current Laurentian University School of Nursing 4 Year Collaborative BScN Program Policy and Procedure Manual is to be consulted for guidance and is considered part of this course outline.” This manual is available inside Moodle in the Nursing Student form. You will find a direct link to the Nursing Student Form inside this course’s Moodle shell.


This course builds on the knowledge you have developed in all previous research courses within the program. You will note a different feel to this course as it is being delivered mostly online. In addition, the course professor is taking the role of a learning facilitator and will be helping you to meet the course objectives.


The course outcomes match the ones agreed to by the collaboration. The objectives are how you will achieve these outcomes. Meeting these outcomes and objectives will define your success in this course.

Outcome Objective
1. Identify contemporary topic(s) for inquiry within the discipline of nursing.
  • Describe a gap in nursing knowledge.
  • Formulate new research questions.
  • Develop a narrow, manageable, specific topical focus.
  • Identify a research topic, problem and purpose for a project.
  • Justify the importance of the selected project.
2. Refine evidence-informed entry level competencies that reflect developments in society, health care, nursing knowledge and current best practice.
  • Appraise research studies.
  • Refine previous literature reviews.
  • Critique the significance of published studies.
  • Describe the scope of nursing research in an area of interest based on an updated literature review.
3. Enact practices and protocols for examining a chosen topic of inquiry.
  • Plan a project that will examine a specific nursing issue in depth.  
  • Develop a clear purpose for the project.
  • Based on the purpose of the project, justify the most appropriate project design.
  • Contribute to the development of success criteria for course projects.
4. Demonstrate ethical critical inquiry in relation to new knowledge and technologies that change, enhance or support nursing disciplinary members.
  • Complete the TCPS 2: CORE — Tutorial.
  • Recall the human rights issues that must be considered in a nursing research project.
  • Describe the philosophical basis for the implementation of ethically sound research.
  • Recognize the procedures that are used to protect human rights within the research process.
  • Respect participants’ capacity for self-determination.
  • Plan to protect the rights of vulnerable subjects.
  • Respect and uphold research ethical principles.
5. Create a product to demonstrate application and integration of nursing inquiry processes.
  • Apply the research process to a project.
  • Create a product that contributes to a new understanding of nursing knowledge.
6. Engage in professional collegial discourse and sharing of ideas to support a culture that supports nursing inquiry.
  • Identify an appropriate approach to presenting the project.  
  • Present the sections of the research project in a logical way, which align with the specific purpose of the project.
  • Engage in self-assessment.
  • Use quality evidence in practice.
  • Explain the link between evidence and practice.

Learning Resources

A variety of approaches to learning will be explored in this course. They include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Students may choose to participate in weekly activities within the Moodle course shell or on another platform of their choosing. Blogging or Vlogging is encouraged as it aids in student success both in BSN 4416 and BSN 4206. In both of these courses, public discussion of your progress in the course will invite feedback from experts outside the confines of the course. This feedback can be integrated into coursework, promoting learning and growth. Moreover, students could choose to set themselves apart by including exemplars of their work as a component of an application for opportunities such as jobs or further school.
  • The course facilitator will monitor discussion board postings weekly but may not respond to them all. Feedback from the course facilitator regrading course work may be communicated publicly or privately based on learner preference. Learners are asked to state their preference in each posting at the bottom of the post. General feedback will be provided for some activities based on overall student work.
  • Live sessions will be scheduled for discussion of evolving projects. To participate live students will need to download and install Zoom. Links are found in the course schedule. They will be recorded for those who cannot make the live sessions. These recordings will be posted on this website or inside of Moodle depending on the group’s consensus. The timing and frequency of live sessions will be negotiated during week one.
  • Small group discussion around areas of interest is encouraged.
  • Research textbooks from previous courses, books on reserve at our library, and recommended readings will facilitate the development of your projects.
  • Refinement of literature searching skills through consultation with our librarian is recommended.
  • Course announcements will be posted as needed.

“Grading” scheme

In this course, students have an innovative opportunity to have agency over their final grade. In the first two weeks of the course, students will be empowered to identify the success criteria for course assignments that will be integrated into rubrics. In addition, students will negotiate their grade with the professor based on the following course components:

  • Assignments (40%): In your course outline, you will note that the assignment grade is made up of three main components: the ethics activity, participation, and the project plan. To be successful in BSN4416 all of these activities must be completed. Rubrics will be created during the first two weeks of class. Details about each of these activities can be found on the course website and will be refined during the first two weeks of the course.
  • Project (60%): Students will present their work, evaluate peers and complete a self-evaluation. The professor’s evaluation and student’s self-evaluation will determine the grade for this component of the course. Evaluation criteria will be determined early in the course with the submission of the project plan. Details can be found on the course website.

Grade negotiation will occur after assignments have been submitted, received feedback from the professor and peers and self-assessed. Self-assessment may occur at different points in this process depending on the work and co-constructed process for evaluation of the work. If desired, students may resubmit assignments for additional feedback before negotiating the final grade. 

Students are expected to achieve the course outcomes in order to pass the course. In the event that learning outcomes are not met the professor’s assessment of the grade, supported by rationale will be used to determine the final course mark. Students require an overall numerical grade of 60% to pass this course.

The course facilitator will strive to provide timely feedback as quickly as possible for all submitted work. The time it takes to receive feedback will depend on the volume of work submitted that day. Learners can expect to receive feedback within one week. When feedback cannot be provided in a timely manner the course facilitator will communicate with learners when they can expect feedback through an announcement inside Moodle.


The course schedule can be viewed inside Moodle, below and at this link. To see a list of dates please click on “agenda.”  It will be adapted to student learning needs throughout the course. Whenever a change is made all locations will automatically update. Therefore, students are encouraged to add this Google calendar to their calendar by clicking on the “+Google Calendar” button below the calendar. The calendar is also available in ical format for use with iDevices and Outlook.


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