NURS 8000 Course Syllabus Assignments and Discussions

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NURS 8000 Course Syllabus Assignments and Discussions

NURS 8000 Course Syllabus Assignments and Discussions


Student Support and Calendar Information

So you have all key information available to you off-line, it is highly recommended that you print the following items for your reference:

  • This Syllabus, including the Course Schedule that is linked on this page as a PDF
  • Course Calendar
  • Support, Guidelines, and Policies

Credit Hours

  • 1 credit hour

Walden University assigns credit hours based on the number and type of assignments that enable students to achieve the course learning objectives. In general, each semester credit equals about 42 hours of total student work and each quarter credit equals about 28 hours of total student work. This time requirement represents an approximate average for undergraduate work and the minimum expectations for graduate work. The number and kind of activities estimated to fulfill time requirements will vary by degree level and student learning style, and by student familiarity with the delivery method and course content.

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Course Description

Students in this course are introduced to Walden University and are provided with a foundation for professional development in doctoral nursing practice. Students learn professional standards and end-of-program expectations, and explore the role of the scholar-practitioner as one who effects positive social change. They engage in course assignments focused on the practical application of professional writing, critical-thinking skills, and the requirements for successful participation in an online curriculum. Students also explore the essentials of being a Walden doctoral student, relevant professional and specialty standards of doctoral-level nursing, intra- and interprofessional collaboration, and the process of the DNP scholarly project and PhD dissertation. NURS 8000 Course Syllabus Assignments and Discussions

Course Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Outcomes

  • Evaluate the importance of the doctoral degree for professional nursing
  • Demonstrate skills necessary to function proficiently as an online learner including planning, managing time, obtaining resources, using technology, and communicating effectively
  • Relate Walden’s vision, mission, and outcomes to professional nursing standards, academic goals, and becoming a scholar-practitioner who effects positive social change
  • Examine the importance of intra- and interprofessional collaboration professionally and personally
  • Evaluate scholarly resources and writing
  • Assess ethical practice issues relevant to the doctorally prepared nurse
  • Investigate DNP scholarly projects implemented in practice or PhD dissertations

College of Nursing Alignment of Learner Outcomes

To access the College of Nursing Alignment of Learner Outcomes, please click on the following link:

Document: NURS 8000/NURS 8000F/NURS 8000M/NURS 8001N/NURS 8000A/NURS 8000C Alignment of Learner Outcomes (PDF)


Course Materials

Please visit the University bookstore via your Walden student portal to ensure you are obtaining the correct version of any course texts and/or materials noted in the following section. When you receive your materials, make sure that all required items are included. NURS 8000 Course Syllabus Assignments and Discussions

Course Texts



Houser, J. (2018). Nursing research: Reading, using, and creating evidence (4th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett.



Zaccagnini, M. & Pechacek, J. M. (2021). The doctor of nursing practice essentials: A new model for advanced practice nursing (4th ed.).  Jones & Bartlett.

Note: If the print edition of these books are referenced here, electronic versions also may be available and may be acceptable for use in this course. If an electronic version is listed, no print version is available.

Other readings (journal articles, websites, book excerpts, etc.) are assigned throughout the course and may be found within each week.

Course Reading List

The Course Readings List contains all of the required Walden Library resources for this course. Please click on the following link to access the list:

NURS 8000/NURS 8000F/NURS 8000M/NURS 8001N/NURS 8000A/NURS 8000C Course Readings List



Assigned course media elements may be found in one or more weeks of the course and are available via a streaming media player or a hyperlink to the individual item.

Grading Criteria and Total Components of a Grade

During the course, you will be graded each week on your Discussion posts and Assignments. Please refer to the rubrics (for Discussions and Assignments) in the Course Information area of the course navigation menu for a complete breakdown and set of criteria for evaluation.

Grading Scale

Letter grades will be assigned as follows:

90%–100% = A

80%–89% = B

70%–79% = C

<70% = F

Grades of NC and W are by administrative assignment only. Please see the Student Catalog for details about those grade assignments.

Please see below for the policy on Incomplete (I) grades.

Important Note: This course contains weighted grading. Assignments are weighted differently depending on their type. The total points achieved for each assignment will be weighted based on the percentage values noted in the Weighted Total (%) column of the table that follows.


Assignments Total Points Weighted Total (%)
5 @ 30 points each
150 50%
Week 4 Assignment
Week 5 Assignment
30 30%
Week 6 Major Assessment 1 20 20%
Total: 200 100%

Course Procedures

Follow these steps to complete this course successfully:

  • Review all of the information in the areas listed in the course navigation menu.
  • You are expected to read the overall Syllabus and all Resources, Discussions, Assignments, and Projects for each week. Complete all Assignments by the specified due date. It is in your best interest to complete work for the current week and not to “jump ahead” to future weeks.

Course Assignments

Online Discussion

The exchange of ideas between colleagues engaged in scholarly inquiry is a key aspect of graduate-level learning and is a requisite activity in this course.

Requirements: You are expected to participate in a minimum of 3 separate days a week in the weekly Discussion area. Discussion topics/questions are provided in the Discussion area. In addition, you are expected to respond to your fellow students’ postings. To count as participation, responses need to be thoughtful; that is, they must refer to the week’s readings, relevant issues in the news, information obtained from other sources, and/or ideas expressed in other class members’ postings. Where appropriate, you should use references to support your position. Most weeks have at least one Discussion question. Each Discussion requires that you make one initial posting and at least two response postings to two different peer original posts, on two different days. See the weekly Discussion Rubric for posting details.

Initial postings are due by Day 3 and responses are due by Day 6. If there are two Discussion questions for the week, postings to Discussion 1 are due by Day 3 and responses are due by Day 5; postings to Discussion 2 are due by Day 5 and responses are due by Day 7. It is important to adhere to the weekly time frame to allow others ample time to respond to your posting.

All Discussion postings need to be made in each week’s Discussion area of the course. Please do not e-mail postings to the Instructor or other students. See the Discussion area for specific instructions.


An Assignment often is a writing assignment submitted to the Instructor for evaluation. Complete Assignment directions are in the Assignments area, including how and where to submit the Assignment and the due date. Please note that you should keep a copy of your Assignments on your computer in case of any technical difficulties.

Information on scholarly writing may be found in the APA Manual and at the Walden Writing Center website.

Walden University expects you to act with integrity and honesty in your academic courses. See the Guidelines and Policies and Academic Integrity areas for more details.

Check the Course Information area for any rubrics relating to the Assignments.

Feedback Schedule

The Instructor will log on to the course Discussion areas at least 4 days a week to evaluate and respond to class Discussions. Unless there is a specific question, your Instructor will not respond to every posting from each student. However, the expectation is that the Instructor will respond individually to at least two-thirds of the students each week. The Instructor will read every posting and will expect all students to read every posting, including the Instructor’s postings and classmates’ postings. Frequently, the Instructor will choose to respond to a particular posting because that posting covers important issues.

The Instructor will respond to any specific course-related questions or concerns within 48 hours of receiving them in an e-mail or in a course posting. A response to questions or concerns that requires more content analysis may extend beyond 48 hours.

Assignments will be returned by Day 5 of the following week, allowing you to incorporate feedback into the assignments for subsequent weeks.

If needed, you may e-mail the Instructor to set up a time for a telephone conference at any time during the course. You are responsible for routinely checking the Announcements for any changes to the aforementioned feedback schedule.

Preferred Methods for Delivering Assignments

Submitting Course Postings to the Weekly Discussion Areas

Be sure that you post to the correct Discussion area each week. Do not e-mail postings to the Instructor. For all initial Discussion postings, make sure that the first sentence of your posting reads Main Question Post. For your responses to others’ response postings, make sure that the first sentence of your response reads Response. These actions will ensure easily identifiable subject lines for your postings and responses.

Submitting Assignments

Directions for submitting each Assignment are included in each Assignment area.

E-mailing Your Instructor

When e-mailing the Instructor, please use the following heading for your e-mail subject line: last name + your first initial + course number (e.g., RideNURS8000) so that your Instructor will recognize and read your e-mail.

Policies on Late Assignments

Discussion Postings

No credit will be given for Discussion postings made after the week in which they are due, unless prior arrangements are made with the Instructor. Exceptions will be made only for those rare situations that legitimately prevent a student from posting on time. Points will be deducted from late postings according to the Discussion Rubric, which is located in the Course Information area.


Assignments are due by Day 7 of the week assigned unless otherwise noted. Failure to meet the deadline without prior approval will result in a 3-point deduction per day. Any Assignment submitted after Day 4 of the following week will receive zero points.

Students With Disabilities

Students in this course who have a disability that might prevent them from fully demonstrating their abilities should contact the director of Disability Services at or at 1-800-925-3368, ext. 312-1205 and +1-612-925-3368 or for international toll-free numbers as soon as possible to initiate disability verification and discuss accommodations that may be necessary to ensure full participation in the successful completion of course requirements.

Classroom Participation

In accordance with U.S. Department of Education guidance regarding class participation, Walden University requires that all students submit at least one of their required Week 1 assignments (which includes posting to the Discussion Board) within each course(s) during the first 7 calendar days of class. For courses with two-week units, posting to the Discussion Board by Day 7 meets this requirement. The first calendar day of class is the official start date of the course as posted on your myWalden academic page.

Assignments submitted prior to the official start date will not count toward your participation. 

Financial Aid cannot be released without class participation as defined above. 

Students who are taking their first class with Walden and do not submit at least one of their required Week 1 assignments (or at least one Discussion post) by the end of the 7th day will be administratively withdrawn from the university.

Students who have already taken and successfully completed at least one or more class(es) with Walden, and who do not participate within the first 7 days, will be dropped from that class.

If you have any questions about your assignments, or you are unable to complete your assignments, please contact your Faculty Member.


The weekly course checklist below outlines the assignments due for the course.

For full assignment details and directions, refer to each week of the course. All assignments are due by 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time (MT) on the day assigned (which is 1:59 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) the next day). The time stamp in the classroom will reflect Eastern Time (ET), regardless of your time zone. As long as your submission time stamp is no later than 1:59 a.m. Eastern Time (ET), you have submitted on time.

To View the Calendar

To view the Course Calendar:

Course Calendar


To View a Printable Course Schedule

For full assignment details and directions, refer to each week of the course.

Click on the NURS 8000/NURS 8000F/NURS 8000M/NURS 8001N/NURS 8000A/NURS 8000C Course Schedule (PDF) link to access the Course Schedule.

Document: NURS 8000/NURS 8000F/NURS 8000M/NURS 8001N/NURS 8000A/NURS 8000C Course Schedule (PDF)



Module Assignment Title
Week 1 Professional Opportunities for Doctorally Prepared Nurses
  Learning Resources Required Readings
Required Media
  Discussion The Doctoral Degree and Professional Nursing Practice
Week 2 Foundations of Doctoral Study at Walden
  Learning Resources Required Readings
Required Media
Optional Resources
  Discussion 1 Learning Online
  Discussion 2 AACN Competencies and the Walden Mission, Vision, and Outcomes
Week 3 Professional Collaboration and the Doctorally Prepared Nurse
  Learning Resources Required Readings
Required Media
  Discussion Intra- and Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice
  Assignment Becoming Familiar With the DNP Scholarly Project and PhD Dissertation
Week 4 Scholarship and the Doctorally Prepared Nurse
  Learning Resources Required Readings
Required Media
  Assignment 1 Locating and Critically Analyzing Primary Research Articles
  Assignment 2 Becoming Familiar With the DNP Scholarly Project and PhD Dissertation (Continued from Week 3)
Week 5 Ethical Issues Relevant to the Doctorally Prepared Nurse
  Learning Resources Required Readings
Required Media
Optional Resources
  Discussion Ethics
  Assignment Becoming Familiar With the DNP Scholarly Project and PhD Dissertation
Week 6 The DNP Scholarly Project and PhD Dissertation
  Learning Resources Required Readings
Required Media
Optional Resources
  Major Assignment Membership in Professional Organizations


The bibliography contains the references for all learning materials in the course. For your convenience, a link has been provided to download and save the bibliography.

To access the Bibliography:

Document: NURS 8000/NURS 8000F/NURS 8000M/NURS 8001N/NURS 8000A/NURS 8000C Bibliography (PDF)

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NURS 8000/NURS 8000F/NURS 8000M/NURS 8001N/NURS

8000A/NURS 8000C: Foundations and Essentials of Doctoral Study in Nursing

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Conn, V. S., Zerwic, J., Rawl, S., Wyman, J. F., Larson, J. L., Anderson, C. M., . . .

Markis, N. E. (2014). Strategies for a successful PhD program: Words of wisdom. NURS 8000 Course Syllabus Assignments and Discussions


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