House Bill 2504

Fall 2012 Course Syllabus

RNSG-2362-30 - Clinical RN Training

Faculty Information
SemesterFall 2012
InstructorDouglas, Mark Eric
Phone(409) 984-6371
E-maildouglasm@lamarpa.edu
Department
Allied Health
Chair:Margaret Gongre
Phone:(409) 984-6354
E-mail:sealsma@lamarpa.edu
Office
Hours:7-9pm Virtual and by appt.
Building:Allied Health Annex (AHA)
Room:104
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Course Information
Course Number90721
Course Description A health-related work-based experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.
Course Prerequisites RNSG 1423 Introduction to Professional Nursing for Integrated Programs; RNSG 1260 Clinical; RNSG 2514 Care of Patients with Complex Health Care Needs; RNSG 2535 Integrated Patient Care Management
Required Textbooks 3

* Ackley, B. J., & Ladwig, G. B. (2011). Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: A guide to planning care (9th Ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier. ISBN: 978-0-323-07150-5

*American Psychological Association (2009). Concise rules of APA style (6th Ed.). Washington, D.C. ISBN: 978-1-4338-0560-8

*Mathers, D. (2010). Virtual Clinical Excursions- Medical-Surgical. St. Louis, MO, Saunders Elsevier.

ISBN: 978-1-4160-6913-3

Mosby (2008) PDQ for RN – nursing facts at hand (2nd Ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier ISBN: 978-0-323-05189-7

*North Carolina Concept-Based Learning Editorial Board (2011). Nursing: A concept-based approach to learning. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc.

ISBN: 0558591612 (This is a three book bundle that includes Volume I, Volume II & Skills Book –this bundle is required for this program)

To purchase each book separately you must use the following ISBN numbers:

Volume #1 (0135078067)

Volume #2 (0135103517)

Skills Manual (0558356877)

*Current drug guide of choice.

*Current diagnostic and lab manual of choice
Attendance Policy 1.        Students must submit a schedule in advance to their clinical instructor and attendance at all scheduled clinical experiences is expected.

2.        Students are not to work the shift immediately preceding clinical.

3.        Students who are "NO CALL NO SHOW" demonstrate a lack of accountability and unprofessional conduct; therefore, they FAIL CLINICAL for the semester. The only possible exception is if a student is unable to call the faculty, the clinical facility, or the college.

4.        It is the student’s responsibility to notify the assigned clinical faculty prior to any absence from clinical experiences. If the student is missing a clinical day, s/he must notify the assigned clinical faculty and preceptor. Call at least one-half hour before scheduled assignment.

5.        Students cannot meet the objectives of the Upward Mobility Nursing Program without attending clinical.



Course Grading Scale 90 to 100% = A 75 to 79% = C 00 to 59% = F

80 to 89% = B 60 to 74% = D

Determination of Final Grade Graded Course Components

Percentage of Final Grade

Teaching Plan        20%

Acute Care Case Study (1)        35%

Clinical Summary (1)        15%

Clinical Care Plan (1)        15%

Community Summary (1)        15%

Two Virtual Clinical Excursion assignments         Pass/Fail

Meeting With Instructor        Pass/Fail

TOTAL        100%

Final Exam Date October 18, 2012 - 8:00 AM
Major Assignments Teaching Plan

Acute Care Case Study (1)

Clinical Summary (1)        

Clinical Care Plan (1)        

Community Summary (1)        

Two Virtual Clinical Excursion assignments         Pass/Fail

Meeting With Instructor        Pass/Fail

Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates         Component        Due Date

Module 1        Didactic Assignments

        Print and review the course syllabus and assignments for this course.         By end of day Monday of Module 1.

        Submit Community Setting Requests        By end of day Monday of Module 1

        Submit Clinical Schedule        By end of day Monday of Module 1

        Begin the Virtual Clinical Excursion Lesson 15, Atrial Fibrillation.        Begin in Module 1 and Submit assignment in Module 2.

Module 2        Didactic Assignments

        Submit 108 hour evaluation form at end of first 108 hour period.         By end of day Sunday of Module 2.

        Submit Clinical Schedule        By 0800 Monday of Module 2

        Submit the Virtual Clinical Excursion assignment for Lesson 15, Atrial Fibrillation.        By end of day Sunday of Module 2.

        Complete the assignment: Clinical Summary (covering a 24 hour precepted clinical period).        By end of day Sunday of Module 2.

        Complete the assignment: Care Plan (on one patient during 24 hour precepted clinical period).        By end of day Sunday of Module 2.

Module 3        Didactic Assignments

        Submit Clinical Schedule        By 0800 Monday of Module 3

        Submit Community Evaluation form.         By end of day Sunday of Module 3.

        Complete the assignment: Teaching Plan.        By end of day Sunday of Module 3.

        Complete the assignment: Community Summary (one summary covering two 4-hour periods).        By end of day Sunday of Module 3.











Module 4        Didactic Assignments

        Submit Clinical Schedule        By 0800 Monday of Module 4

        Begin the assignment: Case Study.        By end of day Thursday of Module 5.

        Begin the Virtual Clinical Excursion: Lesson 11, Cancer.        Begin in Module 4 and Submit assignment in Module 5.

Module 5        Didactic Assignments

        Submit Clinical Schedule        By 0800 Monday of Module 5

        Submit final evaluation form by end of week.        By end of day Sunday of Module 5.

        Complete the Virtual Clinical Assignment: Lesson 11, Cancer.        By end of day Sunday of Module 5.

        Complete the assignment: Case Study.        By end of day Thursday of Module 5.

        Submit Precepted Clinical Attendance form        By end of day Sunday of Module 5.

        Scan and Submit Preceptor’s Final Evaluation Forms        By end of day Sunday of Module 5.

        Submit Student End of Clinical Feedback Form        By end of day Sunday of Module 5.

General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Communication skills:Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

Critical Thinking Skills:Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills:Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork:Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

Social Responsibility:Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Personal Responsibility:Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

Program Student Learning Outcomes The Upward Mobility Nursing Program provides educational experiences that offer opportunities for the student to:

1.        Function within the legal, ethical and regulatory standards for the professional nurse.

2.        Use a systematic problem-solving process to provide safe, individualized, evidence-based nursing care and coordinate care for a limited number of patients who have complex needs with predictable or unpredictable outcomes in various health care settings.

3.        Adopt an approach to nursing practice that promotes safety for patients, significant others, self, and members of the healthcare team.

4.        Collaborate with members of the interdisciplinary health care team to provide optimum, evidence-based, and safe care to patients.

Course Student Learning Outcomes In accordance with the mission of LSC-PA, RNSG 2362 Clinical assists the student to develop the particular skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for success as a registered nurse. Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

1.        Use critical thinking and the nursing process to provide care to patients with complex health problems.

2.        State the rationale and the effects of medications and treatments and shall correctly administer the same.

3.        Accurately and completely report and document:

a.        Patient’s status including signs, symptoms, and responses

b.        Nursing care provided

c.        Administration of medications and treatments

d.        Patient’s response to medications and treatments

e.        Contacts with other health care team members concerning significant events regarding patient’s status.

4.        Implement measures to promote a safe environment for patients and others.

5.        Respect the patient’s right to privacy by protecting confidential information unless obligated or allowed by law to disclose the information.

6.        Promote and participate in patient education and counseling based on health needs.

7.        Obtain instruction and supervision as necessary when implementing nursing procedures or practices.

8.        Notify the appropriate individual when leaving a nursing assignment.

9.        Maintain professional boundaries of the nurse-patient relationship.

10.        Provide without discrimination, nursing services regardless of age, disability, economic status, gender, national origin, race, religion, or health problems of the patient served.

11.        Collaborate with the patient, members of the health care team and, when appropriate, the patient’s significant other(s) in providing the patient’s health care.

12.        Demonstrate personal accountability and responsibility for providing safe nursing care.

Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.

    Professional Behaviors:

    As students progress through the curriculum, they are preparing for transition into professional life. Some behaviors expected in the classroom/clinical setting parallel many behaviors expected in the work place.

    Professional Behaviors

    •        Prompt attendance

    •        Notifies faculty and preceptor when unable to attend clinical

    •        Completes reading assignments before clinical

    •        Makes appropriate verbal contributions to clinical

    •        Maintains appropriate demeanor during clinical for example:

    •        Remains on clinical unit until dismissed

    •        Returns from breaks on time

    •        Stays awake in clinical

    •        Refrains from breaches in confidentiality

    •        Attends to faculty liaison, preceptor, charge nurse, and patients during clinical

    •        Allows others to hear and learn

    Incident/Variance Reports:

    Any incident or medication error made in the clinical area is reported according to the policy and procedure manual of the institution where it occurred. The incident or medication error must be reported immediately to the preceptor and faculty.

    Medication Errors: Students should accurately dispense medications in a safe and timely manner. If an error occurs, the student should:

    •        Report it immediately to the preceptor and faculty liaison

    •        Assess the patient’s condition

    •        Report the error to the charge nurse/nurse manager

    •        Complete the appropriate documentation with the assistance of the preceptor

    Errors in documentation of medications are considered as unsatisfactory documentation in the clinical evaluation criteria. Examples of unsatisfactory documentation include but are not limited to the following:

    •        Omitting signature and/or initials on the Medication Administration Record (MAR)

    •        Failure to have co-signature of narcotic waste

    •        Failure to document a reason for omitting a medication

    •        Failure to record assessment prior to administering medication (i.e. Pulse for Digoxin dose)

    Students will be counseled after each medication error. Three or more medication errors (not including documentation errors) will result in clinical failure for the course. Examples of medication errors include but are not limited to the following:

    •        Not following the six rights of medication administration

    •        Duplication of medication that was already given

    •        Omission of an ordered medication

    •        Giving a medication that was discontinued

    •        Medication left at the bedside without an order

    •        Failure to check physicians’ orders, take an apical pulse, B/P, or check appropriate lab levels prior to giving medication

    •        Inability to calculate correct dosage

    Medication errors that endanger a patient’s life or actually cause harm to a patient may be grounds for immediate termination from the course.

Additional Information Clinical Experience

Clinical experience is planned to provide the student with the opportunity to develop nursing skills, to become involved in assessing, making a nursing diagnosis, planning, implementing and evaluating patient care. For the clinical experience to be both profitable for the student and safe for the patient involved, it is essential that the students arrive prepared for the experience. For Lamar State College Port Arthur to receive permission to use the clinical facilities, agreements have been made that both students and faculty will abide by the policies and procedures of the institution.

Students are expected to be engaged actively in learning and collaborative study with peers and preceptor/faculty. During clinical, students are NOT to wait passively for a staff nurse, preceptor, or faculty to show or tell them what to do. Students are expected to come prepared to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom or virtual assignments and to learn from expert nurses through an active intellectual process.

An important part of being a professional nurse is participating in self-evaluation. Each clinical course has objectives which the student must fulfill to pass the course. The student is evaluated according to the course objectives at mid-term (self-evaluation) and at the end of the semester. The student is expected to participate in this evaluation process. This is done through clinical logs, student-faculty conferences, on the spot discussions, and/or a written self-evaluation. Clinical faculty will keep records about each meeting with the preceptor and student for evaluation purposes.

The Upward Mobility faculty at Lamar State College-Port Arthur believes that the core expression of professional nursing stems from the ability to self-evaluate and to become a lifelong learner. Students are expected to evaluate themselves on a regular basis.

CPR Certification

Each student is required to be certified as a Healthcare Provider in CPR before starting the first semester of Upward Mobility Nursing Courses. The "C" portion (Health Care Provider) is to be completed and certification must be kept up-to-date as long as the student is enrolled. Proof of certification is to be provided to the clinical faculty at the beginning of each semester.

Uniform Policies:

The comfort, security, and well being of the patient are dependent upon the nurse’s level of knowledge and competence. Additionally, it is influenced by the nurse’s personal hygiene, appearance, and behavior. Poor grooming and inappropriate behavior may convey to the patient and family a feeling of carelessness. Therefore, students enrolled in the LSC-PA Upward Mobility Nursing Program are expected to conform to the following uniform policies:

1.        All students will wear the official uniform of the Upward Mobility Nursing Program at all times during clinical except in specialty areas where the hospital provides scrub suits or clinical facilities where the facility requires street clothes.

2.        The Nursing Program patch should be worn on the left sleeve of the lab jacket and scrub top three inches below the shoulder seam in the center of the sleeve crease. The patch must be neatly sewn in place and positioned so that the 1909 is centered at the bottom of the patch and parallel to the edge of the sleeve. No pins or snaps are permitted. The lab jacket must be worn when a student leaves the clinical unit.

3.        The standard name pin and picture ID will be worn. It is white with dark blue letters. Lamar State College Port Arthur is on the first line. The student's first initial, last name and ADSN are on the second line. The third line should state Upward Mobility Nursing Program. If the student tends to remove her/his lab jacket during patient care, s/he needs to wear a name pin on both the lab jacket and scrub top and transfer the picture ID.

4.        All students are to bathe and use deodorant prior to coming to clinical each day. Do not wear scented powders or perfume.

5.        All students are to wear clean newly laundered wrinkle free uniforms to clinical each day.

6.        Shoes may be of any type as long as they are white as the primary color or solid navy and have good treads and closed toes. Shoes must be clean and in good condition.

7.        White or navy hose or socks are to be worn.

8.        Fingernails must be clean and in reasonable length for safe patient care, not to exceed 1/8 inch beyond the fingertip. Only unpolished, natural nails are permitted. This requirement is because documented research has linked artificial nails and nail polish to the occurrence of nosocomial infections in hospitals.

9.        Hair must be clean, neat and in no way interfere with patient care. If long, it must be fastened back from the face and secured so that the long ends remain behind the shoulders during patient care delivery. Scarves, ribbons, ornaments and unnatural hair color (i.e. pink, blue, green, etc.) are not acceptable.

10.        Only a watch, plain band ring without stones, and small stud earrings (1 pair), one in each ear lobe may be worn while in uniform. No other visible body jewelry is allowed.

11.        Cosmetics must be used moderately and attractively applied.

12.        Well groomed sideburns, mustaches, and beards are acceptable on campus, but may be inappropriate in certain clinical facilities. Students are to meet the standard of the facility.

Required accessory uniform items:

•        Wrist watch with second hand

•        Bandage scissors

•        Pen and notepad

•        Stethoscope and a pen light

•        Name tag(s), picture ID, and LSC-PA patches

Students are to adhere to the uniform policy. Clinical preceptors and faculty liaisons have the right to send students home who come to clinical without complying with the uniform regulations. This will result in a clinical absence.

Safe Performance in Clinical Settings:

The student in the Upward Mobility Nursing Program is expected to demonstrate safe professional behavior which includes promoting the actual or potential well being of patients, health care workers, and self in biological, psychological, sociological, and cultural realms and demonstrating accountability in preparation for, provision and documentation of care according to course objectives.

The purpose of setting safe performance clinical standards is to identify expectations of the Upward Mobility Nursing Program and the Allied Health Department; to comply with agency agreements, and to identify and help students who need assistance and support to succeed in the Upward Mobility Nursing Program.

Indicators to be used as guidelines for determining safe performance are:

Regulatory: Students practice within the boundaries of the Texas Nursing Practice Act, the ANA Code of Ethics, the guidelines, objectives and policies of the Upward Mobility Nursing Program; and the rules and regulations of the health care agency where they are assigned for clinical learning experiences.

Examples of unsafe practice include but are not limited to the following:

•        Fails to notify the agency and/or faculty of clinical absence.

•        Fails to follow the Upward Mobility Nursing Program and/or agency policies and procedures.

•        Reports for clinical under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

•        Fails to follow rules and regulations of the clinical facility.



Ethical: The student performs according to the guidelines of the American Nurses’ Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, and the Texas Nursing Practice Act.

Examples of unsafe practice include but are not limited to the following:

•        Refuses assignments based on patient’s race, culture, religious preference, sex, national origin, age, handicapping condition or any other protected status category.

•        Fails to consult faculty prior to refusing assignment based on medical diagnosis of the patient.

•        Denies, covers-up or does not report own errors in clinical practice.

•        Ignores and fails to report unethical behavior of other health care persons in the clinical setting which affects patient welfare.

Biological, Psychological, Social, and Cultural Realms: The student’s performance meets the needs of the human system from a biological, psychological, sociological, and cultural standpoint at the level of the course objectives.

Examples of unsafe practice include but are not limited to the following:

•        Violates or threatens the physical safety of the patient, e.g.: neglects use of side rails, restraints; comes unprepared to clinical; leaves a bed in high position. Violates or threatens the psychological safety of the patient, e.g.: uses clichés repeatedly. Does not encourage verbalization, is not aware of difference in ability to communicate failure to document or act on changes in behavior.

•        Violates or threatens the microbiological safety of the patient, self, or others e.g.: unrecognized violation of aseptic technique and universal precautions; comes sick to clinical experience; unrecognized violation of isolation procedure.

•        Violates or threatens the chemical safety of the patient, e.g.: violates the 5 Rights of Administering Medications; fails to monitor IV infusions safely; fails to identify and follow through on significant nursing implications related to medications.

•        Violates or threatens the safety of the patient, e.g.: fails to observe safety precautions during O2 therapy, heat/cold treatments; leaves unreliable patient alone while he/she smokes.

•        Fails to follow through on suggested referrals or interventions to correct deficit areas which may result in harm to others.

•        Interacts inappropriately with agency staff, co-workers, peers, patients/patients, families, faculty resulting in miscommunications, disruption of patient care and/or unit functioning.

•        Lacks physical coordination essential to carrying out procedures.

•        Lacks information processing ability necessary for making appropriate clinical judgments or decisions.

•        Inadequately and/or inaccurately uses the nursing process, e.g.: fails to observe and/or report critical assessments related to patients.

•        Violates previously mastered principles/learning/objectives in carrying out nursing care.

Accountability: The student’s performance demonstrates continuity in the responsible preparation, documentation, and promotion for the care of patients, according to course objectives.

Examples of unsafe practice include but are not limited to the following:

•        Fails to provide inclusive written communication on appropriate documents or verbal communication to faculty and/or appropriate agency personnel.

•        Fails to accurately record essential patient behaviors.

•        Fails to report incompetent, unethical or illegal practice of any person.

•        Attempts activities without adequate orientation, theoretical preparation or appropriate assistance.

•        Fails to maintain honesty in clinical practice and/or written work.

•        Is habitually tardy to clinical Practicum.

•        Assumes inappropriate independence in actions or decisions, e.g.: fails to seek supervision when situation is questionable.

Human Rights: The student’s performance demonstrates respect for the individual, patient, health team member, faculty, and self including but not limited to the legal, ethical, and cultural realms.

Examples of unsafe practice include but are not limited to the following:

•        Fails to maintain confidentiality of interactions.

•        Fails to maintain confidentiality of records.

•        Exhibits dishonesty in relationships with peers, faculty, patients/patients and/or agency personnel.

•        Fails to recognize and promote every patient’s rights.

Unsafe behavior(s) related to the student’s performance problem must be clearly described and documented. Confirmation, or supporting observation of clinical staff, should be included in the documentation of the performance problems, if possible. The student has the right to provide input and/or data regarding his/her clinical performance and to consult with the clinical faculty and the Allied Health Department Chair. The clinical faculty will document unsafe behaviors.

Depending on the facts and circumstances, potential disciplinary action for violation of professional behavior standards may include but is not limited to immediate dismissal from the clinical area and/or a failing grade in the course. Nursing faculty have the responsibility to protect the public.

Clinical agencies reserve the right to terminate use of facilities by a particular student where necessary to maintain its operation free from disruption and to ensure quality of patient care.

Code of Ethics:

The Upward Mobility Nursing faculty subscribe to the American Nurses’ Association Code of Ethics*. Students are expected to learn and perform in accordance with this code.

1.        The nurse, in all professional relationships, practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth and uniqueness of every individual, unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems.

2.        The nurse’s primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, or community.

3.        The nurse promotes, advocates for, and strives to protect the health, safety, and rights of the patient.

4.        The nurse is responsible and accountable for individual nursing practice and determines the appropriate delegation of tasks consistent with the nurse’s obligation to provide optimum patient care.

5.        The nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including the responsibility to preserve integrity and safety, to maintain competence, and to continue personal and professional growth.

6.        The nurse participates in establishing, maintaining, and improving healthcare environments and conditions of employment conducive to the provision of quality health care and consistent with the values of the profession through individual and collective action.

7.        The nurse participates in the advancement of the profession through contributions to practice, education, administration, and knowledge development.

8.        The nurse collaborates with other health professionals and the public in promoting and communicating national and international efforts to meet health needs.

9.        The profession of nursing, as represented by associations and their members, is responsible for articulating nursing values, for maintaining the integrity of the profession and its practice, and for shaping social policy.

To read the interpretive statements for the provisions listed above, the student can access the ANA Web site At http://www.nursingworld.org/ethics/code/ethicscode150.htm

*American Nurses Association (2001). Code of ethics for nurses. Kansas City, Missouri: American Nurses Association.

Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statue that provides comprehensive civil rights 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 Special Populations Coordinator, Room 210D, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6251.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to My.LamarPA.edu and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your my.lamarpa.edu account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission

Lamar State College - Port Arthur, a member of The Texas State University System, is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality and affordable instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The College embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life.

Core Values

  • Shared commitment by faculty, staff and administration to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community involvement

  • General education/core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community

  • Academic and technical programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, using a variety of delivery methods, on and off campus

  • Technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and behavior necessary for initial and continued employment

  • Student achievement characterized by attainment of individual goals and measured by successful accomplishments and completion of curriculum

  • Co-curricular opportunities that develop social, financial and civic acuity

Principles

Lamar State College - Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

  • treated with dignity and respect;

  • afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

  • given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights; and,

  • provided an opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

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