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NAST 500

 Introduction to First Nations Studies (6,0,0)

4 credits
ABE - Advanced: This course provides students with an overview of historical and current social, economic, and political issues concerning Native people. Prerequisite: None Note: This course is taught in Williams Lake
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NAST 600

 An Overview of Major Issues in First Nations Studies (6,0,0)

4 credits
In this course, students explore issues related to the role of elders, women, and leaders in matters pertaining to health, education, justice, and economical development in First Nations communities and off-reserve communities. Using the articles found in the textbook as a guide, the instructor will draw upon community resources to supplement the course content. Classroom activities will include presenting in small groups and conducting library and Internet searches. Prerequisite: ENGL 0500 or equivalent
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NRSC 1110

 The Science and Management of Natural Resources (2,0,2)(L)

3 credits
Students are provided with an overview of current issues in the management of natural resources. This serves as an introductory core course in the Bachelor of Natural Resource Science program, however, it is tailored for all students with a general interest in natural resources. In addition to lectures and laboratory exercises, students consider how scientific inquiry and knowledge can be integrated with social, economic, and cultural values to develop management strategies. Topics of discussion include a diversity of resource issues, such as forestry, soils, rangeland, water, fisheries, wildlife, and entomology. Required Lab: NRSC 1110L
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NRSC 1120

 Dendrology 1 (3,0,2)(L)

3 credits
Dendrology is a survey of the structure, function, ecology, and identification of trees. A lecture component in this course includes two major topics: 1) the structure and function of trees, such as reproduction, development, anatomy, morphology, and physiology; 2) the ecology and evolution of trees. Through the laboratory component, students survey a selection of Canadian, North American, and introduced tree species. Deciduous species are emphasized; coniferous species are studied in NRSC 1220. Field trips are an integral part of the course. Prerequisite: BIOL 0600 Corequisite: BIOL 1110 Required Lab: NRSC 1120L
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NRSC 1220

 Dendrology 2 (3,0,2)(L)

3 credits
This course is a continuation of NRSC 1120: Dendrology 1. Students survey a selection of British Columbian, Canadian, North American, and introduced coniferous tree species. Prerequisite: NRSC 1120 Corequisite: BIOL 1210 Required Lab: NRSC 1220L
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NRSC 1500

 Introduction to Climate Change Science (3,0,1)(L)

3 credits
This course examines the evidence for, and impacts of climate change. The class will focus on the observed changes in climate, the causes of climate change, projected future climate change and mitigation options for decreasing the impact of climate change. Weekly labs will provide hands-on learning experiences that complement the lecture material. Weekend field trips may be required. Required Lab: NRSC 1500L
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NRSC 2000

 Introduction to the Study of Soils (3,0,2)(L)

3 credits
Students investigate the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils. Topics include soil formation, classification, use, and conservation. Students focus on forest soils for this course. Required Lab: NRSC 2000L
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NRSC 2100

 Forest Ecology and Silvics 1 (3,0,2)(L)

3 credits
The main objectives of this course are to facilitate students' learning of the complexities and interactions that make up forest ecosystems, and how this knowledge can be used in predicting forest ecosystem responses to both natural and human-induced disturbances. Upon completion, students have an appreciation of forest ecosystem structures and functions, and how these components interact; how forest ecosystems change over time, and the ecological effects of various forest management practices. Additional topics include the spatial variation in forest ecosystems, methods of describing these variations, the characteristics of biogeoclimatic zones in British Columbia, and the identification and interpretive use of indicator plant species in the description of forest ecosystems. Prerequisite: NRSC 1120/1220 or completion of 1st year general science Required Lab: NRSC 2100L
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NRSC 2110

 Forest Mensuration (3,0,2)(L)

3 credits
This course teaches the student techniques used in basic photogrammetry, photo mapping and photo-based inventory systems. Use of maps and mapping systems will be implemented. Techniques for the measurement of tree stand variables, calculating tree volumes, estimating form and taper, as well as timber scaling and grading will be taught. Regression techniques will be used in the analysis of data collected by students. Some weekend fieldwork may be required. Prerequisite: COMP 1350 Corequisite: STAT 2000 or BIOL 3000 Required Lab: NRSC 2110L
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NRSC 2200

 Forest Ecology and Silvics 2 (3,0,2)(L)

3 credits
Students examine the ecological and silvical characteristics of forest trees of Western Canada, with emphasis on ecological site assessment and applications of silvics in silviculture. This course also explores the identification and interpretive use of indicator plant species in the description of forest ecosystems, the soil and site features used in determining site quality, and the diagnostic procedures used in determining site quality. Prerequisite: NRSC 2000 and 2100 or permission of the instructor Required Lab: NRSC 2200L
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NRSC 2230

 Geographic Information Systems (3,0,2)(L)

3 credits
This course introduces students to geodesy and geoinformatics, topics of study commonly referred to collectively as geomatics. Course topics include: common geographic coordinate systems; common map projections; geospatial data models; setting coordinate systems; loading geospatial data; visualization of geospatial data; manipulating feature and coverage values; and basic geoprocessing procedures. Labs will provide hands-on experience with ArcGIS, the leading GIS software in the industry, towards the goal of developing marketable skills geographic information management. Required Lab: GEOG 2230L Note: This course is identical to GEOG 2750
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NRSC 3000

 Diversity and Ecology of the Vertebrates (3,0,3)(L)

3 credits
Students in the natural resource field are introduced to vertebrate biology. The three main themes are animal ecology, comparative anatomy, and the systematics and identification of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Students address the evolutionary ecology of these groups, including the adaptive significance of morphological, physiological and behavioural traits. Key concepts of vertebrate ecology, such as evolution and the theory of natural selection, are introduced in addition to basic vertebrate anatomy and functional morphology. Laboratory work involves anatomical dissections and the taxonomic identification of terrestrial vertebrates, particularly those species found in British Columbia. Prerequisite: An introductory course in ecology or evolution is recommended. Students who have taken BIOL 2250 or its equivalent need to contact the instructor prior to registering in the course. Note: Students who have taken BIOL 4270 cannot receive credit for this course
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NRSC 3020

 Wildlife Research Techniques (3,0,3)(L)

3 credits
Students are familiarized with and gain confidence using basic techniques and research tools used to study wildlife. The focus of the course is hands-on experience in the field and in the lab, preceded by background material in the lecture. Topics include survey design, radio-telemetry, mark-recapture, computer modeling, and wildlife habitat assessment. Students are required to take part in field work that may take place outside of scheduled class time, including at least one weekend field trip. Prerequisite: BIOL 3000 or a similar introductory statistics course; BIOL 3030 recommended Required Lab: NRSC 3020L
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NRSC 3110

 Grassland Ecology (3,0,2)(L)

3 credits
This course provides an introduction to grassland ecology principles with the focus on BC grassland systems. Lectures will cover the difference between grasslands and rangelands, grassland physical characteristics, grassland ecosystems with a focus on BC grassland plant communities, plant physiology, succession, assessment theories, and monitoring of grassland, shrubland and savanna ecosystems. Labs will focus on grassland plant identification and characteristics of BC grassland plant communities. Prerequisite: NRSC 2100 or permission of the instructor Required Lab: NRSC 3110L
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NRSC 3170

 Ichthyology (3,0,3)(L)

3 credits
This course educates students in the systematics, anatomy, physiology, life history, and ecology of freshwater and marine fishes. Students learn to identify local freshwater fishes, and salmon species. Prerequisite: NRSC 2100 or equivalent Note: This course is cross-listed as BIOL 3290 Required Lab: NRSC 3170L
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NRSC 3200

 Silviculture (3,0,2)(L)

3 credits
This course emphasizes silvicultural concepts and principles as they apply to forest stand and landscape level management. Specific topics include principles of forest tree improvement; seed handling; nursery practices and artificial regeneration; natural regeneration and stand tending practices (thinning, pruning, vegetation management, fertilization and site preparation). A variety of silviculture systems are discussed in relation to economics, wildlife, biodiversity, and sustainability. The laboratories are designed as both field exercises and indoor laboratory sections (including computer modeling). Several field trips offer students an opportunity to observe forest nursery operations, woodlot management, and forest operations. Prerequisite: NRSC 2000, 2100, 2110, 2200 or permission of the instructor Required Lab: NRSC 3200L
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NRSC 3210

 Range Management (3,2,0)

3 credits
Students explore applied range ecology and range management planning. Lecture topics include range history; range inventory and monitoring; animal management; stocking rates; animal distribution; grazing systems; cultivated forages; range improvements and developments; integrated use; legislation; and current grassland issues. Course material is used to develop a range management plan. Prerequisite: NRSC 3110 or permission of the instructor Required Seminar: NRSC 3210S
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NRSC 3250

 Natural Resource Field Studies (0,1,8)(0,1,0)(L)

3 credits
Students in the Bachelor of Natural Resource Sciences program gain hands-on experience in the field, on topics pertinent to natural resource management. Under the rotating supervision of different faculty members, students conduct field surveys or visit sites where management activities are underway. The exercises include GIS and vegetation mapping, soil analyses, range management, and fisheries and wildlife work. Field exercises may require data analysis and written reports. Participation and completion of all field trips and subsequent reports are required. This course also serves the purpose of providing field trips for other concurrent 4th year courses in the Bachelor of Natural Resource Science program. Weekend field work is required. Prerequisite: NRSC 2230, NRSC 4130, BIOL 3000 and 4th year standing in the Bachelor of Natural Resource Science program Corequisite: NRSC 3210/3220 Required Seminar: NRSC 3250S
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NRSC 3260

 Limnology (3,0,3)(L)

3 credits
This course offers theoretical and applied aspects of limnology. Students consider the ecology of inland water organisms in relation to the physical, chemical, and biological factors that affect their interactions and production. Prerequisite: NRSC 2100 or equivalent, BIOL 3000 or equivalent Note: This course is cross-listed as BIOL 4020 Required Lab: NRSC 3260L
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NRSC 3980

 Introduction to Research (0,1,0)

1 credits
This course is available to 3rd year students who may be contemplating entry into the Honours program or undertaking a Directed Studies research project in their 4th year. The seminar focus is on formulation of a research hypothesis and production of a research proposal in preparation for application to do an Honours or Directed Study research project. Honours students are expected to take this course, although the learning objectives may be completed under the supervision of an individual faculty member. Prerequisite: 3rd year standing in a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Natural Resource Science program
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NRSC 4020

 Natural Resource Entomology (2,0,2)(L)

3 credits
Students are familiarized with significant entomology topics including the environmental and economic role of insects in forest ecosystems; the identification and basic biology of major groups of forest insects; behavioural ecology and population dynamics of major insect pests; an introduction to chemical ecology of insects; forest health and beneficial or pest insect balance; an introduction to management strategies for major forest insect pests; and the implications in context of the Forest Practices Code. Prerequisite: BIOL 3030, NRSC 2100/2200 Corequisite: NRSC 3200 Required Lab: NRSC 4020L
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NRSC 4030

 Natural Resource Pathology (2,0,2)(L)

3 credits
Pathology deals with the biology (anatomy, morphology, physiology, life cycles), ecology, identification, and management of tree diseases. This course emphasizes the common tree diseases of western North American forests, and of British Columbia in particular. The course also includes information on the significant tree diseases of Eastern North America. Prerequisite: NRSC 2100 and NRSC 2200 Required Lab: NRSC 4030L
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NRSC 4040

 Wildlife Management and Conservation 1: Theory and Principles (3,0,3)(L)

3 credits
Students are introduced to the history, theory, and principles of wildlife conservation and management, with an emphasis on the scientific underpinnings of current conservation biology and wildlife management. Topics include island biogeography and reserve design, population viability analysis, principles of conservation genetics, introduced species, fragmentation, habitat loss, and the demography and extinction risk of small populations. Prerequisite: BIOL 3030 and one of NRSC 3000, BIOL 2250, BIOL 4270 Required Lab: NRSC 4040L
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NRSC 4050

 Wildlife Management and Conservation 2: Practice and Application (3,0,3)

3 credits
Students build upon the theory and principles presented in NRSC 4040: Wildlife Management and Conservation 1, by further examining the application of scientific principles to the conservation of wildlife. Students also focus on the philosophy and human dimensions of wildlife conservation and management, particularly the need to balance multiple values in developing sustainable management planning. The course provides for the analysis and discussion of local and global case studies. Prerequisite: BIOL 3000 and NRSC 4040 Required Seminar: NRSC 4100S
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NRSC 4100

 Fisheries Management (3,2,0)

3 credits
This course is a study of fisheries management topics, including methods of quantitative stock assessment, fisheries regulations and policy, habitat restoration, and fish stocking. Students collect and measure fish in a local lake, and produce a quantitative stock assessment report for that fishery. Prerequisite: NRSC 3170 and NRSC 3260 Required Seminar: NRSC 4100S
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NRSC 4110

 Watershed Management (3,2,0)

3 credits
Students are introduced to the basic principles of wildland hydrology and watershed management, including the role of climate, physiography, and vegetation in watershed function; the effects of land use on streamflow quantity, timing and water quality; and the techniques used in monitoring and assessing the impacts of land management on the water resource. Prerequisite: FRST 2000/2100/2200 Required Seminar: NRSC 4110S
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NRSC 4130

 Fire Ecology and Management (3,2,0)

3 credits
Students develop a solid understanding of the importance of fire to ecosystems, communities, species, and human society. The first part of the course is devoted to understanding fire and how it interacts with the abiotic and biotic environment. Next, the focus shifts to the importance of fire from a historical, social, and political context. Students explore the theory, principles, tools, and organization of fire management, particularly as it applies to British Columbia and other regions of Canada. The main goal of this course is to increase awareness of the role of fire in ecosystems. Prerequisite: NRSC 2100 or permission of the instructor Required Seminar: NRSC 4130S
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NRSC 4140

 Natural Resource Policy and Planning (3,2,0)

3 credits
Students focus on land and resource use policies and laws, and their development and administration in British Columbia, particularly as affected by aboriginal rights and title. The course provides an overview of specific land and resource policies in British Columbia, illustrates the policy cycle through teaching the fundamentals of strategic land and resource use planning, and introduces the practice of policy analysis. Prerequisite: 3rd year standing in the Bachelor of Natural Resource Science program, or permission of the instructor Required Seminar: NRSC 4140S
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NRSC 4210

 Conflict Resolution in the Natural Resources (2,2,0)

3 credits
This course is an exploration of the principles of conflict and conflict resolution as they are used and applied in natural resource management. Topics include a definition of conflict, how conflict arises, and how consensus is achieved by facilitation, interest-based negotiation, and mediation. Emphasis is placed on moving beyond simple problem-solving to the actual resolution of underlying conflicts and issues, such as shifting from positional to interest-based arguments. Reviews of past, current, and emerging conflicts in the natural resource sector are also incorporated. Students participate in role-playing exercises, and learn from one another as they enact mock conflict situations. Prerequisite: 4th year standing in the Bachelor or Natural Resource Science program or permission of the instructor Required Seminar: NRSC 4210S
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NRSC 4230

 Graduating Essay (3,0,0)

3 credits
Students complete an essay or technical report under the direction of a faculty member. The essay can take the form of a scientific paper or a detailed literature review of a selected subject area appropriate for the Bachelor of Natural Resource Science degree program. With permission of the Department one year prior to enrolling in the course, students may use data from personal research. Students are required to make an oral presentation summarizing the project. Prerequisite: Final year in the BNRS program
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NRSC 4240

 Research Design, Analysis and Reporting (3,0,2)

3 credits
This course is designed for students in science, although non-science majors may take the course under special permission from the instructor. The course allows senior students to advance their understanding of the basic principles of conducting research, from the initial design of the project, through data collection and analysis, and into the final presentation of the results. Topics covered in lecture and seminar include scientific hypothesis testing, pre- and post-hoc power analysis, statistical design, pseudoreplication, modelling, data coding and entry, logistical constraints to research, and graphical presentation of data. A cursory introduction also is provided to more advanced statistical methods that students may encounter if they pursue a career in research, such as power-analysis, multi-variate statistical analysis, logistic regression, survival analysis, and Bayesian statistics. In the laboratory, students learn to use various types of software, including modelling, statistical analysis, and graphing packages. Students also become familiar with the process of scientific peer-review, through the submission of a research paper to a mock 'journal office'. Prerequisite: C+ or higher in BIOL 3000 or an equivalent statistical course. A basic competency in statistics and the use of computers is assumed. NRSC 4240 is open to senior undergraduates (3rd or 4th year standing) in the Faculty of Science. Senior undergraduates outside of the Faculty of Science may also be admitted to the course upon direct permission from the instructor. Required Lab: NRSC 4240L
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NRSC 4250

 Tropical Field Studies in Natural Resources (3,3,30)(L)

3 or 6 credits
Students are introduced to the issues, approaches, and people involved with natural resource management in a tropical country. The topics in the course depend on the specific destination, but generally include an examination of the ecological, social, economic and cultural aspects of natural resource management in the tropics. The scheduling and duration (and hence credit allotment) also varies with destination. Enrollment in this course is not restricted to students in the Natural Resource Science department; rather, a diverse study body is desirable, and students from a variety of programs and disciplines are admissible. The size of the class is limited; potential students must submit an application in which they explain the relevance of the course to their own studies and interests. It is the responsibility of all students to consult with their program advisor(s) to determine whether they may receive credit for this course. For details on the current offering of the course, including current destination, content, cost, and application procedure, students should contact the instructor by going through the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at TRU. Prerequisite: Preferably 3rd or 4th year standing in a relevant degree program at TRU or elsewhere; other students may be admitted depending upon qualifications and demand
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NRSC 4300

 Ecosystem Reclamation (3,2,0)

3 credits
This course will focus on reclamation and restoration of aquatic and terrestrial systems. Case studies from different disturbance types (mining, oil and gas, forestry, agriculture etc.) will be used to build a basic understanding of how to develop a reclamation/restoration plan from start to finish. Students will complete a detailed reclamation/restoration plan on a topic of their choice. Prerequisite: NRSC 2100 or BIOL 2170 and NRSC 3260 or BIOL 4020 or permission of instructor
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NRSC 4480

 Directed Studies in Natural Resource Science (3,0,0)

3 credits
Students are provided with the opportunity to work on a specific project under the supervision of a faculty member in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences. Projects may involve field and/or laboratory research, or may be purely literature based. Normally the subject of the project will fall under the expertise of the faculty member, and will lead to a written paper. Under prior arrangement, a student may conduct research outside of the academic year and later complete the analysis and writing. The course differs from NRSC 4990 in that the scope of the project generally is more modest than an honours thesis; for example, students may work with existing data sets provided they are making a significant contribution to the final product. Prerequisite: Normally 3rd or 4th year standing, although exceptions may be possible, and the agreement of a faculty member to supervise the project. An appropriate course background is required, depending on the project topic.
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NRSC 4980

 Honours Seminar (0,2*,0)(0,2*,0)

2 credits
Honours students are provided with constructive criticism of their thesis research project, in addition to an opportunity to explore and discuss topics of relevance to the field of natural resource science. The seminars consist of readings, group discussions, and alternating seminar presentations by students and interested faculty. Students register in this course in both the Fall and Winter terms of their last academic year of study. Prerequisite: 4th year standing in the Bachelor of Natural Resource Science (BNRS) Honours degree program Corequisite: NRSC 4990 *Denotes seminars run alternate weeks
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NRSC 4990

 Honours Thesis

6 credits
This course requires an original research project conducted by students in the Honours Program of the Bachelor of Natural Resource Science (BNRS) degree. It is completed under the direction of a faculty member in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences, or a scientist from outside the department. Students accepted into the BNRS Honours Program register in this course in both the Fall and Winter semesters of their final academic year. Prerequisite: 4th year standing in the BNRS Honours program Corequisite: NRSC 4980
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NURS 1170

 Relational Practice 1: Self and Others (0,3,0)

3 credits
This course focuses on the learner's personal discovery of self and self in relation to others. Through interaction and reflection, emphasis is placed on understanding how personal beliefs, values, experiences, and perceptions have shaped self over time, and relate to and impact on our caring experiences with self and others (individuals, families and groups). Prerequisite: Acceptance into Year 1 of the BSN program or by special arrangement with instructor
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NURS 1700

 Professional Practice 1: Foundation to the Discipline of Nursing (3,0,0)

3 credits
This course is an introduction to the discipline of nursing. Participants explore the historical development of nursing knowledge and theory, as well as contemporary understandings of nursing as a discipline and the body of knowledge that defines it. Relationships between practice, theory and research are explored. Prerequisite: Acceptance into Year 1 of the BSN program Corequisite: NURS 1730 and NURS 1740
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NURS 1730

 Health and Healing 1: Living Health (3,0,0)

3 credits
This course is an introduction to the meaning of health including personal health, family health, community health and societal health. Participants examine significant theoretical and conceptual frameworks of health including health promotion, primary health care, prevention and determinants of health. By reflecting on personal experiences, participants have the opportunity to identify personal resources and/or challenges that impact health as well as recognize the diversity of beliefs, values and perceptions of health held by others. Opportunities to learn basic health assessment skills are included in this course. Prerequisite: Acceptance into Year 1 or the BSN program Corequisite: BIOL 1590, NURS 1700 and NURS 1740
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NURS 1740

 Nursing Practice 1: Introduction to Nursing Practice (3,0,4P)

3 credits
This course is an opportunity for participants to integrate their learning from other Semester One courses with their beginning understanding of nursing practice. Participants are engaged with healthy families in the community and with nurses in practice to explore the breadth of nursing practice. Prerequisite: Acceptance into Year 1 of the Bachelor of Science Nursing program. Corequisite: BIOL 1590, NURS 1170, NURS 1730, NURS 1800 Required Lab: NURS 1740L
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NURS 1800

 Professional Practice 2: Foundation to the Profession of Nursing (3,0,0)

3 credits
This course is an introduction to the profession of nursing. Participants examine the foundational concepts of the curriculum and how the concepts relate to nursing practice. Participants also explore the history of the profession of nursing and have the opportunity to explore and critically reflect upon the political and socioeconomic forces that have shaped the status of women in society and the evolution of the nursing profession. Standards of nursing practice and responsibility for safe and ethical nursing practice are also explored. Prerequisite: Acceptance into Year 1 of the Bachelor of Science Nursing program Corequisite: NURS 1170, NURS 1730, NURS 1740
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NURS 1830

 Health and Healing 2: Health Indicators (3,0,0)

3 credits
Building on Health 1, this course focuses on individual, family and community health assessment. Participants will have opportunities to explore and critique various theoretical and conceptual frameworks in relation to health assessment including early childhood development, family development, healthy aging and community development. The concept of assessment within the context of decision making is explored. Opportunities to learn basic health assessment skills are included in this course. Prerequisite: BIOL 1590, NURS 1800, NURS 1730, NURS 1740 Corequisite: BIOL 1690, NURS 1700, NURS 1840
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NURS 1840

 Nursing Practice 2: Coming to Know the Client (3,0,2,9P)(L)

4 credits
This nursing practice experience provides opportunities to develop caring relationships with groups, families and individuals across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on health assessment and coming to know how clients understand and promote their health, and the role of the nurse in partnering with the client in this process. Participants work with groups, families and individuals in the home and community, in agencies, and in care facilities to incorporate concepts and learning from all courses in this semester into their nursing practice. Prerequisite: BIOL 1590, NURS 1170, NURS 1800, NURS 1730 and NURS 1740 Corequisite: BIOL 1690, NURS 1700 and NURS 1830
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NURS 2170

 Relational Practice 2: Creating Health- Promoting Relationships (3,0,0)

3 credits
Building on Relational Practice 1, in this course participants move beyond personal discovery to a focus on relational caring. The major emphasis of the course is relational practice with individuals, families, and groups from diverse backgrounds of age, culture, and experience. This is an experiential course designed to deepen the participant's understanding of caring and how the connection between caring and relationship provides the context for health and healing. Participants explore theories and processes of caring, relational identity development of self as nurse, and relational practice as enacted across a range of settings and contexts. Prerequisite: NURS 1800, NURS 1830, NURS 1840 Corequisite: HLSC 2550, NURS 2730, NURS 2740
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NURS 2380

 Consolidated Practice Experience 2 (0,0,36P)(5 weeks)

4 credits
In this consolidated practice experience, opportunities are provided to develop caring relationships for the purpose of healing and health promotion with individuals and families experiencing increasingly complex chronic and episodic health challenges. The community and society are considered as contextual influences on the promotion of health for the individual and the family. Participants have opportunities to consolidate learning from the first and second year of the program in a variety of settings. Prerequisite: NURS 2830, NURS 2840, HLSC 2650, HLSC 2660
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NURS 2730

 Health and Healing 3: Health Challenges/Healing Initiatives (3,0,0)

3 credits
Building on the learner's understanding of health, the focus of this course is on the people's experience with healing for both chronic and episodic health challenges. Participants integrate theory and concepts of health as they relate to healing. This course is complimentary to Health Sciences 3 and provides opportunities for learners to integrate pathophysiology with their understanding of health and healing and the nursing approaches that accompany this understanding. Prerequisite: Completion of Year 1 Corequisite: HLSC 2550, NURS 2170, NURS 2740
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NURS 2740

 Nursing Practice 3: Promoting Health and Healing (2,0,2,13P)(L)

4 credits
This nursing practice experience provides opportunities to develop caring relationships with individuals and families for the purpose of health promotion while coming to understand their unique health and healing processes. Participants will have opportunities to practice nursing approaches that accompany this understanding. Participants work with families and individuals experiencing common health challenges (both episodic and chronic) in the home and community, in agencies, and in care facilities to incorporate concepts and learning from all the courses in this semester into their nursing practice. The community and society are considered as contextual influences on the promotion of health and healing for the individual. Prerequisite: Completion of Year 1 Corequisite: HLSC 2550, NURS 2170, NURS 2730
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NURS 2830

 Health and Healing 4: Health Challenges/Healing Initiatives (3,0,0)

3 credits
Participants in this course continue to develop an understanding of people's experience with healing related to a variety of increasingly complex chronic and episodic health challenges within a variety of practice contexts. This course is complementary to Health Sciences 4 and provides opportunities for learners to integrate pathophysiology with their understanding of health and healing and the nursing approaches that accompany this understanding. Prerequisite: HLSC 2550, NURS 2170, NURS 2730 and NURS 2740 Corequisite: HLSC 2650, NURS 2840
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NURS 2840

 Nursing Practice 4: Promoting Health and Healing (2,0,2,13P)(L)

4 credits
Learners continue to develop caring relationships with individuals and families for the purpose of health promotion, while coming to understand the individual health and healing processes that coincide with more complex health challenges, both episodic and chronic. To incorporate concepts and learning into their nursing practice, participants practice nursing approaches that accompany this understanding while working with families and individuals in the home, community, agencies, and care facilities. The community and society are considered as contextual influences on the promotion of health for the individual and the family. Prerequisite: HLSC 2550, NURS 2170, NURS 2730, NURS 2740 Corequisite: HLSC 2650, NURS 2830 Lab Required: NURS 2840L
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NURS 2921

 Perinatal Nursing Practice: Developing Competence

3 credits
Participants apply the theory learned in HLTH 2911, under the supervision of an instructor preceptor. This course, along with HLTH 2911, enables students to meet the licensing requirements of the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC). Participants are introduced to perinatal nursing and develop their practice of perinatal competencies expected of entry-level nurses. Meaningful practice-based learning experiences, guided practice, and opportunities for self-reflection are provided. The majority of clinical experience in perinatal nursing takes place in a hospital where students develop competencies in antepartal assessment and care, nursing care during labour and delivery, and postpartal care of women and stable newborns. Students are also placed in an outpatient setting to develop skills in assessing and providing nursing care and support for pregnant women and their families in the antepartal period. Prerequisites: HLTH 2911 or equivalent course completed within the last two years. A letter of Assessment from the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia or another provincial Registered Nurse association indicating eligibility for registration in British Columbia or Canada upon completion of a qualifying course in perinatal practice, or permission of the School of Nursing Associate Dean. Note: NURS 2921 must be taken in a Canadian clinical setting.
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NURS 2941

 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Developing Competence

3 credits
Students apply the theory learned in HLTH 2931 to a clinical setting. This clinical course, along with the theory course, enables students to meet the licensing requirements of the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC). The essential features of this practice experience are professionalism, skills and competency development, scope of practice for psychiatric and mental health nursing, professional communication skills, and therapeutic use of self. Participants are assigned to work with a Nurse Preceptor on an acute care psychiatric inpatient unit, and under the supervision of a Nurse Educator (Open Learning Faculty Member). The main emphasis in this course is developing clinical competencies in the following areas: therapeutic relationship, admitting and discharging clients, teaching clients, administering medications, group therapies, and common mental health interventions. Prerequisites: HLTH 2931 or equivalent course completed within the last 2 years. A letter of Assessment from the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia or another provincial Registered Nurse association indicating eligibility for registration in British Columbia or Canada upon completion of a qualifying course in psychiatric/mental health practice, or permission of the School of Nursing Associate Dean or delegate. Note: This course must be taken in a Canadian clinical setting.
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NURS 3170

 Relational Practice: Connecting Across Differences (3,0,0)

3 credits
Building on the concepts introduced in Relational Practice 1 and 2, and other previous courses, students are provided a synthesis of knowledge that is the basis of critical analysis. This course focuses on enhancing participants' everyday relational practice with individuals, families, and groups. Engaging with the complexities of difference in everyday nursing practice and the challenges these complexities might pose for being in-relation with clients is emphasized. Prerequisite: HLSC 2550, HLSC 2650, HLSC 2660, NURS 2170, NURS 2380, NURS 2730, NURS 2740, NURS 2830, NURS 2840, PHIL 2310 Corequisite: HLSC 3550, NURS 3730, NURS 3740
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NURS 3360

 Consolidated Field School Experience: Focus on Aboriginal Health (0,3,33P)

4 credits
This experience is designed to provide opportunities for participants to integrate their learning from previous semesters. Students advance their understanding of Aboriginal culture and health and advance their clinical decision-making skills through experiential learning within an Aboriginal community. Concepts that provide the framework of the course advance students' understandings of historical, socioeconomic and political inequities associated with difference, and learning experiences assist students in developing competencies that meet the health needs of Aboriginal Peoples. Participants travel to a selected Aboriginal community to practice nursing in a variety of settings, including caring for individuals or families, and community or public health. Prerequisite: NURS 3500 and NURS 3510 Note: Students can only receive credit for NURS 3360, NURS 3380 or NURS 3390.
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NURS 3380

 Consolidated Practice Experience 3 (0,3,33P)(7 weeks)

4 credits
This experience is designed to provide opportunities for participants to integrate learning from previous semesters, and to advance their clinical decision-making in episodic or chronic care facilities. Prerequisite: NURS 3500/3510
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NURS 3390

 Consolidated Practice Experience: Focus on International Nursing (0,3,33P)(7 weeks)

4 credits
This experience is designed to provide opportunities for participants to integrate their learning from previous semesters and to advance their clinical practice in an international nursing context. Participants travel to a selected international site to practice nursing in a variety of settings which may include acute care, community and primary care settings. Prerequisite: NURS 3500, NURS 3510 Exclusion: This course may be taken in lieu of NURS 3380
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NURS 3500

 Health 4: Health Promotion and Community Development (0,3,0)

3 credits
This course focuses on community as client from a health promotion perspective. The underlying principles of health promotion, including the social determinants of health, participation, capacity, and empowerment, are emphasized. Community development as a pattern of community health promotion practice is explored. Prerequisite: NURS 3170 or RN Diploma
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NURS 3510

 Nursing Practice 6 (0,3,6P)

4 credits
The content and the application of concepts in this course focus on the role of the nurse in the promotion of community and societal health. This course is intended to be a companion course to NURS 3510. In seminar discussion and in practice settings, students apply concepts such as community development, capacity building, and emancipatory teaching and learning. The political and advocacy role of the nurse is also explored, as an emphasis is placed on applying the concepts of social justice and equity. Students also continue to develop their competencies in relational practice with a focus on community and society as client. Prerequisite: NURS 3170 or Registered Nurse (RN) diploma Corequisite: NURS 3500 Required Seminar: NURS 3510S
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NURS 3600

 Professional Practice: Nursing Research (3,0,0)

3 credits
Building on professional practice 1 and 2, the intent of this course is to enhance participants' understanding of nursing scholarship in relation to professional practice. Students engage in opportunities to enhance their understanding and ability to comprehend, critique and utilize nursing research. Participants critically reflect on various scholarly works and research methodologies. Participants critically examine their practice in relation to nursing research and to pose research questions for evidence-informed practice. Prerequisite: NURS 3740 or RN diploma Corequisite: NURS 3500, NURS 3510
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NURS 3641

 Principles and Skillfulness: Theory

3 credits
This course is designed to focus on the theoretical principles underpinning day-to-day technical skills required for safe nursing practice common to diverse practice settings. Participants are required to demonstrate knowledge of the principles of various nursing skills. Prerequisites: Admission to the Return to Registered Nurse-Practice Program, or current registration in the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia, or permission of School of Nursing Associate Dean or appropriate designate. Recommended: Participants in the Return to Registered Nurse Practice Certificate program are strongly advised to complete this course just prior to registering for NURS 3651 and after completing HLTH 3611, 3621 and 3631. Note: This course is only available for registration to students residing in Canada
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NURS 3643

 Principles and Skillfulness: Lab


This laboratory experience is designed for students to develop and demonstrate the day-to-day technical skills required for safe nursing practice introduced in NURS 3641. Participants are required to demonstrate knowledge of the principles of various nursing skills and to demonstrate their ability to perform skills safely. Attendance at a face-to-face laboratory workshop to demonstrate safe nursing practice in a simulated environment is required. Prerequisites: Admission to the Return to Registered Nurse-Practice Program, or current CRNBC Registration, or permission of School of Nursing Associate Dean or appropriate designate. Recommended: Participants in the Return to Registered Nurse-Practice Program are recommended to complete this course just prior to registering for NURS 3651. HLTH 3611, HLTH 3621, HLTH 3631, NURS 3641 are recommended. ***This course is only available for registration to students residing in Canada***
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NURS 3651

 Return to Registered Nurse Practice

5 credits
This course analyzes the participant's previous Registered Nurse work experience, returning them to a position of practice suitable to their level of education and/or experience. This practice course focuses on redeveloping the participant's confidence and competence. In addition, it serves to help establish their ability to resume the responsibilities of a Registered Nurse within a familiar yet evolving, client (individuals, families, groups, or communities) context. The course is designed to support the participant's capacity to practice nursing according to the Health Professions Act. This is facilitated by offering health care that promotes, maintains, or restores health and prevents, treats, or palliates illness or injury through the application of nursing knowledge and skills in the assessment, planning and implementation of nursing interventions and in health service coordination. Prerequisites: Admission to the Return to Registered Nursing Practice program, or current registration in the College of Registered Nurses of BC or if a Return to Registered Nurse Practice student, within two years of commencing NURS 3651, or waived by permission of School of Nursing Associate Dean or designate. HLTH 3621 (If a Return to Registered Nurse Practice student, within two years of commencing NURS 3651, or waived by permission of School of Nursing Associate Dean or designate.) HLTH 3631 (If a Return to Registered Nurse Practice student, within two years of commencing NURS 3651, or waived by permission of School of Nursing Associate Dean or designate.) NURS 3641 (If a Return to Registered Nurse Practice student, within two years of commencing NURS 3651, or waived by permission of School of Nursing Associate Dean or designate.) Current Criminal Record Check (within one year of registering in NURS 3651), current CPR- Level C Certificate, Workplace Hazardous Material Information System training, up-to-date Immunization Record, HSPnet Consent Form, Health Status Self Declaration.
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NURS 3661

 Nursing Knowledge for Practice Transition

3 credits
This course is designed to facilitate nurses' knowledge preparatory to returning to Registered Nurse practice in an area in which they do not have previous or sufficient experience and require theoretical updating. Note: This is a shell course which allows returning RNs to transfer credit from speciality courses acquired at other institutions. Prerequisites: Admission to the Return to Registered Nurse Practice program, HLTH 3611, HLTH 3621, HLTH 3631, permission of the School of Nursing Associate Dean or appropriate designate. Note: This is a shell course which allows returning registered nurses (RNs) to transfer credit from specialty courses acquired at other institutions.
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NURS 3730

 Health and Healing 5: Complex Health Challenges/Healing Initiatives (3,0,0)

3 credits
This course builds on Health and Healing 1 and 2 and Health Sciences 3 and 4 and provides opportunities for participants to build on their nursing knowledge and understanding of health and healing in relation to complex episodic and chronic health challenges. This advanced course will focus on current topics and emerging knowledge related to a variety of health care contexts. Prerequisite: Completion of Year 2 BSN program Corequisite: HLSC 3550, NURS 3170, NURS 3740
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NURS 3740

 Nursing Practice 5: Promoting Health and Healing (2,0,2,13P)(L)

4 credits
This experience provides continued opportunities for learners to develop caring relationships with individuals and families while coming to understand health and healing processes. Participants have opportunities to practice nursing approaches that accompany this understanding. Participants work with families and individuals in the home and community, in agencies, and in care facilities to incorporate concepts and learning from all the courses in this semester into their nursing practice. Prerequisite: Completion of Year 2 of BSN program Corequisite: HLSC 3550, NURS 3170, NURS 3730 Required Lab: NURS 3740L
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NURS 3850

 Field Course in Global Health Development (3,3,18P)

3 credits
This course focuses on health development with a special emphasis on understanding cultural, social, economic, and political environments and their impact on health in a foreign country. Participants integrate global health and community development perspectives in an international nursing context. During a pre-departure week, the course participants attend several lectures that provide information about the country where the field school is located, theory on health development work and related project information. Participants travel to the chosen country and engage in health development projects for a two week period, drawing on principles of community development. Prerequisite: NURS 3500, NURS 3510, NURS 3810, Special request for students in the Post Diploma BScN program or Permission of the instructor. Required Seminar: NURS 3850S
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NURS 4210

 Nursing Practice 8: Transitioning to BSN Graduate (0,3,36P)

10 credits
This nursing practice experience provides opportunities for students to consolidate their learning and prepare for assuming the role of BSN graduate. Students also explore and critique changes and issues in the health care system, and the workplace, that affect nurses. Students develop their nursing competencies and enhance their nursing knowledge so that they may practice in a variety of settings at a novice level. Students may choose to focus their practice within a specific area, for example, a particular setting of practice, a certain client population, or a specific health challenge. Prerequisite: NURS 4300, NURS 4380, NURS 4730
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NURS 4300

 Health/Professional Growth: Nurses Influencing Change (3,0,0)

3 credits
This course explores the avenues for nurses to provide leadership, influence, create and manage change for the promotion of health for individuals, families, groups and communities within the context of society and the world. Emphasis is placed on the leadership roles of the nurse within practice contexts. The role of the nurse within the current and evolving Canadian health care system is analyzed, including considerations of the impact of global trends and issues, and issues facing nurses in the current work environment. Collaborative and ethical approaches for working within institutional philosophies and frameworks are explored. Prerequisite: NURS 3500, NURS 3510, Registered Nurse diploma or written permission of the Nursing Chair in consultation with the course instructor Corequisite: NURS 4730
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NURS 4380

 Community Health Nursing: Practice 7 (0,2,14P)(13 weeks)

4 credits
Seminar and practice experiences provide opportunities for participants to integrate their learning from previous semesters and to advance their knowledge and professional nursing practice in community health nursing. Participants enhance their learning and apply their clinical decision-making skills in a variety of community health nursing practice settings. Prerequisite: Successful completion of NURS 3380 or NURS 3390 or RN Diploma Corequisite: NURS 4730 Required Seminar: NURS 4380S
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NURS 4730

 Community Health Nursing: A Canadian Perspective (3,0,0)

3 credits
This course encompasses theoretical constructs that undergird community health nursing. It is intended to be a companion course for both Professional Practice 5 and Nursing Practice 7. Students integrate learning from previous semesters and knowledge of complex aspects of community health nursing is advanced. Prerequisite: NURS 3380 or NURS 3390 or RN diploma Corequisite: NURS 4380
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NURS 5100

 Knowledge for Advanced Nursing (3,0,0)

3 credits
This course provides an opportunity for students to explore the philosophical (epistemological, ontological and moral) foundations of knowledge for nursing practice. Students will critically analyze the development, organization, and application of nursing knowledge in contemporary practice settings, authenticating the relevance of nursing knowledge to nursing practice as well as within interdisciplinary collaborative healthcare environments. Course emphases are: philosophy of science, knowledge generation, social justice, and critical thinking. Prerequisite: Admission to Graduate Studies
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NURS 6100

 Directed Studies in Health (0,3,0)

3 credits
In this course students focus on a specific health topic relevant to their professional-academic goal. The course serves to build the critical knowledge and skills foundational to a graduate thesis or project. The graduate student is expected to clearly identify the topic for their knowledge advancement, method(s) of inquiry, intended course outcomes, course timelines, and evaluation criteria that is reviewed and negotiated with a qualified faculty member. Prerequisite: NURS 5100, HLTH 5200, HLTH 5300, HLTH 6000
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NURS 6200

 Directed Studies in Nursing Education (0,3,0)

3 credits
In this course students focus on a topic specific to nursing education relevant to their professional-academic goal. The course serves to build the critical knowledge and skills foundational to a graduate thesis or project. The graduate student is expected to clearly identify the topic for their knowledge advancement, method(s) of inquiry, intended course outcomes, course timelines, and evaluation criteria that is reviewed and negotiated with a qualified faculty member. Prerequisite: NURS 5100, HLTH 5200, HLTH 5300, HLTH 6000
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NURS 6500

 Advanced Nursing Internship (0,1,0)

3 or 6 credits
The Advanced Nursing Internship is a required nursing elective that offers students the opportunity to undertake a clinical or field placement in a practice context that meets individual interests and learning needs. Students gain hands-on experience and skills through applying theoretical knowledge from core and elective courses at an advanced level of nursing. Students are supported by the guidance and supervision of an on-site mentor as well as TRU faculty and seminars. Practice settings may include direct clinical practice, a health policy development setting, a research unit, an educational setting, or other setting as determined by individual focus area. Prerequisite: NURS 5100, HLTH 5200, HLTH 5300 and HLTH 6000 recommended
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NURS 6600

 MN Major Project (0,6,0)

6 credits
Students will have an opportunity to engage in focused study in a specific area of advanced nursing practice, policy, education, or research leading to an original major project in consultation with the faculty supervisor and placement or work setting where the project will be completed. The project identified will be determined by an identified needs or gap analysis in the literature or health care system and will have to meet educational and learning objective for the MN program. Prerequisite: NURS 5100, HLTH 5200, HLTH 5300, HLTH 6000, NURS 6100 or NURS 6200, HLTH 6300. Recommended - 12 credits of electives.
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NURS 6700

 Knowledge Integration, Application, and Dissemination: Major Paper (0,6,0)

6 credits
Students in the Major Paper Option in the MN program will be required to prepare and make public a comprehensive paper that demonstrates their ability identify an emerging nursing issue, prepare a substantive and integrative review of literature, recommend and substantiate best practices, and engage in one of diverse forms of professional dissemination. Prerequisite: NURS 5100, HLTH 5200, HLTH 5300, HLTH 6000, NURS 6100 or 6200, HLTH 6300. Recommended - 12 credits of electives.
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NURS 6800

 Graduate Thesis (0,12,0)

12 credits
Students in the Master's Thesis Option in the MN degree program will prepare and defend a thesis in accordance with the policies established by the Research, Innovation, and Graduate Studies Office. A thesis is completed under the direction of a faculty member and a Thesis Supervisory Committee and evaluated by a Thesis Defence/Examining committee. Prerequisite: NURS 5100, HLTH 5200, HLTH 5300, HLTH 6000, NURS 6100 or NURS 6200, HLTH 6300 and 6 credits of electives
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