Undergraduate Student Handbook

IV. Evaluation

A. Grading System



Quality Points

A 95-100 4.0
A- 90-94 3.7
B+ 87-89 3.3
B 83-86 3.0
B- 80-82 2.7
C+ 77-79 2.3
C 73-76 2.0
C- 70-72 1.7
D+ 67-69 1.3
D 63-66 1.0
D- 60-62 0.7
E 0-5 0.0

B. Examinations

1. Final Exams - University Catalog

Final examinations are required in all courses except those which have different requirements as determined by the departments offering the courses. Unless exceptions are approved by the Department Chairperson and the Dean of Students, final examinations will be given during regularly scheduled examination periods and the student must take the examinations at the prescribed time.

2. Students are required to take all examinations on the date(s) scheduled in the course syllabi.

3. Should an emergency arise whereby a student is unable to take the examination on the scheduled date, permission for the absence must be obtained from the appropriate instructor by the student, as soon as possible prior to the date of the examination.

4. Students who are absent from a scheduled examination without prior faculty permission, will not be permitted to take the examination and will receive a "0" for a grade for that examination.

5. Students are responsible to negotiate with the faculty person for a make-up date. Permission to take a makeup exam is at the discretion of the instructor.

6. If permission is granted, the examination must be re-scheduled within two weeks of the original exam date.

C. Student Outcomes for each nursing course

Each instructor defines the assignments/requirements for his or her own course/s. These requirements (Student Outcomes) in addition to examinations fulfill the course outcomes and thus, fulfill the program outcomes (Characteristics of the Graduate) as specified on p. 8. The student outcomes include the activities assigned in the didactic and practice learning experience (PLE) component. The details of each assignment/activity, including evaluation criteria, are defined in the course syllabi and PLE evaluation forms.

NURS 310

NURS 325

NURS 330

NURS 420

NURS 430

NURS 440

NURS 460

NURS 470

Scholarly Writing X X X X X X X
Presentation/ Discussion X X X X X X
Care Plan X X X X X
Nursing Action: Assistance X X X X X X X
Nursing Action: Motivation X X X X X X
Nursing Action: Advocacy X X X X X
Nursing Action: Education X X X X X X X

D. Academic Honesty

The Nursing Department supports the University Policy Regarding Academic Honesty, as published in the Framingham State University Catalog, and the RAM Student Handbook. Cheating and plagiarism are serious offenses and are subject to scrutiny under due process, as specified in the RAM Student Handbook. This can result in an "E" for the course.

University Policy Regarding Academic Honesty

Integrity is essential to academic life. Consequently, students who enroll at Framingham State University agree to maintain high standards of academic honesty and scholarly practice. They shall be responsible for familiarizing themselves with the published policies and procedures regarding academic honesty.

Academic honesty requires but is not limited to the following practices: appropriately citing all published and unpublished sources, whether quoted, paraphrased, or otherwise expressed, in all of the student’s oral and written, technical and artistic work; and observing the policies regarding the use of technical facilities. Infractions of the Policy on Academic Honesty include, but are not limited to:

1. Plagiarism: claiming as one’s own work the published or unpublished literal or paraphrased work of another. It should be recognized that plagiarism is not only academically dishonest but also illegal.

2. Cheating on exams, tests, quizzes assignments, and papers including the giving or acceptance of these materials and other sources of information without the permission of the instructor(s). 

3. Unauthorized collaboration with other individuals in the preparation of course assignments.

4. Submitting without authorization the same assignment for credit in more than one course.

5. Use of dishonest procedures in computer, laboratory, studio, or field work. Further clarification on academic honesty will be provided, when appropriate, in individual courses.

6. Misuse of the University’s technical facilities (computer machinery, laboratories, media equipment, etc.), either maliciously or for personal gain. Examples include but are not necessarily limited to:

a. Accessing the private files of another person or agency without express permission.

b. The unauthorized use of technical facilities for purposes not
connected with academic pursuits.

When evidence indicates that a student has improperly used a technical facility, an appropriate supervisor (faculty or staff member) may take appropriate action reflecting the seriousness of the infraction, ranging from a verbal warning to, but not beyond, denial of use of the facility. If coursework may have been plagiarized, the supervisor will also inform all concerned faculty members, who may take action as described in the procedures for handling cases alleged infractions of academic honesty.

E. Practice Learning Experience Component

Each upper division nursing course has a practice learning experience component (PLE). Agency contracts for the PLE will be signed by both student and agency (PLE) representative prior to beginning of the experience. Forms are included in the specific course syllabi. Grading criteria are specified in each course syllabus. A satisfactory grade in practice learning experience component is necessary to receive credit for the course.




per week PLE**


NURS310 Professional Nursing Perspectives 4 4 2 6
NURS 325 Nursing Informatics 4 4 2 6
NURS 330 Primary Care in the Community 4 4 2 6
NURS 420 Nursing Theory 4 4 2 6
NURS 430 Secondary Prevention 4 4 2 6
NURS440 Introduction to Nursing Research 4 4 2 6
NURS 460 Nursing Leadership 4 4 2 6
NURS 470 Tertiary Prevention 4 4 2 6
* Fifty minute contact hour

** One credit for one class hour/week
PLE – Practice Learning Experience Component

F. Preparation

Two hours of preparation time are recommended for each scheduled hour of class or practice learning experience (PLE) component .

G. Appeals Procedure
1. Grade Appeal Policy
The University recognizes that the instructor has the right to determine course evaluation policies that are consistent with departmental and university policies. The instructor’s policy will be designated in the course syllabus distributed at the beginning of the semester. It is the instructor’s responsibility to grade student work in a manner consistent with those procedures published in the syllabus. The following procedure is employed in the event that students wish to appeal a final grade based on a mechanical error in calculation or if there is reason to believe that the grade was calculated in a manner inconsistent with the policies of the instructor, the department, and the University. Appeals based on other criteria can be pursued through affirmative action procedures. 

There are two levels at which a grade may be appealed:

Level I: Informal
Within the first month of the semester following the semester of the course in which the final grade is questioned, students will pursue their concerns on the informal level, as designated below. Every effort will be made to resolve the students’ concerns informally at Level I. The informal procedure is a two-step process in which the student first meets with the course instructor. After this meeting, if the matter is not resolved, the student would meet with the department chair. If the appeal is not resolved at the departmental level, the student has the right to pursue a formal appeal.

Level II: Formal

At the formal level, the student would write to the Dean of Undergraduate Students. Grade appeals are to be made no later than the semester following receipt of the disputed grade.        

2.Formal complaints other than grade appeal.

a. Definition:  Complaint by student that is written and signed with knowledge that it will be shared with all involved parties and administration                  

b. Process:  Issue should be brought to the attention of the Department Chair who will attempt to resolve the issue.  In the event that that effort is unsuccessful, the Chair will go over the criteria for a formal complaint and explain the procedure. Once a person has made the decision to file a formal complaint, the Chair will:

1. Advise any involved parties of the receipt of the complaint within ten (1) calendar days of receipt of complaint.

2. The involved party/parties have the right to submit written response within ten (10) calendar days.

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