Threaded Discussion: Assignment Guidelines with Scoring Rubric

Purpose: The threaded discussion serves as an interactive platform for instructors and students to engage in meaningful dialogue. It aids in organizing, integrating, and critically appraising knowledge related to the nursing profession and specific areas of practice. Utilizing scholarly information and professional communication, students apply theoretical concepts to real-life professional scenarios. The exchange of ideas fosters a collaborative learning community.

MSN Core Discussion Guidelines and Rubric

Total Points Possible: Varies by course; for this guideline, a required threaded discussion is worth 50 points, with week 8 being worth 25 points.

Requirements:

Description of the Assignment

Initial Posting:

  • The first post in response to the discussion topic is considered the initial posting and must adhere to rubric criteria.
  • It should include at least one scholarly source, presenting specific information relevant to the topic.
  • The initial posting, due by Wednesday, 11:59 pm MT, must be a minimum of 300 words, excluding references. Week 8’s initial post is a minimum of 200 words.

Peer Responses:

  • Peer responses should be a minimum of 150 words and may require a scholarly reference if information is paraphrased or quoted.

Instructor Response:

  • Respond comprehensively and scholarly to an instructor’s questions on a day different from the initial post and peer response.
  • Instructor responses must be a minimum of 150 words.

Posting Requirements:

  • Initial posting must include at least one scholarly outside source.
  • Initial posting must be a minimum of 300 words; peer and instructor responses must be a minimum of 150 words.
  • Only one small quote (15 words or less) is accepted in the entire initial posting.
  • Posts must occur on 3 separate days.
  • For week 8, two posts are required: one initial post (minimum 200 words) and either a peer or instructor response (minimum 100 words).

Criteria for Content:

Scholarliness: Ensure your research is robust by utilizing current databases and selecting scholarly references that are valid, relevant, and reliable. Each reference should meet scholarly criteria to enhance the credibility of your work.

Application of Course Knowledge: Demonstrate your ability to analyze and apply principles, knowledge, and information acquired from course lessons and readings. Apply these insights to real-life professional situations to illustrate practical examples.

Participation Requirement: Active participation involves one initial posting, one peer response, and one instructor response, totaling three posts per week, each on separate days.

Participation Deadline

For week 8, adhere to adjusted requirements due to the shorter week. Two posts are needed – one initial post (minimum 200 words) and either a peer or instructor response (minimum 100 words). Both posts must be on separate days.

Criteria for Format and Special Instructions:

  • The instructor may use TurnItIn to verify originality of any threaded discussion posting.
  • When using journals as outside sources, prioritize peer-reviewed options. The Chamberlain online librarian can assist in finding relevant articles.
  • Assess web sources for quality and scholarship; be cautious with .com sites. Seek instructor approval before using .com websites as references.
  • Keep quotes minimal; only one small quote (15 words or less) is acceptable in the initial posting. Paraphrase information from scholarly sources and cite using APA format. Avoid multiple small quotes, as even brief excerpts are considered quotes by the instructor.
CategoryPoints for Weeks 1-7Points for Week 8 ONLY%Description
Scholarliness16832Demonstrates achievement of scholarly inquiry for professional and academic topics.
Application of Course Knowledge16832Demonstrate the ability to analyze and apply principles, knowledge, and information learned in the course lesson and outside readings and relate them to real-life professional situations.
Interactive Dialogue10520Initial post should be a minimum of 300 words. The peer and instructor responses should be a minimum of 150 words each. Responses are substantive and relate to the graded threaded discussion topic. Week 8 only: Initial posts should be a minimum of 200 words. The peer or instructor response should be a minimum of 100 words.
Grammar, Syntax, and APA8416Students are expected to demonstrate proper grammar, syntax, and APA style of writing. Correct APA format is expected within the text of the assignment as well as the reference page(s).
Participation Requirements5 points deducted if not demonstratedInitial, peer, and faculty postings were made on 3 separate days. Week 8 only: Initial, and peer or faculty posts were made on 2 separate days.
Participation Deadline5 points deducted if not demonstratedThe initial posting to the graded threaded discussion topic is posted within the course no later than Wednesday, 11:59 pm MT. The peer and instructor responses are to be posted within the course no later than Sunday, 11:59 pm MT Week 8 only: Both initial posting and peer or instructor responses are to be posted no later than Saturday, 11:59 pm MT.
TOTAL50 points25 points100

Grading Rubric Guidelines Week 1-7

Performance Category100% or highest level of performance 100%Very good or high level of performance 88%Acceptable level of performance 81%Inadequate demonstration of expectations 68%Deficient level of performance 56%Failing level of performance 55% or less 0 points
Scholarliness16 Points14 Points13 Points11 Points9 Points0 Points
Application of Course Knowledge16 Points14 Points13 Points11 Points9 Points0 Points
Interactive Dialogue10 Points9 Points6 Points0 Points0 Points
Grammar, Syntax, APA8 Points7 Points6 Points5 Points4 Points0 Points Lost
Participation Requirements0 Points Lost5 Points Lost
Due Date Requirements0 Points Lost

Sources and Referencing

Use Reliable Sources: Follow the APA Guidelines provided in the Course Resources. Ensure your sources are scholarly, including peer-reviewed publications, government reports, or materials authored by professionals or scholars in the field. Remember, your textbook and lessons aren’t considered external scholarly sources. While discussions allow reputable internet sources like government websites (.gov) and respected organizations (.org), prioritize peer-reviewed nursing journals, accessible through the Chamberlain library. Avoid Wikipedia, Wikis, and blogs, as they lack scholarly credibility. Be cautious with .com sites; quality varies. Seek instructor approval if uncertain about a site’s reliability. Instructors may deduct points if sources are deemed non-scholarly. For initial postings, use current sources within the last 5 years, obtaining instructor permission if referencing older material. Stay informed with the MSN Core Discussion Guidelines and Rubric.