Course Syllabus

NUR 4828 Leadership, Management and Role Transition

Department of Nursing Practice

College of Nursing, University of Central Florida

3 credits

Spring 2021


Instructor: Susan Scott Ricci Term: Spring 2021
Office Location: Online Class Meeting Days: Online
Office Hours: Online Class Meeting Time: Online

(407) 404-6089
(Patti Riva)

Class Location: Online
Email: Course Modality: W

University Course Description

Official course descriptions are included in the undergraduate catalog Links to an external site.. Professional development and role transition of baccalaureate graduates entering professional nursing practice focusing on principles of leadership and management applied to health care settings.


The Leadership, Management and Role Transition course contains a wealth of information about your future career in nursing.  It is designed to explore leadership in nursing as well as transitioning into the role of the professional nurse.

Application of leadership and management principles to the beginning role of the professional nurse

This course is completely on-line and focuses on the different aspects of leadership and management. As the student, you will have the opportunity to examine a variety of aspects of leadership and management methods and styles. You will also develop your professional portfolio. You will investigate a health care issue that can be improved through a process of quality, safety, education for nurses (QSEN) along with other learning opportunities.

Student Learning Outcomes (Approved Course Objectives)

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Describe selected theories, concepts, workplace trends, and principles related to leadership and management while identifying opportunities for development of leadership potential within the nursing profession.
  2. Participate in self-evaluation processes indicating progress toward the role of a professional nurse.
  3. Formulate a job search strategy and develop a professional portfolio.
  4. Describe the principles of communication, negotiation, collaboration, delegation, and conflict resolution within culturally diverse intra- and interdisciplinary teams as appropriate for nursing practice and leadership roles.
  5. 5. Use critical thinking to compare different leadership roles to resolve management issues.
  6. 6. Apply legal and ethical principles to common problems encountered in leadership roles.
  7. 7. Relate current research to safety and the quality improvement process.
  8. 8. Critically analyze the nurse, client, and family role in improving the safety, quality and cost effectiveness of the health care system.

Enrollment Requirements (Pre-requisites/co-requisites)

Prerequisite(s): Admission to BSN program or C.I.

Required Texts and Materials

Sullivan, E. (2017). Effective leadership and management in nursing (9th ed.) Pearson.  ISBN: 10:0-13-415311-1

Student Nursing Handbook Links to an external site.(current year posted on UCF CON website)

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.)

ISBN# 978-1-4338-3216-1

Assessment and Grading Procedures

Course grading

Grades will be posted in Webcourses

Undergraduate Grading Scale %

Grading Scale Based on Points

A = 92 – 100

A = 366 – 400

B+ = 87 – 91

B+ = 346 – 365

B = 83 – 86

B = 330 – 345

C+ = 79 – 82

C+ = 314 – 329

C = 75 – 78

C = 300 – 313

D = 69 – 74.9

D = 276 – 299

F = 68 or Below

F = 275 or Below


Make-up Exams and Assignments

Per university policy, students can turn in make-up work (or an equivalent, alternate assignment) for university-sponsored events, religious observances, or legal obligations (such as jury duty). The Undergraduate Catalog states, “Reasons for acceptable absences may include illness, serious family emergencies, special curricular requirements (e.g., judging trips, field trips, professional conferences), military obligations, severe weather conditions, and religious holidays,”

Late Work Policy

Late work will NOT be accepted after 3 days, unless there are documented, unforeseen circumstances which will be discussed with the instructor prior to the due date and time.  You are expected to plan accordingly to ensure that you meet all published deadlines. In the event something occurs that may jeopardize your ability to meet a deadline, contact the instructor immediately via Course Mail. Arrangements must be made at least 24 hours in advance and grading penalties may be associated with late assignments. If a student fails to contact the instructor in advance, the assignment may not be accepted.  


Students are expected to access the course, at minimum, 3 times weekly.  Students who do well in the course access coursework daily to keep up with announcements, assignments, and feedback.  There are no course points awarded/deducted for attendance.

Extra Credit

There are no extra credit assignments in this course.  Don't ask for any!

Grade Dissemination

To comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), grades must not be released to third parties, which includes posting grades by name, SSN, or UCFID.

All grades will be posted in Webcourses within 7 days.

Course Activities/Assignments

Grade Categories

Description of the requirements




This class discussion is used to introduce students to classmates and also to satisfy the University mandatory attendance requirement.  Participation must be completed by the due date published in the course.  The University collects participation data on this assignment to determine students’ qualifications for financial aid.


Professional Portfolio Project

Students will create a cover letter (10 points), and generate a professional resume (10 points) for a professional career portfolio for use as a tool for obtaining career placement.


Organizational Assessment Group Project

Students will work in groups to select potential employers and will do searches on the internet to identify the organization, the philosophy, management structure and services offered and will create a Power Point Presentation with the information obtained.


QSEN Leadership Change Group Project

Students will work in groups to identify a current nursing or patient care concern, analyze the significance of the concern for nursing practice in relationship to QSEN competencies, provide a case example that illustrates the concern and its related QSEN competency, and synthesize nursing implications from recent research to solve a change/policy issue.


IHI Modules Individual (Links to an external site.)

Students will complete IHI Modules on (Links to an external site.) Once all modules are completed, a Final Certificate of Completion will be submitted via Webcourses.



Medical Errors Quiz

Florida Laws & Regulation Quiz

Students will complete quizzes that cover Medical Errors and Florida Laws & Regulations.  (10 Points each)


Discussion Posts & Responses

There will be 4 discussion posts regarding relevant topics of nursing leadership and management.  (10 Points each)

Discussion Rubric: Module 2; Module 6; Module 8; Module 11


Interactive Activity Assignment Links to an external site.

There will be an assignment regarding budgeting, staffing and scheduling that will reinforce what is learned in the module.

Interactive assignment link to an external site.


Quizzes & Final Exam

There will be 3 quizzes covering Modules 1-10. The Final Exam will be the 4th quiz which will cover Modules 11-14. (25 Points each)



Total Points



Important Dates to Remember

Classes begin

Monday, January 11, 2021

Drop/Swap Deadline (last day refund) 

Friday, January 15, 2021 

Confirmation of academic activity in course

Friday, January 15, 2021

Withdrawal deadline

Friday, March 26, 2021

Spring Break                    

 April 11th – April 18th

Grades available on MyUCF

 May 9, 2021


Additional Policy Statements

Academic Integrity

The Center for Academic Integrity (CAI) defines academic integrity as a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. From these values flow principles of behavior that enable academic communities to translate ideals into action.

The following definitions of plagiarism and misuse of sources comes from the Council of Writing Program Administrators <> and has been adopted by UCF’s Department of Writing & Rhetoric.


In an instructional setting, plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately uses someone else’s language, ideas, or other original (not common knowledge) material without acknowledg­ing its source. This definition applies to texts published in print or on-line, to manuscripts, and to the work of other student writers.

Misuse of Sources

A student who attempts (even if clumsily) to identify and credit his or her source, but who misuses a specific citation format or incorrectly uses quotation marks or other forms of identifying material taken from other sources, has not plagiarized. Instead, such a student should be considered to have failed to cite and document sources appropriately.

Responses to Academic Dishonesty, Plagiarism, or Cheating

UCF faculty members have a responsibility for your education and the value of a UCF degree, and so seek to prevent unethical behavior and when necessary respond to infringements of academic integrity. Penalties can include a failing grade in an assignment or in the course, suspension or expulsion from the university, and/or a "Z Designation" on a student's official transcript indicating academic dishonesty, where the final grade for this course will be preceded by the letter Z. For more information about the Z Designation, see

For more information about UCF's Rules of ConductLinks to an external site., see

Unauthorized Use of Class Materials

There are many fraudulent websites claiming to offer study aids to students but are actually cheat sites. They encourage students to upload course materials, such as test questions, individual assignments, and examples of graded material. Such materials are the intellectual property of instructors, the university, or publishers and may not be distributed without prior authorization. Students who engage in such activity are in violation of academic conduct standards and may face penalties.

Unauthorized Use of Class Notes

Third parties may be selling class notes from this class without my authorization. Please be aware that such class materials may contain errors, which could affect your performance or grade. Use these materials at your own risk.

Course Accessibility Statement

The University of Central Florida is committed to providing access and inclusion for all persons with disabilities. This syllabus is available in alternate formats upon request. Students with disabilities who need specific access in this course, such as accommodations, should contact the professor as soon as possible to discuss various access options. Students should also connect with Student Accessibility Services (Ferrell Commons, 7F, Room 185,, phone (407) 823-2371). Through Student Accessibility Services, a Course Accessibility Letter may be created and sent to professors, which informs faculty of potential access and accommodations that might be reasonable.

Campus Safety Statement (not applicable in online environment)

To stay informed about emergency situations, sign up to receive UCF text alerts by going to and logging in.  Click on “Student Self Service” located on the left side of the screen in the tool bar, scroll down to the blue “Personal Information” heading on your Student Center screen, click on “UCF Alert”, fill out the information, including your e-mail address, cell phone number, and cell phone provider, click “Apply” to save the changes, and then click “OK.”

Deployed Active-Duty Military Students

If you are a deployed active duty military student and feel that you may need a special accommodation due to that unique status, please contact your instructor to discuss your circumstances.

LEAP*RN Policy

All College of Nursing students are required to pay a one-time subscription to LEAP*RN prior to registering for first semester courses.

All courses will be evaluated at the end of the semester via LEAP*RN. All Nursing programs will contain graded assignments and tasks that can only be completed within LEAP*RN. To be successful in your program, you must be able to access and complete assigned items within LEAP*RN.

Directions for accessing LEAP*RN:

  • Type into the URL (search) bar
  • Login using your NID and NID password just as you would for Webcourses or myUCF
  • For specific instructions on LEAP*RN requirements for this course, please check {enter course specific instructions}

Grades of "Incomplete"

The current university policy concerning incomplete grades will be followed in this course. Incomplete grades are given only in situations where unexpected emergencies prevent a student from completing the course and the remaining work can be completed the next semester. Your instructor is the final authority on whether you qualify for an incomplete. Incomplete work must be finished by the end of the subsequent semester or the “I” will automatically be recorded as an “F” on your transcript.

Group Work Policy

Group work is an expectation for this course since nurses’ work in collaborative teams. For all group activities, names of all group members must be placed on group assignments and be submitted as instructed by the due date.  It is the responsibility of each group member to be sure that their name is on the materials. 

  • If there is an issue with a group member—you are expected to work through it AS a group using conflict resolution techniques. If problems occur with a group member that you cannot resolve—the following procedure is recommended:
  • Group leader advises the instructor of the problem in writing and the steps that have been taken to resolve the issue.
  • Group leader should secure all means of communication from each group member on day 1 to make sure they can communicate via emails, texting and phone number.
  • If a group member's name is left off the first PowerPoint slide; it indicates to the instructor a non-participating member.
  • Group leader advises the instructor of the problem in writing and the steps that have been taken to resolve the issue.
  • If any student fails to fully participate and contribute to the project, their individual grade will be lowered as outlined below:

Lowering grade criteria for group work projects:

If any group member is reported to have any ONE of the following deficiencies, their grade is lowered:

  1. Failure to meet ANY deadline set to turn in work
  2. Failure to respond in a timely manner to any form of communication – texting, email or phone message left from group members
  3. Failure to meet in a face-to-face group meeting planned
  4. Submits work not meeting the expectations of the group
  5. Causes group members more work and stress on the project

There are consequences to being a SLACKER!


Use course e-mail located within the Canvas account to communicate with instructor. For non-course related e-mail, use instructor's office email address.  Remember to communicate personal concerns such as information on grades, absences, etc… to the instructor via the course mail or office email and not under a discussion thread which could be read by all with course access.  The instructor’s office email address should additionally be used if there is a need to contact the instructor if the Canvas account is down or not operational.  Check your personal and course e-mail at least every other day (more often is better).  It is your responsibility to keep a current email on file with the university as “official” university correspondences will be communicated via this manner.  If you do not receive a reply to an email to the instructor within 2 days, consider reaching the instructor by another method than course email. I attempt to answer emails within 24 hours of receipt on weekdays and within 48 hours on weekends, but it is not guaranteed.  Include "Subject" headings; use something that is descriptive and refer to a particular assignment or topic.


Be courteous and considerate. Being honest and expressing yourself freely is very important but being considerate of others online. Make every effort to be clear. Online communication lacks the nonverbal cues that fill in much of the meaning in face-to-face communication. Do not use all caps. This makes the message very hard to read and is considered "shouting." Check spelling, grammar, and punctuation (you may want to compose in a word processor, then cut and paste the message into the discussion or e-mail). Sign your e-mail messages. Never send or post anything that you would not mind seeing on the evening news.


Canvas (AKA Webcourses) is used exclusively in this course. Canvas will be used to communicate course announcements, posting of all learning material, submission of all assignments and correspondence between faculty and students and among class members.  You are expected to log on at least 3 times per week to check announcements, discussions and course e-mail for information and/or feedback.

University Writing Center

The University Writing Center (UWC) is a free resource for UCF undergraduates and graduates. At the UWC, a trained writing consultant will work individually with you on anything you're writing (in or out of class), at any point in the writing process from brainstorming to editing. Appointments are recommended, but not required. For more information or to make an appointment, visit the UWC website at, stop by MOD 608, or call 407.823.2197.

In this course, the instructor may use, an automated system which instructors can use to quickly and easily compare each student's assignment with billions of web sites, as well as an enormous database of student papers that grow with each submission will be used. Accordingly, you will be expected to submit all assignments via Webcourses in an electronic format. After the assignment is processed, the instructor will receive a report from that states if and how another author’s work was used in the assignment.


*Please note: Due to potential implications associated with COVID-19 components of this syllabus are subject to change. Should your instructor identify a needed change to the syllabus, you will be notified in writing through your Canvas course email or announcements.


FIRST week assignment

As of Fall 2014, all faculty members are required to document students' academic activity at the beginning of each course. In order to document that you began this course, you must complete the following academic activity (Brief BIO) by the end of the first week of classes, or as soon as possible after adding the course. Failure to do so will result in a delay in the disbursement of your financial aid.

The UCF Creed

Integrity, scholarship, community, creativity, and excellence are the core values that guide our conduct, performance, and decisions.



I will practice and defend academic and personal honesty.


I will cherish and honor learning as a fundamental purpose of my membership in the UCF community.


I will promote an open and supportive campus environment by respecting the rights and contributions of every individual.


I will use my talents to enrich the human experience.


I will strive toward the highest standards of performance in any endeavor I undertake.


Course Summary:

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