Discussion: ALTERATIONS IN CELLULAR PROCESSES

Learning Goal: I’m working on a nursing discussion question and need the explanation and answer to help me learn.

*****!!!!INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE INSTRUCTOR!!!! please read EVERYTHING including the rubric****

*********************Hi All,

I wanted to let you know how I grade discussions in this course so that you will be clear about what I expect. Simply put, I use the rubric in order to make sure I am consistent across all courses. I often have students tell me that other instructors did not deduct for certain things, so I want to clarify how I grade and what my expectations are.

Of course, in discussion I look to make sure you cover the items that are supposed to be discussed, that you utilize APA formatting and that in general your post is easy to read/understand. In your Initial Discussion Post I expect you to include an introductory paragraph with a purpose statement. Subsequently you would include the “body” of the post including the requisites of the discussion post, then a summary/conclusion. References are to be formatted according to APA (I know that these get messed with some when posting, so no worries there).

At least 3 Level 1 headings are to be used in your Initial Discussion Post (don’t be surprised if there are deductions made if you have not included them).

You are supposed to participate in discussion on 3 different days and I check to ensure that this is done (and that all posts are completed on or before Day 6 that day being Saturday until 10:00 PM (CST). Points are deducted for not participating in discussion on 3 different days and posts made on Day 7 are not counted. So, if not submitted in time, do not waste your time posting.

You are required to post your Initial Post on or before Day 3 by 10:00 PM CST. Points are deducted for failing to meet this guideline – in other words you will be marked late. You are also required to respond to 2 of your fellow classmates Initial Posts. Points are deducted for not responding to 2 of your classmates Initial Posts. All posts are supposed to be of substantive content and/or ask a thoughtful question.

You are additionally supposed to respond to anyone (and that includes me) who makes a comment on your post.

Keep in mind that one of your requirements is to have a backup in the case of internet issues with your primary source. That means that internet difficulties are not acceptable as an excuse for not meeting the requirements of the Weekly Discussion Board or your Assignment.

Communication is of the utmost importance so keep me apprised if you are having any difficulties and that should be done as they arise and not after deadlines have been missed.

Keep in mind that posts are to be made on or before Day 6 (Saturday). Discussions cannot be made up. That is a university policy, not mine. So, if you miss a discussion, I usually advise that it’s not beneficial for you to try to “make it up” as there is no allowance for that, so it’s best to save your time and use it on something that will contribute to your success in the course, such as working on your assignment and/or working on your next discussion.

Let me know if any of you have any questions or if I can clarify any of the above information.*******************************

THE ASSIGNMENT

At its core, pathology is the study of disease. Diseases occur for many reasons. But some, such as cystic fibrosis and Parkinsons Disease, occur because of alterations that prevent cells from functioning normally.

Understanding of signals and symptoms of alterations in cellular processes is a critical step in the diagnosis and treatment of many diseases. For the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), this understanding can also help educate patients and guide them through their treatment plans.

For this Discussion, you examine a case study and explain the disease that is suggested. You examine the symptoms reported and explain the cells that are involved and potential alterations and impacts.

To prepare:

By Day 1 of this week, you will be assigned to a specific scenario for this Discussion. Please see the Course Announcements section of the classroom for your assignment from your Instructor.

Post an explanation of the disease highlighted in the scenario you were provided. Include the following in your explanation:

  • The role genetics plays in the disease.
  • Why the patient is presenting with the specific symptoms described.
  • The physiologic response to the stimulus presented in the scenario and why you think this response occurred.
  • The cells that are involved in this process.
  • How another characteristic (e.g., gender, genetics) would change your response.

    NURS_6501_Discussion_Rubric

    NURS_6501_Discussion_Rubric
    Criteria Ratings Pts
    This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMain Posting
    50 to >44.0 ptsExcellentAnswers all parts of the Discussion question(s) with reflective critical analysis and synthesis of knowledge gained from the course readings for the module and current credible sources. … Supported by at least three current, credible sources. … Written clearly and concisely with no grammatical or spelling errors and fully adheres to current APA manual writing rules and style. 44 to >39.0 ptsGoodResponds to the Discussion question(s) and is reflective with critical analysis and synthesis of knowledge gained from the course readings for the module. … At least 75% of post has exceptional depth and breadth. … Supported by at least three credible sources. … Written clearly and concisely with one or no grammatical or spelling errors and fully adheres to current APA manual writing rules and style. 39 to >34.0 ptsFairResponds to some of the Discussion question(s). … One or two criteria are not addressed or are superficially addressed. … Is somewhat lacking reflection and critical analysis and synthesis. … Somewhat represents knowledge gained from the course readings for the module. … Post is cited with two credible sources. … Written somewhat concisely; may contain more than two spelling or grammatical errors. … Contains some APA formatting errors. 34 to >0 ptsPoorDoes not respond to the Discussion question(s) adequately. … Lacks depth or superficially addresses criteria. … Lacks reflection and critical analysis and synthesis. … Does not represent knowledge gained from the course readings for the module. … Contains only one or no credible sources. … Not written clearly or concisely. … Contains more than two spelling or grammatical errors. … Does not adhere to current APA manual writing rules and style.
    50 pts
    This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMain Post: Timeliness
    10 to >0.0 ptsExcellentPosts main post by Day 3. 0 ptsFairN/A 0 ptsGoodN/A 0 ptsPoorDoes not post main post by Day 3.
    10 pts
    This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFirst Response
    18 to >16.0 ptsExcellentResponse exhibits synthesis, critical thinking, and application to practice settings. … Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by at least two scholarly sources. … Demonstrates synthesis and understanding of Learning Objectives. … Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues. … Responses to faculty questions are fully answered, if posed. … Response is effectively written in standard, edited English. 16 to >14.0 ptsGoodResponse exhibits critical thinking and application to practice settings. … Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues. … Responses to faculty questions are answered, if posed. … Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by two or more credible sources. … Response is effectively written in standard, edited English. 14 to >12.0 ptsFairResponse is on topic and may have some depth. … Responses posted in the Discussion may lack effective professional communication. … Responses to faculty questions are somewhat answered, if posed. … Response may lack clear, concise opinions and ideas, and a few or no credible sources are cited. 12 to >0 ptsPoorResponse may not be on topic and lacks depth. … Responses posted in the Discussion lack effective professional communication. … Responses to faculty questions are missing. … No credible sources are cited.
    18 pts
    This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSecond Response
    17 to >15.0 ptsExcellentResponse exhibits synthesis, critical thinking, and application to practice settings. … Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by at least two scholarly sources. … Demonstrates synthesis and understanding of Learning Objectives. … Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues. … Responses to faculty questions are fully answered, if posed. … Response is effectively written in standard, edited English. 15 to >13.0 ptsGoodResponse exhibits critical thinking and application to practice settings. … Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues. … Responses to faculty questions are answered, if posed. … Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by two or more credible sources. … Response is effectively written in standard, edited English. 13 to >11.0 ptsFairResponse is on topic and may have some depth. … Responses posted in the Discussion may lack effective professional communication. … Responses to faculty questions are somewhat answered, if posed. … Response may lack clear, concise opinions and ideas, and a few or no credible sources are cited. 11 to >0 ptsPoorResponse may not be on topic and lacks depth. … Responses posted in the Discussion lack effective professional communication. … Responses to faculty questions are missing. … No credible sources are cited.
    17 pts
    This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeParticipation
    5 to >0.0 ptsExcellentMeets requirements for participation by posting on 3 different days. 0 ptsFairN/A 0 ptsGoodN/A 0 ptsPoorDoes not meet requirements for participation by posting on 3 different days.
    5 pts
    Total Points: 100