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NUR 352 (Mitchell & Reynolds)

This is the course guide for Introduction to Informatics and Information Literacy.


You will...

  • Define intellectual property, copyright, and plagiarism
  • Know what materials are protected by copyright and understand how to avoid copyright infringement
  • Be able to analyze scenarios to identify the difference between plagiarism and copyright infringement
  • Know where to locate works that are free of copyright restrictions
  • Reflect on how you can use information in an ethical manner

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Plagiarism Spectrum: 10 Most Common Types of Plagiarism

Image that describes different types of plagiarism: clone, hybrid, CTRL+C, mashup, etc.

Image from Grif Alspach, J. (2014). A case of plagiarism: Lessons for editors, authors, reviewers, readers, and plagiarists. Critical Care Nurse, 34(5), 12-16. doi:10.4037/ccn2014786

In-Class Activities

Reading check (Prof. Reynolds will provide prompts)

Activity 1: Plagiarism v. Copyright Infringement Activity (Bravender, McClure, Schaub, 2015); analyze scenarios in pairs then plenary discussion

Activity 2: The Who, What, and Why of the Creative Commons (Bravender, McClure, Schaub, 2015)


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End of class (unit) reflection

Homework Assignments: Due September 18th by 2:00 PM


  • Zibrik, L., Khan, S., Bangar, N., Stacy, E., Lauscher, H. N., & Ho, K. (2015). Patient and community centered eHealth: Exploring eHealth barriers and facilitators for chronic disease self-management within British Columbia’s immigrant Chinese and Punjabi seniors. Health Policy and Technology, 4(4), 348-356. doi:10.1016/j.hlpt.2015.08.002

    • Note: A PDF of the Zibrik et al. article is available below. The password will be shared in class.

  • Moody, R. (2003). Patient information. Overcoming barriers to delivering information to cancer patients. British Journal of Nursing, 12(21), 1281-1287. (Access full text through the library catalog.)


In a one to two page essay respond to the following questions.  Format your paper in APA style, including a title page with running head, cited sources, and references.  Email your final version to Prof. Reynolds, and bring a printed copy to class on 9/18.

  • Based on the readings and your own experiences, what factors impact a person’s ability to access information? 

  • What impacts a person’s ability to understand information?

  • Describe a situation in your own life (or that of someone close to you) when there was a barrier to accessing or understanding information (healthcare related or otherwise).  What were the barriers, and what might be some solutions to overcoming those barriers?

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