Undergraduate Courses for Person-Centered Care

NSG 150 Personhood: being human throughout adult life



SCHOOL OF NURSING                                           

NSG 150 Personhood:  being human throughout adult life

Credits:                   2 Credit Hours

Semester:                Summer 2014

Class Meeting:      All classes will be offered on-line, asynchronously.

Faculty                   Dr. Carolyn Montgomery      

                                Wende 304-B

E-mail:                   cam11@buffalo.ed

Office Hours:       Arranged by appointment.                                        

COURSE DESCRIPTION:The purpose of this course is to develop the student’s personal growth and understanding about the adult lifespan.  Person-centered theories will be analyzed. Links will be developed between the influence in how we treat others and our perceptions of the aging process. Emphasis of course content will be on relationships/interactions with others in our lives and understanding life altering events that have occurred.  All activities in this course will focus on the participant’s recognition of the personhood in adults.



At the conclusion of the course, students will:

1.      Identify normal physiologic changes of adult aging

2.      Demonstrate critical thinking skills by linking person-centered developmental theories and theories of aging to their personal evolution.

3.      Compare current research and popular entertainment themes to the concept of personhood.

4.      Explore the concept of Person Centered Care as it applies to care of adults experiencing physical changes, mental changes, and aging process.         


Kitwood, T.  Dementia Reconsidered, the Person Comes First.  University Press (1997, reprinted 2000).  Chapter 1.

Taylor, B.  Being Human, Ordinariness in Nursing. Churchill Livingstone (1994).  Chapter 1. Nursing as a Human Relationship.

Bennett, T. and Gaines, J.  Believing what you hear:  The Impact of Aging Stereotypes upon the Old.  Educational Gerontology; (2010). 36, 5.  Pages 435-445.

Vaillant, G.  Aging Well.  Little, Brown and Company.  (2002). Chapter 7.  Healthy Aging: A Second Pass.



Discussion Board:  Questions for discussion will be posted each week.  Students will have the entire week to post responses to the questions.  5 weekly Discussion Boards, 5 points each week = Total possible points = 25 points

Student Presentations: Due on Week 6 (June 30th) Students must post their interpretation of this theme:  “RETAINING MY PERSONHOOD AS I AGE”.  You may write a poem, a short essay, post a PowerPoint slide(s), post a musical interpretation, post a video made from your cell phone or choose another format that will help you to describe what you have learned in the past few weeks of this course.  There will be a section on BlackBoard where you will be able to post your final product so that everyone in the class may share.  Total possible points = 35 points.

94-100             A                                                                       

90-93               A-

86-89               B+

83-85               B

80-82               B-

75-79               C+

70-74               C

60-69               D

Below 60         F

UB Statement of Principle on Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a fundamental university value.  Through the honest completion of academic work, students sustain the integrity of the university while facilitating the university’s imperative for the transmission of knowledge and culture based upon the generation of new and innovative ideas.

When an instance of suspected or alleged academic dishonesty by a student arises, it shall be resolved according to UB procedures.  These procedures assume that many questions of academic dishonesty will be resolved through consultative resolution between the student and the instructor.

It is recommended that the instructor and student each consult with the department chair, school or college dean, or the Office of the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education if there are any questions regarding these procedures.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Previously submitted work.  Submitting academically required material that has been previously submitted - in whole or in substantial part - in another course, without prior and expressed consent of the instructor.
  • Plagiarism.  Copying or receiving material from any source and submitting that material as one’s own, without acknowledging and citing the particular debts to the source (quotations, paraphrases, basic ideas), or in any other manner representing the work of another as one’s own.
  • Cheating.  Soliciting and/or receiving information from, or providing information to, another student or any other unauthorized source (including electronic sources such as cellular phones and PDAs), with the intent to deceive while completing an examination or individual assignment.
  • Falsification of academic materials.  Fabricating laboratory materials, notes, reports, or any forms of computer data; forging an instructor’s name or initials; resubmitting an examination or assignment for reevaluation which has been altered without the instructor’s authorization; or submitting a report, paper, materials, computer data, or examination (or any considerable part thereof) prepared by any person other than the student responsible for the assignment.
  • Misrepresentation of documents.  Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any University or Official document, record, or instrument of identification.
  • Confidential academic materials.  Procurement, distribution or acceptance of examinations or laboratory results without prior and expressed consent of the instructor.
  • Selling academic assignments.  No person shall sell or offer for sale to any person enrolled at the University at Buffalo any academic assignment, or any inappropriate assistance in the preparation, research, or writing of any assignment, which the seller knows, or has reason to believe, is intended for submission in fulfillment of any course or academic program requirement.
  • Purchasing academic assignments.  No person shall purchase an academic assignment intended for submission in fulfillment of any course or academic program requirement.


For further elaboration of the University’s academic integrity statement, go to the UB Undergraduate Catalog http://undergrad-catalog.buffalo.edu

Notice from the Office for Disability

            If you have a disability which would require help to complete the course requirements as outlined, please contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS), 25 Capen Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-1632; phone 645-2608, TTY 645-2616, fax 645-3116. Faculty MUST be notified during the first two weeks of class of any disability that will impact your performance either in the classroom or clinical setting.  Failure to do so assumes that you will be able to complete all course requirements without additional assistance.  The ODS http://www.student-affairs.buffalo.edu/ods will provide you with information and rev

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