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COMPONENTS OF NURSING CURRICULUM a. The statement of philosophy of the educational programme. b. The statement of objectives of the educational programme. c. Total duration of the educational programme. d. Detailed course plan for each course. Nursing curriculum draws its components from various branches of knowledge like medicine, behavioral sciences and natural sciences in additional to the professional nursing areas subjects like fundamentals of nursing, midwifery, community health nursing etc. PURPOSE 1. To equip the learner through bringing the desirable behavioural changes in them. 2. To cope with and handle life suitations. 3. Help in development of health personnel at all levels. Help in students participation in curriculum development. 4. Planned curriculum helps to realize the educational objective. 5. To develop characters of student that is integrity, honesty, judgment, cooperation, friendliness and goodwill. 6. To meet the needs of students with a wide range of ability and interests. 7. It makes good decision and judgments in a socially desirable direction.

FUNCTIONS OF THE CURRICULUM 1) Language abilities and communication skills needed for social living and further learning. 2) Knowledge, attitudes and habits necessary for keeping physically fit and strong conformity with normal development patterns. 3) Qualities that make a man socially effective and happy in various social setting such as friendliness, cocooperativeness, self-discipline, self criticism, control, humour, love for social justice etc. 4) Moral and character values such as honesty, truthfulness, dependability, courtesy etc. 5) Ability to appreciate and integrate it into ones own personality. 6) Understanding of the environment and its limited resources. 7) Understanding about culture and social system of people living in different countries. 8) Knowledge of national symbols, national identity and unity. 9) An awareness of the inherent equality of all. 10) Knowledge of scientific methods of inquiry and its use in solving problems. 11) Appreciation and readiness to practice in life the national goals of socialism, democracy and non violence. 12) Divergent and independent thinking and ability to discover new relationships and combinations. 13) Qualities and characteristics necessary for self-learning and for

life long learning leading to a creation of learning society. CRITERIA FOR A DESIRABLE CURRICULUM Since the curriculum includes the sum of all activities, it must possess certain criteria to bring about the necessary change in behaviour. The criteria are 1) The curriculum should describe the theory form. 2) Curriculum should cope with the knowledge explosion and scientific advancements. 3) Curriculum should use the entire teaching personnel inn the most efficient and economic way. 4) Curriculum should use the logical and effective technologies which are certainly available in the semc as well as the allied discipline. 5) The curriculum includes theoretical framework of all the subjects in it. 6) The curriculum should enable the student to do active practice. 7) The curriculum should provide facilities for testing the learned behaviour in reality for the students. 8) The curriculum should produce the graduates who are capable of being creative for at least 15-20 years. 9) A curriculum which is planned should spend a reasonable length of time in order to accomplish the goal. 10) The curriculum should be enriched with the activities for professional and personal growth of the learners.