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Course Organization

Here are the procedures I recommend you follow for each lesson:

Lessons 1–10

  1. Read the instructor’s introduction to the lesson.
  2. Complete the reading assignment.
  3. Review the concepts and terms mentioned in the reading assignment.
  4. Take notes as you read: questions, confusions, insights, and examples.
  5. Study the instructor’s discussion of the reading, looking for opportunities to develop your ideas, redirect your thinking, and increase your understanding.
  6. Submit answers to a closed-book lesson assignment that consists of computer-graded multiple-choice questions about the reading assignment.

Lessons 11–13

  1. Read the instructor’s introduction to the lesson.
  2. Complete the reading assignments.
  3. Review previous reading assignments and discussion material.
  4. Complete the essay assignments.
  5. Download the Essay Performance Report .RTF file from Appendix A, and complete one copy to include as the last pages in each of your essays.
  6. Prepare and submit assignments to Independent Study electronically through BrainHoney:
    • 4 to 5-page Preliminary Essay based on questions provided by the instructor (lesson 11) and a completed copy of the Essay Performance Report as the last pages.
    • 4 to 5-page Preliminary Essay based on questions provided by the instructor (lesson 12) and a completed copy of the Essay Performance Report as the last pages.
    • 7 to 8-page Final Essay based on the two 4 to 5-page preliminary essays written for lessons 11 and 12 (lesson 13) and a completed copy of the Essay Performance Report as the last pages.


You will complete ten computer-graded lesson assignments and 3 instructor-graded assignments.

Formatting Written Assignments

To make sure that I can open and read your paper, please save it as a Word .DOC or .DOCX file.

Use the course number, your first and last name, and the assignment name for the filename. For example, ANTHR101_RichardBuonforte_PreliminaryEssay.docx.

Be sure to include the completed Essay Performance Report at the end.

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There are no exams for this course.

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Basic Standards

Final Letter Grade

Here is how I calculate your course grade:

Assignment Number Each Total
Lessons 1–6 lesson assignments 6 4% 24%
Lessons 7–10 lesson assignments 4 8% 32%
Instructor-graded fieldwork and deskwork exercise assignments 2 10% 20%
Instructor-graded essay assignment 1 24% 24%
Total 100%

Your letter grade is calculated based on these percentages.

Grade Scale
A 100%–95% C 76%–73%
A- 94%–90% C- 72%–70%
B+ 89%–87% D+ 69%–67%
B 86%–83% D 66%–63%
B- 82%–80% D- 62%–60%
C+ 79%–77% E (fail) 59%–0%

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


10 computer-graded assignments and 3 instructor-graded assignments, may be resubmitted once for a fee.

Resubmit an assignment for a fee.


There are no exams for this course.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor. You can find a list of free tutors available to BYU Independent Study students on the Free Tutoring Services website.

Note: The Harold B. Lee Library website provides a number of online resources and librarians are available via phone, chat, and email to answer questions about library-related issues.

Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

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