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Course Materials

This online course material is the only text required for this course.

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Summary: 10 computer-graded assignments, 2 instructor-graded portfolios, may be resubmitted once for a fee

There are eight lessons in this course, and you will complete a Speedback assignment after each lesson. Each Speedback assignment is worth 4 percent of your final grade. In addition, there are two cumulative review Speedback assignments—one after lesson 4 and one after lesson 8—in which you will answer questions from all the previous lessons to ensure you are understanding the material up to that point. The scores from all ten of your Speedback assignments together equal 40 percent of your grade.

Each lesson will also contain a portfolio assignment. The portfolio assignments will give you an opportunity to apply what you have learned in the lesson. You will need to pay special attention to the rubric for each one. The rubric will tell you how I will grade each assignment, so make sure you understand the rubric and assignment before you start. You will be asked to submit portfolio assignments after lessons 4 and 8. The course portfolios will be 32 percent of your grade. To make sure I can open and read your papers, please save them as a .RTF (rich text format) files. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Type your paper in a word-processing program (such as Microsoft Word).
  2. When you save the file, click the Save as type: drop-down list.
  3. Select Rich Text Format (*.rtf).
  4. Use the course number, your first and last name, and the assignment name for the filename. For example, “HIST41_JaneSmith_Lesson1Assignment.rtf.”
  5. Click Save.

It’s very important that you submit all of the assignments for a portfolio at the same time. Here’s how to submit your completed portfolio assignments:

  1. Click the corresponding Portfolio Submission link in your course.
  2. Click Open.
  3. Attach all of the relevant assignments by clicking the Choose File button, then locating the file you wish to submit.
  4. To attach additional files, click Add Attachment and use the Choose File button to locate and upload the next file. Make sure you attach every file you need to include in the portfolio assignment.
  5. When you are finished, click Submit.
  6. You will be asked if you are sure you want to submit this assignment. Click Yes.
  7. You will receive a message that tells you that you have successfully submitted your assignment. Click OK.

Remember: Do not submit any assignment until you have completed all of the assignments for the portfolio!

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Summary: 1 proctored computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass to earn credit for the course

The other 28 percent of your grade comes from the final exam, which contains 50 multiple-choice questions. You must pass the final to pass the course. The questions on the final will be similar to the questions in the cumulative reviews. Each question will ask about an important part of a course learning outcome. In this way, the final questions are more straightforward than the Speedback questions. While there is no time limit for completing the final, it is closed book. This is a proctored exam. This is your chance to show what you know.

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Lesson Percentage Breakdown

Lesson Percent
Lesson 1: Two Worlds Meet 4
Lesson 2: The Colonial Era 4
Lesson 3: The French and Indian War and the Road to Revolution 4
Lesson 4: The Revolutionary War 4
Cumulative Speedback Assignment 1 4
Portfolio Submission #1 16
Lesson 5: Can We Rule Ourselves? 4
Lesson 6: The New Nation 4
Lesson 7: The Age of Jackson 4
Lesson 8: Down South and Out West 4
Cumulative Speedback Assignment 2 4
Portfolio Submission #2 16
Final Exam (Comprehensive) 28

Grading Scale

Your grade will come from the combined percentage of your assignments and final exam according to this scale:

Grade Percentage Grade Percentage
A 100–94 C 76–74
A- 93–90 C- 73–70
B+ 89–87 D+ 69–67
B 86–84 D 66–64
B- 83–80 D- 63–60
C+ 79–77 E (FAIL) 59 or below

Remember, to pass this course, you must pass the final examination with at least 60 percent.

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Course Duration

You have 1 year to complete this course. You may purchase one 3-month extension if you need more than a year to complete the course.

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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.

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Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is defined as the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work. This may also include when a student copies and pastes directly from another source and passes it off as his or her own, copies computer-generated text from a translation tool and uses it as his or her own, or fails to cite a source after loosely summarizing its content in his or her own words.

As determined by your instructor or the BYU Independent Study administration, if evidence of academic misconduct on assignments or exams is established, one of the two following consequences will apply to each incidence:

First Offense of Plagiarism

Second Offense of Plagiarism

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.