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Course Learning Outcomes

This class offers an easy and effective approach to learning epidemiology. The lesson topics were selected to represent the fundamentals of epidemiology. Learning objectives are presented at the beginning of each lesson. The lessons provide a brief overview of important topics. They are not complete and not intended to replace the text. Study questions with descriptive answers are provided in each lesson.

Upon successful completion of this course students should be able, or understand how, to:

Course Materials

Required Textbook

Merrill, R. M. (2009). Introduction to Epidemiology, 5th ed. Boston, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

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Course Organization

In this course there are twelve lessons. Each lesson contains a Self Check assignment (that does not count towards your grade), and a Speedback assignment (that does count towards your final grade). There are 2 exams; a midcourse exam and a final exam.

Assignments

Summary: 12 computer-graded assignments.

For each lesson, you will be required to complete a Speedback assignment that has 10 to 30 multiple-choice questions. You will be provided feedback for each question.

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Self Check Questions

The lessons supplement the information in the book, and contain Self Check questions and feedback. You can take the Self Check questions as many times as you would like. Self Checks do not count towards your grade. To best learn the material, answer each question and refer to the feedback provided.

Exams

Summary: 1 proctored, computer-graded midcourse exam and 1 proctored, computer-graded final exam.

The midcourse examination consists of multiple-choice questions similar to the ones in the Speedback and Self Check assignments. Equal weight will be given to each question. You may take up to 2 hours to complete the exam. It is closed book. One page of notes is allowed. Both sides of the page may have notes. Calculators are permitted.

The final examination will be comprehensive and consist of multiple-choice questions similar to the ones in the Speedback and Self Check assignments and the midcourse examination. Equal weight will be given to each question. The examination time cannot exceed 3 hours. It is closed book. One page of notes is allowed. Both sides of the page may have notes. Calculators are permitted.

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Grading

Your final grade for the course will be determined by combining the points you receive for each of three major components. The weight for the final grade is as follows:

12 Assignments 40% 240 questions
Midcourse Exam 20% 40 questions
Comprehensive Final Exam 40% 80 questions
Total 100%

You will receive a grade of A through E. The percent-to-letter grade breakdown is as follows:

Grading Scale
A 94%–100% C 74%–76%
A− 90%–93% C− 70%–73%
B+ 87%–89% D+ 67%–69%
B 84%–86% D

64%–66%

B− 80%–83% D− 60%–63%
C+ 77%–79% E (fail) 59% or below

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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.

Assignments

For each lesson, you will be required to complete a Speedback assignment that has 10 to 30 multiple-choice questions. You will be provided feedback for each question. You may resubmit this assignment once for a fee.
Resubmit assignment for a fee.

Exams

There is 1 proctored, computer-graded midcourse exam and 1 proctored, computer-graded final exam. You may retake the midterm and final exams once for a fee. You must pass the final exam to pass the course.

Retake exam for a fee.

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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