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Course Outcomes

  1. Discover the significance of the wellness paradigm shift from physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual being dimensions of wellness to being dimensions of human nature. Have a working comprehension of the science of wellness. Experience a working comprehension and practice of the science of wellness.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the human body as a “temple of God” (1 Corinthians 3:16) and the “veritable tabernacle of the divine spirit” (Stephen L. Richards, BYU Speeches of the Year, 1965, p. 8). Understand the contribution wellness can make to the harmonious integration of the composite nature of human life, body, mind, and spirit.
  3. Understand various behavior change models and the advantages of each.
  4. Give examples of wellness research that demonstrate the integrated nature of human life and associated wellness principles.
  5. Recognize that understanding the science of wellness has the potential to improve the quality of your life and the lives of your family, friends, and community.
  6. Recognize the ramifications of epigenetics for your wellness now and in the future and also the future wellness of others.
  7. Articulate your own comprehension of the science of wellness and the meaning it has to you through a written record of your wellness experiences throughout the course.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate competency on course assignments and exams pertaining to learning objectives for each required course, which, for this course, are to learn wellness principles and behaviors that will allow an individual to live a healthy lifestyle and to encourage others to do the same.
  2. Gain satisfying employment in an exercise and wellness related area or continue in graduate studies in exercise and wellness if desired.

Course Materials

Lockhart , B. and Hager, R. (2014) 21st Century Wellness: The Science of the Whole Individual. Bearface Instructional Technologies. To purchase the ebook, click here.

How to Download the eTextbook

Apple Devices

  1. Download the ebook file to your device (21stCenturyWellness_National.epub).
  2. Open iBooks. 
  3. If the book does not automatically show up in iBooks, click File --> Add to Library.
  4. Navigate to your downloads folder and select the 21stCenturyWellnes_National.epub  file. 
  5. Click Add.
  6. Ebook should now open in iBooks.

Windows Devices

  1. Download the ebook file to your device (21stCenturyWellness_National.epub).
  2. Download Calibre eBook Reader (https://calibre-ebook.com/download_windows (Links to an external site.) ) and install on your computer.
  3. Open Calibre eReader. 
  4. Click Add Books.
  5. Navigate to your downloads and select the 21stCenturyWellnes_National.epub. 
  6. Click Open.
  7. Ebook should now open in Calibre.

You can also try the Nook app for Apple, Windows, & Android devices.

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Discussion Board

Each lesson in this course consists of a discussion board for posting your own comments and responding to other students’ comments on the lesson-specific content. Participation in each discussion board is critical for your success in this course. The specific topic of the discussion board for each lesson will be addressed in the discussion board section of the lesson. Please do not try to communicate with the instructor through the discussion boards—if you have questions or comments, please e-mail them directly.

As you use each discussion board, be aware that the following things are prohibited:

Failure to follow these policies may result in removal from the course with a failing grade.

Wellness Tracking Program 

15% if your grade for this course will be based on your participation in a wellness tracking program. Our goal is to help you establish healthy living now as you experience the learning in this course. Compliance or the actual doing of healthy living is a major challenge and we hope we can make this an enjoyable part of the course experience for you.

Month Points Possible
Month 1 100 points
Month 2 200 points
Month 3 200 points
Month 4 100 points

The wellness tracking program is to help you formulate and maintain healthy wellness attitudes and behaviors. The reason we are having you do this for four months is to help you establish healthy living patterns that you will make a wonderful part of your entire life. This is a major part of helping you develop the awareness that you are in charge of your healthy living.

In this regard, we are delegating to you the responsibility to award yourself points for your compliance. The goal is to earn around 50 points a week. For instance, using the following guideline, if you are doing well in all 10 areas you might give yourself 5 points each. Or if you have made great improvement in one area, you might give yourself many more points in that area and fewer in other areas. Let’s say you were only sleeping 4 hours and now you are sleeping 8!  You could give yourself 30 points for that and 1-3 in other areas. Be flexible and gentle with yourself.  If you find you earn less points one week and more the next that is fine. Your points will most likely vary from week to week as you refine some behaviors and attitudes and adopt new ones. The points are not the focus but are just a means to helping you focus on your healthy behaviors and attitudes.

Follow this guideline for awarding yourself points:

  1. Attitudes – am I developing positive, healthy attitudes?
  2. Physical Activity – am I establishing a positive pattern of being physically active?
  3. Nutrition – am I eating well for my body type and size?
  4. Sleep – am I getting adequate sleep to meet my needs?
  5. Stress – am I making stress positive and working for me rather than against me?
  6. Leisure – am I doing something I really enjoy every day and making good use of what leisure time I have?
  7. Learning – am I learning new concepts (from each chapter) and applying them to live a healthier and happier life?
  8. Relationships – am I forming and enjoying positive, healthy relationships?
  9. Strength Training – am I establishing a positive pattern of strength training?
  10. Addictive behaviors – am I avoiding addictive substances and behaviors?

You must earn 100 points in the first month to get actively involved in the program. If you don’t get these points in the first month, you will only be able to earn 10% of the 15%. We want you to get started right away. Points are awarded for physical activity, nutrition, attitudes, sleep and other parameters. The goal is to earn 50 points per week—this is the standard level you need to achieve to derive the health benefits from participating. It is possible to earn more than 50 points in a week. You may find that you have a really strong week but then might have a fairly average week. If you earn or exceed 200 points in the second and third months and 100 in the first and fourth months, you earn the full 15%. If you are under, we will calculate the percent and adjust the 15% downward.

We want you to get started right away. Points are awarded for physical activity, nutrition, attitudes, sleep and other parameters. The goal is to earn 50 points per week—with a nice balance of points in all areas. It is possible to earn more than 50 points in a week. You may find that you have a really strong week but then might have a fairly average week. You will report your Wellness Tracking on a weekly basis in one of your Reflection Assignment submissions. You are not graded on how many points you give yourself, but on participation only.

Living Well Paper

Starting with Lesson 1, begin your journey to establishing a healthy lifestyle.  Approach this as a scientific experiment with you being the scientist and the subject. Your hypothesis will be about you and your wellness goals. As you experiment with wellness principles and practices you are learning in each chapter, keep track of what you are incorporating into your plan. Make changes, adjustments and additions as you progress through the course.  Capture pertinent parts of the reflections to help you formulate a Living Well paper. Write your final paper according to this format:

The Living Well final paper should be 3-4 pages in length.

Reflection Assignments

In each reflection assignment you will be asked to write succinct thoughts about what you learned in the lesson and how those ideas apply to you.

Your assignments will be graded for accuracy, thoroughness, deepness of thought, and ample evidence that you have completed the assessment insight(s) tied to each lesson. 

Self Checks

Each lesson includes a self check exercise. These are to help you prepare for the exams. They do not count towards your grade, but you are strongly encouraged to take them as many times as you need.

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You will take a midcourse and final exam.

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Assignment % of Grade
Individual Lesson Reflections 45%
Discussion Board Participation and Living Well Paper 10%
Midcourse Exam: Covering Lessons 1–8 15%
Wellness Tracking Program 15%
Final Exam: Covering Lessons 9–15 15%
Total 100%

Grading Scale

Grading will be on a straight percentage scale as follows:

Grading Scale
A 100–93%
A− 92–90%
B+ 89–87%
B 86–83%
B− 82–80%
C+ 79–77%
C 76–73%
C− 72–70%
D+ 69–67%
D 66–63%
D− 62–60%
E (fail) 59% or below


Online Evaluation

Please complete the evaluation for this course and professor at the conclusion of the class.

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.


Summary: 15 discussion board submissions and 15 instructor-graded reflection assignments; may not be resubmitted.


Summary: There is one proctored, multiple-choice mid-course exam and one proctored multiple-choice final exam for this course. You must pass the final exam to pass the course. The final exam can be retaken once for a fee. The midterm cannot be retaken.

Retake the final 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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