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What You Should Already Know

You should have already taken HIST 061 or an equivalent first half of World History course.

Learning Outcomes

Course Materials

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Summary: 5 computer-graded assignments, 5 instructor-graded assignments.

Each of the lessons ends with a computer-graded Unit Quiz. These test you on the information from that lesson and they count toward your grade. The lowest grade from your five assignments will be dropped.

The course has a Self Check quiz at the end of each lesson. These quizzes count for 10 percent of your grade, but you have unlimited resubmissions to be sure that you learn the information as well as you want. Self Checks are your best tool for preparing for the Speedbacks and the Final exam.

There are four application assignments in the course that will require you to apply the principles you are learning. Some of these assignments will require you to schedule an appointment with your instructor and possibly work with other students in the course. Keep these things in mind when you are scheduling out your course work. Also, you will not be able to submit an application assignment until the one before it has been submitted and graded.

This course has a journal assignment which you will download and save in Unit 1: Lesson 1. The journal will require you to engage your readings and look up additional information on an ongoing basis. Be sure to save the document in a safe place fill it out as you move through the course.

Submitting Assignments

To make sure that your assignments can be opened by your instructor, save all your work as Rich Text Format (.rtf), pdf, or word (.doc or .docx) format. Be sure to attach the actual file and not use a link to a google doc or another online version of the assignment.

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Seminars and Orientation

The course begins with an Orientation Quiz which you must pass with 100 percent before you can move on. This course also has weekly live seminars on September 19th, September 26th, October 3rd, October 10th, and October 17th. They will be held at 6:00 p.m. MDT (Provo, UT time). These seminars will be led by the instructor and will be attended by other students. Ten percent of your final grade is based on you attending and participating in at least two seminars. If you do not get the grade you want from your first two seminars, you can attend another and try to improve your grade.

Other Resources

There is a course discussion board at the end of the course, as well as a course wiki. The discussion board is designed for students to connect, discuss course-related matters, and share ideas with each other. The wiki is designed for the instructor to post information that may provide enrichment or relevant information for the course to the students.


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

There is one comprehensive exam which has approximately 33 multiple-choice questions. The final exam is worth 20 percent of your final grade and you must pass with at least 60 percent to receive any credit for this course.

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Your final grade will be broken down as follows:

15 Self Checks (unlimited resubmissions) 10%
5 Unit Quizzes (1 resubmission) 20%
Applied Assignment 1 (1 resubmission) 10%
Applied Assignment 2 (1 resubmission) 10%
Applied Assignment 3 (1 resubmission) 5%
Applied Assignment 4 (1 resubmission) 5%
Journal Submission 10%
Unit Seminars (attend 2) 10%
Final Exam 20%
100–93% A
92–90% A−
89–87% B+
86–83% B
82–80% B−
79–77% C+
76–73% C
72-70% C-
69–67% D+
66–63 D
62–60% D−
59–0% E

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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. Some assignments include teacher or peer interaction and may have specific scheduling requirements. Because of the nature of some assignments, you will not be able to complete this course in less than 2 months.

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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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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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