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Course Overview
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Course Overview


  1. Lesson 1: Introduction
  2. Lesson 2: Muscle and Fitness
  3. Lesson 3: Weight Training Guidelines
  4. Lesson 4: Nutrition & Weight Control
  5. Appendix A: Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q)
  6. Appendix B: Workout Logs
  7. Appendix C: Weight Training Demonstrations
  8. Appendix D: Nutrition Log and Plan
  9. Appendix E: References
  10. Preparing for Final Exam

What You Should Already Know

You really don’t need to learn anything new before you take this course. The only necessary prerequisites are a positive attitude, the desire to learn, and a willingness to participate.

Learning Outcomes

When you complete this course you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and strategies associated with weight training by passing a written exam.
  2. Demonstrate a foundation of muscle strength by taking a muscle strength test.

Required Materials

To successfully complete this course you should have access to a well-equipped weight room. Fortunately, there are a number of places you can go for a good workout. Most high schools, colleges, universities, and community centers have high-quality weight rooms. You can also stay at home and lift weights as long as you have all of the necessary equipment.

It is very important that you have a clean bill of health before you lift weights. The physical activity readiness questionnaire (PAR-Q, see Appendix A) can help you determine if weight training is safe for you. If you have any concerns or questions, contact your family doctor and get his or her permission before beginning this course.

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Course Structure

This course includes four lessons. You are expected to read Lessons 1-4 and answer all of the Speedback questions. In addition, you are required to fulfill your Exercise Logs (Portfolio Assignment) by completing 24 weight training exercise sessions. You may take the final examination after you have submitted your completed Exercise Logs to Independent Study.

You will submit your completed Exercise Logs to Independent Study electronically through your course. To make sure that I can open and read your paper, please save it as an .doc file. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Record your Exercise Logs in a word-processing program (such as Microsoft Word). Your Exercise Logs should already be in a readable .rtf format when you download it in Objective 3.5.
  2. When you save the file, click the Save as type: drop-down list.
  3. Select .doc.
  4. Use the course number, your first and last name, and the assignment name for the filename. For example, "STAC-191_JimGeorge_ExerciseLogs.doc."
  5. Click Save.
  6. Submit the lesson's .doc file through the Exercise Logs assignment for grading.


Four computer-graded assignments and one instructor-graded assignment (exercise log).

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One proctored, multiple-choice, computer-graded final exam; may retake once for a fee. All assignments must be submitted and graded before requesting the final exam.

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Your final grade is computed based on the following percentages:

Assignment/Exam Value
Quizzes (5% each for Lessons 1-4) 20%
Weight Training Workouts (24 sessions) and Completed Exercise Log 50%
Final Examination 30%
Total 100%

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Grading Scale

This is a pass/fail course. In order to receive a pass grade, you must get 60% or higher of the total points on the assignments and 60% or higher on the final exam.

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.


Four computer-graded assignments and one instructor-graded assignment (exercise log).  May resubmit the assignments for a fee.  Resubmit this assignment for a fee.


One proctored, multiple-choice, computer-graded final exam. You must pass the exam to pass the course. You may retake the exam once for a fee.

Retake an 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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