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Course Materials

The following textbook will be used for this course:

Davis, M., Eshelman, E. R., & McKay, M. (2008). The relaxation and stress reduction workbook. New Harbinger Publications.

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Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Physiological Mechanisms: Master the basic understanding of the physiological mechanisms responsible for the fight-or-flight response and subsequent manifestations of various symptoms of target organ dysfunctions. Be able to apply this understanding to stress management and disease prevention.
  2. Mind, Body, and Spirit: Understand and discuss the holistic nature (mind-body-spirit) of stress management and comprehend the mind-body connection of the stress and disease process.
  3. Recognize Potential Stressors: Be able to recognize potential stressors and develop strategies to prevent (or reduce the magnitude) these stressors from eliciting a stress response.
  4. Strategies: Be able to develop strategies to reduce daily stressors.
  5. Relaxation Techniques: Understand the principles behind the various relaxation techniques and be able to apply these techniques to managing stress.

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Program Outcomes (Exercise and Wellness)

  1. Demonstrate competency on course assignments/exams pertaining to learning objectives.
  2. Learn wellness principles and behaviors that will allow an individual to live a healthy lifestyle and encourage others to do the same.

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Assignments

You will have one quiz to take for each lesson which is predicated on the lesson material provided. You can take each quiz up to three times. Read the course material provided to cue you to where you should focus your study efforts. Take personal notes and apply what you learn to your own situation.

You will also have four instructor-graded active learning assignments and a research paper due. The "Relaxation Practice Assignment" at the end of the course takes 24 days to complete, so make sure to budget enough time before the end of the course to complete the assignment.

Note: These assignments can only be submitted once. No resubmissions are allowed.

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Exams

There are two proctored exams for this course. You will take the exams after lessons 8 and 15. To study for the exams, review your notes, the information in the course including the articles, your quizzes, and review the videos in the course.

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Grading

Grades will be based on the following:

Quizzes 15%
Active Learning Assignments 15%
Research Paper 15%
Midcourse Exam 20%
Final Exam 35%
Total 100%

Grades will be based on the following percentages:

Grading Scale
A 93–100%
A− 90–92%
B+ 87–89%
B 83–86%
B− 80–82%
C+ 77–79%
C 73–76%
C− 70–72%
D+ 67–69%
D 63–66%
D− 60–62%
E (fail) 0–59%

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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.

Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.

Assignments

Fifteen computer-graded quizzes; you may take each quiz up to three times. Five instructor-graded assignments; may not be resubmitted. One research paper; may not be resubmitted.

Exams

Two proctored computer-graded exams, may not retake, must pass the final exam to earn credit for the course.

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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Brigham Young University
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Provo, Utah 84602-1514
USA