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What You Should Already Know

This course does not require any specific knowledge base or experience; there are no prerequisites.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  1. Explain the reasons for studying child development and selected developmental theories.
  2. Identify the characteristics of parenting, including preparedness for parenting.
  3. Explain the difficulties of teenage pregnancies.
  4. Identify correct facts concerning conception, including the influences of heredity and environment on prenatal development.
  5. Explain the characteristics of pregnancy.
  6. Describe the processes occurring during prenatal development.
  7. List the sequential events of the childbirth process.

Course Materials

All of the course’s content is contained within this course manual. All you will need is a pencil, a journal to write in (or blank sheets of paper), and a little bit of energy and excitement to get you through!

Course Organization

This course contains six units. Each unit contains lessons, discussion material, Self Check questions, and a quiz. Some units also include pretests, thought questions, and journal entry assignments.

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Self Checks

Self Check assignments are ungraded assignments you can use to measure your own understanding.


Each Quiz contains 10–30 questions. You should answer the quiz questions carefully. Be sure that you understand each unit before completing the assignment.

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The final exam only contains twenty-three questions, one question from each lesson taught throughout the entire course. Because the final exam is so short, each question will weigh heavily on your grade. You should prepare very well before taking the exam. The final exam counts for 40 percent of your grade.

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The following tables show the weight for each graded event and the grading scale used for this course.

Quizzes (10 percent each) 60%
Final Exam 40%
Total 100%
A 100–94
A- 93–90
B+ 89–87
B 86–84
B- 83–80
C+ 79–77
C 76–74
C- 73–70
D+ 69–67
D 66–64
D- 63–60
E (fail) 59 or below

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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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: 6  computer-graded assignments, may be resubmitted once for a fee

Each unit quiz contains 10–30 questions. You should answer the quiz questions carefully. Be sure that you understand each unit before completing the assignment.

A NOTE ABOUT PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is taking the work of someone else and claiming it as your own. To simply copy and paste ideas, words, or stories from the internet is stealing. This will NOT be tolerated at BYU Independent Study. If you plagiarize, you will receive an incomplete on the portfolio and must pay a fee to resubmit your own work. If you plagiarize twice, you will automatically fail the course.

Final Exam

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

You must pass the final exam with a score of sixty percent or higher in order to pass this course. If you fail the final exam, you may retake the exam once for a fee.

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 this course.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor.

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 or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at 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 or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.