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What You Should Already Know

Some physical conditions such as pregnancy, obesity, high blood pressure, respiratory or cardiovascular problems, and joint or knee problems may limit your ability to participate in a fitness program. See "Important Notice" below.

Learning Outcomes

When you have successfully completed this course, you should be able to do the following:

  1. Use currently available tools to plan, track and evaluate a cycling fitness program.
  2. Recognize and form a habit of observing laws and safe practices while cycling.
  3. Identify common bike components and be able to maintain and make simple repairs to them.
  4. Identify common cycling techniques and nutritional practices that will lead to more efficient and effective training.
  5. Be able to engage in the cycling community, including knowledge of cycling history, different types of bicycles, and cycling events.
  6. Gain the skills, knowledge, motivation and fitness level to make cycling a life-long pursuit.

Important Notice

Before beginning any exercise program, consult your doctor. Participants and their legal guardians understand and acknowledge that participation in any exercise program or related activities carries with it inherent dangers which may result in personal injury or even death. Participants and their legal guardians assume complete responsibility to (a) consult with a physician to ensure that there are no health-related reasons for problems which would preclude or restrict participant’s participation in a particular exercise program or related activities and (b) procure adequate health insurance necessary to provide for and pay any medical costs that may directly or indirectly result from such participation. Accordingly, participants and their legal guardians assume all responsibility and risk associated with any participation in any exercise program or related activities.

Course Materials

This course does not require a textbook. Students will need a bicycle and proper safety gear for riding.


You will use MapMyRide to track and report your cycling for this course. Membership and use of MapMyRide is free, and directions for signing up and using MapMyRide are part of the first lesson in the course.

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Course Organization

This course is organized by units. Each unit includes lessons and assignments. Lessons are organized around a specific learning objective and include:

  1. Readings and videos to help you be able to meet the learning objective, and
  2. Self-checks to help you check your understanding.

You should read all lesson materials and watch all videos carefully— you will need to understand the concepts in order to do well on your unit assignments and your final exam.


Each unit includes several assignments. I will briefly explain them here. Self-checks do not count toward your final grade. They can be used to check your understanding and prepare for unit quizzes and the final exam. Unit quizzes are computer-graded multiple choice assignments that do count toward your final grade. They are open-book, open-note and are not timed. Other assignments include a cycling log, nutrition log, a demonstration of a particular maintenance skill, and virtual group rides. More specific instructions about the cycling log are mentioned below, but further instructions about the other assignments will be given once you reach them in the course.

Cycling Log in MapMyRide.com

In this course you will have to ride a bike consistently to earn credit. In fact, you must ride at least 120 miles AND ride at least 45 total days (not 45 days in a row, but 45 total days of exercise spread out over the course. For example, if you were to ride 5 days a week, it would take you 9 weeks to finish the 45 total days of exercise). You will not be able to pass the course without completing both the minimum miles and the minimum total number of days ridden.

You will submit your cycling log in MapMyRide by sharing it with your instructor. The log accounts for 35 percent of your course grade and is to be submitted after units 2 and 6.  It will be a good habit to make sure your workouts are recorded immediately following the cycling session (or automatically using the smartphone app).

Grades for the cycling logs are assigned as follows:

Grade Miles
A 280+ miles
B 200–279 miles
C 120–199 miles
E (Fail) 0–119 miles

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The final exam covers the entire course and includes computer-graded questions like those in the unit quizzes. There is no time limit for the exam and it is proctored and closed book. You can find more details about the exam in the "Final Exam Preparation" section of this course.

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Assignments Weight of Final Grade
Unit 1 Unit Quiz 4%
Cycling Log: First 10 Days 10%
Virtual Group Rides 3%
Unit 2 Unit Quiz 4%
Unit 3 Unit Quiz 4%
Maintenance Video Upload 6%
Unit 4 Unit Quiz 4%
Nutrition Log Submission 10%
Unit 5 Unit Quiz 4%
Unit 6 Unit Quiz 4%
Cycling Log: Last 35 Days 32%
Final Exam 15%
Grading Scale
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%–0%

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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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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 and 7 instructor-graded assignments. All of the assignments may be resubmitted once for a fee.

You will not be able to pass the course without completing the specified rides outlined in the syllabus.

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. If you need to retake an exam, contact the Independent Study office. 

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. Because of the nature of some assignments, you will not be able to complete this course in less than 3 months.

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 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.