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What You Should Already Know

You don’t need prior bowling experience for this course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Choose proper bowling equipment that fits your individual needs.
  2. Demonstrate basic approach as well as ball delivery skills and techniques.
  3. Demonstrate correct spot bowling skills.
  4. Score a bowling game correctly.
  5. Identify your bowling errors and discuss the correct remedy for each problem.
  6. Use bowlers’ lingo correctly.
  7. Figure a handicap.

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

The information contained in this course is the only text required for this course. You will also need access to a bowling alley for this course.

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Course Organization

This course will allow you to learn bowling skills without having to demonstrate in front of an onsite instructor. There are five units, each unit containing various lessons. There is an assignment you should submit at the end of each unit. Also, you will submit a portfolio assignment after Unit 5. You must bowl fifteen games to pass this course. A written final exam will be given after you’ve completed all of the units in this course.


Self Checks

These are ungraded questions to help you check your mastery of the discussion material before completing graded assignments.

Learning Experiences

Several learning experiences are outlined for each unit. For the learning experiences, you are required to bowl a specified number of games for each unit. You will be required to bowl a minimum of fifteen games to complete the course. All games you wish to submit for grading must have your pin totals and averages on them. It is important that you bowl the specified number of games required at the end of each unit in order for you to improve your scores. Do not wait until the end of the course to bowl the required games. To pass this course, you must submit all official scoring sheets from the bowling alley for each game you bowled for each unit. The official scoring sheets will be grouped together and submitted after Unit 5.

Bowling score sheets will not be returned to you. These cannot be resubmitted for a better grade; however, you may bowl more than the required games and only submit the best fifteen scores.

Unit Quizzes

Unit quizzes appear at the end of each unit. The assignments consist of a series of multiple-choice questions about the discussion material in each unit. You may submit only three assignments in a seven-day period.

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The final exam for this course is comprehensive and consists of objective, scoring, and aiming questions that are related to the lesson outcomes, reading assignments, and unit quizzes.You must pass the final exam to pass the course.

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To pass the course, you must also successfully complete each of the assignments. Your final grade for this course will be weighted according to the following scales:

Assignments Weight of Final Grade
Five unit quizzes (each worth 8 percent) 40%
Bowling games (you must bowl fifteen games, score cards to be submitted for unit) 30%
Final Exam (you must score 60 percent or higher to pass the final) 30%

Grading Scale

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


Submitting Your Official Bowling Scores

For the last assignment in the course, you will submit an electronic copy of all the official scoring sheets from the bowling alley for each game you bowled for each unit. Here is the grade breakdown for bowling scores:

Grade Breakdown
A 120 and above
A− 115–119
B+ 110–114
B 105–109
B− 100–104
C+ 95–99
C 90–94
C− 85–89
D+ 80–84
D 75–79
D− 74–70
E (fail) 69 and below

The grading scale is based on an average score from the fifteen games you will bowl. If you score above a 120 for one game you will not get an A grade—you will need an average score above 120 from fifteen games in order to get an A grade, between 100 and 120 to get a B grade, etc.

Note: You can get a computer printout of your score card from your bowling alley, but you will generally need to tell them before you bowl your game that you would like a printout. You cannot resubmit bowling score cards to improve your grade.

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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: 5 computer-graded assignments and 1 instructor-graded assignment, may be resubmitted once for a fee

Because of the nature of your assignments, you are required to receive a 60% or higher on all instructor graded assignments in order to pass the course. The instructor graded unit for your course is unit 6. If you receive below a 60% on an instructor graded assignment:

  1. Wait to receive feedback from the instructor on why the unit was given the grade you received. This feedback will be sent via email if you have an email address.
  2. Make all corrections that the teacher recommends.
  3. Resubmit the revised assignment.

If ANY part of Unit 6 Portfolio is missing, the instructor will post at E (0%) for the unit. Students will have to resubmit the unit with all the missing parts and pay a fee to do so. Students can do this after the final is requested (but not taken), only if they got a 0% on Unit 6. Only failed units can be resubmitted after ordering, but before taking, the final exam.

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 this course.

Getting Help

You may use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study with questions or comments.

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.