This is an introductory computer class, so there isn’t much you need to know before getting started. It’s a good idea to have taken a keyboarding class first, but it isn’t a requirement.
This course is designed to prepare you for the workplace by helping you become comfortable using a computer. When you complete this course, you should be able to do the following:
A computer with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access (Microsoft Office Suite). Equivalent software found in Google Docs or on Macintosh computers may also be used, but be aware that versions of software will be different and may or may not have the tools to complete parts of the assignments. This course uses Microsoft Office 2013 for Windows. Make sure you save all documents in a Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx), Excel (xls, .xlsx), PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx) or Access (.accdb) format.
Attach your assignments to the email that you send to the teacher. Do not use links to Google Docs or a folder in the cloud. The teacher needs to be able to open the assignment in the appropriate software program to complete the grading.
Lessons will contain reading material, PowerPoint presentations, study guides for students to complete, and vocabulary lists.
After the discussion material for each lesson, you will have the opportunity to check your understanding by completing the self-check questions. The self-check questions are not graded and are meant to help you prepare for your instructor-graded assignments, unit quizzes, and final exam.
You will see your results after completing the quiz. Use the unit quizzes to identify areas where you may need to go back and do more studying.
The final exam is a proctored test. The final exam consists entirely of multiple choice questions. It is based on everything you learned throughout the course.
The following tables show the weight for each graded event and grading scale used for this course:
|Assignments||4% each (20% total)|
|Unit Quizzes||About 1.5% each (20% total)|
|Real World Project||30%|
|E (fail)||59% or below|
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.
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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)
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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Division of Continuing Education
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah 84602-1514
These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.
Summary: 14 computer-graded assignments and 6 instructor-graded assignments, may be resubmitted once for a fee.
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.
Summary: 1 proctored computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass with at least a 60% to earn credit for the course
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.
Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor. Your instructor can be reached at email@example.com. However, use BrainHoney when submitting your assignments. Independent Study makes and keeps backup copies in case of technology failures. Assignments sent through email will not be backed up and could be permanently lost.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.