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What You Should Already Know

This is a basic physical education course. There are no prerequisites.

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 or 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.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop basic skill in use of the forehand and backhand strokes.
  2. Develop skill in proper serve techniques.
  3. Advance in ability to more skilled shots including volley, overhead, and lob.
  4. Obtain a working knowledge of rules and etiquette for the game of tennis.
  5. Expand your strategy for both singles and doubles games.

Course Materials


This text is required in addition to the material in this course. It gives you detailed instructions on all aspects of tennis.

Other Materials

There are also a few videos included in this course that will help you correctly learn the various strokes.

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Course Organization


Seven units are included in this course. Read the outcomes for each unit before you begin to study it. Each lesson includes questions to be considered as you read your text, and may include discussion material, quizzes, and learning experiences. All of the lessons in each unit are provided to help you understand tennis and practice basic tennis skills. You should practice tennis regularly as a part of this course.


Unit Quizzes

Unit quizzes appear at the end of each unit. The unit quizzes for units 1 through 6 and the Review Quiz will make up thirty-five percent of your grade. They include multiple-choice, true/false, and personal experience questions.

Practice Log and Skills Evaluation

The Practice Log and Skills Evaluation assignment in unit seven consists of a skills test and a practice log. The skills test will require another tennis player to check off each skill/activity as you perform it. The tennis practice log requires six weeks of practice, which you will record in a provided activity log and submit as part of your unit 7 assignment. Required practice time durations and corresponding assignment grade can be found on the practice log form.

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The final exam is comprehensive and is worth 35 percent of your final grade. The final consists of questions similar to questions from the unit quizzes. If you have clearly understood and mastered the lesson and course outcomes, you should do well on the final. The last module of this course, Preparing for the Final Exam, provides additional information on how you can best prepare for the final exam.

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Your final grade for the course will be weighted according to the following scales:

Assignments Weight of Final Grade
Unit Quizzes and Review Quiz 35%
Skills activity: 15% / Practice Log 15% (unit 7 portfolio assignment) 30%
Final Exam 35%
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

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

In order to receive credit for this course, you must successfully complete all seven assignments. Follow the procedures outlined in the Practice Log and Skills Evaluation assignment in order to receive full credit.

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

In order to receive credit for this course, you must pass each of the unit quizzes, perform satisfactorily on the skills activity (the instructor graded assignment), and pass the final examination (score of 60% or higher). 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 and cannot complete it in less than 6 weeks. 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. You can find a list of free tutors available to BYU Independent Study students on the Free Tutoring Services website. 

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.

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