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What You Should Already Know

There are no prerequisites for this course, although you should have an understanding of English grammar and usage.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Materials

This course contains everything you will need to successfully complete the course.

Course Organization

The course consists of nine units and a final exam. Each unit is broken into lessons based on learning outcomes. Each lesson has content for you to learn and is followed by small, non-graded Self Checks that will help you determine how well you are learning the material.

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Assignments

Each unit has a quiz consisting of multiple-choice and true/false questions. These assignments count toward your grade.

Select units also have an instructor-graded assignment in which you will apply principles from the lessons for work to be submitted to your instructor for grading.

The Self Checks that follow each lesson are for your benefit and should not be submitted. They help you assess your understanding of the concept taught in the previous lesson. The questions on the Self Check come from a pool of questions that might also appear on the unit quiz and the final exam. So while the Self Check activities are ungraded; you will want to review each one carefully before moving on.

You will complete two computer-graded review assignments, one Midcourse Review and one End-of-Course Review. These reviews do count toward your grade. These reviews are to assess your understanding of the material learned previously in the course and prepare you for the final exam.

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Exams

The final exam has arond fifty questions with approximately six questions from each unit. You have as long as you need to take the final exam since it is not timed. The best way to study for the final is to review the Self Check and unit-quiz questions from each unit. The final is closed book.

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Grading

Your grade will be made up of your scores on the unit quizzes, five submitted assignments, two review assignments, and one final exam. The following tables show the weight for each graded event and the grading scale used for this course.

Unit

Assignments

Weight

1

Unit Quiz

1%

Instructor-Graded Assignment

4%

2

Unit Quiz

3%

Instructor-Graded Assignment

4%

3

Unit Quiz

3%

Instructor-Graded Assignment

7%

4

Unit Quiz

4%

5

Unit Quiz

4%

Review Quiz 1

Unit Quiz

3%

6

Unit Quiz

4%

7

Unit Quiz

3%

Instructor-Graded Assignment

10%

8

Unit Quiz

4%

9

Unit Quiz

3%

Instructor-Graded Assignment

10%

Review Quiz 2

Unit Quiz

3%

Final Exam

30%

Grading Scale
A 100—94%
A− 93—90%
B+ 89—86%
B 85—83%
B− 82—80%
C+ 79—76%
C 75—73%
C− 72—70%
D+ 69—66%
D 65—63%
D− 62—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.

Assignments

Summary: 11 computer-graded quizzes (which may be resubmitted once for a fee), 5 instructor-graded assignments, and 2 computer-graded review assignments (which may be resubmitted once for a fee).

Final Exam

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

Course Duration

You have 1 year to complete this course, but if you need more than a year, you may purchase one 3-month extension. Because of the nature of some assignments, you will not be able to complete this course in less than 2 months.

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.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is defined as the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work. This may also include when a student copies and pastes directly from another source and passes it off as his or her own, copies computer-generated text from a translation tool and uses it as his or her own, or fails to cite a source after loosely summarizing its content in his or her own words.

As determined by your instructor or the BYU Independent Study administration, if evidence of academic misconduct on assignments or exams is established, one of the two following consequences will apply to each incidence:

First Offense of Plagiarism

  • You will fail the assignment and be allowed the opportunity to resubmit the assignment (or)
  • You will fail the assignment and be denied the opportunity to resubmit the assignment

Second Offense of Plagiarism

  • You will fail the assignment and fail the class (or)
  • You will fail the assignment, fail the class, and may be ineligible to enroll in a specific course or any of our courses without going through an appeals process which will determine the severity of your plagiarism

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.