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What You Should Already Know

There are no prerequisites for this course and you don’t need to learn anything new before you take this course. You just need to (1) have a positive attitude, (2) study hard, and (3) complete all of the course activities.

Learning Outcomes

In assessing the state and national standards for public speaking courses, it has been decided that this course will focus on helping you master the following:

Course Materials

You will need the following to successfully complete this course:

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Speech Assignments

"Introduction" and "Persuasive" speeches are to be submitted in the unit where they appear. The "Introduction" speech is due in unit 1 so you will receive feedback as early as possible to help you learn and prepare for the "Persuasive" speech in unit 7. "Portfolio" assignments are treated differently; they are smaller informational assignments that are collected in two groups for submission.

Portfolio Assignments

You should save each portfolio assignment as you complete it; however, make sure you do not submit any of the assignments until you have completed them all for each portfolio. Submit all assignments for each portfolio at the same time so they are all together for grading.

Video Files for Instructor-Graded Assignments

Some instructor-graded assignments require you to submit a visual file of yourself practicing different kinds of public speaking. For these assignments, the following video files will be the only acceptable files for submission:

If you submit your recording in another format, it will not be accepted. Likewise, any other forms of recordings will not be reviewed and you will be asked to resubmit your assignment.

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The final exam consists of about 50 multiple-choice and matching questions. It counts for 10 percent of your grade.

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Your final grade for this course will be determined by the folowing percentages.

Assignment Percentage
7 unit quizzes (units 1–7) 14 percent (2 percent each)
2 Cumulative Reviews 10 percent (5 percent each)
Introduction Speech (Unit 1) 23 percent
Persuasive Speech (Unit 7) 23 percent
Portfolio 1 10 percent
Portfolio 2 10 percent
Final exam 10 percent

The following grading scale will determine your final grade for this course:

Grade Percentage
A 93–100
A– 90–92
B+ 87–89
B 83–86
B– 80–82
C+ 77–79
C 73–76
C– 70–72
D+ 67–69
D 63–66
D– 60–62
E (Fail) 0–59

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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.


7 computer-graded assignments, 2 speeches, 2 cumulative reviews, and 2 instructor-graded portfolios, may be resubmitted once for a fee.


1 proctored computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass with a grade of 60% 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

If you need help, please contact customer service at 1-800-914-8931 or 1-801-422-2868

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.