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What You Should Already Know

There are no prerequisites for this course. You should have a desire to learn, read, think about things in a new way, and explore different ideas about human nature and science.

Learning Outcomes

In Lit 61: Science Fiction Literature, you will:

  1. Analyze science fiction novels.
  2. Identify major themes and elements presented in science fiction.
  3. Evaluate the way in which science fiction is a commentary on human nature and civilization.
  4. Examine each author’s individuality in subject and skill.

Course Materials

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Each lesson in the course is followed by a self check quiz. These computer-graded quizzes do not count toward your grade. They are designed to test your understanding of the presented material and to prepare you for the unit quizzes and the final exam.

The course consists of 6 units. Every unit ends with a unit quiz. These computer-graded assignments count toward your grade. They are one of the best ways to prepare for the final exam

In addition, every unit has a written type of assignment called a portfolio assignment. These are instructor graded assignments that vary in style and length. Save each one as you complete it. You will turn them all in at one time at the end of the course.

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The final exam consists of 40 multiple choice questions. It is closed book/note with no time limit.

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Here is how your grade will be determined:

Unit Percentage Breakdown
Unit 1 8%
Unit 2 8%
Unit 3 8%
Cumulative Review 3%
Unit 4 8%
Unit 5 8%
Unit 6 8%
Cumulative Review 3%
Final Portfolio 20%
Final Exam 26%
Total 100%
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) 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.


8 computer-graded assignments, and one instructor graded portfolio, all may be resubmitted once for a fee.


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.

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.