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What You Should Already Know

There are no Prerequisites for this course.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Define leadership.
  2. List three types of leadership.
  3. Identify and compare the leadership styles of five individuals with whom you are personally acquainted or about whom you have read in the news.
  4. Describe experiences in your own life where each of the following have occurred:
    • Three instances where you exerted leadership
    • Three instances where you could have given leadership, and perhaps should have, but did not
  5. Describe how you can offer leadership today, next week, this year, and in your lifetime.
  6. Explain why you have hesitated to provide leadership in the past and why you will be willing to provide leadership in the future.
  7. List at least ten characteristics or attributes of an effective leader.
  8. Discuss your potential to become an effective leader in many situations.
  9. Explain how to make decisions.
  10. Organize a meeting, including setting an agenda, calendaring, making assignments, and following up.
  11. Explain how to establish and complete goals.

Course Materials

You will not need a textbook for the course, although some references given will enable you to do some helpful outside reading. The only way to be successful in this course is to do some things on your own. We will give you direction, but the velocity is up to you.

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This course contains 8 computer-graded unit quizzes and a final exam. Complete the Self Check exercises at the end of each unit. These exercises do not count toward your grade but will help you prepare for the unit quiz and final exam. Self check assessments let you know early if you understand the material properly.

Unit Quizzes

You will need to complete unit quizzes (computer-scored assignments for which you receive feedback) at the end of each of eight units. These assignments count for 80 percent of your grade.

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There is a comprehensive final exam, which has fifty questions consisting of true/false and multiple-choice questions, and which will account for 20 percent of your grade.

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Your grade will be based on your scores for the unit quizzes and the final exam. The percentage breakdown is shown on the following chart.

Assignment Percentage
Unit 1 Quiz 10%
Unit 2 Quiz 10%
Unit 3 Quiz 10%
Unit 4 Quiz 10%
Unit 5 Quiz 10%
Unit 6 Quiz 10%
Unit 7 Quiz 10%
Unit 8 Quiz 10%
Final Exam (Comprehensive) 20%
Grading Scale
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) 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: 8 computer-graded assignments; may be resubmitted once for a fee.

Final Exam

Summary: 1 proctored, computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass in order to pass the course. The final exam is closed book and closed note with no time limit. 

Course Duration

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.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor.

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.