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What You Should Already Know

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  1. Set goals that you can accomplish by effort and attention, then manage your time to accomplish those goals.
  2. Find and organize textbook information into notes, according to main ideas and supporting details.
  3. Identify relationships between what you read in your textbooks and what you learn in class.
  4. Use special "helps"—questions, problems, study guides, tables of contents, indexes, glossaries, charts, maps, graphs, pictures, etc.—to guide your studies and improve your learning.
  5. Distinguish what information is most important to learn and remember by listening in class and taking understandable notes.
  6. Ask questions and participate in class discussions to clarify difficult material.
  7. Organize the materials you collect from class lectures, discussions, books, and other sources to identify relationships among them and to determine the most important items to understand and memorize.
  8. Take objective and essay tests successfully (i.e., do well on various types of tests, such as true/false, multiple choice, matching, fill-in-the-blank, short-answer, and long essay questions).
  9. Write clear, neat, grammatically correct papers to effectively communicate your message.

Course Materials

You will need a planner for this course (an inexpensive one will work). No other materials will be required, but you will benefit from using your own books and books from your school or public library. A dictionary is also helpful.

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This course is presented to you in six units. You will learn more about your own personality and learning styles, and how to use them to increase your ability to learn and to be a good student. Each lesson contains non-graded Self Check questions that will help you to prepare for the graded assignments. Do not overlook any of these exercises simply because they are not submitted. All assignments are given to help you improve your study skills and awareness of your own abilities and limitations.

Unit Quizzes

There are six computer-graded unit quizzes in this course which test your application of the knowledge you have gained from the reading material. These assignments count for 66 percent of your grade.

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For the final exam, you will be responsible for understanding all information given in the units, self checks, and unit quizzes. The final exam will count as 34 percent of your grade.

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Your grade will be determined by your performance on the unit quiz assignments and the final exam.

The following chart shows the percentage breakdown for the assignments and exam.

Assignment Percentage
Unit 1 Quiz 11%
Unit 2 Quiz 11%
Unit 3 Quiz 11%
Unit 4 Quiz 11%
Unit 5 Quiz 11%
Unit 6 Quiz 11%
Final Exam (Comprehensive) 34%
Grading Scale
A 100%–95%
A− 94%–90%
B+ 89%–87%
B 86%–84%
B− 83%–80%
C+ 79%–77%
C 76%–74%
C− 73%–70%
D+ 69%–67%
D 66%–65%
D− 64%–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: 6 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 with at least a sixty percent in order to pass the course 

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.