Quick Links

Course Materials

What You Should Already Know

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successfully completing this course, you should be able to do the following:

  1. Assume responsibility for your life and enjoy the exhilaration of facing life’s challenges.
  2. Identify what constitutes true success for you—the kind that brings you real happiness.
  3. State plans and goals that will lead you to where you want to go in life.
  4. Manage time to better accomplish the things you find most worthwhile.
  5. Schedule your tasks so you are working toward your own deadlines.

Course Materials

This course does not require a textbook. Much of the reading material in this course first appeared in a book written by this course's original author. This book is titled You’re in Control, published by Deseret Book, Salt Lake City, Utah, August 1986 (2nd printing, January 1988). This material is used with the kind permission of Deseret Book. However, it is protected by copyright and may not be copied without prior written approval by Deseret Book and the original author of this course.

(Back to top)


The course contains 7 unit quizzes and a final exam.

Unit Quizzes

Each unit will direct you to complete a computer-graded unit quiz.

Even though you won’t see your instructor's handwritten comments on your work, you will receive feedback on any answers you miss. If you’ll pay attention to these feedback responses, they will help you learn the material and prepare for the final exam.

Some questions will require you to carefully consider, rather than make a hasty choice. Careful reading of the course material is encouraged.

Self Checks

Self Checks are computer graded assignments which do not count toward your course grade. They are found at the end of each lesson, and are intended to help you assess how well you understood the lesson material. However, you’ll learn quite a bit in the Self Check questions because there is actually new material included in the answers to these questions. So if you don’t pay close attention, you will miss some of the important material in the course—and your subsequent unit quiz questions, test scores, and final grade—will suffer. The Self Check questions are intended to be teaching tools, not just busy work.

(Back to top)


The final is the only exam in this course. A score of 60 percent or higher on the final is a passing grade.

(Back to top)


The units contribute 70 percent to your grade. The final exam will be worth the other 30 percent.

Individual weights are as follows:

Unit 1 Unit Quiz 10%
Unit 2 Unit Quiz 10%
Unit 3 Unit Quiz 10%
Unit 4 Unit Quiz 10%
Unit 5 Unit Quiz 10%
Unit 6 Unit Quiz 10%
Unit 7 Unit Quiz 10%
Final Exam (comprehensive) 30%

Grading Scale

The grading scale for the assignments and exams is as follows:

A 100–94
A- 93–90
B+ 89–87
B 86–84
B- 83–80
C+ 79–77
C 76–74
C- 73–70
D+ 69–67
D 66–64
D- 63–60
E (fail) 59 or below

(Back to top)

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)

(Back to top)

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.

(Back to top)

missing image

Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


Summary: 7 computer-graded assignments; may be resubmitted once for a fee. All of the units must be submitted before the final exam will be available.

Final Exam

Summary: 1 proctored computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass with a score of sixty percent or higher in order to pass and earn credit for the course. There is no time limit on the exam. You will not be allowed to reference any notes or course materials.

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 or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at 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 or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.