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Course Outcomes

  1. Be able to utilize study skills that increase your ability to “feed yourself” from the scriptures. Such skills include identifying principles, doctrines, and scriptural patterns; utilizing digital tools to increase understanding; rigorously reading the scriptures in context; employing a variety of frameworks in approaching scripture study; and increasing your ability to use contemporary scholarship on the Book of Mormon.
  2. Be able to articulate, at a detailed level, the storyline of the Book of Mormon, with a particular focus on the key people, places, and plates as discussed in 1 Nephi 1–Alma 29.
  3. Work to “abide by the precepts” of the Book of Mormon (see Introduction to the Book of Mormon; D&C 84:57).

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Course Materials

The Book of Mormon
Available online: https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm?lang=eng

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Assignments

Quizzes

You will be presented with 5 random true/false, matching, and/or multiple choice questions at the end of each lesson that pertain to that lesson. These quizzes do not count toward your final grade and are simply a way to check your mastery of the lesson’s subject matter. You may take these quizzes as often as you like. Beginning in lesson 3, you will also be taking a 5-question quiz that covers the material from previous lessons. This is to help you check your retention of previously covered material. You must get at least an 80 percent (4 out of 5 correct) in order to proceed with the next lesson. You are encouraged to take the necessary time to review any topics that you have difficulty with, because these questions will eventually show up on your graded exams.

Book of Mormon Project

The purpose of this project is to help you direct your learning by choosing a project that will help you engage more deeply in a serious study of the Book of Mormon. This assignment is specifically left open so that you can exercise your agency and stretch yourself. If it feels like busy work to you, you either picked the wrong project or you are not taking it seriously enough. The project needs to reflect an appropriate amount of effort to merit approximately 15 percent of your grade. At the end of unit 3, you will need to make a final accounting by submitting your project along with a simple report in which you self-grade 50 points of your project based on what you said you would do. I will assign the other 50 points of your score based on your reported effort, an evaluation of your project as a whole, and your project’s degree of difficulty. Your proposal for this project is worth 5 points and will be submitted after lesson 4. The instructions for the assignment can be found under Unit 1, Lesson 1, Unit 1 Assignments.

Book of Mormon Journal (3)

In this assignment, you will share some of the highlights of what you have learned from the Book of Mormon during this course. Complete this assignment by doing the readings and answering the questions that are included in lesson videos and in selected lesson material. At the end of each unit, you will submit what you have written to that point.

Book of Mormon Book Report

This assignment is meant to stretch your understanding of the scholarship surrounding the Book of Mormon. You will be provided with a list of ten books on the Book of Mormon that you can read for this book report. Many of these books are available for free via the Neal A. Maxwell Institute website. The emphasis is on reading the book, not writing a lengthy report. The requirement for this assignment is to read the book and write a 1-page paper on what you learned. (This can include quotes from the book.) You will also write a statement that you read the entire book. If you’d like to read a book that’s not on the list, please contact the instructor.

Response Papers (2)

There are two response papers in this class; each should be between 1,000 and 1,500 words. These response papers are intended to help you demonstrate that you have mastered the skills taught in class. The first covers seven scripture study skills (using study aids, asking and answering questions, finding principles and one-liners, and using the 1828 dictionary and scriptures.byu.edu). Demonstrate using these skills on 1 Nephi 10–18 for this paper. The second paper will be an in-depth study on how a key word or phrase is used throughout the Book of Mormon.

Abiding by Its Precepts (3)

Learning new things is good; doing something with what you learn is even better. This is especially true with gospel learning. President Thomas S. Monson taught, “The goal of gospel teaching. . . is not to ‘pour information’ into the minds of class members. . . . The aim is to inspire the individual to think about, feel about, and then do something about living gospel principles” (Monson 1970). To help you act on the things you are learning, there will be times throughout the semester that you will write a short (half-page) response about what you have done to apply principles taught in the Book of Mormon.

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Exams

There will be two midcourse exams and a final. These tests will include true/false, matching, and multiple choice questions drawn from the same bank of questions that feeds the lesson quizzes (so review those quizzes over and over). These exams will give you an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of the factual and doctrinal information discussed in the lesson material and the text.

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Grading

Book of Mormon Journal 60 points (20 points each) ≈ 9%
Book Report 30 points ≈ 5%
Book of Mormon Project 105 points ≈ 17%
Response Papers 60 points (30 points each) ≈ 9%
Abiding by Its Precepts 30 points (10 points each) ≈ 5%
Midcourse Exams 200 (100 points each) ≈ 31%
Final Exam (comprehensive) 150 points ≈ 24%
Total: 635 points 100%

The points from the various components of the course will be totaled together, and you will have an overall percentage of the points you have earned. Grades will then be calculated as follows:

Grading Scale
A 95–100%
A− 91–94%
B+ 88–90%
B 85–87%
B− 81–84%
C+ 78–80%
C 75–77%
C− 70–74%
D 60–69%
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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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.

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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.

Assignments

10 instructor-graded assignments submitted in 3 unit portfolio submissions. There will not be an option to resubmit assignments.

Exams

2 proctored, computer-graded midcourse exams. 1 proctored, computer-graded final exam. All assignments up to that point must be submitted and graded before requesting an exam. Students must pass the final exam to pass the course. There will not be an option to retake exams.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor. You can find a list of free tutors available to BYU Independent Study students on the Free Tutoring Services website.

Note: The Harold B. Lee Library website provides a number of online resources and librarians are available via phone, chat, and email to answer questions about library-related issues.

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