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Syllabus

Prerequisites
Course Materials
Course Organization
Assignments
Exams
Grading Policy
Study Habits
Academic Responsibilities

Description

After you have completed this course, you should understand the following.

Prerequisites

  1. MATH 113 or equivalent
  2. PHSCS 121 or equivalent

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Course Materials

There is no required material; the textbook is included within this course.

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Course Organization

This course is divided into 13 units that follow the 13 chapters of your textbook. The 13 units are further subdivided into 43 lessons, with somewhere between two and five lessons per unit.

A lesson consists of a lesson introduction, one or more textbook sections, and a virtual lecture. Each lesson roughly corresponds to one day’s worth of student work in a traditional classroom. The textbook reading and virtual lecture are meant to reinforce and deepen the student’s understanding of the main ideas presented in the introduction. Appropriate preparation and study for these lessons includes reading the corresponding textbook sections, completing the virtual lecture, and completing the homework problems associated with the lesson, as indicated in the lesson introduction pages.

The course units consist largely of the lessons they contain, but also include a unit introduction page and a unit assignments page. These pages serve mostly to help the student keep track of the assignments that are required for successful completion of the course. In each unit, you will be expected to do the following:

  1. Complete the homework assignments for each lesson. Each lesson has homework problems assigned to it that can be completed on the PHSCS 220 website. (Additional links are placed throughout the course, including in the unit introduction and assignments pages.) It is best to complete the homework assignment before moving on to the next lesson.
  2. Complete the lab for the unit. Each unit (excluding units 7 and 12) includes a lab that you will access and complete through the PHSCS 220 website.
  3. Complete the self-check for the unit. These self-checks are a required part of your course experience, but they do not factor into your final grade. They are also accessed through the PHSCS 220 website.
  4. Complete the quiz for the unit. These quizzes will help prepare you for the course exams and also factor significantly in your grade. You will access and complete the quizzes through the PHSCS 220 website.

This course also includes three exams, which will be described further below.

Finally, you will notice that before unit 1, there is another section labeled “Course Resources.” This section includes four appendices and two supplemental information pages. While this information is not explicitly part of this course and you will not be tested on it, you may find it helpful to review it to help you with your comprehension of the core information of the course. Use these resources as you see fit to help enhance your learning and improve your experience with this course.

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Assignments

Homework Assignments

In this course, you will be asked to complete 13 computer-graded homework assignments (one per unit). These will be administered and turned in through the PHSCS 220 website. These assignments will differ in length, and point value will vary from 60 to 260 points. Note that these high point values do not indicate relative worth in the course! Therefore, a 200-point homework assignment is not worth twice as much as a 100-point exam (and in fact is worth significantly less). However, all homework points are worth the same amount, regardless of how big or small the assignment is. Therefore, a 200-point homework assignment is worth twice as much as a 100-point homework assignment. You can’t just skip the long assignments and do the small ones! Before each exam, there is an assignment that you will complete to notify your instructor that you are ready to have your homework grades for the associated units transferred from the PHSCS 220 website to your course gradebook. Your total homework score will determine 15 percent of your final grade.

Lab Assignments

You will be asked to complete 11 computer-graded lab assignments (one per unit, excluding units 7 and 12) that will help you apply the principles you have learned in the unit. You will access and submit these labs through the PHSCS 220 website. Before each exam, you will complete an assignment to notify your instructor that you are ready to have your lab grades for the associated units transferred from the PHSCS 220 website to your course gradebook. Each of these lab assignments will be of equal value, and your total lab score will determine 10 percent of your final grade.

Quizzes

You will be given 13 computer-graded quizzes (one per unit) on the PHSCS 220 website whose purpose is to assess your comprehension of the contents of the unit. These quizzes will vary in value between 30 and 130 points; like the homework assignments, their value relative to other assignment categories is irrelevant, but their total point value compared to other quizzes matters. Before each exam, you will complete an assignment to notify your instructor that you are ready to have your quiz grades for the associated units transferred from the PHSCS 220 website to your course gradebook. Your total quiz score will determine 15 percent of your final grade.

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Exams

You will take three proctored, computer-graded exams in this course: two midterms and one final. Each midterm deals with four units of the course, consists of a basic test on the PHSCS 220 website and a 25-question proctored portion, and will be worth 20 percent of your final grade. The final exam covers the remaining five units of the course, consists of a basic test on the PHSCS 220 website and a 37-question proctored portion, and will be worth another 20 percent of your final grade. The last 12 questions are comprehensive. Before each exam, you will complete an assignment to notify your instructor that you are ready to have your basic test grade for the associated exam transferred from the PHSCS 220 website to your course gradebook. Note: although the final exam contains more questions than the midterms, its total value is equal to that of the midterms in determining your final grade.

You will have the option of retaking each exam exactly once. If you are satisfied with your score on your first try, answer No and your score will be recorded for 20 percent of your grade. If you answer Yes to retake the exam, you will be given a different test with different questions that test the same principles as the original exam. If you retake the exam, your first and second test scores will be averaged for 20 percent of your grade. There is no penalty or fee for retaking the exam.

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Grading Policy

Your grade in this class will be determined as follows:

Assessment Points Percentage of Grade
Homework Assignments 13 @ 60–260 points 15%
Quizzes 13 @ 30–130 points 15%
Laboratories 11 @ 10 points 10%
Exam 1 102 points 20%
Exam 2 102 points 20%
Final Exam 153 points 20%

Note that according to this table, not all points have equal weight, and thus your final percentage score cannot be calculated by simply dividing your total number of points by the points possible.

Please note that according to Independent Study policy, you must pass the final exam to pass the course.

Assuming that you do pass the final exam, your letter grade will be assigned as follows:

ScoreGrade
≥93%A
90–92%A−
87–89%B+
84–86%B
80–83%B−
77–79%C+
74–76%C
70–73%C−
67–69%D+
64–66%D
60–63%D−
0–59%E

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Study Habits

To be adequately prepared, students should spend at least four hours on coursework per week for each credit hour, if they are completing the course in one academic semester. This adds up to a minimum of 12 hours per week. A minimal time commitment is likely to lead to an average grade, B−/C+, or lower. Much more time may be required to achieve excellence. Online students typically need to spend more time on the class because they do not attend any lectures.

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Academic Responsibilities

All students should seek to be totally honest in their dealings with others. They should complete their own work and be evaluated based on that work. They should avoid academic dishonesty in all its forms, including but not limited to: plagiarism, fabrication or falsification, cheating, and other academic misconduct. (—Academic Honesty Policy, BYU Handbook.)

Any student found cheating in any way will receive a failing grade for that assignment or exam. If the student is found to have participated in another dishonest activity, he or she will receive an E for the course.

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