Course Syllabus


Upon completion of the course students will:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of gospel doctrines and principles that guide and govern our parenting practices.
  2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of child development and what adults can do to support that development. 
  3. Investigate and discover personal biases and values about parenting and child development stemming from our own cultural and contextual experience with parents and caretakers.
  4. Learn and practice parenting skills that enable adults to guide, nurture, motivate, develop, and be an advocate for children. 


This course consists of foundational principles and basic skills of parent-child interaction. Students will apply typical decisions, problems, and opportunities encountered by parents.

Learning Model Architecture

This course is built on the BYU-Idaho Learning Model and includes activities to help students prepare, ponder and prove, and teach one another. The activities and assignments are listed below in terms of those categories:

  1. Prepare: Instructions and readings
  2. Teach One Another: Graded discussions and group activities
  3. Ponder: Individual assignments and spiritual opener reflections
  4. Prove: Quizzes



Required Materials

All instructional content is provided in the course at no additional cost to students.


You will be assigned a group for discussions and group activities. You can see your group members by clicking on People in the course menu. The asynchronous group activities you are assigned are opportunities to collaborate together and share each other's parenting and childhood experiences. The group activity assignments will be graded individually.


Since this is an online course, it is your responsibility to arrange to use a computer with reliable internet access. (The higher speed you have for your internet access, the easier the course will be for you to complete.) It is also your responsibility to make sure you have the word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software required to complete your assignments.

If you need technical assistance, use the I-learn "Help" button located on the left side of your screen to contact the appropriate support center (either BYU-Idaho Help or BYU-Pathway Help). 

Academic Support

If you need help with writing or need tutoring, contact the Academic Support Center.

Grading Policies

Grading criteria is as follows:

Reading Quizzes 65 points
Spiritual opener reflections 150 points
Individual assignments 120 points
Class Discussions 80 points
Group assignments 150 points
Major individual project 75 points
Total 640 points

Grading Scale

Grading Scale
A 100% - 94% C 76% - 74%
A- 93% - 90% C- 73% - 70%
B+ 89% - 87% D+ 69% - 67%
B 86% - 84% D 66% - 64%
B- 83% - 80% D- 63% - 60%
C+ 79% - 77% F 59% and lower

Planning Your Time

For this 1-credit block class, it is expected that you will spend an average of 6-8 hours of total study time each week to successfully complete this course. You may need to put in more study time to earn a higher grade or to accommodate your personal learning needs.

Also, be aware that with this course, there is no "time off" for holidays that might occur during the week. Plan ahead and arrange your study schedule so that any holiday activities do not keep you from completing learning activities by the posted due dates and times.

Due Dates

This course has been designed to follow a weekly schedule. Due dates for specific activities are indicated on the activity page, modules page, calendar and other places in the course. It is very important that you update your Profile to ensure that the due dates in the course display for you in your local time zone.  If you have any questions about when a specific assignment is due, you should contact your instructor for assistance.

If you are in the Mountain Time Zone, most of your assignments will be due Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:59 PM. 

If you are not in the Mountain Time Zone, these due dates will be adjusted to your time zone if you have updated your Canvas Profile and set your time zone. Once this is done, you may use the Calendar and your To-Do list to see the exact due dates and times for your location.

Late Work Policy

Assignments are due on the day indicated. No late work will be accepted without permission from the instructor. Work that is late hampers your ability to fully participate in the course and will be accepted only at your instructor's discretion. Inform your instructor before the assignment is due. Any late work that is accepted is subject to a penalty as determined by your instructor.

Program Statement for Marriage and Family Studies

March 2021

As the world is becoming more diverse in its values and perspectives on marriage and the family, it becomes increasingly important that students and faculty understand our mission as a major in Marriage and Family Studies at BYU-Idaho. Consistent with the University, our mission is to prepare family life professionals to strengthen families throughout the world as true disciples of Jesus Christ, as outlined in the doctrines and teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Regardless of current or future philosophies or practices related to the family unit, the major of Marriage and Family Studies at BYU-Idaho is built upon The Family: A Proclamation to the World. Although this program will explore a variety of views and perspectives on the family, and each student is entitled to his or her own beliefs, it will emphasize research and theory and be guided by eternal truths as taught by the Lord’s prophets. In short, our major strives to follow the admonition from President Dallin H. Oaks that “every generation has its tests and its chance to stand and prove itself. I believe our attitude toward and use of the family proclamation is one of those tests for this generation. I pray for all Latter-day Saints to stand firm in that test.” (from “The Plan and the Proclamation,” October 2017 General Conference)

Department Policy Regarding Intellectual Property and Course Materials

All of the materials in this course are covered by fair use and copyright law and are proprietary (intellectual property). Students are not permitted to sell, post, trade, share, distribute, or send any information contained in this course (including outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, PowerPoint presentations, lectures, audio and video recordings, or images of the same, etc. including your own work for this course) to any parties outside of this course (ie Course Hero, Quizlet, Google Docs, etc.) by any means (e.g., posting, uploading, attachments, etc.) without the express written permission from the creator of these works and the Department Chair. Any of these actions violate the Academic Honesty policies of Brigham Young University-Idaho (please see Academic Honesty) and will be dealt with as such. The materials in this course are also intellectual property and taking any materials from the course and posting them outside of this course in any manner will be construed as theft and distribution of intellectual property. If you engage in any of these actions, or use any of these materials without authorization, the instructor has the right to impose an appropriate academic sanction (e.g., give you a failing grade for the assignment and/or fail you from the course). Additionally, the respective Course Lead, Program Lead, and/or Department Chair also reserve the right to impose appropriate academic sanctions regardless of any imposed by the instructor.

University Policies

Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office at (208) 496-9210 or visit their website and follow the Steps for Receiving Accommodations. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with students and instructors by the Disability Services Office.

This course may require synchronous meetings. If you are currently registered with the Disability Services Office and need an interpreter or transcriber for these meetings, please contact the deaf and hard of hearing coordinator at (208) 496-9219.

Other University Policies

Student Honor and Other Policies

Please read through the document called University Policies. It gives important information about the following topics:

  • Student Honor
    • Academic Honesty
    • Student Conduct
      • Sexual Harassment
    • Student with Disabilities
    • Complaints and Grievances
    • Copyright Notice

Go to the Student Resources module to review further resources and information.


The instructor reserves the right to change any part of this syllabus at any time during the semester in order to adapt to changing course needs. You will be notified prior to any changes that may take place.

Course Summary:

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