Course Syllabus

FCS 160 Syllabus


This course helps students develop key leadership skills that can be utilized in homes, families, and communities. The basic, timeless concepts underlying the field of management including values, goals, resources, decision-making and planning are explored.

Credits: 3



No prerequisites.

Required Textbook

This course uses a low-cost, auto-access textbook. Refer to the Textbook Information module to learn how to access your textbook and how to opt-out of this automatic purchase, if desired.

Resource Title/Description
(books, software, etc.)
Author Ed./Vol. 13-Digit ISBN
Foundations of Family Resource Management
(comes with course; charged on the first day of class)
Goldsmith,  Elizabeth B. 6th 978-0367763848

Minimum Computer Requirements

Refer to Computer Standards for Students

Course Structure

Course Outcomes (CO)

  1. Lead more like the Savior.
  2. Apply the steps in family resource management.
  3. Display empathy in managing resources.
  4. Utilize constructive communication skills.

Major Assignments

The table below is meant to help you see the relevance of each major assignment as it pertains to the course outcomes (CO).

Major Assignments and Course Outcomes
Major Assignment Course Outcome#
Personal Mission Statement 1
Resource Management Process Project/Final Project 2
Time Use Plan 3
Personal Budget 3
Communication Development Plan 4
Stress Management Plan 3

Weekly Patterns

The table below displays typical weekly activities, due dates, and activity descriptions.

Weekly Patterns
Due Date* Learning Model Activity Title
Midweek Prepare Essay
Midweek Ponder Worksheets
Midweek Teach One Another Discussions
End-of-week Prove Activity/Project
End-of-week Prove Check Your Understanding Quizzes

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Learning Model

The course activities follow a weekly cycle of Prepare, Teach One Another, and Ponder & Prove.

  • Prepare: Students will prepare by reading chapters and doing study activities.
  • Teach One Another: Students will teach one another through discussions or at-home interactions.
  • Ponder & Prove: Students will prove their knowledge and skills by completing worksheets and projects and taking weekly quizzes.



The online class guideline is that for every credit hour, you should expect to spend three hours of work per credit. For this three-credit class, you should plan on spending approximately nine hours per week on homework. Failure to start diligently working on assignments early will cause you grief. If you expect to be successful in this course, plan to spend a lot of time on it.

Group Work

You will be working in small asynchronous groups for various activities and discussions.

Late Work

As a sign of professionalism and respect, you should complete your work on time. However, your instructor has the discretion to accept late work or extend due dates as appropriate.

Grading Scale

Grading scale
Letter Grade Percent
A 100%–93%
A- 92%–90%
B+ 89%–87%
B 86%–83%
B- 82%–80%
C+ 79%–77%
C 76%–73%
C- 72%–70%
D+ 69%–67%
D 66%–63%
D- 62%–60%
F 59% and lower

Technical Support

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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

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.

Course Summary:

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