Course Syllabus


This course covers basic concepts, philosophy, career exploration, and professional development in the Family and Consumer Science area. This course is 2 credit hours.

NOTE: This course was primarily designed for first- and second-year students, either enrolled in an FCS major or exploring FCS majors. However, even if you are not an FCS major, you will find information in this course that will apply and be helpful to anyone in any major.



No prerequisites.

Required Textbook 

The following textbook is required.

Textbook Title Author/Provider Ed./Vol. Print ISBN
Foundations of Family Consumer Sciences Sharleen L. Kato and Janice G. Elias 2nd 978-1619602540

Your eBook is delivered through VitalSource and is accessible the first day of the term. Access the book by going to the Course Materials link in the left menu. Your student financial account will be charged automatically on the first day of class.

Opting Out of the e-book

If you have already ordered the print textbook, you may opt-out of the e-book in order to receive a refund. You must opt out by the current term’s drop date to receive a refund. When you opt out, you will lose access to the auto access e-book.

To opt out:

  1. Go to your Booklist.
  2. On your Booklist, select the red Remove Me from Content button for the item you no longer want access to.
    • Please note: Some classes do not allow you to cancel the material because it is not available outside of BYU-Idaho and is required to complete the course.
  3. If you later decide you need the auto access materials, you can go back to your Booklist and click on the green Add Me to Content button.
    • Your student account will be charged automatically.


Course Outcomes (CO)

If you fully participate in this course, you will be able to say at the end of the semester:

  1. I can create a visual representation of the History of Family and Consumer Sciences.
  2. I can identify trends that affect individuals, families and communities.
  3. I can present information to peers about professional opportunities in the field of Family and Consumer Sciences.
  4. I can write a resume and cover letter for a specific job in Family and Consumer Sciences.
  5. I can create a professional electronic portfolio.

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 Assignment Description CO#
FCS Timeline Prepare a timeline which shows key events in the history of Family and Consumer Sciences. 1
Body of Knowledge Complete a worksheet using specified perspectives in the body of knowledge. 2
Self-Assessment Complete a comprehensive self-assessment. 3
Career Interview 1 Interview an FCS professional. 3
FCCLA STAR Event Research a career. Create a report and presentation about the career. 3
4-year Plan Make a plan for gaining the experience needed to obtain employment in desired field of work. 4
Career Interview 2 Interview a professional currently working in the field you want to work in 3
E-Portfolio Create a portfolio website to track experiences, education, and career resources. 5
Résumé and Cover Letter Design an effective résumé and cover letter. 5
Public Policy After examining trends in public policy, write a proposal for a new policy that would have a positive effect on families. 2

Weekly Patterns

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

Due Date* Learning Model Activity Title Description
Midweek Prepare Study and Meet the Expert Study the textbook chapters and other assigned materials. Learn about important FCS topics from a BYU-I faculty expert.
Midweek Teach One Another Zoom Discussion Meet with your group to discuss the weekly topic.
End of the Week Prove Assignment Submit one or more assignments associated with the week's topic (interview, video, portfolio, career documents, etc.).
End of the Week Teach One Another Discussion Respond thoughtfully to your classmates.

*Set your time zone within user preferences so the dates and times for course activities will display correctly for your time zone.

Learning Model

  • Students will prepare by reading the required chapters and reviewing other outside work before participation in each week’s activities.
  • Students will teach one another by sharing FCS resources for their personal files and discussing various assignments and questions throughout the course.
  • Students will ponder and prove what they have learned by writing papers explaining what they have learned through their reading, assignments, and interviews. 



The BYU-Idaho standard for the student workload in courses is about three to four hours per week per credit hour (for example, this 2-credit course will require approximately six to eight hours of work per week). Set time aside in your daily schedule to work on the course.

Your instructor will expect you to do the following: 

  • Stay informed! Review all course announcements and emails.
  • Follow directions! Carefully read and follow all course instructions.
  • Review and improve. Read over and utilize the feedback given. 
  • Submit coursework by assigned due date. Late work will not be accepted unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor.
  • Complete your own work. Do not use work from current or past students. Do not reuse work from other courses or this course if you have taken it before.
  • Contact your instructor by email if you have questions, are unable to find feedback, or need additional help on coursework.

You can expect your instructor to do the following:

  • Communicate with you through weekly announcements and/or emails.
  • Reply to emails promptly.
  • Grade and provide feedback on all course work within seven days of the assigned due date. Instructors will always provide feedback on assignments. If you don't see it, contact your instructor so they can help you find it.
  • Be willing to meet with you one-on-one (on the phone or through Zoom) by appointment.

Group Work

This course requires weekly synchronous (live) group meetings. In these small group meetings you will discuss topics or provide feedback. For the synchronous assignments, you will be given the opportunity at the beginning of the semester to choose a day/time to meet with your group. 

Synchronous group assignments begin in Week 03. You can easily identify these group assignments as each has the word "Group" in the assignment title. Example: W03 Group Assignment: Professionalism

Some weeks include a small group asynchronous discussion. You will be asked to make your first post midweek and responses by the end of the week.


All papers must be word processed, double-spaced, 1-inch margins, and 12-point font. Any references, citations, or bibliographies can be formatted according to APA standards. If you need help with this format, use the APA resources information found in the Student Resources module, or make an appointment with the Writing Center.


Your instructor will use Turnitin to check some of your papers. 

Turnitin is an electronic text matching system which compares a student assignment against a database of sources and generates an originality report. The report highlights any matched text, calculates a Turnitin Similarity score for the matched text, and provides links for the matched text to the original source document, or a similar document on its database.

Late Work

As a sign of professionalism and respect, you should complete your work on time.

Late work is not accepted in this course. However, sometimes life happens and students need a little extra time on an assignment.  For this reason, your instructor will allow ONE assignment to be turned in late, NO QUESTIONS ASKED (NQA)!  Make a note in the assignment box when you submit the assignment, AND email me and let me know that you will be using your NQA option when submitting that late assignment.


There are no "retries" in the course, though you will be asked to resubmit one assignment. Plan to do your best work the first time.

Extra Credit

Extra credit may be earned on one optional assignment in Week 07.

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

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 (in other words, Course Hero, Quizlet, Google Docs, etc.) by any means (for example, 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 CES Honor Code: 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 (for example, 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 includes required 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.

Course Summary:

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