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Students who approach their studies in a systematic and organized manner are more likely to complete their courses successfully than are those who do not plan how to proceed. The following suggested study schedule is designed to help you organize your activities and complete the course in 21 weeks, well within your six-month contract period.

Be sure to contact your tutor if you have difficulty with the material, or if you find yourself falling behind. If you find that you cannot complete the course within the six months of your course contract, consult the current Athabasca University Calendar for information about obtaining an extension.

Note: Students who are receiving financial assistance may face more rigorous time constraints. Please check your course registration for any restrictions on the length of registration, and be prepared to adjust your schedule.

Week Study Topic/Activity
1 Review the online Student Manual and read this Course Information through carefully.
  Contact the Library to request the first of the videos for the course (or the first of the required readings, if you cannot do the viewing assignments). See the Library Services section of the Student Manual.
  Begin Unit 1.
2 Complete Unit 1.
3 Begin Unit 2.
4 Complete Unit 2.
  Prepare for the telephone quiz. Instructions are found on the Telephone Quiz link on the course home page.
  Contact your tutor to take the telephone quiz.
  Begin Unit 3.
5 Complete Unit 3.
6 Begin Unit 4.
7 Complete Unit 4.
  Begin Assignment 1 found on the course home page.
  Contact the Office of the Registrar to request the midterm examination. Go to the Examination Services website or examination request form.
8 Complete Assignment 1 and submit it to your tutor for grading using the Assignment 1 link on the course home page. If you are unable to do this, please make other arrangements with your tutor. Do not use email to submit assignments. Remember to keep a backup copy of your work.
  Begin Unit 5.
9 Complete Unit 5.
10 Study for the midterm examination.
11 Study for and write the midterm examination.
12 Begin Unit 6.
13 Complete Unit 6.
  Begin Unit 7.
14 Complete Unit 7.
  Begin Unit 8.
15 Complete Unit 8.
  Begin Unit 9.
16 Complete Unit 9.
  Begin Unit 10.
17 Complete Unit 10.
  Begin Assignment 2 found on the course home page.
18 Complete Assignment 2 and submit it to your tutor for grading using the Assignment 2 link on the course home page. If you are unable to do this, please make other arrangements with your tutor. Do not use email to submit assignments. Remember to keep a backup copy of your work.
  Contact the Office of the Registrar to request the final examination. Go to the Examination Services website or examination request form.
19 Begin Unit 11.
20 Complete Unit 11.
  Study for the final examination.
21 Study for and write the final examination.
  Congratulations on completing the course!