FCS 207 - Apparel Construction I Syllabus

Course Description

This course is for those with little or no sewing experience. Students will learn the application of construction principles from commercial patterns in making apparel. Emphasis will be on basic construction techniques and fundamental fitting.  

Course Outcomes


There are no prerequisites for this course. 

Course Materials

No textbook is required; all necessary content information is provided in the course. However, the following are required: 

Learning Model Architecture

It is important you understand the approach to online learning used at BYU-Idaho. Familiarize yourself with this by viewing the Orientation to Online Learning at BYU-Idaho video found in the Welcome module.

Many learning models are available in the world of instruction. Most of them have the same essential elements as the BYU-Idaho Learning Model. The true power of the BYU-Idaho Learning Model is found in the principles behind it. Often we focus on the Learning Model process steps of Prepare, Teach One Another, and Ponder/Prove, but we forget the Learning Model principles. Please take time now to review the BYU-Idaho Learning Model Principles and consider ways you can implement them in your study habits this semester. Your personal prayers and scripture study are essential to learning by faith and will strengthen your ability to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit. You should be prepared to use both intellectual and spiritual tools of learning in this course.

Each week, you will use the Learning Model process steps as described below.

Course Structure

The course is divided into 14 weeks. An I-Learn module exists for each Week. In accordance with the BYU-Idaho Learning Model, this is not an independent study course (meaning you may not work at your own pace). You will follow an established schedule and work consistently throughout the semester. You will need to follow the schedule because you will participate in discussions with your classmates regarding coursework in each week.

With the exception of the last week of the semester, assignments are always due on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 11 PM Mountain Time. Sub-modules in each weekly module reflect these due dates and are titled Day 3, Day 4, and Day 6. These titles are used because the actual day of the week will vary according to your time zone. 

Weekly Pattern

The typical weekly pattern is shown below. This pattern does not apply for the first and last weeks of the semester. 

Day 3 (Wednesday 11 PM Mountain Time)

Day 4 (Thursday 11 PM Mountain Time)

Day 6 (Saturday 11 PM Mountain Time)

Tips for Success

This course will provide valuable experiences for you if you are willing to put forth the effort to fully engage in the course activities. As with most things in life, what you get out of this course will depend upon what you put into it. The following recommendations will strongly increase your probability of being successful in this course.

Grading Policies

Grade Components

Grades will be determined as shown in Table 2.

Table 2. Grade Category Breakdown.

Your final grade will be comprised of  
the five assignment categories below

Grade Category Approximate Percentage
Portfolio Technique Assignments and Portfolio Submission  20%
Projects 41%
Learning Journal 15%
End-of-Lesson Quizzes 21%
Miscellaneous 3%

Grade Distribution

Letter Grade Percentage
A 93–100%
A- 90–92%
B+ 86–89%
B 83–85%
B- 80–82%
C+ 76–79%
C 73–75%
C- 70–72%
D+ 66–69%
D 63–65%
D- 60–62%
F 59% and below

Due Dates

Due dates for this course are on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 11 PM Mountain Time (with the exception of Week 14). See specific information about due dates in the Welcome module.

Late Work Policy

In the workplace, some due dates can be extended to accommodate extenuating circumstances, but in all cases, your reputation suffers. For this course, you should complete your work on time. Generally, late work will not be accepted; however, your instructor has discretion to accept late work or extend due dates in case of extenuating circumstances. Plan for catastrophes. Save digital work often and in multiple places. Resist the urge to procrastinate.



Tutoring options for online students are available through the Academic Support Centers. Check the details in the link provided. You are particularly encouraged to use the services of the BYU-Idaho Writing Center. 

Online Support Center

The Online Support Center (OSC) is available to help you with problems in online courses. If you have questions about this course, the instructor, technical difficulties, or your online learning learning experience, please contact the OSC:

Phone: (208) 496-1411

Email: onlinelearning@byui.edu
Live Chat: To access the chat feature, please visit the website
Website: Online Support Center


You have the responsibility to carefully read assigned materials and instructions. Questions should be noted and directed to your instructor. You also have the responsibility to contribute to others’ learning through your participation in discussions.

This syllabus and the course schedule may be changed at any time prior to or during the semester as the need arises. You will be notified by your instructor of any changes and may view them in the course documents.

University Policies

Read the University Policies page found in the Welcome module in the course. See information there about student honor, students with disabilities, sexual harassment, complaints and grievances, and copyright policies. Students with disabilities should contact their instructor regarding many of the activities. 

Academic Honesty

As followers of Christ, all BYU-Idaho students, staff, and faculty are expected to be honest in all their dealings. This honesty also applies and extends to behavior and actions related to academic work. It is critical for you to understand the seriousness of academic dishonesty and misconduct and strive to produce and submit only the results of your own effort and original work. While you are encouraged to work with one another and share ideas, the sharing of text, code, or anything like it for individual assignments is inappropriate. There is never an acceptable excuse for plagiarism or cheating. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated by the university.

Your instructor will be responsible for creating and applying policies and penalties for academic dishonesty, which may include point deductions, a score of zero on an entire assignment, and referral to the Student Honor Office. Cases will be analyzed on an individual basis and penalties applied according to the severity of the misconduct.