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How do I take this course?

Instructions on taking this course

Risk Analysis Guidelines is a training program composed of 4 different courses/lesson. If you have not already created a profile for yourself on the course portal (http://www.westgard.org) you can register here. Once you are registered at the Westgard course portal, you can then enroll in this specific course. Once you are enrolled, you will be granted access to all the course materials.

[ Please note: you will need to register here and create a new username and password for the westgard.org course portal in order to take this course. Any membership username and password you may have on westgard.com is currently separate from the online course portal. We apologize for the redundancy.]

To complete this course, here is what you must do:

  • You must complete all 4 lessons, taking the quiz in each lesson. While the quiz scores are not counted toward your final grade, many of the questions you see in the quiz will reappear in the final exam.
  • You must take and pass the final exam with a score of 70% or higher to pass the course.

How to navigate this course

Each of the 4 lessons is presented as a specific course page. The layout of a typical course page can be seen below:
[Note: below is an example, using the Basic QC Practices course - the Introduction to Risk Analysis Guideline course pages will be different in content but similar in layout]

The top left part of the screen has general navigation links.

  • Home takes you to the Course Portal home page
  • Courses takes you to a list of currently available courses
  • My Transcript takes you to a list of all the courses and programs

The center part of the screen has a brief description of the specific lesson. Usually there is a paragraph or two of introduction, followed by the Objectives of this specific course, followed by a Things to do list, which gives you specific tasks to complete in order to finish this lesson. For example, typically you will be instructed to read a number of articles.

The right part of the screen contains a box titled Course Materials which contains a list of the essays, downloads, links, and quizzes that are essential to the specific lesson. You will use these links to complete the course. (Note: it also contains an indication that you are registered for the course - if you are not registered for a course, you will not be able to see the materials, in any case.)

The first link is usually to an essay. (The 'i' stands for item, as well as 'important to read for this course') You need to click on this item and read the essay.

Next, there is a link to the lesson quiz. The '?' indicates that this is the link to the quiz. You will need to complete this quiz in order to demonstrate that you have mastered this material. The quizzes are generally 10 multiple-choice questions long and you need to answer 7 or more of the questions correctly in order to pass. If you do not answer them correctly, the quiz will display your errors, then create a second quiz for you to complete. Usually, there is a set of questions larger than 10 with each lesson, so each exam will contain a slightly different mix of questions. Keep in mind, many of the questions you see in the quizzes will re-appear later in the final exam - so each quiz really helps prepare you for the final.

The last links in the list of materials are usually links to the Previous course and the Next course. The arrow indicates this link will take you to a different place than this lesson page. These links allow you to jump from course page to course page as you progress through the course.

Another way to navigate through the course is to use the trail link, located on the top left part of the screen (but below the Home/Courses/My Transcript links). This "breadcrumb trail" shows where in the course portal you are located. You can click at various parts of the trail to return to a previous, or higher, part of the course.

A Note on the Final Exam: The final exam consists of 30 questions, covering the entire course. Each final exam is randomly generated from all the possible quiz questions in the course - it is highly unlikely that your exam will be the same as someone else who is taking the course.

The Final Exam is "open book." In practice, this means that you should have an extra "tab" or "window" of your browser open so that you can consult the course materials as you work through the exam. Please don't hesitate to email courses@westgard.com with any questions you have.