Begin at any time and set the course schedule that is right for you. From time to time, learners will find certain subject matter of particular interest to them, and want to explore it further. Although this can be done independent of the SHEM program, it may be possible to achieve credit for this independent study, providing the direction and content of the study is consistent with the goals of SHEM. This elective option is for learners who wish to drill down into a topic to meet personal learning needs specific to their own operational environment. In this course, learners will establish their own learning goals, review a text(s) and review journal articles related to their learning goals, and write a paper outlining what they've achieved. Supervision is provided through each of these phases, and the final grade is weighted to recognize efforts in each of these tasks. This course can be used as one of two electives required to complete the Diploma in Health, Safety and Environmental Management (SHEM) offered through Great Plains College. To learn more about this professional program, which is the first occupational health and safety related diploma offered entirely through web-based interactive instruction, visit the program page and book an appointment with an adviser.