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College Catalog: Course Descriptions: Credit Hours

The educational programs combine the teaching of theoretical concepts in “Lecture,” with an application of principles and practical training in “Laboratory” under faculty supervision. The teaching of theoretical concepts in lectures, seminars, discussions, and other similar classes is identified as “Lecture,” and application of principles and practical training in laboratories, clinical training, supervised work experiences and other similar classes are identified as “Laboratory.” The number of lecture hours in class each week (including lecture, seminar, and discussion hours) and/or the number of laboratory hours in class each week (including laboratory, supervised practice, and cooperative work experiences) are indicated for each course in the course description. The number of lecture and laboratory hours in class each week are also called ”contact” hours because it is time spent under the direct supervision of a faculty member. In addition to the lecture and laboratory hours in class each week as listed in the course description, each student must also spend some time on out of- class assignments. Usually each credit hour per course requires an average of three hours of out-of-class preparation each week.

One credit is equivalent to one collegiate semester-hour credit. Each credit given for a course is based on the “Academic Hour”, which is 50 minutes of formalized, structured instruction time in a particular course weekly for 15 weeks. The weekly instruction time is adjusted accordingly for courses taught in sessions that are fewer than 15 weeks in duration. There is also a minimum of 1 hour of examination for each semester hour of credit generated by the courses not to exceed 3 academic hours. The courses may consist of lectures, out-of-class study, laboratory and shop study, or combinations thereof as follows:

Lecture: One academic hour of lecture (including lecture, seminar, discussion, or other similar activities) per week, generally for 15 weeks plus an examination period, equals one collegiate semester-hour credit.

Laboratory: Two to five academic hours, depending on the disciplines of laboratory, shop, clinical training, supervised work experience, coordinated internship, or other similar activities per week, generally for 15 weeks, plus and examination period, equal one collegiate semester-hour credit.

General Usage: General usage courses include variable academic hours for one to five credits such as coordinated internship, cooperative education, seminar and project and supervised study.

Variable Credit: The College may vary from the existing credit value, but by no more than one credit. Existing variable credit ranges may not be extended. Credit variability will be for the purposes of deleting laboratory hours or making laboratory hours optional. General usage courses and courses numbered 1-99 are exempt from this policy.