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Credit Hour Policy

2017-18
 

Credit Hour Policy Syllabus Template

Template for a 10 week 3 credit course

In accordance with federal policy, Augustana College defines a credit hour as the amount of work represented in the achievement of learning outcomes (verified by evidence of student achievement) that reasonably approximates one hour (50 minutes) of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work.

This is a 3 credit course that meets 3 times per week for 75 minutes. It is designed to have class time, learning opportunities and activities totaling approximately 130 hours over the 10 weeks of the course. This estimate is for the typical undergraduate student. Estimates of the time required to complete activities related to the course are:

    Hours
In class activities: (3 days x 75 minutes x 10 weeks)   37.5
Required readings: (15 chapters x 3 hours each)   45
20 journal entries (20 x 1 hour each)   20
Group projects (2 x 4 hours each)   8
Preparation for final project/oral presentation   20
Total   130.5

Template for a course with a zero credit lab

In accordance with federal policy, Augustana College defines a credit hour as the amount of work represented in the achievement of learning outcomes (verified by evidence of student achievement) that reasonably approximates one hour (50 minutes) of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work.

This is a 3 credit course with 3 x 75 minutes class meetings plus a single 2 hour lab per week. It is designed to have class time, lab time, learning opportunities and activities totaling approximately 130 hours over the 10 weeks of the course. This estimate is for the typical undergraduate student. Estimates of the time required to complete activities related to the course are:

    Hours
In class activities: (3 days x 75 minutes x 10 weeks)   37.5
Lab meetings: (2 hours x 10 weeks)   20
Required readings: (15 chapters x 2 hours each)   30
8 lab reports (8 x 2 hours each)   16
Practice problems (2 hours X 10 weeks)   20
Preparation for final project and oral presentation   10
Total   133.5

Listed below are the requirements for students in and out of class to be in compliance with our credit hour policy. Times are listed in both hours (Table 1) and minutes (Table 2).

Table 1: Hours required in and out of class for compliance with Augustana Credit Hour Policy.

Credits Weeks Hours        
    Per week in class Per week out of class In class through term Out of class through term Total spent on course through term
1 10 1.2-1.32.7-3.3 2.7-3.3 12.2-12.5 26.7-33.3 38.9-45.8
2 10 2.4-2.5 5.3-6.7 24.4-25 53.3-66.7 77.8-91.7
3 10 3.7-3.8 8-10 36.7-37.5 80-100 116.7-137.5
1 5 2.5-2.5 5.3-6.7 12.2-12.5 26.7-33.3 38.9-45.8
2 5 4.9-5.0 10.7-13.3 24.4-25.0 53.3-66.7 77.8-91.7
3 5 7.3-7.5 16-20 36.7-37.5 80-100 116.7-137.5
1 3 4.1-4.2 8.9-11.1 12.2-12.5 26.7-33.3 38.9-45.8
2 3 8.1-8.3 17.8-22.2 24.4-25.0 53.3-66.7 77.8-91.7
3 3 12.2-12.5 26.7-33.3 36.7-37.5 80-100 116.7-137.5

Table 2: Minutes required in and out of class for compliance with Augustana Credit Hour Policy.

Credits Weeks Minutes        
    Per week in class Per week out of class In class through term Out of class through term Total spent on course through term
1 10 73-75 160-200 733-750 1600-2000 2333-2750
2 10 147-150 320-400 1467-1500 3200-4000 4667-5500
3 10 220-225 480-600 2200-2250 4800-6000 7000-8250
1 5 147-150 320-400 733-750 1600-2000 2333-2750
2 5 293-300 640-800 1467-1500 3200-4000 4667-5500
3 5 440-450 960-1200 2200-2250 4800-6000 7000-8250
1 3 244-250 533-667 733-750 1600-2000 2333-2750
2 3 489-500 1067-1333 1467-1500 3200-4000 4667-5500
3 3 733-750 1600-2000 2200-2250 4800-6000 7000-8250