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Credit Hour Policy

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:

In class activities: (3 days x 75 minutes x 10 weeks)

37.5 hours

Required Readings: (15 chapters readings x 3 hours each)

45 hours

20 Journal entries (20 x 1 hour each)

20 hours

Group projects (2 x 4 hours each)

8 hours

Preparation for final project and oral presentation

20 hours

Total

130.5 hours

 

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:

In class activities: (3 days x 75 minutes x 10 weeks)

37.5 hours

Lab meetings: (2 hours x 10 weeks)

20 hours

Required Readings: (15 chapters readings x 2 hours each)

30 hours

8 lab reports (8 x 2 hours each)

16 hours

Practice problems (2 hours X 10 weeks)

20 hours

Preparation for final project and oral presentation

10 hours

Total

133.5 hours

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

Hours per week out of class

Hours in class throughout term

Total hours out of class throughout term

Total hours spent on course throughout term

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

10

1.2-1.3

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

24.4-25.0

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

2.4-2.5

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

Minutes per week out of class

Minutes in class throughout term

Total minutes out of class throughout term

Total minutes spent on course throughout 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