Dec 11, 2018  
2018-2019 University Catalogue 
    
2018-2019 University Catalogue

Credit Hour Definition & Methods of Instruction


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Credit Hour Definition

Credit-to-contact ratios listed below are the minimum University standards. Some programs may require more to fulfill accreditation, certification, or other requirements.

The University awards credits in semester credit hours. Fall and spring semesters are 15 weeks in length. Courses scheduled over a period of time other than a semester reflect proportionate instructional hours within the academic term. Critiques, juries, and examinations are considered instructional time.

The University adheres to the U.S. Department of Education definition of a “credit hour,” as required by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which is defined as:

Except as provided in 34 CFR 668.8(k) and (l)1, a credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than:

  1. One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of classroom student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or
  2. At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.

The University approximates class time using the Carnegie unit equivalent of 1 hour = 50 minutes or the equivalent of 50 minutes of classroom instruction. This policy applies equally to courses of varying credits, duration, and methods of instruction. All methods of instruction provide appropriate credit hour equivalencies to classroom instruction, as specified.

This policy applies to all academic levels and all modes of instruction at the University. Student learning outcomes for courses and academic programs are to be uniformly satisfied regardless of the mode of instruction.

Periodic Review

As part of the approval process for new courses or course revisions, credit hours are reviewed by the Office of the Registrar.

Compliance Responsibility

The academic unit offering a course is responsible for ensuring that scheduling is consistent with the credit hour definitions for the instruction method of the course.

Distance Learning

Approved courses may take place when the instructor and students are separated by location and/or time, but are able to communicate through the use of technology such as videoconferencing and the Internet. The exchange between instructor and students may be synchronous or asynchronous and may be a hybrid delivery, whereby a specific percentage of in-class activities are required.

Credit hours are determined as the equivalent amount of instruction and student effort leading to equivalent learning outcomes as required for the on-campus instructional methods as defined.

Student Preparation Time

This is any activity by student to prepare for engagement in and assessment of the course. Activities include reading, researching & writing for papers, developing projects, practicing techniques & skills, and other activities that engage the students in learning the material.

Methods of Instruction

Method Description Credit Hour Definition
Independent Study Self-directed study on a topic not substantially covered in a regularized course in the catalogue. Requires intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.
  • One credit hour represents a total of 3.0 - 4.0 hours per week during the standard 15 week semester of supervised and/or independent practice. 
  • One credit hour represents a total 45-60 hours of supervised and/or independent practice.
Internship Supervised career-related experience conducted in a work environment outside of the traditional academic setting.
  • One credit hour represents a total of 3.0 - 4.0 hours per week during the standard 15 week semester of supervised and/or independent practice.
  • One credit hour represents a total of 45-60 hours of supervised and/or independent practice.
Lecture A course in which the primary emphasis is on transmitting a body of knowledge, explaining ideas or principles, and/or modeling skills. In some courses, students may be expected to participate in classroom activities by means appropriate to the subject matter, such as discussion, performance, skill development, et cetera.
  • One credit hour represents a total of 3.0 hours per week during the standard 15 week semester, which includes 1 hour per week of scheduled class time and 2 hours of student preparation time.
  • One credit hour represents a total of 45 hours, which includes 15 hours of scheduled class time and 30 hours of student preparation time.
Private Lesson Individualized instruction typically in the study of the performing arts.
  • One credit hour represents a total of 3.0 hours per week during the standard 15 week semester, which includes ⅓ hours per week of direct faculty instruction and 2 ⅔ hours of student preparation time. 
  • One credit hour represents a total of 45 hours, which includes 5 hours of direct faculty instruction and 40 hours of student preparation time.
Studio A course with primary emphasis on student activity leading to skill development and the enhancement of the student’s design or performance ability and/or artistic growth. Evaluation of individual learning may include public display of proficiency and/or evaluation by faculty other than the student’s instructor.
  • One credit hour represents a total of 3.0 hours per week during the standard 15 week semester, which includes 1.5 - 2.0 hours per week of scheduled class time; the remaining time is student preparation time.
  • One credit hour represents a total of 45 hours, which includes 22.5 - 30 hours of scheduled class time; the remaining time is student preparation time.