TAILIEUCHUNG - SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS GUIDELINES

Credit hour is the unit by which an institution measures its course work. The number of credit hours assigned to a course quantitatively reflects the outcomes expected, the mode of instruction, the amount of time spent in class, and the amount of outside preparatory work expected for the class. Considerable variation exists from institution to institution and within a given institution. A semester credit hour is the most commonly used system of measuring course work and is usually based on at least a 14-17 week Further, a class hour varies from 45 to 60 minutes in various institutions. Many of the definitions refer to weekly student class. | SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS GUIDELINES Introduction Credit hour is the unit by which an institution measures its course work. The number of credit hours assigned to a course quantitatively reflects the outcomes expected the mode of instruction the amount of time spent in class and the amount of outside preparatory work expected for the class. Considerable variation exists from institution to institution and within a given institution. A semester credit hour is the most commonly used system of measuring course work and is usually based on at least a 14-17 week Further a class hour varies from 45 to 60 minutes in various institutions. Many of the definitions refer to weekly student class hours WSCH . Most faculties adopt a consistent measure within guidelines for their institution s course offerings. These consistencies have made it possible for accrediting groups to compare programs at multiple institutions. They make the handling of transfer credit from institution to institution reasonably systematic. They make it possible that institutions can issue transcripts that follow commonly accepted practices and accurately reflect a student s academic experience as required by Criterion 5 of the North Central Association s Criteria for Accreditation Adopted February 2001 . Further prospective students can make meaningful comparisons between institutions and academic programs. Additionally federal and state reporting requirements can be analyzed achieved and communicated. Using the 16-week semester the semester credit hour and the 50-minute class hour Purdue University course offerings are measured under the following guidelines. Credit Guidelines One semester credit hour is assigned in the following ratio of component hours per week devoted to the course of study 1 Ashford Brenda AACRAO . 2000-2001 Academic Calendars Study Analytical Profiles of Calendar Use and Conversions . NON-LABORATORY CLASS INSTRUCTION 2 Lecture Recitation - Normally one credit hour is .