42-00 Acquisition of Credit


42-23 Types of Instruction

A course credit by instruction is defined as listed below for various types of educational experiences. In all cases, the course must be in the charge of a qualified member of the University's instructional staff, and formal evaluation of the student's achievement must be included in the course. The distribution of time between class activities and outside preparation varies from course to course; however, for the average student, a total of at least forty (40) hours of work planned and arranged by the University faculty is required to gain 1 credit.

  1. Lecture, Discussion, or Recitation. The distribution of time is usually one-third formal instruction and two-thirds outside preparation. Formal classes are normally scheduled for twelve and one half (12½) hours per credit.
  1. Laboratory. The distribution of time varies from twenty-five (25) to thirty-seven and one-half (37½) hours of laboratory instruction per credit with additional sufficient outside preparation.

  2. Undergraduate Theses, Projects, Honors Programs, and Field Trips. At least forty (40) hours of work are required per credit with varying amounts of individual instruction.

  3. Student Teaching and Internships. At least forty (40) hours of work are required per credit. Prior written approval of the appropriate University faculty is required for subsequent granting of credit.

  4. Workshops. At least forty (40) hours of work are required per credit.

  5. Individualized Instruction (e.g., Independent Learning courses and computer-aided instruction). At least forty (40) hours of work are required per credit, with varying amounts of individual instruction.

Revised: 2/4/75 (as Rule L-2)