The credit for each course must be indicated after the title in the course description. One credit is equivalent to one collegiate semester-hour credit. Each semester hour of credit given for a course is based on the "academic hour," which is 50 minutes of formalized, structured instructional time and a minimum of two hours of outside course work, in a particular course weekly for fifteen weeks. This is a total of 750 minutes of instruction. In addition to this instructional time, appropriate evaluation will be required. If this evaluation is a final examination, a minimum of one hour will be scheduled for each semester hour of credit generated by the course, not to exceed three academic hours (150 minutes). Credits may be assigned to the activities as follows:
a. Lecture – One academic hour of lecture (including lecture, seminar, discussion, or other similar activities) and a minimum of two hours of outside course work per week, generally for 15 weeks, plus the evaluation or examination period, equals one collegiate semester-hour credit.
b. Laboratory – Two to five academic hours, depending on the discipline, of laboratory, clinical training, supervised work experience, coordinated internship, or other similar activities per week, and a minimum of two hours of outside course work, generally for 15 weeks, plus the evaluation or examination period, equals one collegiate semester-hour credit.
c. Distance Learning – In the case of distance learning course offerings or hybrid courses that employ a mix of traditional contact hours and learning activities with students and faculty separated by time and place, the College will ensure that that content, competency coverage, and student outcomes are equivalent to those of traditional sections of the same class.
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