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    Description of Courses
    All courses in degree programs are offered on a regular basis. Some courses listed in this section are not required in degree programs and are not offered on a regular basis. Students should check with the Counselors concerning all courses in their degree programs.

    Course Numbers
    Courses numbered 01-09 are generally courses for developmental studies. The credits earned in these courses are not applicable toward associate degree programs; however, upon approval of the Vice-President of Instruction and Student Services, some developmental courses may provide credit applicable to basic occupational certificate programs. Students may reregister for these courses in subsequent semesters as necessary until the course objectives are completed.

    Courses numbered 10-99 are generally courses for certificate programs. The credits earned in these courses are applicable toward certificate programs but are not applicable toward an associate degree.

    Courses numbered 100-199 are generally freshmen courses applicable toward associate degree and/or certificate programs.

    Courses numbered 200-299 are generally sophomore courses applicable toward associate degree and/or certificate programs.

    Course Credits
    The credit for each course is indicated after the title in the course description. One credit is equivalent to one collegiate semester hour credit.

    Course Hours
    Each semester hour of credit given for a course is based on approximately one academic hour (50 minutes) of formalized, structured instructional time in a particular course for fifteen weeks. This may consist of lectures, out-of-class study, laboratory and shop study, or combinations thereof as follows:

    1. One hour of lecture (including lecture, seminar, discussion or other similar experiences) per week for 15 weeks plus an examination period = 1 collegiate semester-hour credit.
    2. Two or three hours, depending on the academic discipline, of laboratory (including laboratory, shop, clinical training, supervised work experience, coordinated internship, or other similar experiences) per week for 15 weeks plus an examination period (1 hour) = 1 collegiate semester-hour credit.
    3. One to five credits with variable hours for the general usage courses: Coordinated Internship, Cooperative Education, Seminar and Project, and Supervised Study (see SDV section).

    The number of lecture hours in class each week (including lecture, seminar and discussion hours) and/or the number of laboratory hours in class each week (including laboratory, shop, supervised practice, and cooperative work experiences) are indicated for each course in the course description. The number of lecture and laboratory hours in class each week are also called “contact” hours because they represent time spent under direct supervision of a faculty member. In addition to the lecture and laboratory hours in class each week, as listed in the course description, each student also must spend some time on out-of-class assignments under his/her own direction. Usually each credit per course requires an average of three hours of in-class and out-of-class study each week.

    Course Prerequisites
    If any prerequisites are required before enrolling in a course, these prerequisites will be identified in the course description. Courses in special sequences (usually identified by the numerals I-II-III) require that prior courses or their equivalent be completed before enrolling in the advanced courses in the sequence. When corequisites are required for a course, usually the corequisites must be taken at the same time. The prerequisites or their equivalent must be completed satisfactorily before enrolling in a course unless special permission is obtained from the chairperson of the appropriate instructional division and the instructor.

    General Usage Courses
    Note: The following “General Usage Courses” apply to multiple curricula and all prefix sections. The titles and descriptions are generally applicable for such use. However, colleges may elect to substitute different, but essentially equivalent, titles (e.g. Field Experiences in lieu of Coordinated Internship) to satisfy the preferences of respective professional fields or disciplines. Similarly, the course description may be reconstructed for adaptation to appropriate context or to a more specialized applicability (e.g. health agencies/facilities or hospitals in lieu of business, industrial and service firms).

    General usage courses may be repeated for credit and may include lecture, laboratory, out-of-class study, or a combination thereof.

    A “Topics in” course is intended to cover topics of an evolving nature or of short-term importance in the discipline. The course shall be approved by the academic vice-president or designee for a period up to two years. The vice-president may approve an extension of another two-year period, after which the course must be approved under the appropriate discipline according to VCCS processes for adding new courses to the Master Course File.

    A “Studies in” course is intended as an experimental course to test its viability as a permanent offering. Each offering of the course must be approved by the academic vice-president or designee. An experimental course may be offered twice, after which the course must be approved under the appropriate discipline according to VCCS processes for adding new courses to the Master Course File.

    Coordinated Practice In: (Course Prefix) 90, 190, 290 (1-5 credits.)
    Includes supervised practice in selected health agencies coordinated by the College. Credit/Practice ratio maximum 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours per week.

    Studies In: (Course Prefix) 93, 193, 293 (1-5 credits.)
    Covers new content not covered in existing courses in the discipline. Allows instructor to explore content and instructional methods to assess the course’s viability as a permanent offering. Variable hours per week.

    Topics In: (Course Prefix) 95, 195, 295 (1-5 credits.)
    Provides an opportunity to explore topic areas of an evolving nature or of short-term importance in the discipline. May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours per week.

    On Site Training In: (Course Prefix) 96, 196, 296 (1-5 credits)
    Offers opportunities for career orientation and training without pay in selected businesses and industry. Supervised and coordinated by the College. Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours per week.

    Cooperative Education In: (Course Prefix) 97, 197, 297 (1-5 credits.)
    Provides on-the-job training for pay in approved business, industrial and service firms. Applies to all occupational-technical curricula at the discretion of the College. Credit/work Ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours per week.

    Seminar and Project In: (Course Prefix) 98, 198, 298 (1-5 credits)
    Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student’s occupational objective and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours per week.

    Supervised Study In: (Course Prefix) 99, 199, 299 (1-5 credits)
    Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours per week.

    Last updated: 3/4/2013 3:42:52 PM