Defining Credit Hours

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Definition

See current academic catalog, "Academic Credit", just prior to course listings. UAS requires a minimum of 750 minutes of lecture for each credit, or twice that amount (1500 minutes) of lab to equal one credit and 4 times that for practicum or internship).
Lecture: Each one hour per week (full term) = one credit.
Lab: Each two hours per week (full term)lab = one credit.
Practicum or Iinternship: Each four hours per week (full term) = one credit.
  • This is a minimum and courses can go above this level, but not below it.
Credits are represented by C (A+B)
C= Credits
A=Lecture hours, B=Lab hours
D=Practicum or internship hours, if any: C (A+B+D).
A straight lecture class would be 1 (1+0) or 2 (2+0), etc.
A straight lab class would be 1 (0+2) or 2 (0+4), etc.
A straight practicum or internship class: 1 (0+0+4) or 2 (0+0+8), etc.
A combined lec/lab class can be any combination in whole numbers which follow the above rules. A few exceptions to the whole numbers are made for one-credit classes as 1 (.5+1).
Samples: 2 (1+2), 3 (2+2), 3 (1+4).

Calculating Credit Hours

There are two ways to calculate credit hours, depending on whether the class will run the full term, or is of shorter duration.
  • Full Term Classes: UAS semesters include 15 weeks of instruction. Simply use the numbers in parentheses as hours per week. A 3 cr (3+0) lecture needs to meet 3 hours per week as a lecture. A 3 cr (2+2) lec/lab needs to meet 2 hrs/wk as lecture plus 2 hrs/wk in lab.
  • Short-Term Classes: It can be easier to convert the 750 minutes to clock hours. Each 750 minutes is 12.5 full clock hours (750 / 60 =12.5); Use the numbers in parentheses as 12.5-hour increments overall. For example: A 3 cr (3+0) lecture needs to meet 37.5 clock hours as a lecture. A 3 cr (2+2) lec/lab needs to meet 25 clock hours as lecture plus 25 clock hours in lab.
The numbers in parentheses convert as follows:
1 = 12.5 hrs
2 = 25 hrs
3 = 37.5 hrs
4 = 50 hrs
Keep in mind a class must meet the total inside the parentheses

Credit Hour Calculation

Credit Hours
1 cred lec = 750 min or 12.5 clock hrs
1 cred lab = 1500 min or 25.0 clock hrs
(lec + lab) = academic credits
cr = hrs
1 = 12.5
2 = 25
3 = 37.5
4 = 50
5 = 62.5
6 = 75
Examples:
(2 + 0) = 2 cr 25 hrs
(0 + 2) = 1 cr 25 hrs
(2 + 2) = 3 cr 50 hrs

Distance-Only Courses

Courses offered only by distance can be calculated in accordance with the standard Carnegie unit of credit: Students are expected to put in two hours of outside effort for every one hour of class lecture.
A Distance version of a standard 3-credit lecture class of 37.5 hours, would expect student engagement of 37.5 hrs x3, or 112.5 hours.
Some distance course examples:
Lecture 3 credit (3+0) 37.5 + 0 = 112.5 hrs (37.5x3 + 0)
Lecture/Lab 3 credit (2+2) 75 + 75 = 150 total hrs (37.5x2 + 37.5x2)
Lecture/Lab 4 credit (3+2) 112.5 + 75 = 187.5 total hours (37.5x3 + 37.5x2)

Transfer Credit Hours

When dealing with transcripts from other colleges and universities with a quarter credit hour system instead of a semester credit hour system, for transfer between quarter hour credits and semester hour credits:
Semester to Quarter Hrs:
Semester hr x 1.5 = quarter hr.
1 semester hr = 1.5 quarter hr.
Quarter to Semester Hrs:
Quarter hr x .67 = semester hr.
1 quarter hr = .67 semester hr.

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