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Definition of Credit Hour: Policy 3B.6


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A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement.

It is defined as one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or at least an equivalent amount of work for other academic activities as established by the college including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.

Student Credit hours and contact hours presented within this policy are a representative of student workloads to achieve desired learning outcomes and are not necessarily representative of workload or pay provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and Minnesota State College Faculty.  All provisions regarding workload and pay for faculty based upon credits or contact hours are defined by the collective bargaining agreement and not this policy.

The following departments define a lab credit hour and a clinical or internship credit hour as outlined in the table below:

CR: Credit Hour   CH: Contact Hour   LEC: Lecture    LAB: Lab

Department

Number of lab hours per credit

Number of clinical hours per credit

HPER

2 lab hours = 1 credit

3 lab hours = 2 credits

 

N/A

Integrative Health

N/A

3

Physical Therapist Assistant

2

3

Pharmacy Technician

2

3

Nursing

2

3

Science Departments

DEPT

DEPT#

TITLE

LECTURE HOURS

LAB HOURS

CREDITS RECEIVED

TOTAL CONTACT HOURS

BIOL

1100

Unifying Concepts in Biology

3

3

4

6

BIOL

1103

Environmental Science LAB

 

3

1

3

BIOL

1106

Principles of Biology I

3

3

4

6

BIOL

1107

Principles of Biology II

3

3

4

6

BIOL

1110

Field Biology

2

3

3

5

BIOL

2113

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

3

3

4

6

BIOL

2114

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

3

3

4

6

BIOL

2201

Microbiology

3

3

4

6

BIOL

2202

Genetics

3

3

4

6

BIOL

2206

Animal Biology

3

3

4

6

BIOL

2207

Plant Biology

3

3

4

6

BIOL

2208

Cell Biology

3

3

4

6

BIOL

2209

General Ecology

3

3

4

6

DEPT

DEPT#

TITLE

LECTURE HOURS

LAB HOURS

CREDITS RECEIVED

TOTAL CONTACT HOURS

CHEM

1020

Interpretive Chemistry

3

2

4

5

CHEM

1061

Principles of Chemistry I

3

3

4

6

CHEM

1062

Principles of Chemistry II

3

3

4

6

CHEM

2061

Organic Chemistry I

4

4

5

8

CHEM

2062

Organic Chemistry II

4

4

5

8

 

 

 

 

DEPT

DEPT#

TITLE

LECTURE HOURS

LAB HOURS

CREDITS RECEIVED

TOTAL CONTACT HOURS

CSCI

1101

Introduction to Computer Science and Problem Solving

2

1

3

3

CSCI

1106

Fundamentals of Computer Science I

3

1

4

4

CSCI

1107

Fundamentals of Computer Science II

3

1

4

4

CSCI

2253

Assembly Language Programming

3

1

4

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPT

DEPT#

TITLE

LECTURE HOURS

LAB HOURS

CREDITS RECEIVED

TOTAL CONTACT HOURS

ENGR

2218

Digital Logic

3

3

4

6

ENGR

2219

Linear Circuits I

3

3

4

6

ENGR

2220

Linear Circuits II

3

3

4

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPT

DEPT#

TITLE

LECTURE HOURS

LAB HOURS

CREDITS RECEIVED

TOTAL CONTACT HOURS

NATS

1005

Meteorology

3

2

4

5

NATS

1003

Geology

3

2

4

5

 

DEPT

DEPT#

TITLE

LECTURE HOURS

LAB HOURS

CREDITS RECEIVED

TOTAL CONTACT HOURS

PHYS

1007

Elementary Physics

3

2

4

5

PHYS

1317

General Physics I

4

2

5

6

PHYS

1318

General Physics II

4

2

5

6

PHYS

1327

College Physics I

5

3

6

8

PHYS

1328

College Physics II

5

3

6

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPT

DEPT#

TITLE

LECTURE HOURS

LAB HOURS

CREDITS RECEIVED

TOTAL CONTACT HOURS

PTAC

1020

Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Kinesiology for the PTA

3

2

4

5

History:
05/2013 Adopted.

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