Definition of a Credit Hour Policy

Definition of a Credit Hour Policy

Methodist University defines a credit hour according to federal guidelines, along with generally accepted practices in higher education.  This definition applies equally at the undergraduate and graduate level.  A credit hour is the amount of academic work represented by:

  1. A traditional face-to-face class, not less than one contact hour (50 minutes) of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work, including but not limited to reading, studying, conducting research, writing, performance practicing, rehearsals, and other learning activities each week for approximately 15 weeks of instruction for one semester or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.  The total amount of face-to-face contact required for one credit hour is 750 minutes.
  2. At least an equivalent amount of work as required outlined in item 1 above for other academic activities as established by the institution including distance education, laboratory work, directed and independent study, internships, practica, student teaching, clinical rotations, physical education, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours. 

Regardless of method of instructional delivery, faculty who teach blended or online classes have identical learning outcomes and content established for a face-to-face course and then reformat the content for online delivery and assessment of student learning.  The faculty are responsible for ensuring that the expected quantity of student learning relative to credit hours is achieved.

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