Arizona Board Of Regents (ABOR) Definition of a Unit of Credit

 
For the Chapter on Academic Policies go to:
Arizona Board of Regents Policy Manual Chapter 2 Section 2-224 Definition Unit of Credit
  

“A. Definition of a Unit of Credit

An hour of work is the equivalent of 50 minutes of classtime (often called a "contact hour") or 60 minutes of independent study work. A minimum of 45 hours of work by each student is required for each unit of credit. Ordinarily, a course must cover a 1-week period for every unit of credit given. During summer sessions, however, 6 units of credit may be given over a 5-week period.

1. At least 15 contact hours of recitation, lecture, discussion, testing or evaluation, seminar, or colloquium, as well as a minimum of 30 hours of student homework is required for each unit of credit;

2. Workshops must involve a minimum of 45 hours for each unit of credit, including a minimum of 15 contact hours, with the balance of the requirement in homework;

3. Studios must involve at least 30 contact hours and at least 15 hours of homework for each unit of credit;

4. Laboratory courses require a minimum of 45 contact hours per unit of credit;

5. Field trips will be counted hour-for-hour as laboratory meetings;

6. Each unit of internship or practicum must require a minimum of 45 clock hours of work; 

7. Music instruction and specialized types of music performance offerings must conform to the requirement for accreditation of the National Association of Schools of Music; and

8. Off-campus courses, regardless of mode of delivery, may be assigned credit based on competencies or learning outcomes that are acquired through coursework and are equivalent to those of students in a traditional classroom setting. An equivalent of 45 hours of work by each student is required for each unit of credit.”

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