2.3 Definition of Credit Hour

East Central College measures units of coursework by the semester credit hour. The semester credit hour is a recognized unit for college credit coursework and is used to determine degree requirements and course equivalency in transfer.


2.3.1 Traditional Coursework

For a traditional face-to-face lecture course, the Carnegie unit and state regulation have been used to determine a semester credit hour value (i.e. a minimum of 750 minutes of instruction or “seat time” per credit hour per semester period). For non-lecture courses (i.e. science laboratories, studio coursework, career technical courses, music activities) additional instructional time per credit hour is necessary to achieve the College’s learning objectives determined for the course or instructional activity.

2.3.2 Distance/Web-Based/Hybrid Learning

For the College’s distance learning courses (i.e. online and hybrid), the credit hour value is based on the learning objectives determined in the traditional model of the coursework. Students would, therefore, be required to spend comparable amounts of time to achieve the desired learning objectives. To earn the credit hour value assigned to the course, students must demonstrate achievement of the course-based learning objectives at a satisfactory level.

(Adopted 7-12-2010)