Credit Hour Calculation

Statement of Policy

A credit hour (based on the Carnegie Unit) is defined as a minimum of 3 hours of student engagement per week for a 15 week course or a minimum of 6 hours for an 8 week course.

Engagement includes student activities such as discussion, reading, study time, and assignments.

Therefore, a student is expected to spend approximately 9 hours or more per week on a 3-credit, 15 week course (18 hours for per week or more for a 3-credit, 8 week course).

Students preparing for 3-credit exams are expected to spend approximately 135 hours or more in preparation.

To earn credit, students must demonstrate competency in the defined learning outcomes.


When designing examinations and courses faculty should use the above definition as a guideline to the minimum number of hours of student engagement.