glossary

Semester Hour

The credit or semester hour value assigned to the course. The unit by which course work is measured. Credit value is either fixed or variable.

Semester hour is based on a 50-minute hour. If “class hour” is defined here to mean 50-minutes, then in a traditional lecture-taught class, 1 semester hour of credit represents one (50-minute) “class hour” of instruction per week over a 15-week period in a semester. Thus, a lecture class offered for 3 semester hours of credit meets three “class hours” per week over a 15-week period, or 45 50-minute sessions (if scheduled to meet three times a week: MWF, for example), or 30 75-minute sessions (if scheduled to meet twice a week: TR for example), over a period of 75 instructional days (excluding weekends and holidays).

Generally, for laboratory classes, a lab offered for 1 semester hour of credit meets three “class hours” per week over a 15-week period in a semester, or 15 150-minute sessions (if scheduled to meet once a week), or 30 75-minute sessions (if scheduled to meet twice a week), over a period of 75 instructional days (excluding weekends and holidays). Includes equivalent values for cooperative education classes, where 5 students = 1 semester hour.