Credit Hour Policy Statement
Choose the description that aligns most appropriately with the course and place it directly under the course description near the top of the syllabus. Courses that exceed the minimum requirements listed below may have their description tailored to accurately reflect the requirements of the course. You may find that more than one of the description statements fits your course. If so, feel free to include both.
Lecture, Lecture with Laboratory, Seminar, or Discussion
The course is a face-to-face format course that meets one 50-minute session per week per credit hour with a minimum of two hours of out-of-class work per week per credit hour for an approximate 15-week semester, or its equivalent. The lecture with laboratory course includes a laboratory session that meets for a minimum of one 75-minute session per week per additional credit hour, or its equivalent, with a minimum of one hour of out-of-classroom preparation per week.
Supervised Group Activity
The course is a workshop, group studio, ensemble, or field experience under direct supervision of a faculty member. Workshop, group studio, and ensemble courses meet a minimum of one 50-minute session per week per credit hour over an approximate 15-week semester. Field work and travel courses involve experiential learning in a professional setting under direct supervision of faculty/fieldwork educators. The minimum contact time per credit hour for fieldwork or travel courses is 40 hours per semester.
Diverse Modality Course
The course is delivered through distance, online, or a hybrid combination. Certified distance-learning faculty identify the amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes of the course and verify student achievement of the learning outcomes. Student engagement may include seated or online seminars or small-group video meetings, independent work, threaded discussions, and meeting with faculty in lieu of specified class time.
Supervised Individual Activity
The course is an Independent Study or Directed Study as defined by USF academic policies. One credit hour is awarded for a minimum one 50-minute session of student academic activity per week over an approximate 15-week semester, or its equivalent.
Full-time Independent Study
In this course, the student’s academic activity is essentially full-time (student teaching, practicums, internships, etc.). The minimum number of hours a student must complete for each hour of academic credit is 40 hours or as stipulated by specialized accrediting agency requirements.
Credit hours may be earned in short sessions (accelerated, summer sessions, interim, etc.) proportionately to those earned for the equivalent academic-related activity during a regular term of the university, normally at no more than one credit hour per week of full-time study.