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Contact/Credit Hour Formula for Courses


A typical lecture course is a 3-hour course meeting 3 times per week for 15 weeks. Following the 15 weeks of instruction one week will be scheduled for final examinations.

The following formula for determining the number of credit hours to be awarded to various types of instruction was approved by the Senate on May 25, 1988:

Lecture/Discussion

One 50-minute period per week for 15 weeks is less than or equal to

1 semester credit hour

Laboratory, Practicum, Clinical Field, and Similar Experience

Two 50-minute periods per week for 15 weeks is less than or equal to

1 semester credit hour

Studio and Similar Experience

Three 50-minute periods per week for 15 weeks is less than or equal to

1 semester credit hour

On April 18th 1989, the UIC Senate approved a motion to allow a differential of up to one hour between credit and contact hours in 400- and 500-level semester courses. The motion leaves it to the judgement of individual units to determine whether a differential is educationally warranted. Note that not all academic units have chosen to grant differential credit in their courses. During the Senate debate, the chair of the Senate Committee on Educational Policy indicated that the intention of the Committee's motion was to apply to graduate students and programs only. For more information regarding differential credit, refer to the document Differential Contact/Credit Hour Formula.

Questions regarding contact and credit hours for courses may be directed to the Office of Programs and Academic Assessment at extension 3-3463.