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Credit Hour Definition

The definition of a credit hour at IU South Bend is consistent with the Carnegie Unit and is defined as one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week for approximately 15 weeks for one semester of credit or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.  In this context, an hour is defined as 50 minutes.

At IU South Bend, the standard 3 credit lecture class meets twice a week for 75 minutes per session on a Monday, Wednesday, or Tuesday, Thursday sequence. Following the ending of classes, a week is reserved each semester for final examinations. The 120 minute (2 hour) final examination period has been included in computing class contact minutes and number of meetings. Indiana University policy requires a minimum of 2000 minutes of instructional activity for a three credit lecture class.

Non-traditional delivery methods
For courses that meet online or through blended formats (blended courses have an in-person residency requirement that compliments the online instruction), one unit of academic credit shall be determined by what is judged by the appropriate faculty to be equivalent to a time commitment of three hours per week for an average student, or demonstration of competency, or demonstration of proficiency, or fulfillment of learning outcomes as judged by the appropriate faculty to be equivalent to a traditionally defined unit of credit.

Internships, Student Teaching, Independent Study or Service Learning
For internships, student teaching, independent study, or service learning one unit of credit is determined by the awarding academic unit and is commensurate by the hours involved and quality of the learning experience.

Special Credit
Special credit may be awarded to degree seeking IU South Bend students who possess by previous education or experience a background in a discipline represented by an IU South Bend program.  Credit may be awarded based on the student’s credentials, experience, or completion of an examination that documents proficiency in the subject area.  Each academic unit has policies that define how special credit hours are awarded.

Class Meetings Matrix

Standard Semester

At IUSB, the standard 3 credit lecture class meets twice a week for 75 minutes per session on a Monday, Wednesday, or Tuesday, Thursday sequence. Following the ending of classes, a week is reserved each semester for final examinations. The 120 minute (2 hour) final examination period has been included in computing class contact minutes and number of meetings. Indiana University policy requires a minimum of 2000 minutes of instructional activity for a three credit lecture class.

Meetings Per Week
Five
Four
Three
Two
One
Meetings Per Semester
72
58-59
44-45
30
15-16
2 Credit Hours
Total Contact minutes
     
50 minutes
8:30-9:20am
10:00-10:50am
11:30-12:20pm
1:00-1:50pm
2:30-3:20pm
4:00-4:50pm
5:30-6:20pm
6:55-7:45pm
8:20-9:10pm

1570
1 hour, 40 min.
8:30-10:10am
10:00-11:40am
11:30-1:10pm
1:00-2:40pm
2:30-4:10pm
4:00-5:40pm
5:30-7:10pm
6:55-8:35pm
8:20-10:00pm

1520-1620
3 Credit Hours
Total Contact minutes
   
50 minutes
8:30-9:20am
10:00-10:50am
11:30-12:20pm
1:00-1:50pm
2:30-3:20pm
4:00-4:50pm
5:30-6:20pm
6:55-7:45pm
8:20-9:10pm

2270-2320
1 hour, 15 min.
8:30-9:45am
10:00-11:15am
11:30-12:45pm
1:00-2:15pm
2:30-3:45pm
4:00-5:15pm
5:30-6:45pm
6:55-8:10pm
8:20-9:35pm

2295
2 hours, 30 min.
8:30-11:00am
10:00-12:30pm

1:00-3:30pm
2:30-5:00pm
4:00-6:30pm
5:30-8:00pm
6:55-9:25pm
8:20-10:50pm

2220-2370
5 Credit Hours
Total Contact minutes
45 minutes
8:30-9:15am
10:00-10:45am
11:30-12:15pm
1:00-1:45pm
2:30-3:15pm
4:00-4:45pm
5:30-6:15pm
6:55-7:40pm
8:20-9:05pm

3360
1 hour
8:30-9:30am
10:00-11:00am
11:30-12:30pm
1:00-2:00pm
2:30-3:30pm
4:00-5:00pm
5:30-6:30pm
6:55-7:55pm
8:20-9:20pm

3600-3660
1 hour, 20 min.
8:30-9:50am
10:00-11:20am
11:30-12:50pm
1:00-2:20pm
2:30-3:50pm
4:00-5:20pm
5:30-6:50pm
6:55-8:15pm
8:20-9:40pm

3560-3640
2 hours
8:30-10:30am
10:00-12:00am

1:00-3:00pm
2:30-4:30pm
4:00-6:00pm
5:30-7:30pm
6:55-8:55pm
8:20-10:20pm

3600
 

Six-Week Summer Sessions

Meetings Per Week
Five
Four
Three
Two
Meetings Per Session
30
24
18
12
2 Credit Hours
Total Contact minutes
50 minutes
9:00-9:50am
10:15-11:05am
1:00-1:50pm
3:15-4:05pm
5:30-6:20pm
7:40-8:30pm



1500
1 hour
9:00-10:00am
10:15-11:15am
1:00-2:00pm
3:15-4:15pm
5:30-6:30pm
7:40-8:40pm



1440
1 hour, 20 min.
8:30-9:50am
10:15-11:35am
1:00-2:20pm
3:15-4:35pm
5:30-6:50pm
7:40-9:00pm



1440

2 hours
8:00-10:00am
10:15-12:15pm
1:00-3:00pm
3:15-5:15pm
5:30-7:30pm
7:40-9:40pm



1440

3 Credit Hours
Total Contact minutes
1 hour, 10 min.
9:00-10:10am
10:15-11:25am
1:00-2:10pm
3:15-4:25pm
5:30-6:40pm
7:40-8:50pm



2100
1 hour, 30 min.
8:30-10:00am
10:15-11:45am
1:00-2:30pm
3:15-4:45pm
5:30-7:00pm
7:40-9:10pm



2160

2 hours
8:00-10:00am
10:15-12:15pm
1:00-3:00pm
3:15-5:15pm
5:30-7:30pm
7:40-9:40pm



2160

3 hours
9:00-12:00pm

1:00-4:00pm

5:30-8:30pm



2160

5 Credit Hours
Total Contact minutes

1 hour, 55 min.
8:00-9:55am
10:15-12:10pm
1:00-2:55pm
3:15-5:10pm
5:30-7:25pm
7:40-9:35pm



3450

2 hours, 25 min.
9:00-11:25

1:00-3:25pm

5:30-7:55pm



3480

3 hours, 15 min.
8:30-11:45am

1:00-4:15pm

5:30-8:45pm



3570


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