Credit Hour Definition
The semester credit hour is the basic unit of academic credit granted by Duquesne University. It reflects the Carnegie unit which has served as the traditional unit of measure in higher education. One semester credit is equivalent to one hour (50 minutes) of faculty instruction time per week for 15 weeks (for a total of no less than 750 minutes or 12.5 hours per credit hour), and a minimum of two hours of student preparation time outside of the classroom each week per credit hour. An equivalent amount of work is required for lectures, laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours. Departments may determine contact time over the minimum requirements as needed.
The measure of this instructional contact time may be adjusted to reflect different formats of study or lengths of academic sessions. These adjustments are reflective of the intended student outcomes and established equivalencies of the semester credit hour set by Duquesne University and reasonably reflect the requirements established by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in its "Credit Hour Policy" dated October 30, 2012 and the U.S. Department of Education definition of "credit hour."