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Review of Courses with Condensed Time Schedules

Courses are being re-packaged in new and interesting ways, during time periods outside of the traditional ten-week quarter or as summer experiences. At the same time, the CSU defines a credit hour as the amount of work that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for ten to twelve weeks for one quarter hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time (see Definition of a Credit Hour). Thus, no matter the mode, a one-unit course during a quarter translates to approximately 30 total hours of student work.

By this standard, it may prove difficult for students to attain the approved course learning objectives/outcomes if students are expected to work more than 10 hours in any given day. Therefore, any existing course or group of courses that in its new condensed format averages less than three days per unit must be approved by the appropriate college curriculum committee and the Academic Senate Curriculum Committee at least 60 days before it is offered.

Source: AS-838-17 Resolution on Review of Courses with Condensed Time Schedules

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