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Radford University Credit Hour Policy

The number of credit hours awarded for all courses at Radford University is determined by the subject matter expert and reviewed and approved by departmental, college, and university-wide curriculum committees according to the following guidelines:               
       
A credit hour for a standard course is not less than three hours of student time on task each week throughout the course of a semester of approximately 15 weeks. For example, standard residential lecture courses typically include one hour of classroom-based or faculty- directed instruction and two hours of out-of-class student work.

Standard residential courses offered as distance education courses (hybrid or fully on-line) incorporate not less than three hours of student time on task per credit hour, though the ratio of faculty-directed instruction (synchronous or asynchronous) to out-of-class student work varies across different types of courses.  Distance-delivered courses must meet the same student learning outcomes and have comparable student assessments as the equivalent standard residential course.

Courses such as practica, internships, and independent studies, must include not less than three hours of student time on task per credit hour.      

A credit hour for laboratory work is not less than two hours of laboratory work each week throughout the course of a semester.