Answered By: Jason Steidl
Last Updated: Jun 10, 2016     Views: 210

It's hard to determine the exact amount of time it takes to complete course work since each student brings a different background of knowledge to each assignment. Typically, students can expect each semester credit to equal about 42 hours of total student work per course, and each quarter credit to equal about 28 hours of total student work per course.

For example, a student taking a 5-credit, quarter-based course that runs 11 weeks should expect to spend at least 13 hours on course work each week. A semester-based student taking a 3-credit course that runs 8 weeks should expect to spend at least 15 hours on course work each week.

This time requirement represents an approximate average for undergraduate work and the minimum expectations for graduate work. The number and kind of activities estimated to fulfill time requirements will vary by degree level and student learning style, and by student familiarity with the delivery method and course content.

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