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2014–2015 Undergraduate Catalog

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Academic Regulations and Policies

Contact Hours

Viterbo defines one credit hour as 750 minutes over 15 weeks. In addition, each credit of a course requires that students spend two hours of work outside of class per week.


Regardless of format, all sections are required to meet the required credit hour standards by any combination of instructional time and outside work. Outside work could include additional outside reading, group work, service projects, field work, clinical rotations, among other learning activities.


Laboratory periods, clinical, internships, and practicums vary in length depending upon the requirements of the course. Normally one credit hour equals no less than 30 actual clock hours.

Minimum class and outside work time are calculated according to the following formula.

[750 + 1800]  X  the number of credits of a course = 

the minimum number of minutes of instructional time and outside work required


For example: a three credit course requires a minimum of 7,650 total minutes.

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