Semester Credit Hour
The semester credit hour is the basic unit of credit awarded at NCAD. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement.
A semester credit hour varies according to the content of the course. One semester credit hour of academic credit is given for at least 15 hours of classroom contact, at least 30 hours of supervised laboratory time, at least 30 hours of documented independent study activities, or at least 45 hours of internship experience.
Students will typically be expected to spend two hours in preparation outside of class for each hour of lecture. Additional outside work may be required for specific technical/ occupational classes.
Clock Hour Definition
One “clock hour” is defined as a period of one hour comprising no less than 50 minutes of class time with a 10 minute break.