Rutgers SHP - Policies


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Responsible Executive : Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Responsible Office : Office of Education
Adopted : 4/05 Amended : 5/06, 12/09 Last Reviewed : 03/23/2010

I. Purpose
This policy establishes guidelines regarding the assignment of credit equivalency.
II. Accountability
The faculty and the program director under the direction of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs have responsibility for this policy.
III. Definition

Classroom Instruction: Those strategies designed primarily to impart or develop cognitive and/or affective knowledge and skills to a group of learners. Formats include, but are not limited to thefollowing: lecture, case study, conference or discussion group seminar, and web based instructional activities, and other applications of distance learning technology.

Laboratory Instruction: Those strategies designed primarily to develop and/or evaluate performance-related skills under controlled or simulated conditions. Formats include, but are not limited to, the following: demonstration, applied practice, experimentation and pre-clinical process or product-oriented assessment, computer-based laboratory and web-based or computer-based instructional activities.

Clinical/Practicum Instruction: Those strategies designed primarily to develop, refine, expand and/or verify students' proficiency in actual work settings. Formats include, but are not limited to, the following: structured observation, demonstration, supervised practice, guided work experience, and process or product oriented assessment of service delivery.

Independent Study: Those strategies designed primarily to develop, refine, expand and/or verify students' proficiency in self-directed, independent study activities as supervised by and contracted with an advisor.

Web Based Instruction: Those strategies designed to impart or develop cognitive and/or affective knowledge and skills to groups of learners in remote settings via exclusive use of Internet- based communication and collaboration tools.

Web-Enhanced Instruction: Web-enhanced instruction is not a separate category of instruction. Instead, it represents the use of Web resources and/or Internet communication and collaboration tools to enhance a traditional class, laboratory, clinical practicum or independent study course. Examples range from simply providing e-mail addresses to facilitate communication or Web links as supplemental resources, to more complex applications such as online testing, group discussion and Web-based presentations, assignments or grading.

Graduate Research: Formally proposed and approved scientific inquiry conducted by graduate students that is designed to develop or advance knowledge and is conducted over two or more semesters under the guidance of a research advisor and/or faculty committee. To account for different methods, approaches and scope, variable credits should be available, and/or the options for continuation credits.

(Faculty should consult the CCCR Handbook on the portal for further information.)

IV. Policy

Credit assigned to courses in the SHRP-School of Health Professions shall be based on the average amount of student learning activity required to fulfill the course objectives. Student activities include but are not limited to the following: class/lecture attendance; assigned readings; individual or group homework, assignments, papers, report or project preparation and submission; examination preparation; field trips; required online group discussions, laboratory and/or clinic/practicum/internship hours, independent study activities, and graduate research.

The following guidelines are the minimum that apply for ONE CREDIT equivalency in a 15 week semester:

Table 2 - Credit Equivalence by Mode of Instruction
Mode of Instruction Instructional Hours Course Related Activity Total Hours/Credit
Classroom 12.5 30 42.5
Laboratory 30-45 *


Clincal/Practicum 45-90 * 45-90
Independent Study * 30-45 30-45
Web-Based 12.5 30 42.5
Graduate Research * 45-90 45-90
* Credit for instructional hours or other course-related activity used in these modes will be computed at 1 credit per 45 hours of average learning activity per semester

As per the State of New Jersey Commission on Higher Education revised licensure rules for credit equivalency (March 2003) (N.J.A.C. 9A:1-1.2): this standard translates into 12.5 hours per credit of instructional activity complemented by at least two hours each week of lab or outside assignments. For course approval, the proposed credit hours must be no less than 0.3 credits below and, in general, not more than 0.5 credits above the calculated credit value.

     Amended: 5/06, 12/09