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5.1.6.p.1. Procedure: Southeastern Technical College Credit Hours


Southeastern Technical College conforms to the commonly accepted practice in higher education for determining credit hour awards for courses and programs.


In accordance with federal requirements, a credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency. Southeastern Technical College differentiates between lecture based instruction and lab based instruction in its definition of a semester credit hour. The College defines a standard semester credit hour as 750 minutes of lecture based instruction in one term or one contact hour to one credit hour. Demonstration labs are defined as instruction which emphasizes teacher assisted learning activities. One semester credit hour for demonstration labs equals 1500 minutes or two contact hours of instruction. Practical labs are defined as instruction which emphasizes structured activities and requires application and practice of occupational competencies. One semester credit hour for practical labs equals 2250 minutes or three contact hours of instruction. All courses, regardless of the mode of instructional delivery, will follow these credit hour standards.


The faculty is responsible for the curriculum development and credit hours assigned to courses in each of the academic programs. Southeastern Technical College adheres to The Technical College System of Georgia Policy 5.1.6 and Procedure 5.1.6p, Structure of Associate Degree, Diploma, and Technical Certificate of Credit Programs. This procedure delineates the minimum/maximum number of semester credit hours allowed for each program.

Adopted: January 26, 2012
Reviewed: September 15, 2016; September 18, 2017; September 16, 2019;