Credit Hour Workload Calculation

What is a Credit Hour?

AIC uses the industry-standard Carnegie Unit to define credit hours for both traditional and distance courses.

Each credit hour corresponds to a minimum of 3 hours of student engagement per week for a traditional 14-week course or 6 hours per week for a 7-week course. This time may be spent on discussions, readings and lectures, study and research, and assignments.

Most courses at AIC are three credit hours.

Credits to be earned Hours per week,
7-week course
Hours per week,
8-week course
Hours per week,
14-week course

1 credit

6 hours 5 hours 3 hours
3 credits 18 hours 16 hours 9 hours
6 credits 36 hours 32 hours 18 hours
12 credits 72 hours 63 hours

36 hours

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