Courses offered under the early semester calendar at the University of Puget Sound are computed in units of credit. In order to receive the baccalaureate degree from University of Puget Sound, a student must earn a minimum of 32 units. For purposes of transferring credit, one unit is equivalent to six quarter hours or four semester hours. Courses are approved by the faculty Curriculum Committee on the basis of a unit offered over a 15 week semester.
Guidelines for course scheduling define time frames within the 15 week semester:
Faculty expectations are that students will devote a minimum of 10 hours per week to a one-unit course, inclusive of time in class and outside of class, for each week of the 15-week semester. Examples of activities considered in the calculation of out-of-class time include, but are not limited to, time spent reading, studying, preparing for class, attending performances, lectures, or presentations related to the course, attending laboratory, studio, or rehearsal sessions, discussing the material with other students, or completing course-related assignments.
The Curriculum Committee, a standing committee of the Faculty Senate, reviews curriculum on a five-year cycle inclusive of new or revised course offerings. Course Proposal Forms include affirmation of anticipated course hour expectations, Course Revision Forms include a check on in-class and out-of-class hours per week, and the Department and Program Curriculum Review self-study questions ask for affirmation of course hour expectations and explanation of any departures from this policy.
Academic Standards Committee approved February 27, 2013; Curriculum Committee approved March 7, 2013; Faculty Senate approved March 11, 2013.