Course Resources and Policies
Below are links to policies in the General Catalog and other resources that can be helpful to faculty and departments when creating new courses. Below are only the policies most often asked for; a full list of policies can be found in the General Catalog.
Contact HoursClick or enter to reveal information below
The number of required contact hours per unit earned is defined by the Arizona Board of Regents and the University of Arizona. To earn one unit of credit, a student must complete 45 hours of work. One hour is defined as either 50 minutes of in-class time or 60 minutes of independent work. The breakdown of in-class contact hours and student homework hours depends on the course format:
|Course Type||Hours Required per Unit|
Recitation, Lecture, Discussion, Seminar, or Colloquium
At least 15 contact hours, as well as a minimum of 30 hours of student homework.
|Workshop||At least 15-45 contact hours, and the appropriate number of homework hours to comprise a total of at least 45 hours of work.|
|Studio||At least 30 contact hours and at least 15 hours of homework.|
|Laboratory and Field Trips||At least 45 contact hours.|
|Preceptorship, Internship, Practicum, or Independent Study||At least 45 hours of work.|
Since it would be impossible for a student to properly complete 45 hours of work in less than one week, a course must cover at least one week for each unit of credit given. During the summer session only, 6 units of credit may be given over five weeks.
When the official university calendar differs from these guidelines, the calendar prevails.
The hour requirements listed above are minimums for average students. Deviation in excess of these hours may occur, mostly at the graduate level.
Grades and the Grading SystemClick or enter to reveal information below
Most undergraduate and graduate courses are offered for ABCDE grades. The SPCDE and SPF grade types are used mostly for small group courses and individual studies courses. Details on all Grades and the Grading System and details on grading for House Numbered Courses can be found in the General Catalog.
House Numbered CoursesClick or enter to reveal information below
House Numbered Courses are defined as small group courses or individual studies courses:
- Case Studies
- Directed Research
- Independent Study
- Master's Recital and Doctoral Recital
- Master's Report
- Senior Capstone
Catalog numbers, course descriptions, units of credit, and grading bases for each course type are defined to be the same campuswide, although there is room for departments to create courses with content-specific course descriptions, when needed, for small group courses. Details for House Numbered Courses can be found in the General Catalog.
Learning OutcomesClick or enter to reveal information below
Learning Outcomes are statements that describe how students will demonstrate the knowledge, abilities, or perspectives that you intend for them to gain in the course. This is an example of a well written Learning Outcome: Students will describe and apply basic cell biology information to solve genetics problems. In this example, it is clear what the students will do to demonstrate their knowledge. It is also clear what the desired ability is: solving genetics problems. Most courses have several Learning Outcomes that describe what the instructor values as products of the learning experiences in the course.
Course Syllabus PoliciesClick or enter to reveal information below
In order to be added to the Course Catalog, all new courses must include a syllabus for review in the Course Management process.
- The policy on Undergraduate Course Syllabi can be found in the General Catalog. This page also includes a template for instructors to start with when creating syllabi for new courses.
- The policy on Graduate Course Syllabi can be found in the General Catalog.
- There is no campus wide policy for the Law, Pharmacy, or Medical careers. Departments should follow guidance from their college when creating syllabi for new courses in these careers.