Tuesday, August 16, 2016

What is One Year in Academia (2)?

Which an Academic Year?
  • 8 Classes (More Common in Public Universities)
    • 24 Semester Hours (3 Semester Hours per Light Class)
      • (Arts) 3 Semester Hours Lecture
      • (Light Science) 2 Semester Hours Lecture AND 1 Semester Hour Lab
      • (Hard Science - Separate Laboratory) 1 Semester Hour Discussion AND 2 Semester Hour Lab
        • Combined with (Hard Science - Separate Lecture) 3 Semester Hour Lecture
    • 32 Semester Hours (4 Semester Hours per Heavy Class)
      • (Medium Science) 3 Semester Hours Lecture AND 1 Semester Hour Lab OR
      • (Heavy Science) 2 Semester Hours Lecture AND 2 Semester Hours Lab 
  • 8 Half-Course (More Common in Private Universities)
    • 32 Semester Hours (4 Semester Hours per Half-Course)
      • (Arts) 4 Semester Hours Lecture
      • (Medium Science) 3 Semester Hours Lecture AND 1 Semester Hour Lab
      • (Hard Science) 4 Semester Hours Lecture AND 2 Semester Hour Lab
        • Note: This workload is still treated as 4 Semester Hour Class and that's why changes have been made so that Laboratories may count as Quarter-Course (Half of a Half-Course) at some institutions.
        • This type of Half-Course should be count as two classes.
Comparison: Class vs Half-Course
  • Arts, Light Science
    • Light Class
      • 3 Semester Hours Lecture = 3 Hours per Week by 16 weeks = 48 Hours Lecture
    • Half-Course
      • 4 Semester Hours Lecture = 4 Hours per Week by 12 weeks = 48 Hours Lecture
        • There are no evidence to show that reading is more than just cramming for the final exam and/or writing term papers.
        • Note that most students treat their Fall Semester's Reading Weeks as Winter Vacation.
    • The strongest proof of equivalence between Light Class and Half-Course is Advanced Placement Classes with College Board recommendation of 3 Semester Hours, but  are counted as Half-Course of 4 Semester Hours.
  • Medium Science
    • Heavy Class
      • 4 Semester Hours
        • 3 Semester Hour Lecture = 3 Hours per Week by 16 weeks = 48 Hours Lecture
        • 1 Semester Hour Lab = 3 Hours per Week by 16 Weeks = 48 Hours Laboratory
    • Half-Course
      • 4 Semester Hours
        • 3 Semester Hour Lecture = 3 Hours per Week by 12 weeks = 36 Hours Lecture
        • 1 Semester Hour Laboratory = 2.5 Hours per Two Weeks by 12 Weeks = 15 Hours Laboratory
Term Length
  • Semester
    • Community College tend to be 16 Weeks or 18 Weeks.
    • Public  Universities tend to be 15 Weeks or 16 Weeks.
    • Private Universities tend to be 12 Weeks + 3 Reading Weeks.
  • Quarter
    • Community College tend to be 11 Weeks or 12 Weeks.
    • Public  Universities tend to be 10 Weeks.
    • Private Universities tend to be 8 Weeks + 2 Weeks Reading.
  • Trimester
    • Community College tend to be 14 Weeks or 15 Weeks.
    • Public  Universities tend to be 12 Weeks or 13 Weeks.

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