400.001 Academic Credit and Course Workload
Approved by the faculty, April 2012
This policy establishes the expected contact, and faculty and student workload for professional courses in the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) curriculum.
The Executive Committee shall review this policy bi-annually in the spring semester of odd numbered years.
Courses in the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) curriculum shall be determined by the allocated number of semester credit hours (SCH) and type of instruction as approved by the Faculty of the School of Pharmacy. The expected student and faculty workload associated with each type of instruction shall be specified by the instructional pedagogy chosen to achieve the Faculty approved learning outcomes for each course.
The curriculum is generally based on a semester basis. Fall and spring semesters shall be 15 weeks of instruction plus an additional 5 days of final examination sessions. The summer semester shall be 10 weeks of instruction plus an additional 3 days of final examination sessions. Professional Practice Experiences may run outside the semester schedule to achieve the specified contact hours.
400.001.001 – Contact Hours
The following allocation of contact hours per semester credit hours (SCH) shall be assigned: (See Appendix A for a detailed description of each pedagogy and expected workload)
• Didactic Instruction- 15 sessions of 50 minutes each session plus final exam session of 2 hours = 1 SCH
• Laboratory /Simulation Instruction- 15 sessions of 100 minutes each session with imbedded assessment = 1 SCH
• Discussion Instruction- 15 sessions of 100 minutes each session with imbedded assessment= 1 SCH
• Problem Based Learning- 15 sessions of 50 minutes each session with imbedded assessment= 1 SCH
• Introductory Professional Practice Experiences (P1, P2, and P3 Years) – 10 sessions of 40 contact hours with imbedded assessment – 1 SCH
• Advanced Professional Practice Experiences (P4 Year) – 25 sessions of 200 contact hours with imbedded assessment= 5 SCH
400.001.002 – Procedure
The Dean’s Office shall be responsible for implementing the approved curriculum by designing a course schedule considering assigned credit hours, pedagogy, student course load, and overall academic calendar. Full semester courses may be scheduled for delivery in 5 week (didactic or experiential), 7 week (didactic) or 15 week (didactic, laboratory/simulation, problem based learning) schedules to meet the contact hours specified.
The Dean’s office shall publish a fall and spring semester schedule by the first day of classes in January each year for the following fall and spring semesters. The schedule shall include core and elective courses.