Academic Credit, Units, and Workload

The quantitative measure of academic work in the Division shall be the “Unit of Credit.” One unit of credit shall be assigned to the student for each three hours of academic work per week. The standard distribution of work for a unit of credit shall be one hour of lecture or discussion presided over by an instructor in class and two hours of preparation outside class. In laboratory courses two or three hours of work in the laboratory shall be assigned for each unit of credit. Exceptions to these standards must be authorized by the Davis Division Committee on Courses of Instruction.

(source: Regulations of the Davis Division of the Academic Senate, 526)

The value of a course in units shall be reckoned at the rate of one unit for three hours' work per week per term on the part of a student, or the equivalent.

(source: Regulations of the Academic Senate, 760)

Undergraduate Course Outline Requirement

By the end of the first week of instruction, the instructor will provide students with a course outline containing information regarding the anticipated: topical content of the course, amount and kind of work expected, and examination and grading procedures.

By the end of the first week of instruction, the office hours of the instructor will be made available to the students.

(source: Regulations of the Academic Senate, 537)

Variable-Unit Courses

Each variable-unit course must be actively supervised by an officer of instruction who holds a lecturer or professorial title.

Registration in variable-unit courses for undergraduate students must be approved by the chair (or his or her equivalent) of the department concerned. The approval must be based on a written proposal submitted to the chair by the instructor in charge.

(source: Regulations of the Davis Division of the Academic Senate, 531 (A & B))

Special Study Courses

Special Study courses are research-oriented, variable unit courses of study designed for one student under the supervision of one faculty member. No student shall receive academic credit for a special study course numbered 194H or 199 unless he/she previously has completed at least 84 units of credit toward the degree.

With the approval of the Department Chair an instructor may provide a special study course to an interested student. The content of the course shall not duplicate the content of an existing course, and the amount of work proposed shall at least equal that required for a regularly offered course of corresponding academic unit value. Grading in undergraduate special study courses shall be on a “Passed/Not Passed” basis unless the instructor has approval for letter grading from the Committee on Courses of Instruction of either the college or school as well as the Division.

Special study courses for undergraduates shall be numbered 99, 199, or 194H.

(source: Regulations of the Davis Division of the Academic Senate 535, (A, B, & D))

Upper-Division Internship Requirement

No student shall receive University credit for an internship numbered 192 unless he/she has completed a minimum of 84 units.

A maximum of 15 units of internship courses, whether taken in this Division or elsewhere, may be counted toward the 180 units required for graduation.

(source: Regulations of the Davis Division of the Academic Senate, 532 (B4 & A))