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SWENSON COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Instructional Workload Protocols last updated  12.16.11

A. Contact hour limits for CSE.

Table 1

Contact Hour (CH) Limits

Program/Area

Individual

Department/Program/Area

Biology

24

20

Chemical Engineering

34

22

Chemistry

24

20

Civil Engineering

28

22

Computer Science

24

20

ECE

30

26

Geological Sciences

28

22

Mechanical & Industrial Eng

28

22

Math/Stats

24

20

Physics

24

20

 

B. Protocols

Lectures and General 

     Lecture: a fifty-minute class period shall constitute one Contact Hour (CH).

     Concurrent Courses: CH count only once

     Team Taught Course: CH are split between instructors proportionate to their time

     Shared Courses: courses for which both or all faculty are present     

     during instruction, the total CH shall not exceed the course credits by more than 50%.

     Seminar: CH equals credits

Lab Classes

Lab courses in which the instructor for the course is present at all of the lab hours: CH equals scheduled hours regardless of whether a TA is present. 

For Labs/Recitations, of large lecture courses, run by TAs:

If there is a scheduled weekly meeting with the TAs as a group: 

  • 1 plus 0.3 for each section taught by a GTA (Chem lab/rec=1 sec)
  • 1 plus 0.6 for each section taught by an UGTA

If there is no weekly group meeting scheduled:

  • 0.3 for each section taught by a GTA
  • 0.6 for each section taught by an UGTA

 

Distance Classes

Distance courses taught using ITV have an additional 1.0 contact hour.  In the case of driving more than four times per semester to distant sites, an addition of another adjustment may be negotiated.

Research, internships, coops, projects etc.

 Independent study/research and UROP count in load but do not qualify for overload pay.  This exclusion does not apply to Plan A or Plan B students. 

  • Internships/Coops: 0.13 CH/student, maximum of 8 CH/AY.
  • Independent Study/Research at undergrad and grad level: 1 CH/student/semester.
  • Lab Teaching Experience: 0.13 CH/student
  • Tutorial Project: 0.13 CH/student for a maximum of one CH
  • UROP and REU: 0.67 CH/project

Graduate Students – Plan A Masters

Maximum 4 CH for each Plan A student

This can be applied in either of two ways:

  1.      10 thesis credits (8777) for 4 CH at 0.4 CH per credit
  2.      1 CH for each of four semesters 

Graduate Students – Plan B Masters

  • Chemistry or Geological Sciences: 0.33 CH per paper/project for a maximum of 1.33 CH/student
  • Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics & Statistics: 1.33 CH/student completion of Plan B.
  • 1.33 CH/student for EMgt 8310, Safe 6997 or ECE 8222

Graduate Students – Ph.D.

Maximum 6 CH for each Ph.D. student: this should be applied 15 thesis credits (8888) for 6 CH at 0.4 CH per credit

Biology Specific

For Biology, if there are multiple sections with the instructor present full-time in one lab and supervising a GTA in the other lab sections, the instructor receives full scheduled hours for the one lab plus one additional CH for each additional lab. 

Chemistry & Biochemistry Specific

Chem 1153, 1155

CH  = lecture hours plus 1 CH for scheduled weekly meeting with discussion TAs as a group 

Chem 1154, 1156

CH = 0.3 CH per lab section taught by GTA plus 0.6 CH per lab section taught by UGTA plus 1 CH for scheduled weekly meeting with lab TA as a group.

All Chem 4xxx laboratory courses, CH = 1 plus ½ scheduled lab hours

Computer Science Specific

CS 1011, 1511, 1521. 2511. 2521 use the lab/recitation protocol.  All other courses use CH = credit hours except for independent study, internship, thesis research, etc.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Specific

ECE 4899, 4999 = 1 CH/student

ECE 4951 = 5 CH

Geological Sciences Specific

1 Day field trip (10 hr) = 0.5 CH

2-Days field trip (20 hr) = 1.0 CH  If overnight, add 0.5 CH

Maximum allowed for any course is 1.5 CH; unless overnight is included, increasing that to a maximum of 2.0 CH

Maximum allowed of 17 CH for department for the year.

Mathematics and Statistics Specific

Math 3298, 3280, and all others with lab, and 1290 when it is taught in the small lecture format, CH =credit hours

Courses taught in the Math Learning Lab = 0.5 CH