Assigning the Appropriate Credit

The number of credits for a course is determined by the amount of weekly contact the student will have with the material during the quarter. An approximate guideline for determining the number of credits is as follows: 1 credit per hour of weekly instruction and 2 hours of outside contact with the material. The 2:1 ratio of in-class hours to outside contact hours, however, is merely a guideline and may be altered as needed, according to the dictates of the course. The total number of hours per week that the student has in contact with the class material should not vary widely from 3 hours per credit.

Since laboratory work can only be done "in class," the ratio is 1 credit per two hours of laboratory work per week (with one additional outside out of prep work expected).

The following may assist in the interpretation of credit codes currently used at the University of Washington:

Credit Code Description
(5) Course must be offered for 5 credits. Does not allow duplicate enrollment for credit.
(5, max. 10) Same as above except allows duplicate enrollment up to 10 credits per student. Student may apply 10 credits toward a degree.
(3-5) Course may be offered for 3 credits, for 4 credits, or for 5 credits, or course may be offered for 3 to 5 credits with each student, in consultation with instructor or advisor, selecting the desired option. Does not allow duplicate enrollment for credit.
(3-5, max. 10) Allows duplicate enrollment for up to 10 credits. Student may apply 10 credits to a degree.
(3/5) Course may be offered for 3 credits or for 5 credits, or course may be offered for 3 or 5 credits with each student selecting the desired option. Does not allow duplicate enrollment for credit.
(3/5, max. 10) Allows duplicate enrollment for up to 10 credits.
(3-) Course is part of a hyphenated sequence. The sequence must be completed before student can obtain credit for first quarter. (Note: a course may be hyphenated to itself or to another course. When a course is hyphenated to itself, a maximum credit must be stated.)
(-3-) Course is part of a hyphenated sequence, but is not first or last in the sequence.
(-3) Course is final course of a hyphenated sequence.
(-3-) ([1-5]-, max. 5) Course is part of a hyphenated sequence. Course may be repeated up to a maximum of 5 credits.
(*, max. 24) Credit, up to 24 credits, is to be arranged per quarter. Allows duplicate enrollment for a total of up to 24 credits.