The credit hour is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours out of class student work each week within each part of the term within a full semester. An equivalent amount of work is required for other academic activities including: independent study, internship, field experience, clinical experience, laboratory work, private instruction, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours. For classes offered in a shortened format, the hours are prorated so the classes contain the same total number of hours as if the classes were scheduled for a full fifteen week semester.