Units and Hours

Course Type

Select whether course is credit or noncredit. The required fields below will change depending on what you select.​

Variable Units

Check the box if the students can take the course for different unit values (credit courses only).

  • ​For variable unit classes, you are required to select a Unit Increment of .5 or 1 from the drop-down. This field is only visible if variable units is checked.
  • Note that even if your course does not have variable units, you will have to fill out minimum and maximum fields - they will just be the same. This is a state requirement.

Instructional Categories

Check all that apply. Instructional category refers to lecture, lab, and activity hours. Although in academia we have set notions of what constitutes lecture, lab, and activities, for the purposes of calculating units and hours these refer to the ratio of inside- to outside-of-class hours:

Instructional Category

Ratio of Contact Hours in Class to Outside-of Class Hours

Lecture

1: 2

Activity

2:1

Lab

3:0*

*Regarding lab homework: Zero hours outside of class is the typical ratio, but in practice, instructors may assign up to 26 hours of homework for a course without affecting the unit value.

Lecture​

If you select lecture as an instructional category, you must enter minimum and maximum hours (even if the numbers are the same).

  • ​Each unit of lecture requires 18 contact hours in class.
  • ​If you select lecture, you will be required to enter lecture content on the Course Content page.
​Activity

If you select activity as an instructional category, you must ​enter minimum and maximum hours (even if the numbers are the same).

  • ​Each unit of activity requires 36 contact hours in class.
  • If you select activity, you will be required to enter lab content on the Course Content page.
Lab

If you select lab as an instructional category, you must enter minimum and maximum hours (even if the numbers are the same).​

  • ​Each unit of activity requires 36 contact hours in class.
  • If you select activity, you will be required to enter lab content on the Course Content page.

​Total Contact Hours (Min/Max)

This is the total of all lecture, activity, and lab hours. Meta calculates the total for you in a gray box to the right of the field.

  • In almost all cases, you should just enter the calculated numbers.​

Outside-of-Class Hours (Min/Max) 

​For credit courses only. Meta will use the instructional category ratio to calculate hours for you in a gray box to the right.

  • ​In almost all cases, you should just enter the calculated numbers.
  • For labs, Meta will always calculate zero hours. However, you can add a maximum of up to 26 hours without affecting the unit calculations.
  • Enter an explanation if you enter something different from the calculated hours.

Total Course Hours (Min/Max)

For credit courses only. This is the total contact hours + outside of class hours. Meta calculates the total for you in a gray box to the right of the field.

  • ​In almost all cases, you should just enter the calculated numbers.

Units (Min/Max)

For credit courses only. The unit value listed on the course outline of record must conform to the standards for unit calculation set forth in title 5, section 55002.5, and be consistent with the unit values entered into the minimum and maximum unit fields in the Curriculum Inventory. The relationship of hours to units must be based on the unit calculation method appropriate to the course type, expressed in total hours for an entire term. Standards for credit hour calculations are contained in title 5, sections 55002.5, 55002(a)(2)(B), and 55002(b)(2)(B). Courses not classified as cooperative work experience, clock hour, or open entry / open exit use the following method for calculating units of credit:

Meta calculates the number of units based on total course hours (total contact hours + total outside-of-class hours) divided by 54 (a divisor set by Title 5), and rounded down to the nearest half unit (per AP 4020).

  • ​In almost all cases, you should just enter the calculated numbers.
  • Enter an explanation if you enter something different from the calculated hours. 
  • Zero-unit courses are not permissible. Instead, select course type "Noncredit."
CWEE Unit Calculations

​For CWEE, use the formula in Title 5, section 55256.5 to calculate hours:

  • ​Each 75 hours of paid work equals one semester credit or 50 hours equals one quarter credit.
  • Each 60 hours of non-paid work equals one semester credit.
  • For explanation of why units differ, just enter "CWEE"