Definition of Instruction Types on Course Catalog File

 

Lecture
(LEC)

Organized instruction in a lecture (one-way communication) format. May be listed as the sole type of instruction for the course or in combination with laboratory or discussion sessions. One contact hour per week (800 minutes per semester) per credit.

Recitation (REC)

Organized instruction in a recitation (two-way communication) format. May be listed as the sole type of instruction for the course or in combination with laboratory sessions. Includes workshops and seminars. One contact hour per week (800 minutes per semester) per credit.

Discussion (DIS)

Regularly scheduled discussion session that is offered in addition to lecture instruction, but is generally scheduled in smaller groups than the lecture. This type of instruction is only offered in combination with lecture and may not be used as the only type of instruction for a course. One contact hour per week (800 minutes per semester) per credit.

Laboratory (LAB)

Laboratory experiences that require special-purpose equipment for student participation, experimentation, observation or practice in a field of study. May involve discussion of a forthcoming laboratory or review of a completed laboratory session. Includes scheduled laboratory periods as well as laboratory experiences for which times may be selected by individual students. Two or three contact hours per week (1600 or 2400 minutes per semester) per credit.

Combination (COM)

A class meeting that includes laboratory activities as defined above in addition to lecture or recitation instruction, all of which occur in the same room during the same time period. Use lecture and lab standards to calculate contact time.

Studio
(STO)

An organized method of instruction with emphasis on the synthesizing nature of the design process and conducted through critique and one-to-one interactions. Two to four contact hours per week (1600 to 3200 minutes per semester) per credit.

Research (RES)

A course that requires independent research on the part of the student. It includes only course numbers ending in "99". Hours spent on course per week may vary from week to week, though the standard is one contact hour per week (800 minutes per semester) per credit.

Independent Study
(IS)

Independent projects such as special problems or special topics in which the student works more or less individually at various locations, ordinarily requiring intermittent consultation with the professor. Hours spent on course per week may vary from week to week, though the standard is one to two contact hours per week (800-1600 minutes per semester) per credit.

Supervised Experience
(EXP)

Supervised experience in an area of specialization, that may be conducted either on or off campus with the student making periodic reports to the instructor. Includes practicum, internship, student teaching, and cooperative work experience. Contact hours vary, but the minimum standard of 800 contact minutes per semester per credit applies.

Affiliated Programs (AFF)

Courses offered as part of programs operated in conjunction with other universities or research laboratories at sites other than ISU, but for which students register for credit through ISU. Includes Lakeside Laboratory courses and Int St courses with the title Study Abroad Credit. Contact hours vary. Minimum of 800 contact minutes per semester per credit.