Credit Statement:

All four credit courses should include the following statement or equivalent wording on the syllabi:  For this 4 credit hour course, the expectation is that students will spend a minimum of 9 hours of study time per week in preparation for class (readings, papers, discussion sections, preparation for exams, etc.). 

All two credit courses should include the following statement or equivalent wording on the syllabi:  For this 2 credit hour course, the expectation is that students will spend a minimum of 4.5 hours of study time per week in preparation for class (readings, papers, discussion sections, preparation for exams, etc.).

Faculty members should review the academic requirements of the course (readings, papers, exams) to ensure that the workload reflects these stated expectations for credit.

Developing Course Learning Goals

Learning goals help students understand the knowledge, skills, and perspectives they will gain from specific courses, and should be included in all Brandeis syllabi. Learning goals identify 5-8 skills or competencies that a student will develop over the course of a semester. Course learning goals should be developed in conjunction with the learning goals of a major, minor, or graduate degree program. If a course fulfills a general education requirement for undergraduates, the learning goals should also reflect how a course fulfils the requirement (i.e.--Quantitative Reasoning, Non-Western, Writing Intensive).

The following resources can help faculty develop course learning goals: