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Student Course Load Planner

Student Course Load Planner
If you need to make adjustments to manage your time, I trust you will go ahead and make them. Good Luck.

Each course you take is measured in "credit hours". Credit hours refer to the number of hours per week you are in the classroom during a fourteen week semester. Most courses are "worth" three credit hours. For most courses, you will be in class approximately three hours per week.
To earn a degree you need to accumulate a minimum number of credit hours.
degree minimum credit hours approximate # of courses
Bachelor's 120 40 three hour courses
Associate's 60 20 three hour courses
Please see the "Degree Programs" section for the required courses and credit hours for a specific degree program of interest.
For every one (1) credit hour in which you enroll, you will spend approximately two to three (2-3) hours outside of class studying. Therefore, to help determine the course load most appropriate for you, use the formula:

3 credit hours (1 course) = 3 hours in class
6 - 9 hours study time
9 - 12 actual hours
] 12 credit hours (4 courses) = 12 hours in class
24 - 36 hours study time
36 - 48 actual hours
Full time students enroll in 12 - 18 credit hours per semester. Part time students enroll in 1 - 11 credit hours per semester. The course load that is best for you depends on a variety of factors, such as other commitments, study skills, time management skills, and self-discipline. To determine the course load which is most appropriate for you, please refer to the guidelines below.

Employment Obligations Course Load if Working
working 40 hours per week 3 - 5 credit hours
working 30 hours per week 3 - 9 credit hours
working 20 hours per week 6 - 12 credit hours
working less than 20 hours 12 - 18 credit hours
I work ______ hours per week. Therefore, I should take ______ credit hours.
It is important to remember that there are only 24 hours in each day and only 168 hours in each week. It is common for college students to try to participate in more activities than their time allows and, as a result, perform poorly in many of the activities. unfortunately, this poor performance often includes school work. The exercises on this worksheet are designed to help you assess the approximate use of your time so as to permit BETTER TIME MANAGEMENT.
Fill in the blanks:
1. number of hours in a week 168
2. average number of hours you sleep per week _____
3. number of hours for hobbies, recreation, church, and any other scheduled activities _____
4. number of hours you work and/or take care of household duties. _____
5. number of hours needed for eating, shopping, watching TV, and traveling to and from
school and/or work _____
6. number of courses you will take: multiply this number by 4.5 (the number of hours in which you will be in class per course each week) _____
7. to figure the number of hours needed for study, multiply the answer to item #6 by 4.5 (the number of hours of study for each hour in class) _____
8. the TOTAL NUMBER OF HOURS YOU USE PER WEEK is obtained by adding
items #2 through #7 _____
9. If your answer to item #8 is less than 168, subtract that number from 168. The
answer gives you the number of hours which you still have to use each week. _____
10. If your answer to item #8 is more than 168, you must adjust part of your plan. You are working too many hours, planning to take too many courses, or involving yourself in too many activities. Subtract 168 from your answer to item #8 to find out the number of hours of school, work, or other activity which must be eliminated. _____


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Basically, the objective of this assignment is for you to plan your week and to plan the number of courses you should take given the numerous other time constraints that you have. That is the purpose of Economics - how to maximize your benefit facing all the constraints (these can be money, physical etc. ). For this ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides a template to determine the number of courses to take. A course load recommendation is examined.