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Uniform Schedule

Uniform Class Meeting Times Adopted by Academic Affairs: 11/14/00

Over the last few years it has become clear that classes have been scheduled at a large variety of times and days and it has been done with little coordination among classes. The problem has been exacerbated by the addition of a large number of 4-hour courses. It has led to an unnecessary number of time conflicts in student schedules (sometimes classes overlap by 10 or 15 minutes one or two days a week) and poor utilization of classroom space.

The Office of Academic Affairs has determined that uniform class meeting times need to be set. It has become clear that no solution will satisfy everyone. However, we have listened to the concerns of all and have attempted to produce uniform meeting times that best meet the overall needs of students, faculty and programs.

The permitted meeting times and course formats are described below. The attached spreadsheet shows the times that classes may be offered and the conflicts that occur. The schedule is a compromise that combines a variety of class meeting times. Unfortunately, it still allows conflicts in meeting times.

All courses must meet within these times and formats unless an explicit exception is granted by the Vice President of Academic Affairs. However, additional flexibility may be granted in late afternoon classes.

CCHE requires 750 minutes of seat time per 1 credit hour in a standard lecture course. Since FLC has a 14-week semester (not including final exam week), the following table gives the total number of minutes for various formats. Total Minutes Credit Hours

55 minute 1 time a week 770 1

55 minute 2 times a week 1540 2

55 minute 3 times a week 2310 3

70 minute 3 times a week 2940 4 (additional 60 minutes required)

80 minute 2 times a week 2240 3 (additional 10 minutes required)

120 minutes 1 time a week 1680 2 or 1 two-hour lab

120 minutes 2 times a week 3360 4

185 minutes 1 time a week 2590 3 or 1 three-hour lab

The permitted formats are:

MWF are divided into blocks whose starting times are:

55 Minute blocks 8:00, 9:05, 10:10, 11:15, 12:20, 1:25, 2:30, 3:35, 4:40

70 minute blocks 8:15, 9:35, 10:55, (30 min break), 12:35,1:55, 3:15

120 minute blocks 8:00,10:10, 12:20, 2:30, 4:40

185 minute blocks 8:00, 1:25, 2:30

TH are divided into blocks whose starting times are:

55 minute blocks 8:00, 9:05, 10:10, 11:15, 12:20, 1:25, 2:30, 3:35, 4:40

80 minute blocks 8:00, 9:30, 11:15, 12:45, 2:30,4:00

120 minute blocks 8:00,10:10,12:20,2:30, 4:40

185 minute blocks 8:00, 1:25, 2:30

All courses will be offered in one of the following formats:

1 hr lecture 55-minute block any day

2 hr lecture 55 minute block TH

120-minute block any day

2 hr lab 120-minute block any day

3hr lecture 55-minute blocks MWF

80-minute blocks TH

3hr lab 185-minute block, any day

4hr lecture 70-minute blocks MWF

120-minute blocks TH

Note on classrooms:

The MWF schedule is divided into two alignment periods: the morning period (from 8:00 AM to 12:10 PM) and is repeated as an afternoon alignment period (from 12:20 PM to 4:30 PM). The TH schedule is divided into three alignment periods: The first is 8:00 AM to 11:05 AM and repeated from 11:15 AM to 2:20 PM and again 2:30 PM to 5:35 PM. To ensure a high utilization of classroom space, on MWF in a general-purpose classroom a mixture of 55 minute and 70 minute classes will not be permitted within either alignment period. Similarly, on TH a mixture of 55 minute and 80 minute classes will not be permitted within any of the three alignment periods

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