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credit hours/ semester hours

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by jimjones, Jul 3, 2001.

  1. jimjones

    jimjones Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    OK, I have a major problem. I have no idea what to put for credit hours and semester hours. I've been to 3 different colleges in Canada, and all have different systems. My main university uses 1.5 credits for all courses per semester, whether its a 3 hour per week lecture or a course with 3 hours lecture AND 4 hours of lab. Can anyone tell me what to put???
     
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  3. jimjones

    jimjones Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    bump. somebody please help me with this.
     
  4. moo

    moo 1K Member 10+ Year Member

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    What I did, was put down, for example, General Chem and Lab (like they tell you to do in the HELP) for the title, and select COMBINED LECTURE AND LAB as one of the options. Then I just put 3 credit hours and it converted it to semester hours. I also got my school's registrar's office to attach a letter stating that those courses do indeed have a lab componenet
     
  5. jimjones

    jimjones Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Ok, there is also the problem that I've been to 3 different schools and all use different systems. I think what I'm going to do is put 3 semester hours for all classes, whether with lab or not. Does this sound like the right way to go? Anyone else have difficulty with this?
     
  6. sandflea

    sandflea Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    i think what it comes down to is how it is listed on your transcript. some schools actually list lecture and lab (and their respective grades) separately on a transcript. if so, then list each separately with the proper number of credit hours for each. if not, then, as someone else mentioned, select 'combined lecture/lab' and just list the total number of credits given for the class.

    you can enter the credit hours differently for each school, so don't worry that every school you attended did things differently. but you MUST enter the number of hours for each course exactly as indicated on your transcript--so if it says 1.5 credits for every single course on your transcript, then that's what you must enter. this is especially important because you attended different schools, and if you don't put the credits in properly, it will screw up the calculation of your overall GPA (i'm assuming that at least two of these schools were both for undergrad).

    do you know how many 'regular' semester hours the 1.5 credits translates to? if it isn't indicated on your transcript somewhere, then call the registrar of your school--they can tell you this. then, when you first designate your schools, you will be prompted to select the credit system that institution uses. since the automatic 1.5 credits is unusual, i would select 'unit system' for this school. my school assigned 1 credit per course (regardless of time spent in class, labs, etc) and this is what i was told to do. i'm not totally sure if you can use the 'unit system' for 1.5 credits, but i'm thinking this is the best option for you. once you select this, you will be prompted to enter how many semester hours each unit is equivalent to, and then, when you enter your coursework for this school, it is now automatically programmed to list the proper number of semester hours for each course based on what you entered earlier. i hope i'm making sense. the problem is, if you've already entered your coursework, then you've already designated the school and you've already been through this screen--it only comes up the FIRST time you choose a school. i actually had to delete all of my undergraduate coursework and school and start over again because i too just entered 3 semester hours for each course and was later told that i couldn't do this, i had to enter exactly whatever it said on my transcript. yeah, it sucked. :( there may be a way around this by now, though.

    hope i was useful. good luck!
     
  7. jimjones

    jimjones Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    OK I think I know what I have to do, but it sucks. The program DOES recognise the university, and doubles the 1.5 to 3 semester hours, hence my confusion about weighted GPA on a different post. But what sucks is that that university uses 3 semester hours whether it is a 3 hour per week lecture course, or one with 3 lec hours + 4 hours per week of lab. The colleges I went to as a freshman/sophmore use 4 or even 4.5 credit hours for the lab and math courses. My grades sucked then (I even have an F for a 4.5 credit math course) so my GPA is going to suffer big time. Stupid universtiy, stupid credit hours :mad:
     

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