A programme is expected to carry the balanced volume of learning through lectures, assisted studies (such as tutorials, project works, laboratory and fieldwork) and directed self-studies. Contact Hours (CH) refers to direct contact with Academic Staff, consisting of two components; Lectures and Assisted Studies. Non-Contact Hours (NCH) refers to directed self-studies.
One Academic Credit (AC) in a regular teaching module shall be equal to Fourteen (14) hours of Lectures or Twenty-Eight (28) hours of Assisted Studies. The proportion between the two may vary, but in general, either shall not be less than one third (1/3) of the other.
For activities in which contact hours cannot be used to properly describe the extent of the work involved, such as industrial training, research dissertation, and field visits, guest lecture and workshops, the following definitions are used for an AC:
- four (4) weeks of industrial training
- two (2) weeks of research (dissertation or equivalent)
- three (3) number of field visits or guest lectures or workshops
‘Lecture’ is “an organised instruction, a presentation or a discussion, delivered as a classroom session” as defined in IQSSL Policy and Procedure for Accreditation of Undergraduate Degree Programmes leading to Quantity Surveying Profession.
‘Assisted Studies’ is “a learning process based on the individual study or small group study in a classroom with guidance on the subject matter by the academic staff” as defined in IQSSL Policy and Procedure for Accreditation of Undergraduate Degree Programmes leading to Quantity Surveying Profession.