What is it?
The One-Credit Option (OCO) is a one-credit course offered in conjunction with a 2-4 credit “parent” course and which involves experiential learning. It’s called the one-credit option because it’s taken at the option of students enrolled in parent course. The OCO includes both an experiential component (15 hours minimum) and an appropriate amount of gradable academic work. The experience may any number of forms, such as:
The overall objective of any experiential learning course is the integration of theory and practice—integration of academic study with direct or hands-on experience.
Course content and assignments:
Benefits to students:
Logistics of registration:
Comparison of a Traditional 3-credit course and an OCO:
|Traditional 3-Credit Course||OCO|
|Credits||3 Credits||1 Credit|
|Seat Time||45 Hours||None*|
|Experiential Component||None||15 Hours|
|Academic Component||Approximately 45-90 Hours||Approximately 15-30 Hours|
|Total Hours Required of Student||Approximately 90-135 Hours||Approximately 30-45 Hours|
* There is no preset meeting time. Any meetings with instructor or group meetings are considered “seat time” and the number of hours devoted to experiential activities may be reduced accordingly.