Description of College Course Formats

Traditional Semester Course Formats

These courses are offered during the Spring and Fall semesters each year. They meet during the week for 15 weeks. If a course is a “3 hour” course, then the course meets for three credit hours per week (3 x 50 mins) for each week of the semester. If it is a “2 hour” course, then it meets for two hours per week, and so on.

The schedule of courses provided each semester to help students register for courses may have these meeting times configured in different ways. A “3 hour” course may meet for three, separate 50 mins sessions on three separate days, or it may be scheduled to meet for one longer session on one day (we call these “Block Classes” and they are scheduled to provide breaks during the class meeting time), or it may meet on two separate days per week. Whatever the configuration, the time spent in class is the same: 50 mins per week for 15 weeks for each credit hour.

One-Week Intensive Courses

These courses are offered as “Early Spring” or “Early Fall” semester courses and rather than meeting for 15 weeks, they meet for one week, but for the same amount of time as a typical weekly semester course. The courses begin at 10am on the Monday and conclude at midday on the Friday. last day meet throughout the day and students are provided with ample break periods and lunch times. Students can opt to take these courses as a way to organize their time better, to make up credit hours, or to get ahead in their degree.

OnLine & Distance Learning Courses

What are they? Cincinnati Christian University offers a selection of distance learning courses. Such courses use audio, video, and text materials developed by CCU professors, delivering the materials by such means as CD-ROM, DVD, and the internet, so that students can receive a learning experience similar to the classroom without classroom attendance. All CCU online courses use Moodle, an online learning management system. This system is used extensively at CCU, so it should be familiar to students prior to taking online courses. Courses usually begin and end on the same calendar as traditional on-campus courses.

Who can take them and what are the requirements? Distance learning courses are especially suited to the needs of part-time students who live at a distance from the CCU campus, students who want to complete some coursework before enrolling full-time, students who want to continue coursework and maintain full-time status during internships, and those who want to take selected classes without pursuing a degree. Full-time, traditional students may take distance learning courses as substitutes for ordinary courses under special circumstances, after completing at least sixty-two credit hours with at least a 3.0 GPA, and with approval by their advisor and the Distance Education office.

Traditional students must contact the Registrar ( to initiate the approval process for distance learning courses. After the Registrar’s office completes the initial part of the approval form, students must obtain a signature from their advisor and from the Distance Education office (upstairs faculty wing of President’s Hall), and then return the signed form to the Registrar for final processing and enrollment. If the students does not meet the credit hour (62 hours) or GPA requirement, an advisor can provide a note on the form recommending an exception and the reason for that exception. The Distance Education office will not sign the permission without an advisor’s signature or without the advisor’s note when the hour and GPA requirements are not met.

Are there any exceptions to the requirements? There are several instances where exceptions to the general requirements are commonly made. Students who want to take online courses in CCU’s Virtual Summer School may do so as long as the advisor agrees they are able to do so. Students doing a nine-hour internship require three additional credits to maintain their full-time status for financial aid and insurance. An online course is usually approved for those additional hours.

Please note that online courses taken in the Virtual Summer School do not come under the semester block tuition for spring. Some students plan their financial aid and reserve a portion to cover the cost of the summer class. Others simply pay for the Virtual Summer School class at the reduced tuition rate. While this does entail an additional cost to that of the prior term, if students takes summer courses every year, they can reduce their time to graduation and overall costs by a semester. This can result in significant reduction in costs for housing and other fees with the reduced time to graduate.

How do I know which courses are available? Current lists of distance learning courses will appear in the course schedule for a given semester. Summer classes are listed on the Spring schedule and in separate communications.