academic credit


It is the unit of qualification or assessment that is given to the learning that a student acquires, according to the time that the university grants him and that he dedicates, in receiving classes and carrying out activities, in order to be able to achieve or achieve the goals that are set, such as obtaining knowledge, attitudes and skills.

Said evaluation or qualification is granted according to the complexity of the content, the means that are necessary, the time required to carry out the activity, among others.

This quantitatively reflected indicator, but which represents a qualitative-quantitative assessment, can be awarded to subjects, laboratories, seminars, workshops, internships, professional practices, among others.

Academic credit, also known as credit unit, is a methodology that has been implemented in higher education, in order to improve inter-institutional relations, since it allows comparing the educational or training programs that each academic institution has created, in order to analyze the level of education that the student has received, if he is able to change institutions without major inconvenience, if he needs to take a subject again or if he is in a position to take a postgraduate degree at the institution.

This is due to the fact that over the years academic mobility is very common, through exchanges or agreements between institutions, which in order to create the latter, it is necessary to evaluate the credit units, in order to find similarities in academic training. of the students.

These exchanges can occur between institutions located in the same country or between institutions from different countries.

The academic credits or credit units can be seen reflected in the curricula offered by each institution and in this way, the person who wants to enter it can evaluate how much time will be dedicated to each subject that makes up the career.

Likewise, academic credits serve as a guide for teachers, when designing their evaluation plan, respecting the hours assigned for theory and practice, depending on each case.

An academic credit is equivalent to 48 hours of academic work by the student, in a 16-week academic period, including the hours with teacher supervision, which would be 16, and those that must be used in independent study activities, which would be 32.

However, the assessment of academic credit may vary by subject, depending on its theoretical or practical nature and the methodology used by the institution. Thus, all the hours could be teaching support or independent work.

For this calculation there is a mathematical formula, which encompasses all the aspects that must be considered.