Hi all, how do teaching loads work at an institution using the quarter system? For example, I know 12 "units" usually equates to 4 classes per semester. But is 12 units at an institution with a quarter system equivalent to 4 classes per quarter? Thanks!
Date: 01 Feb 2016 18:12
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How does the ad specify 12 units (e.g., 12 units/term?)? Do you know how the dept assigns units to classes (3 or 4 units each?)?
FWIW I'm on quarters and our official "by the books" load is 3/3/3 over the fall, winter, and spring quarters. In practice, it is often much fewer than this. But we're also converting to semesters in a few years and it's unclear how the load will convert.
My thought is that 12 units equates to probably 3 courses a term, with 4 units each.
My institution is on the quarter system and has a 12-unit per quarter load, which equates to 3 "courses" per quarter. However, one of those courses is independent study (research with undergrads), so it's really only 2 actual courses per quarter— totally manageable. I would definitely ask the institution for clarification, though.
For what it's worth, this is the first I've ever heard of "units". I wouldn't assume they are counted the same way everywhere.
Our system is in units as well (alot of universities track it this way, because not all classes are the same amount of units, especially if a lab section is attached).