For years, I have operated on the departmental guideline (suggested to me when I was hired many years ago) that students should expect to spend ca. 2-3 hours outside of class for each hour in class; thus, a 3-credit hour course would expect ca. 6-9 hours outside of class.
So it got me wondering.
Q: What is the standard at other universities? Is the university stipulation normal elsewhere? Are my departmental guidelines outdated? (I confess that the ca. 6-9 hour figure is what was expected of me as an undergraduate so I suppose I must now be outdated as well?!)