Some of the basic definitions used in the semester credit system are described below.
The semester is the smallest unit of time used to express the length of the process of teaching and learning activities of a program at an educational level. The implementation of a complete level of education program from start to finish will be divided into semester activities so that at the beginning of each semester students must plan the learning activities that will be undertaken in that semester.
One semester is equivalent to learning activities for about 16 (sixteen) working weeks, ended by the final semester exam. One academic year consists of two regular semesters, namely the odd semester and the even semester.
The Semester Credit System is an educational system to state:
- Student learning load.
- Lecturer workload.
- Learning experience.
- Cost of administering the program.
The Credits are a measure of the study load of the learning experience taken during one semester through scheduled activities per week.
Study Load per Semester is the number of Credits taken by students in a semester, while the Cumulative Study Load is the minimum number of Credits that students must take in completing the learning process in a particular study program.
Cumulative Study Time is the maximum amount of time a student must take in completing his studies in an educational program. For the Pharmacist Professional Study Program, the number of Credits that must be taken is 35 Credits which are scheduled for a two-semester study period and a maximum of four semesters.
One Credit for college activities is set to be equivalent to the study load each week for one semester, which consists of the following three activities:
- 1 hour (50 minutes) of scheduled lectures.
- 1 hour (60 minutes) of structured activities outside the classroom.
- 1 hour (60 minutes) of independent activities.
One credit seminar activity refers to lecture activities (point 1). The number of literature used as a reference and summarized for presentation in front of the forum is a minimum of 3 (three) titles, depending on the weight of the literature.
One credit for practicum activities in the laboratory is set to be equivalent to a study load of about 170 minutes of scheduled laboratory work, accompanied by: activities outside the laboratory, but planned by the teaching staff concerned, including discussions and writing report, independent activities, including reading reference books, deepening the material and completing assignments.
One credit for fieldwork or clinical work is set to be equivalent to a study load of about 170 minute/week.
One credit for internship report writing activities is set to be equivalent to a study load of about 170 minute/week.
The learning process is carried out using the student-centered learning (SCL) method. The implementation of this method is adjusted to the policies of each study program, including problem-based learning, role play, simulation, mini-lectures and group discussions.