2018-2019 Academic Catalog w/Addendum


Course Prefixes

Course Prefixes represent the type or discipline area of the courses. Course prefixes listed in the catalog represent courses that MCC offers through traditional, hybrid, MCC online, and global delivery types, or through www.CCCOnline.org

AAA-Advancing Academic Achievement

ABM-Agriculture Business Management


ACT-Automotive Collision Technologies

AGB-Agriculture Business

AGE-Agriculture Economics

AGY-Agriculture Crop and Soils

AME-Agriculture Mechanics



ASC-Animal Science

ASE-Automotive Service Technology

ASL-American Sign Language


AVT-Aviation Technology


BTE-Business Technologies


CCR-College Composition and Reading (also see ENG-English)


CIS-Computer Information Systems

CNG-Computer Networking


CRJ-Criminal Justice

CSC-Computer Science


CWB-Computer Web-Based

ECE-Early Childhood Education



EIC-Electricity Industrial/Commercial


EMS-Emergency Medical Services

ENG-English (also see CCR-College Composition and Reading)


ENV-Environmental Science

ESL-English as a Second Language

ETH-Ethnic Studies

FRE-French Language

FST-Fire Science Technology

Foreign Language Courses* (See prefix for specific language, eg. FRE, GER, RUS, SPA, etc.)


GER-German Language


HHP-Holistic Health Professional


HPR-Health Professional


HVA-Heating, Ventilation & Air

HWE-Health and Wellness




MAP-Medical Assistant Program



MGD-Multimedia Graphic Design

MOT-Medical Office Technology

MST-Massage Therapy

MTE-Manufacturing Technology


NUA-Nursing Assistant


PED-Physical Education




POS-Political Science

PPT-Power Plant Technology


PTA-Physical Therapist Assistant

RAM-Range Management

REE-Real Estate

RUS-Russian Language

RTE-Radiologic Technology



SPA-Spanish Language

SVT-Sport Vehicle Technology



Course Numbering System

Courses are numbered to indicate level of instruction. Freshman level courses are designated in the 100 sequence and sophomore level courses are designated in the 200 sequence. Courses numbered less than 100 are considered developmental and do not apply to certificate and degree requirements.

Course Credit Hours

The course description lists the course credit hours and the total number of contact hours per week, by activity, that the student attends the class assuming a 15-week semester. For instance, a 4-credit hour course that is listed for 45 lecture and 30 lab means there are 45 hours of lecture plus 30 hours of lab during a 15-week semester or an average of 5 hours contact hours per week. In this example, a student attends a total of 75 contact hours. The 75 hours can be adjusted to any length term.

Guidelines for Credit to Contact Hours

Purpose: To provide clarity for the determination of appropriate contact hours per credit hour based on Colorado Commission on Higher Education recommendation.

Federal Credit Hour Definition

Morgan Community College (MCC) shall follow the Federal Credit Hour Definition: A credit hour is the amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than:

(1) one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester; or (2) at least an equivalent amount of work as required for other activities including lab work, internships, practica, studio work or other academic work leading towards the award of credit http://www.hlcommission.org/Policies/assignment-of-credits.html

Base Contact Hour

Base Contact Hour: The base contact hour consists of the number of scheduled minutes of instructional activity involving direct contact of faculty with students in a given term utilizing a particular method of instruction. 

One base contact hour is equivalent to a minimum of 750 minutes, which equates to a minimum of fifteen 50-minute hours per semester. This represents a 1:1 ratio, where 1 credit hour equals 750 minutes of instruction. The base contact hour does not include the time students are expected to spend studying and preparing for class.

The ratio shall be adjusted based on the instructional activity. These definitions are derived from CDHE https://highered.colorado.gov/Publications/Policies/Current/v-partb-Guidelines.pdf

Lecture is a 1:1 ratio, whereas lab ratios vary depending on the type as described below:

Instructional Activity

Definition of Instructional Activity

 Base contact hours for 1 credit hour

Ratio of Base Contact Hours to Credit Hour


 Formal presentation/communication by faculty

 15  1:1


 Instructional activities conducted by faculty requiring student participation, experimentation, observation or practice. An academic lab or clinical experience is a hands-on educational exercise that reinforces and deepens the content in a subject of study.
Faculty must have direct oversight with this instructional activity, the faculty member is present at all times and engaged in assessing the work done by the student.

 30  1:2



 Instructional activities involving training for employment in a   work-like environment with an active faculty teaching role. A vocational or technical lab delivers specific skills as part of workforce training in an instructor-led environment.

 22.5  1:1.5


 Credit hours for placement in business and industry  environments that offer students seeking a certificate or  degree, professional-level experience and responsibility. College faculty are actively involved and present in the field. The faculty member will also collect artifacts and assess achievement of the learning objectives.

 45  1:3


 Credit hours for placement in business and industry environments that offer students seeking a certificate or degree, professional-level experience and responsibility. The internship is to be supervised and carefully structured, based on learning objectives that are related to the student’s academic discipline. The objectives are to be established in cooperation with the student, employer, and faculty. The immediate oversight and feedback provided is primarily by the business or industry employer, with occasional oversight by the faculty member.

 45  1:3

 Music: Studio

Bands, ensembles, music labs and the like conducted by faculty.

 37.5  1:2.5

 Physical Education/Recreation

 Physical education and recreation activities conducted by faculty designed for the development of skill proficiencies.

 30  1:2

 Art Studio

 Painting, sculpture and other lab type activities conducted by the faculty.

 30  1:2

It is to be noted the above table refers to instructional contact hours and may not be directly correlated to faculty workload.

Scheduling Information

“Instructional Type” and “Schedule Type” are separate concepts. Instructional type refers to the above descriptions for various activities used to delivery content/experience. Schedule type refers to the designation in Banner for each course that aligns with the instructional type. Banner includes the expected contact hours per credit hours (based on instructional type) for the course where as the schedule refers to actual hours based on the Carnegie unit of 750 minutes per credit.



Actual Contact
 Hours per Credit
Hour (in Banner)

Banner Schedule

 Lecture  1:1  12.5 (15)


 1:2  25 (30)

 Lecture +

 1:1.5  18.75 (22.5)

 Lecture and
 Academic or
 Clinical Combination

 Lecture 1:1
 Laboratory 1:2
 Lecture 12.5 (15)
 Lab 25 (30)
 Practicum  1:3  37.5 (45)
 Internships  1:3  37.5 (45)
 Music Studio
 1:2.5  31.25 (37.5)
 Physical Education
 1:2  25 (30)

Definitions of Instructional Delivery Types/Course Delivery Options

Purpose: The purpose of this procedure is to provide definitions and guidelines for course delivery modes. The definitions and guidelines will be used to ensure students have sufficient time and resources to master the course objectives in all delivery modes including hybrid or online courses.

All delivery modes adhere to the base contact hour guidelines, with one base credit hour equivalent to 750 minutes of instruction.



In the traditional classroom format the instructor and the students meet at regularly scheduled days and times to cover the course material, assign student activities and address any difficulties that students may be having with the course material.  Traditional classes offer the advantage of face-to-face contact with the instructor, a regular schedule, and a familiar learning environment.

Definition of Instructional Delivery Type:

Traditional - Also referred to as “face-to-face”; 100% of the approved contact hours for the course are provided in class. The Learning Management System (LMS) –Desire2 Learn (D2L) may be used to provide supplemental instruction but shall not replace any contact hours. Interactive Video, such as WebEx or Zoom, can be used to provide synchronous instruction.


Often called the "best of both worlds," hybrid courses are a mix of delivery methods.  A hybrid requires less student presence onsite than a lecture course, but there will still be some required on-campus events.

Definition of Instructional Delivery Type:

Hybrid – Face-to-face instructional time (determined by approved contact hours for the course) is reduced and replaced by instruction and/or activities which may be provided through another delivery mode (via D2L). All lab hours must be held in the traditional delivery mode. A minimum of 33% of the approved lecture contact hours for the course must be delivered in the synchronous traditional mode. The remaining 67% of lecture time must be accounted for through a documented plan for instructional activities. This plan must be shared with students and readily accessible to them.


Morgan Community College and the Colorado Community College System utilize Desire2Learn (D2L) to create a complete web-based learning environment for use with online and hybrid courses.  This easy-to-use learning platform provides the tools needed for course development, delivery, and management, and helps facilitate communication, collaboration, and community building.


MCC Online courses provide MCC students with the opportunity to take classes anywhere.  Online courses are equivalent to lecture courses.  A course website contains the course syllabus, class assignments, student activities, and other necessary information.  Email and discussion forums are the primary tools used for communication between the instructor and students.  This combination of course website, supporting materials, and discussion tools form a virtual classroom in which the students and instructor interact.  Most online courses do not require the student to visit the campus and may be completed entirely online, but a few do have proctored exams, so checking the course info sheets before signing up is always a wise precaution.  One of the biggest advantages that online courses offer is flexibility of daily schedule.  The student can schedule their class work at the time of the day most useful to them, rather than having to appear in a classroom for one or more fixed periods each week.

CCCOnline is a collaborative effort by all Colorado Community Colleges to provide Internet courses in support of degree and certificate programs at all Colorado Community College System (CCCS) colleges. CCCOnline policies, procedures, and course offerings can be found at www.CCCOnline.org and are listed in the MCC Schedule of Classes each semester. Credits will transfer easily among participating colleges of the Colorado Community College System. There are several start dates throughout the year.

Definition of Instructional Delivery Type

Online - 100% of instruction and activities are provided asynchronously through D2L. For each credit of the online course, students should be expected to receive 750 minutes of online classroom activities. This will create a seat time equivalency that is equal to the seat time in a Traditional face-to-face class.


Global - Refers to courses that are offered through WebEx. Students may connect to the course from anywhere with an internet connection. Global courses provide synchronous instruction during set times and days. Global courses may either be hybrid or traditional, with the face-to-face portion delivered via WebEx.

Student Learning Time

In alignment with the Federal Credit Hour Definition and the CDHE base contact hour requirements, students should expect to spend a minimum of two hours per week outside of class time completing work for each course credit. For courses that span longer than the typical fifteen week semester, the hours per week should be adjusted accordingly.

For hybrid courses, this outside learning time should not be confused with the required instructional time. Hybrid courses by definition require additional instructional time outside of the designated class time to ensure the appropriate contact hours are being met. The learning time is above and beyond the required instructional time in a hybrid course.

For example, a three credit lecture based course requires 45 contact hours in total. If it is scheduled to meet two hours per week for 15 weeks, then there is an additional one hour a week of instruction required to meet those required contact hours. Therefore, besides attending the class for the two hours per week, the student should expect to spend the additional one hour a week for instruction as well as another six hours a week in homework time (2hrs per credit for 3 credits).

Prior Learning Assessment

Prior learning is college-equivalent education acquired through non-traditional schooling, work or other life experiences. These might include skills from military, job-related training, or volunteer services.  Students demonstrate and earn credit for prior learning through such methods as nationalized testing, challenge exams, and portfolio examination.  For more information, inquire at the MCC Student Services Office, MCC Center, or view the Prior Learning Assessment Manual at: https://internal.cccs.edu/wp-content/uploads/documents/PLAManual.pdf or visit the Colorado Community College System Prior Learning Assessment page at: https://internal.cccs.edu/academic-affairs/career-college-readiness/prior-learning-assessment/.

Course Prerequisites and Course Co-requisites

Course Prerequisites

A prerequisite is an enforceable entry requirement for a particular course. The student must satisfy prerequisites, or their equivalent, PRIOR to registering for a course. A course prerequisite requires a "C" grade or better.

Course Co-Requisites

A co-requisite is an enforceable entry requirement for a particular course. A co-requisite course must be taken prior to, or concurrently with, a course.

Guaranteed Transfer Courses (GT/gtPathways)

Colorado has developed a statewide guaranteed transfer (GT) program (gtPathways Planning Guide)* and a statewide transfer policy. gtPathways applies to all Colorado public institutions of higher education, and there are more than 300 lower-division general education courses in 20 subject areas approved for guaranteed transfer. Courses are approved periodically and apply as of the date they were approved (please note effective term). GT courses are noted in the course descriptions by a statement, and their GT-xxx designation. Courses without the GT designation are not guaranteed to transfer, however some may transfer depending on the student’s program of study and the decision of the receiving institution. Students should consult with their advisors when selecting courses for transfer.

gtPathways Courses

All state community colleges (CCCS), along with Aims Community College and Colorado Mountain College, share common general education core course numbers, prefixes, and titles.

The Colorado Department of Higher Education maintains a list of approved gtPathways (Guaranteed Transfer) courses which includes courses from the Colorado Community College System and other Colorado institutions.  Their listing can be sorted by Category, Institution, Course Prefix and Number, etc.  

To view the most current list of gtPathways courses, go to the Colorado Department of Higher Education website for Guaranteed Transfer at highered.colorado.gov/Academics/Transfers/gtPathways/curriculum.html

GT Pathways General Education Curriculum

GT Pathways courses, in which the student earns a C- or higher, will always transfer and apply to GT Pathways requirements in every Liberal Arts & Sciences bachelor's degree at every public Colorado institution.  Note that these courses may not apply to some bachelor's degrees (check http://highered.colorado.gov/Data/Degrees.aspx?gtp=no for a list of those degrees).  You should always seek advising from the appropriate advisor at the college or university you plan to attend to ensure you are selecting the appropriate coursework for your degree and to ensure it will apply to those degree requirements.

See the Colorado Department of Higher Education website at highered.colorado.gov/Academics/Transfers/gtPathways/curriculum.html or the Guaranteed Transfer GT Pathways General Education Curriculum and any updates.

 Written Communication - 6 Credit Hours 2 courses

 Introductory Writing Course (GT-CO1) and Intermediate Writing Course (GT-CO2)


 Intermediate Writing Courses (GT-CO2) and Advanced Writing Course (GT-CO3)

  Mathematics - 3 Credit Hours 1 course  (or a series of three 1-credit hour courses)


  Natural & Physical Sciences - 7 Credit Hours 2 courses, one of which must be GT-SC1

  • Course with Required Laboratory (GT-SC1)

  • Lecture Course without Required Laboratory (GT-SC2)

  Arts & Humanities, History and Social & Behavioral Sciences - 15 Credit Hours

  Arts & Humanities - 2 courses (minimum 3 credits each)

  • Arts and Expression (GT-AH1)

  • Literature and Humanities (GT-AH2)

  • Ways of Thinking (GT-AH3)

  • World Languages (must be Intermediate/200 level) (GT-AH4)

 History -1 course (minimum 3 credits)


 Social & Behavioral Sciences -1 course (minimum 3 credits)

  • Economic or Political Systems (GT-SS1)

  • Geography (GT-SS2)

  • Human Behavior, Culture, or Social Frameworks (GT-SS3)

 To reach a minimum of 15 credits, please select 1 additional course (minimum 3 credits) in Arts  & Humanities or History or Social & Behavioral Sciences.

 (Taken from the CCHE website listed above 04-01-2016)

Independent Studies Courses (185-186 and 285-286)

Independent Studies *** 185-186 and 285-286

(Variable credits 0-12)

Meet the individual needs of students. Students engage in intensive study or research under the direction of a qualified instructor.

*** can be any prefix

Courses with numbers 185-186 or 285-286 are designated as Independent Studies in a specific discipline. These courses allow the advanced student to engage in intensive study or research of a given topic under the individual direction of a qualified instructor or faculty member. One credit hour is awarded for each two hours of contracted independent study per week per semester. With the approval of the Vice President of Instruction or Dean of Instruction, a limit of three credits in Independent Studies may count toward the A.A., A.S., or A.G.S. degrees as elective credit. Enrollment in an Independent Studies course requires the approval of the MCC Vice President of Instruction or Dean of Instruction.

Internship, Clinical, Practicum, Service Learning, and Cooperative Education Work Experience Courses

These courses are supervised cooperative education arrangements between the College and an employer. The courses provide the student with work experience that is relevant to his/her Career & Technical Education (CTE) program and personal career interests. The work and study calendar varies by program and may be adjusted as appropriate to individual interests, need, or the availability of work opportunities. The MCC instructor will provide course objectives to the student and his or her supervisor at the job site. Sessions will be held between the student and instructor to review assignments and course objectives. Actual clock hours for these courses are listed individually by course in the Course Descriptions section of the catalog.

Course Title(s)
Course Numbering
 Clinical  xxx 170-174 & 270-274
 Internship I & II
 xxx 180 & 280
 Cooperative Education I & II
 xxx 187- & 287
 Practicum I & II
 xxx 188 & 288
 Service Learning
 xxx192-194 & 292-294
 'xxx' can be any Course Prefix (NUR 170, EDU 188, etc.)

INTERNSHIP COURSES (180-182 and 280-282)

Internship *** 180-182 and 280-282
(Variable Credits 0-12)
Provides students with the opportunity to supplement coursework with practical work experience related to their educational program. Students work under the immediate supervision of experienced personnel at the business location and with the direct guidance of the instructor.
*** can be any prefix

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