What are OCC classes like?
You will find that classes are small at OCC - typically about 27 students, and no
larger than 37. This insures that you won't be lost in the crowd and you'll get the
individual attention you need.
How many hours will I have to attend class?
Although the college offers some online classes, most classes are on campus and have
a lecture-discussion format. A 3-credit class will typically meet for 2 hours 50 minutes
per week with a break during class. Night classes generally meet one night per week,
and day classes (15-week length) meet 1 or 2 days per week. During the summer, 7 1/2-week
and 8-week classes meet two times a week, in most cases.
Can I take courses online?
Although you cannot complete a degree program online, OCC offers around 100 online
courses in popular disciplines such as business, computer information systems, English,
health, history, math and social and political sciences. You can also take online
courses in our popular Alternate Energy (renewable energy) program.
How much should I expect to study?
The general rule of thumb is that a student can expect to study about two hours for
each credit hour of a course. In other words, if you are taking a 3 credit hour course,
you can expect to study an average of 6 hours a week. Of course, this is dependent
on how quickly you learn and requirements of the course (amount of reading or research
required, writing papers, etc.).
What is a syllabus, and why do I need one?
The class syllabus is a "roadmap" that you will receive at the beginning of each class.
It includes your instructor's contact information, assignments, grading policy and
class schedule, including when class is canceled due to holidays.
What is proper classroom etiquette?
Students are expected to treat others with civility, integrity and respect. This includes:
- getting to class on time
- being prepared
- planning to stay for the entire class
- turning off your cell phone
- following the Rules and Regulations found in the Student Handbook.