Credits multiplied by 10
2 credits = 20 notional hours
160 credits = 1600 notional hours
If the word ‘notion’ refers to an ‘idea’, then notional time is an idea about time. This means that it is a reasoned framework, essentially non prescriptive. Some people can learn a concept in 20 minutes, others require two days.
However it’s not feasible to plan a training program stating that time is a relative concept. In SAQA (South African Qualification Authority) language, a credit is a time indicator. If a unit standard is 5 credits – time allocated to implement and manage the learning experience is 50 hours.
One credit is therefore assumed to be completed within 10 hours.
Notional Time = credit x 10 hours
If a qualification is 120 credits, the notional time is 1200 hours