ECTS/Course Information Catalogue

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ECTS

ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer System and  it is a learner-centered system for credit accumulation and transfer  based on the transparency of learning outcomes and learning processes.  Its aim is to facilitate planning, delivery, evaluation, recognition and  validation of qualifications and units of learning as well as student  mobility.

 

ECTS Credits

ECTS  credits are  based  on  the  workload  students  need  in  order  to  achieve  expected  learning  outcomes. Learning  outcomes describe what a learner is expected to know, understand and be  able to do after successful completion of a process of learning. They  relate to level descriptors in national and European qualifications  frameworks.

Workload indicates the time students typically need  to complete all learning activities (such as lectures, seminars,   projects,  practical  work,  self-study  and examinations)  required   to  achieve  the  expected learning outcomes. Sixty (60) ECTS credits  are attached to the workload of a fulltime year of formal learning  (academic year) and the associated learning outcomes. In most cases,  student workload ranges from 1,500 to 1,800 hours for an academic year,  whereby one credit corresponds to 25 to 30 hours of work

 

Use of ECTS Credits

Credits are allocated to entire qualifications or  study programmes  as  well  as  to  their  educational  components  (such  as  modules,  course  units,  dissertation  work,  work   placements  and  laboratory  work). The number of credits ascribed to  each component is based on its weight in terms of the workload students  need in order to achieve the learning outcomes in a formal context.

Credits are awarded to individual students (full-time  or part-time) after completion of the learning activities required by a  formal programme of study or by a single educational component and the  successful assessment of the achieved learning outcomes. Credits may be  accumulated with a view to obtaining qualifications, as decided by the  degree-awarding institution. If students have achieved learning outcomes  in other learning contexts or timeframes (formal, nonformal or  informal), the associated credits may be awarded after successful  assessment, validation or recognition of these learning outcomes.

Credits awarded in one programme may be transferred  into another programme, offered by the same or another institution. This  transfer can only take place if the degree-awarding institution  recognises the credits and the associated learning outcomes. Partner  institutions should agree in advance on the recognition of periods of  study abroad.

Credit transfer and accumulation are facilitated by  the use of the ECTS key documents (Course Catalogue, Student Application  Form, Learning Agreement and Transcript of Records) as well as the  Diploma Supplement.