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.