ISTANBUL AREL UNIVERSITY

ECTS Information Package

ECTS Credit Allocation

The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is a learner-centred system for credit accumulation and transfer based on the workload that 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.

ECTS Credit Allocation for the Study Programmes

The ECTS credit allocation based student workload needed in order to achieve expected learning outcomes of the study programmes leading to qualifications offered by Istanbul AREL University at all levels of higher education have been defined as shown below.

  • For the Short Cycle (associate’s) Degree Programmes, total ECTS Credits are 120 ECTS.
  • For the First Cycle (Bachelor’s) Degree Programmes, total ECTS Credits are 240 ECTS.
  • For the Second Cycle (Master’s) Degree Programmes with thesis, total ECTS Credits are 120 ECTS.
  • For the Second Cycle (Master’s) Degree Programmes without thesis, total ECTS Credits are 90 ECTS.
  • For the Third Cycle (Doctorate) Degree Programmes, total ECTS Credits for second cycle (Master’s) degree holders are between 180 and for the first cycle (Bachelor’s) degree holders are 240 ECTS.

These are also in compliance with those specified in the Turkish (National) Qualifications Framework for Higher Education (NQF-HETR), which also complies with those of the Overarching Qualification Framework for European Higher Education Area (QF-EHEA).

ECTS Credit Allocation for the Course Units

The ECTS credit allocation based on the student workload needed in order to achieve expected learning outcomes of the course units and other educational components such as compulsory and elective course modules, defined based on the same approach given above, complies with the standards as laid out in the ECTS Users’ Guide, published by the European Commission.

At Istanbul AREL University, one academic year is two semesters; each is equivalent to 17 weeks (14 weeks (70 working days) are for study period plus 1 week is for preparation period before the final exams and 2 weeks are for the final exams), which is associated with minimum 30 ECTS Credits and 765 hours student workload (that is 60 ECTS Credits 1530 hours workload on annual scale and includes all learning and teaching activities such as lectures, homework, reading, projects, assignments, exams, etc.). So that, 1 ECTS Credit is equivalent to 25,5 hours student workload and that is used for the calculation of credit weights of the course units in the programmes.

The initial ECTS credit allocation for each course unit is made by the course instructor(s) within the framework of institutions programme/course units development procedures, based on the assumption of average workload required for students’ to successfully reach the defined learning outcomes of the course unit. Moreover, the workload of each course unit is evaluated by students’ surveys and other internal quality improvement processes such as evaluation of the course modules through the assessment and examination methods at the end of each semester, and if required, student workload and, hence, ECTS Credits of the course units are aligned accordingly.

The workload and ECTS Credit allocation for all study programmes and their educational components are specified clearly in the relevant sections of the Information on Degree Programmes and Course Descriptions.

An example for ECTS allocation based on the student work load a course unit (Political Science in the First Cycle (Bachelor’s) Degree Programme of Political Science and Public Administration) is given below.

Department of International Relations
Bachelor's Degree, TYYÇ: Level 6, QF-EHEA: First Cycle, EQF-LLL: Level 6
Name of the Course Unit Code Year Semester (T+P) C ECTS
Introduction to Political Science 6IRLCDC001 1 1 3 + 0 3 5
Workload & ECTS Credits of The Course Unit
Workload for Learning & Teaching Activities
Workload for Learning & Teaching Activities Learning Activities (# of week) Duration (hours, h) Workload (h)
Course 14 3 42
Pre Course Study and Reinforcement Study 14 3 42
Reading 14 1 14
Assignment 7 1 7
Total Workload for Learning & Teaching Activities     105
Workload for Assessment Activities
Workload for Learning & Teaching Activities Learning Activities (# of week) Duration (hours, h) Workload (h)
Mid-Term Exam 1 1 1
Preparation for Mid-Term Exam 1 10 10
Final Exam 1 1 1
Preparation for Final Exam 1 10 10
Homework Assessment 1 10 10
Preparation for Homework Assessment 1 3 3
Total Workload for Assessment Activities     26
Total Workload of the Course Unit     131
Workload (h)/ 25.5     5