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.