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ECTS credit allocation based on the student workload needed in order to achieve expected learning outcomes

The European Credit Transfer System was introduced in 1989 as a project to simplify the process of studying at a foreign university as part of the Erasmus student exchange programme with the goal of providing a basis for measuring and comparing academic results and for transferring them from one institution to another.

ECTS credit allocation is based on the student workload needed in order to achieve expected learning outcomes. Learning outcomes describe what the student should know, understand, and be able to do after successfully completing the learning process.

Workload expresses the time normally required by a student to complete all activities connected with the learning (e.g. lectures, seminars, projects, practical work, self-study and examinations) needed in order to achieve the expected learning outcomes.

For a workload in the extent of one year (academic year) of full-time study and the learning outcomes connected thereto, 60 ECTS credits are awarded. In most cases, a student’s workload ranges from 1,500 to 1,800 hours per academic year; one credit thus corresponds to 25 to 30 hours of work

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