What are the key features of ECTS?

  • ECTS is based on the convention that 60 credits measure the workload of a full-time student during one academic year. The student workload of a full-time study programme in Europe amounts in most cases to 36/40 weeks per year and in those cases one credit stands for 24 to 30 working hours. Workload refers to the notional time an average learner might expect to complete the required learning outcomes.

  • Credit is also a way of quantifying the outcomes of learning. Learning outcomes are sets of competencies, expressing what the student will know, understand or be able to do after completion of a process of learning, short or long. Credits in ECTS can only be obtained after completion of the work required and appropriate assessment of the learning outcomes achieved.

  • The allocation of ECTS credits is based on the official length of a study programme cycle. The total workload necessary to obtain a first cycle degree lasting officially three or four years is expressed as 180 or 240 credits.

  • Student workload in ECTS includes the time spent in attending lectures, seminars, independent study, preparation for, and taking of, examinations, etc.

  • Credits are allocated to all educational components of a study programme (such as modules, courses, placements, dissertation work, etc.) and reflect the quantity of work each component requires in relation to the total quantity of work necessary to complete a full year of study in the programme considered.

    To qualify for the Master of Arts in Intercultural Conflict Management degree at ASH a student has to obtain 120 ECTS credits.

    The achievement of one ECTS credit contains a maximum workload of 30 hours.

    Credits are therefore a relative concept and do not express the quality of the academic achievements. Rather, credits express the quantity of work, whereas, the quality of a student’s work is expressed through grades.
  • The performance of the student is documented by a local/national grade. It is good practice to add an ECTS grade, in particular in case of credit transfer. The ECTS grading scale ranks the students on a statistical basis. Therefore, statistical data on student performance is a prerequisite for applying the ECTS grading system. Grades should be assigned among students with a pass grade as follows:

    A best 10%
    B next 25%
    C next 30%
    D next 25%
    E next 10%

    A distinction is made between the grades FX and F that are used for unsuccessful students. FX means: "fail- some more work required to pass" and F means: "fail – considerable further work required". The inclusion of failure rates in the Transcript of Records is optional.

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