At Uludağ University, the allocation of ECTS credits to course units has been based on student workload required to achieve the expected learning outcomes of the course units. During the period of ECTS credits allocation, first the aims of the courses and the learning outcomes expected have been defined and then the student workload acquired have been allocated by the instructors. 30 ECTS credits per semester and 60 ECTS credits are attached to the workload of a full-time academic year. At Uludağ University, student workload is 1800 hours for an academic year including final exams weeks and preperation recesses before the exams, whereby one ECTS credit corresponds to 30 hours of work.
ECTS has been based on a full student workload and not limited to contact hours only. They reflect the quantity of work each course unit requires in relation to the total quantity of work necessary to complete a full year of academic study at Uludağ University, that is, lectures, laboratory study, preparation of projects, clinical study, practical work, seminars, tutorials, fieldwork, private study – in the library or at home – and examinations or other assessment activities.
In the allocation of the credits, the key features of ECTS have been applied. Credits have been allocated to all educational components of a study program (seminars, modules, course placements, practical training, thesis study, etc.).
During the process of ECTS credits implementation first the credits of the common courses at the university level have been defined and at the faculty level have been allocated upon the decision by the committee whose members are ECTS faculty coordinators. Last, the ECTS credits of the individual courses at the departmental level have been allocated upon the decision by the committee whose members are the academic staff of the department.
The studies on checking of the student workload of each course unit have being implemented by the results of the questionnaires applied to students.
Besides the ECTS credits, national credits have being used at Uludağ University. The national credits are based on contact hours (i.e. theoretical or practical hours per week). 1.0 credit stands for each hour of lecture a week and 1.0 credit stands for two hours of laboratory, or practical work a week. One semester consists of 14 weeks of education.
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