ECTS and Diploma Supplement
ECTS credit allocation based on the student workload needed in order to achieve expected learning outcomes
Frederick University has adopted the ECTS system since its establishment in 2007. Credit allocation to courses was done according to the Tuning methodology (http://tuning.unideusto.org/tuningeu).
During the academic years 2008/2009 and 2009/2010 all academic programs were re-engineered using the Tuning methodology. In the first phase, the academic staff has re-examined the learning outcomes of each course in relation to the competences expected to be developed by the program’s graduates and the students’ workload needed to achieve the set learning outcomes. Students’ workload included all educational activities such as teaching contact hours (lectures, labs, tutorials, etc) as well as students’ private study time (homework, exam preparation, project work, work placement etc). Credit allocation to courses was based on the students’ workload estimated by the academic staff. The key figures used for credit allocation were 25 hours per credit, 15 weeks per semester (13 weeks classes and 2 weeks exams), and 30 ECTS credits per semester. In the second phase the student workload was validated by the students. For each course taught, a form with all set learning outcomes was given to the students to specify the exact time they have spent in order to achieve them. Finally, the academic staff compared the expected workload with the average obtained from students’ feedback. The final adjustments on all courses were done by tuning the educational activities, learning outcomes, assessment methods or the number of credits.
The above process is repeated whenever there are changes in the academic programs or courses. This process is also employed for the engineering of any new academic programs.