ECTS - credit allocation
ECTS credits are allocated according to the workload needed to achieve expected learning outcomes in individual courses. Workload indicates the time students typically need to complete all learning activities (such as lectures, seminars, projects, practical work, self-study and examinations) required to achieve the expected learning outcomes. The estimation of workload is regularly refined through monitoring and student feedback. If evaluations reveal a discrepancy between the anticipated workload and the time actually taken by the majority of students to achieve the expected learning outcomes, a revision of the workload, learning outcomes or learning and teaching methods is provided.
At the Brno University of Technology, the estimated workload is defined as the sum of:
- the contact hours for the educational component (number of contact hours per week multiplied by number of weeks),
- the time spent in individual or group work required to complete the educational component successfully (i.e. preparation beforehand and finalising of notes after attendance at a lecture, seminar or laboratory work; collection and study of relevant material; writing of papers and projects),
- the time required to prepare for and undergo the assessment procedure (e.g. exams),
- the time required for obligatory placement.
According to the ECTS Users‘ Guide, student workload ranges from 1500 to 1800 hours for an academic year, whereby one ECTS credit corresponds to 25 to 30 hours of work.
At the Brno University of Technology:
- the total number of ECTS credits for one semester is 30, i.e. 60 ECTS credits for an academic year,
- one ECTS credit correspondes to 26 hours of total workload.