ECTS CREDIT ALLOCATION
European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is a student oriented credit system based on the workload of the student for a specific course. It is a value which represents all the studies (theoretical courses, applications, seminars, independent studies, examinations, assignments, etc.) that a student needs to complete in order to achieve the defined learning outcomes.
At Bulent Ecevit University, all courses offered have both local and ECTS credits. The local credit hours of an undergraduate course are composed of all the weekly hours in theoretical courses, plus half the weekly hours in practical, studio, laboratory, and workshop sessions. This system which was originally designed for credit transfer, is also used as a credit accumulation system institutionally, regionally, nationally and in Europe. The courses, which are not to be included in the Grade Point Average (GPA) as determined by the University Board, are not given any credit hours. Only the weekly theoretical and practical hours of such courses are specified.
Following the description of the learning outcomes and competencies for a specific course, ECTS credits are determined according to the exact workload of the student that s/he needs to acquire in order to succeed in the course, which means that he/she attains the predefined learning outcomes. The workloads the students need to have in order to succeed have been determined by academic staff within the studies carried out on ECTS distribution. The workloads are measured by evaluation surveys conducted at the end of each term.
At BEU, the minimum number of ECTS credits for completion of a program per semester (16 weeks including the examination period) is 30 ECTS acquired successfully. This is associated with 750-900 hours of workload per semester including all the activities of the students (lectures, assignments, projects, midterms, finals etc.)
The calculation of Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is conducted according to the local credit and grade of the students. However, both local credits and ECTS credits along with the grades are displayed on the students’ official transcript.