Guidelines on Calculating Student Course Workload and ECTS Credits
The ECTS is a learner-centred system for credit accumulation and transfer, based on the principle of transparency of learning, teaching and assessment processes. ECTS credits express the volume of learning based on the defined learning outcomes and their associated workload (ECTS Users' Guide). For further readings please refer to the NU Learning and Teaching Toolkit #5.
The student workload is estimated by identifying how much time is required for a typical student to achieve a given set of learning outcomes at a given level within a certain period of study. It depends on course design, teaching and learning methods, assessments, activities, resources and student abilities.
The flowchart below explains a 5-step approach to student workload at the course level:
For Steps 2 and 3 we suggest two options of workload estimation and calculations:
You may use both methods and reconcile the results.
To calculate the number of ECTS credits (Step 3) please insert the total number of ECTS hours resulting from the calculations.