ECTS Credit Allocation
European Credit Transfer and Accumulation 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 programme key learning outcomes.
At Maltepe University, each course has 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. The courses, which are not included in the grade average as determined by the Senate. Only the weekly theoretical and practical hours of such courses are to be specified.
European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is also used as credit accumulation system in Europe at institutional, regional, national levels. In Maltepe University, 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 a course.
In order to determine ECTS credits, the academicians revised all course programmes by estimating the workload the students need for a course in 2009-2010 Spring Term. The workload of each course has been checked with data collected from students using Workload Questionnaires at the end of each term. It was decided by the Senate that 1 ECTS credit is equal to 25 hours and ECTS credits of each course is calculated accordingly. The procedure for calculation of ECTS credits for each course was as follows: After collection of Workload Questionnaires from students, workload means are calculated for each course. By taking into account compulsory, departmental, field and university elective courses and also keeping 30 ECTS credits per semester in mind, the workload means are entered into an Excel Program developed for this purpose, resulting in the redistribution of ECTS credits of each course.
At MU, the minimum ECTS credit for a successful completion of a programme per term (17 weeks including the examination period) is 30 ECTS credits which is equivalent to 750 hours workload per semester including all the activities of the students (lectures, assignments, projects, midterms, finals, etc.).
The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is calculated according to the local credits and grades of the students. It should be noted that presently both local credits and ECTS credits along with the grades are displayed on the students’ official transcript. For ECTS credit allocations for each programme, please see information on degree programmes page (http://ects.maltepe.edu.tr/en/degree-programs) and go to the course structure diagram with ECTS credits section of each programme within each faculty, graduate school and school. In the course structure diagram with ECTS credits section, each course can be clicked to go to the syllabus of the course to see details of the workload.