At the Lodz University of Technology ECTS credits are allocated on the basis of the typical workload necessary to achieve the required learning outcomes. TUL’s system provides that 60 credits are allocated to the workload of a full-time academic year, 30 ECTS credits are normally allocated to a semester.
The allocation of credits to single educational components is performed as part of curriculum design.
The teaching staff define the learning outcomes of each programme component, describe the learning activities and estimate the workload typically needed for a student to complete these activities. Departmental Commission for Education analyses and accepts programs and learning outcomes of each programme component. The estimated workload is expressed in credits.
Proper credit allocation should be part of the TUL’s internal quality assurance system- during programme delivery, the credit allocation is regularly monitored to establish whether the estimated workload is realistic.
The main element determining the number of credits is the estimated workload needed to achieve the expected learning outcomes In estimating students’ workload, teacher staff considers the total time needed by students in order to achieve the desired learning outcomes. Typically the estimated workload results from the sum of: the contact hours for the educational component (number of contact hours per week x number of weeks); the time spent in individual or group work required to complete the educational component success fully (i.e. preparation beforehand and finalizing of notes after attendance at a lecture, seminar or laboratory work; collection and selection of relevant material; required revision, study of that material; writing of papers/projects/dissertation; practical work, e.g. in a laboratory); the time required to prepare for and undergo the assessment procedure (e.g. exams)
If work placements or internships are required to complete the programme they arepart of students’ learning outcomes and workload and an allocation of credits is provided. In such case, the number of credits allocated to the work placement is included within the overall number of credits for the particular academic year.