ECTS Credit Allocation Policy (Institutional Credit - Framework).
The study programs of the FHV are designed in accordance with the regulation in the Fachhochschulstudiengesetz so that the workload of a student does not exceed 1,500 hours per year. Each study semester is assigned 30 ECTS credits, accordingly, the average workload for 1 ECTS credit is 25 hours.
The programme structures in the degree programmes are developed (according to the legal guidelines) by a development team. This development team is composed of the lecturers of the respective degree programme, experts from Business and Management or Social Organizations, and graduates.
An essential part of the development of a programme structure is the definition of learning objectives at the level of the entire programme. These are subsequently broken down to the individual components of the programme structure (courses, professional practical training, theses, etc.). The development team also assigns ECTS credits to the individual learning components.
As part of quality assurance in the study programs, regular systematic surveys are conducted. Student workload is also surveyed at the level of individual courses as well as the entire study program. If, based on the evaluation results, there are serious discrepancies between actual learning workload and the allocation of ECTS credits, appropriate action will be taken. If possible, a change/reduction of the workload in the course in question will be achieved by didactic measures (e.g. fewer assignments, self-study component). If this means that the intended learning objectives can no longer be achieved, there is also the possibility of adjusting the curriculum as a whole via a change request to the University of Applied Sciences Board of the FHV.
For detailed information on ECTS and the ECTS course catalog of the FHV, please see here.