In accordance with the regulations of the University of Applied Sciences Act (Fachhochschulstudiengesetz), the degree programmes at FH Vorarlberg are designed so that the workload of a student should not exceed 1500 hours per year. One semester of study is assigned 30 ECTS credits; thus, the average workload for 1 ECTS credit is 25 hours.
The curricula for the degree programmes (based on legislated guidelines) are developed by a team. This development team consists of university lecturers for each of the degree programmes, experts from business or social organisation as well as graduates.
An important part in the development of a course curriculum is defining the learning objectives at the level of the entire degree programme. These goals are then broken down into their individual components within the curriculum (lectures, internships, theses/final papers etc.). The development team also allocates the ECTS credits to the individual course objectives.
Regular and systematic surveys are carried out as a part of the quality assurance system for the degree programmes. In addition, the students' workloads for each course lecture and the entire programme are ascertained. If the results of these analyses indicated serious deviations between the actual learning efforts and the assignment of ECTS credits, this discrepancy will be addressed. If possible, a change or reduction in the workload will be made for the lectures in question using didactic measures (e.g. less homework, self-learning percentage). If the intended course objectives can no longer be met as result, then there is still the option to adapt the curriculum by requesting an amendment through the University Council at FH Vorarlberg.