ECTS makes teaching and learning more transparent and facilitates the recognition
of studies (formal, non-formal and informal). The system is used across Europe for
credit transfer (student mobility) and credit accumulation (learning paths towards
a degree). It also informs curriculum design and quality assurance.
Institutions which apply ECTS publish their course catalogues on the web, including
detailed descriptions of study programmes, units of learning, university regulations
and student services. Course descriptions contain learning outcomes (what students
are expected to know, understand and be able to do) and workload (the time students
typically need to achieve the learning outcomes), expressed in terms of credits.
In most cases, student workload ranges from 1,500 to 1,800 hours for an academic
year, and one credit corresponds to 25-30 hours of work.
Credit transfer and accumulation are helped by the use of the ECTS key documents
(course catalogue, learning agreement, and transcript of records) as well as the
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