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ECTS grade system in the curricula of Ruse University. Principal Assist. Dr Desislava Atanasova. Structure of the higher education in Bulgaria. Students – full time and by correspondence students (part time) Educational programs Bachelor – 4 years (8 semesters)

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Ects grade system in the curricula of ruse university

ECTS grade system in the curricula of Ruse University

Principal Assist. Dr Desislava Atanasova


Structure of the higher education in bulgaria
Structure of the higher education in Bulgaria

  • Students – full time and by correspondence students (part time)

  • Educational programs

    • Bachelor – 4 years (8 semesters)

    • Master – 1 ÷ 2 years (2, 3 or 4 semesters)

    • Doctoral

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T he ects system in ruse university
The ECTS system in Ruse University

  • Each faculty in the University has its own Information Package, whichprovides a description of the University of Ruse, of the Faculty and the courses offered by it, in order to help prospective ECTS students to prepare their study period at this institution.

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The ects credits
The ECTS Credits

  • ECTS credits are allocated units to describe the student workload required to complete them.

  • In ECTS, 60 credits represent the workload of a year of study; normally 30 credits are given for a semester

  • No special courses are set up for ECTS purposes, but all ECTS courses are mainstream courses of the participating institutions.

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The ects credits1
The ECTS Credits

  • Credits are awarded only when the course has been completed and all required examinations or other assessment activities have been successfully passed.

  • Detailed information about disciplines is given in the information package of each degree programme.

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Structure of the curricula in ruse university
Structure of the curricula in Ruse University

  • Bachelor programs

    • curricula for each program. It includes studied courses for each semester. Courses are compulsory and elective (group of elective, from which 1 or 2 courses have to be chosen);

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Structure of the curricula in ruse university1
Structure of the curricula in Ruse University

  • Bachelor programs

    • for each course in the curricula there are given hours of:

      • auditorial (supervised) workload;

      • independent workload;

      • working on an individual assignment.

        On the basis of all hours for a semester the ECTS credits for each of the courses included are determined.

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Components used on defining ects credits for the curricula
Components, used on defining ECTS credits for the curricula

  • Auditorial (supervised) workload, which includes:

    • lectures;

    • seminars;

    • laboratory;

    • workshops.

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Example of a curriculum
Example of a curriculum

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Example of a curriculum1
Example of a curriculum

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Components used on defining ects credits for the curricula1
Components, used on defining ECTS credits for the curricula

  • Independent work, including:

    • work on assignment – 10, 20, 40 or 60 hours, depending on its type (essay, two types of course assignment or project);

    • self preparation (training) for the exam – includes the time, needed for the training through the exam session;

    • self preparation (training) through the semester – individual work, consultations with the lecturer, training for the studies, protocols, continuous assessments, papers, seminars etc.

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Components used on defining ects credits for the curricula2
Components, used on defining ECTS credits for the curricula

  • The whole planned workload for all courses in a semester is at the range of 800 hours, which are distributed in 30 credits between the courses, having in mind:

    • auditorial workload;

    • the type of individual assignment;

    • the form of the final control – exam orcontinuous assessment.

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Components used on defining ects credits for the curricula3
Components, used on defining ECTS credits for the curricula

  • 10 credits are given for the graduation, which are included in the whole sum of 30 credits for the last semester.

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Curricula table used for ects credits determination
Curricula table, used for ECTS credits determination

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Curricula table used for ects credits determination1
Curricula table, used for ECTS credits determination

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Credits structure
Credits structure

  • How credits should be determined?Credits are numbers for the determination of studying workload for each course.

  • 1 credit = 15 hours auditoria workload;1 semester = 30 credits1 academic year = 60 credits4 academic years = 240 credits

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Credits structure1
Credits structure

  • The correlation :

    supervised / independentworkload

    • Bachelor degree:

      • supervised (2/3) – independent (1/3)

    • Master degree:

      • supervised (1/2) – independent (1/2)

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Number and type credits for a course
Number and type credits for a course

  • Credit types, depending on course types, are:

    • knowledge adoption (mainly auditorial forms);

    • skills construction (mainly independent forms);

    • compulsory (fundamental knowledge);

    • elective and facultative (specialized knowledge).

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Number and type credits for a course1
Number and type credits for a course

  • Maximum credit points for a course have to be:

    • for lectures: 4 = 60 hours;

    • for seminars and workshops: 3 = 45 hours;

    • for independent work: 3 = 90 hours;

    • for practical foreign language study:

      10 = 150 hours;

    • for a course: 8 = 90 hours.

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Ects grades
ECTS grades

  • Grading scale of the ECTS

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Ects students
ECTS Students

  • ECTS Students - full credit for all academic work.

  • Credits - transferred to the home university and fully replace the annual/semester workload.

  • Students can study abroad for a certain period of time without any loss of semesters and exams.

  • Some students may graduate from the host university.

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