Education, Grading and ECTS Information Package
European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), which the European Council first introduced in 1989 within the framework of Erasmus, now part of the Life Long Learning Programme, is a student-centred credit system based on the student workload required to accomplish the objectives of a programme specified as for learning outcomes and competencies to be attained. Since its introduction, the implementation of ECTS has found a wide range of acceptance in the higher education systems across the European Countries. Now it has become a credit system and an indispensable tool supporting significant aims of the Bologna Process, thus, of the European Higher Education Area ((EHEA) as it makes teaching and learning in higher education more transparent, comparable and measurable across Europe and facilitates the recognition of all studies. The system allows for learning experiences between different institutions, greater student mobility and more flexible routes to gain degrees. It also offers a systematic approach to curriculum design, quality assessment and improvement, and, thus, quality assurance.
Ankara Medipol University (AMU) has adopted the use of the ECTS system as a reference and transparency tool to design and define its study programmes and educational components and learning activities based on the educational objectives and learning outcomes in line with the level requirements of both the Turkish National Framework of Qualifications and the Framework of European Qualifications and its fields of studies in Higher Education and uses its features such as credit allocation based on student workload as to learning, teaching, assessment and grading methods for designing, implementing, reviewing, improving and assuring the quality in education and training processes. To achieve this primary goal, Ankara Medipol University has started developing its service, facilities, and campus automation system to enable the active and effective participation of all institution executive and academic staff in the development, implementation, and further continuous enhancement of the ECTS system.
At Ankara Medipol University, one academic semester is 17 weeks, including examination weeks, and each academic semester typically has 30 ECTS (60 ECTS for an academic year). One ECTS credit equals 30 hours of student workload – lectures, assignments, practical work, seminar, term paper, examination, and frees studies in the laboratory, library or at home and other assessment activities – per semester in the programme. Moreover, ECTS credits are also allocated to practical placements and thesis preparation when these activities form part of the regular programme of study at both the home and host institutions.
However, Ankara Medipol University includes all features of the ECTS Information Package. It provides home, foreign, exchange and candidate students, higher education institutions, employers and other stakeholders with detailed information, which makes easy trace on the institution, degree programmes at all levels of education as well as additional helpful information such as career and educational opportunities, social and cultural environment, recreation and sports activities and many more they may require for any need and concern about the university.
ECTS Grading System
Ankara Medipol University uses the following grading system at its both undergraduate and graduate levels:
(1) The success of a course is evaluated by the grade of that course at Ankara Medipol University. The grading system consists of assessing based on the midterm exam, midterm exam substitutes, such as homework, group studies and similar work, and the final exam. The department sets the contribution of the final exam; this contribution cannot be above 70% and below 30%. Grade points are in the range of 0 to 100 and converted to grade points in the 0 to 4 scale and letter grades.
(2) Each grade is converted to point grades and letter grades, as shown below.
GRADUATE PROGRAMS (MSc., MA and PhD)