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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)
(1) Exams consist of mid-term, final, make-up, exemption, excuse, and single course exams. They could be conducted in oral or written forms or both verbal and written and practice. Departments announce exam dates one week before the exam period. Students who did not take the exams are considered forfeiting their rights, and those exams are graded with a zero (0). If necessary, exams can be done on weekend days with the decision of the administrative office and approval of the Rector.
(2) Students must take exams on an announced day, time and place. They must also carry student ID and other callable documents on the exam day; otherwise, exams are invalid. Exam grades are considered invalid even if the student takes the exam but does not meet the exam requirements. Written exam papers are kept for at least two years.
(3) Guideline for exams:
a) Midterm exam: Every course has at least one midterm exam each semester. Project, homework, lab, workshop and similar study evaluations may be considered as the midterm. Midterm grades are announced before the final exam. Exams done by the School of Medicine and School of Dentistry course committees are regarded as midterm exams.
b) Final exam: The final exam of a course is done at the end of the semester or year. Students enrolled in a course and attended the classes take the final exam of that course. The decision of the relevant committees may impose a passing grade for final exams. School of Medicine and School of Dentistry year-end and committee exams are considered final exams. Medical School and School of Dentistry students whose committee grade averages are equal to and greater than 75 are exempted from the end-of-semester final exam. When calculating the exemption grades, non-integers are rounded to the nearest integer.
c) Completion exam: It is an exam taken at the end of the semester/year for failed courses or to increase a grade of a completed course after agreeing to waive the final exam grade. If the goal is to increase the grade, a student can take only one completion exam and apply to the department one week before the exam.
d) Exemption exam: Exemption exams are done at the beginning of the semester for courses recommended by the relevant committees and approved by the Senate.
e) Make-up exam: This exam is done in place of midterm and completion exams. Students who are approved for make-up exams but did not take the exams due to valid excuses accepted by the relevant administrative committees can take make-up exams in the same semester for midterm exams and at a date decided by the organisational committee for the completion exams.
f) Single course exam: Student, who has one course left for graduation after completion exams, can be awarded a single course exam by the decision of the administrative committee. This right is granted once for a student. The exam grade substitutes the final exam grade.
The students participating in ECTS receive full credit for all academic work successfully carried out at any ECTS partner institutions. They can transfer these academic credits from one participating institution to another as long as prior agreement between the institutions involved.
Most students participating in the ECTS scheme go to one single host institution in one single EU Member State, study there for a limited period, and return to their home institution. Some may decide to stay at the host institution and finish their degree there. Some may also choose to proceed to a third institution to continue their studies. In each of these three cases, students must comply with the legal and institutional requirements of the country and institution where they take their degree.
Once the student returns, the credit transfer occurs as previously agreed between the home and the host institutions. The student continues to study at the home institution without any loss of time and credit. If, on the other hand, the student decides to stay at the host institution and take their degree there, they may have to adapt their study course to legal, institutional and departmental rules in the host country, institution and department.
Students are not required to pay tuition fees at the host institution. Yet, it may be necessary to continue to pay their regular tuition fees to the home institution during the study period abroad.
The national grant/loan to which a student may be entitled to study at their institution may not be discontinued, interrupted or reduced while s/he is looking in another Member State and is receiving an ERASMUS grant
Ensuring full academic recognition
An ECTS study programme must be approved by both the home and the host institutions before the student leaves for the study period abroad. If the programme of study described in the learning agreement is completed satisfactorily by the student, it is fully recognised by the home institution.
The transfer of ECTS credits
Home and host institutions prepare and exchange transcripts of records for each student participating in ECTS before and after the period of study abroad. A copy of these transcripts is given to the student for their file. For detailed information, please see relevant regulation below: https://ankaramedipol.edu.tr/erasmus/?lang=en