Following the Law on Higher Education and Research of the Republic of Lithuania, Lithuanian Higher Education Institutions on 1 September, 2011 moved to a new system for calculating the credits, and it coincides with ECTS. As ECTS was designed as a credit system based on student workload, a study credit allows measuring the volume of studies.
A credit is based on the student workload needed in order to achieve expected learning outcomes. The learning outcomes and objectives are described in study programmes.
The estimated student work volume is 26.6 hours per one study credit.
60 credits are allocated to the workload of full-time academic year, 30 credits are normally allocated to a semester. Usual volume of the yearly part-time studies is 45 credits. A student is entitled to choose a different volume of part-time studies; however, the total duration of the studies may not be longer than by one and a half times of the usual duration of the full-time studies in the same programme.
The usual volume of the first-cycle college study programmes, which leads to a Professional Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, is 180 credits, of them: at least 15 credits in general university subjects; at least 135 credits in the subjects of the foundations of the study field and special subjects; at least 9 credits in optional subjects. Elective subjects may be a part of general college subjects, subjects of the study field, or other study field subjects (not less than 21 credits).
The structure, content, and volume (in credits) of a study programme are identical for both study modes (full-time and part-time), although the study length and methods may be different.
Study programmes comprise academic subjects. Academic subjects can be combined into modules.
Study programmes list subjects (modules) by semesters and specify their volume in credits. Typically, an examination is taken after the completion of each subject (module).
In order to optimize students‘ workload, students can take a maximum number of 7 subjects per one semester. The lowest volume of a subject is 3 study credits. Within predefined structure, the teaching staff in collaboration with the representatives of other stakeholders defines appropriate and feasible learning outcomes and describe the learning activities, on the basis of the standard size of the components. The estimated workload must be consistent with the number of credits allocated to that component.
The hours of student’s work on each academic subject are classified into contact and self-study hours.
Contact work means teacher-guided studies. They can include lectures, seminars, training exercises, laboratory work, knowledge checks, consultations, etc. Contact work can be remote, i.e. realized by electronic study tools.
Contact work in the first-cycle studies must amount to at least 20 per cent of the total study programme, including at least 10 per cent of direct participation of the teachers and the students (non-remote contact work).
Self-study means studies of teaching, scientific, and methodological material, student work in groups without direct teachers’ guidance and in laboratories, preparation of scientific research works, project implementation, and other independent student activities allowing the development of general and special competences prescribed by the study programme.
The study volume in credits based on the student workload needed in order to achieve expected learning outcomes are specified in the descriptions of study programmes and course units.
The Lithuanian Grading Scale
Evaluation of student’s performance and study results in Lithuania is based on the 10-point scale:
9 VERY GOOD
7 HIGHLY SATISFACTORY
The ECTS Grading Scale
According to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) the grading scale is as follows:
|Passing threshold||A grade* and a short description of knowledge and skills||The level of the subject study learning outcomes|
Excellent performance, outstanding knowledge and skills
|All the learning outcomes of the study subject achieved|
|9 (very good )
Strong performance, good knowledge and skills
|No less than 90 percent of the study subject learning outcomes achieved|
Above the average performance, knowledge and skills
|No less than 80 percent of the study learning outcomes achieved|
|7 (highly satisfactory)
Average performance, knowledge and skills with unessential shortcomings
|No less than 70 percent of the study learning outcomes achieved|
Below average performance, knowledge and skills with substantial shortcomings
|No less than 60 percent of the study learning outcomes achieved|
Knowledge and skills meet the minimum criteria
|No less than 50 percent of the study learning outcomes achieved|
knowledge and skills, do not meet the minimum criteria
|Less than a half of the study subject learning outcomes achieved|
* Examinations/projects, practical training and final thesis are usually assessed by a grade.
Recognition of Learning Outcomes
Learning outcomes, including the mobility achievements are recognized according to the approved document „Order on Recognition of Study Achievements at Kauno kolegija“.
According to it the learning outcomes of students who have studied and/or have chosen practical training as a study subject in a Lithuanian or foreign higher education institution under the mobility programme are recognized without any limitations, if the programme is fulfilled. The study achievements, assessed by the grade and indicated in the Transcript of Records of the hosting institution, are recognized and are recorded in the Diploma Supplement. If in the Transcript of Records it is indicated that the student has passed the subject but the learning outcomes are not evaluated by the mark, the evaluation and the recognition is performed according to the approved assessment procedures of a certain study programme. In the Diploma Supplement the place, volume and the semester of the achieved learning outcomes are indicated.
If the outgoing student during his mobility has missed some subjects obligatory for the fulfilment of the study programme or failed without any of his/her fault, he/she is given a possibility to continue the studies upon the return and get the recognition of his learning outcomes free of charge.
The head of the study programme is responsible for approving the contents of the Learning Agreements/Training Agreements and for the recognition of the learning outcomes of the outgoing students. He/she is also responsible for the approval of the Learning Agreements of the incoming students and assuring the provision of the Transcripts of Records for them.
The ECTS is used to allocate credits and grades for mobility students.