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Assessment system and credits

Credits

What is an ECTS credit?

It is the measurement unit used to design qualifications within the framework of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). It is calculated based on the work required of the student (class and practical hours, studying, preparation and sitting of examinations, etc.). At the UPC, one ECTS credit is equivalent to 25 hours, or, exceptionally, up to 30 hours for external work placement and the bachelor's thesis.

Assessment system

How is each individual subject assessed?

If you pass the subject, the assessment report will include the final descriptive and numerical marks obtained (Outstanding/Very Good: 9.0–10; Good: 7.0–8.9, Satisfactory: 5.0–6.9. If you do not pass it, you will receive a mark of Unsatisfactory (0–4.9).

If you do not participate in any of the assessment activities for the subject, or do not participate in a sufficient number of them in the opinion of the responsible lecturer, you will receive the mark of ;Absent;.

What happens if I fail a subject with a numerical mark of 4 or higher?

You can choose whether or not to re-enrol in subjects that you fail with a numerical mark of 4.0 or higher, as they will be included in the curricular assessment process. Under that process, the mark may be changed to Satisfactory or maintained as Unsatisfactory.

If you decide to re-enrol in a subject for which you were already assessed in a previous academic period and for which you received a mark of Unsatisfactory with a numerical mark of 4.0 or higher (provided it was on the last assessment of the subject), that mark will continue to be listed on future official results unless you earn a higher one, in which case, the higher mark will be used.

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For further details about credits and about the assessment system, please read the frequent questions: FAQs about bachelor's degree courses or the FAQs about master's degree courses.