Teaching load statistics serve to take stock of teaching activities and to analyse them. They are based on data from the study plans checked and completed by each lecturer.
These statistics take a “facts & figures” approach. For each lecturer, a personal table summarises teaching activities and classes by course level (preparatory, Bachelor, Master, PhD, continuing education and miscellaneous). It also sets out three types of activities:
- Lectures and recitations/exercises;
- Practical courses (also called TP and including practicals or lab work) and projects;
- Student support (Master projects, theses, …).
The indicators are calculated as follows:
- For lectures and recitations the indicators take into account the lecturer’s share of teaching and credits allocated to the teaching activity. Where no credit is allocated (e.g. preparatory year or continuing education), 14 teaching hours is equal to 1 credit.
- For practical courses (practicals, lab sessions) and projects, the credits allocated to the teaching activity are multiplied by the number of students.
- For student support activities, the number of Master’s projects, theses and students with tailored curricula is calculated according to the lecturer’s share of support. For example, for joint thesis supervision each lecturer’s contribution rate is 0.5.
The average workload of a full or an associate professor is estimated to be 2-3 courses (based on a lecture-exercise course of 3 ECTS and a lab or practical course of 4 ECTS, with 30 students). In addition, they will support 2 Master projects and the supervision of 5-6 PhD students.
It is important to bear in mind that this is only an average and that actual loads may vary.