QCA Calculation | University of Limerick

# QCA Calculation

How to Calculate your QCA: The Formula:

Semester QCA = ∑ QCS                Cumulative QCA =   ∑ Semesters QCS

∑ (AH-NQH)                                       ∑ (Semester AH - Semester NQH)

6.0

For the purpose of calculating QCA scores, most modules are given a weighting, which is referred to as a credit on your transcript. Modules are predominately allocated a credit of 3, or a multiple of 3. Your QPV score for a particular module is multiplied by the module credit value (e.g. 3) and multiplied by the factor to give what's known as your quality credit score (QCS) for that module. Your QCA for each semester is calculated on the basis of the sum of all your QCSs within that semester. Your overall QCA at any given time (your cumulative QCA) is based on your total QCSs to date (excluding part 1 scores where applicable).
Eg  QCS for  module FR4141(table 6.1)  B1 = 3.2(table 6.0) * 3(credits- (table 6.1))* 1(factor- (table 6.1)=9.6

The following tables illustrate how QCSs are derived by multiplying the QPV for each module in one semester e.g. autumn) by the module credit and multiplied by the factor. (All modules in this example are given a credit of 3). The overall QCS is the sum of the individual QCSs.

6.1

 2007/8 Sem1  Part 1 Session To Date Module Title Block 11 Reg Type Grade Credits Factor        1.000 FR4141 French Language & Society 1 N B1 3 Att Hrs 15.00 15.00 LA4001 Legal System & Method N C2 3 Cred Hours 15.00 15.00 LA4111 Contract Law 1 N B2 3 Non-Q Hours 0.00 0.00 LA4211 Criminal Law 1 N C1 3 QCS 43.20 43.20 SO4001 Introduction to Sociology N B1 3 QCA 2.88 2.88

6.2

 2007/8 Sem1  Part 1 Session To Date Module Title Block 11 Reg Type Grade Credits Factor        1.000 FR4142 French Language & Society N B3 3 Att Hrs 15.00 30.000 LA4122 Contract Law 2 N B2 3 Cred Hours 15.00 30.00 LA4222 Criminal Law 2 N C2 3 Non-Q Hours 0.00 0.00 LA4410 Public Law 1 N C1 3 QCS 40.80 84.00 SO4012 Contemporary Society N B3 3 QCA 2.72 2.80

Autumn Semester QCA  =       ∑ QCS­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­____________
∑ (Att Hrs - Non Q Hours)

We will now work out semester QCA from table 6.1. Beginning with the autumn semester, QCS is 43.2 (sum of module QCSs), Att Hrs is 15 (sum of module credits multiplied by the factor), and there are no Non-Q hours. Applying the QCA semester formula gives us:

Semester 1 QCA      =          43.2      =    2.88
15

We will apply the formula to the sample spring semester figures from table 6.2. This time, QCS is 40.8, Att Hrs is 15 and Non-Q hours is 0. Therefore:

Semester 2 QCA      =           40.8      =    2.72
15

If you look to the extreme right of the 6.1 table, you will see the last figure of both columns under the Session To-Date column heading is 2.88. The 2.88 on the left represents QCA for the autumn semester of year 1, and the 2.88 on the right represents QCA to date. The figures are equal in this case because this is the first semester of the programme.

As you progress through your programme, the second column in the Session To-Date column gives cumulative figures for Att Hrs, Cred Hours, Non-Q hours, QCS and QCA. In the case of a part 1/part 2 programme, QCA starts afresh at the commencement of part 2 so cumulative figures are exclusive of year 1 scores.

Cumulative QCA  =               ∑  Cumulative QCS                                 84

∑ (Cumulative Att Hrs - Cumulative Non-Q hours)       30     =   2.80

Please note that in 2009/0 the University of Limerick has moved to ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System).  For further information on ECTS please refer to our website for details on students in this transition period.  Students who have started their programme in UL Credits may have the factor adjusted to neutralise the move to ECTS