Flexible Curriculum User’s Guide<>

Flexible curriculum user interface

What has changed in the user interface between Quercus 2.7 and Quercus 8?

Most changes related to flexible curriculum in the Quercus 8 user interface affect the Quercus Classic Interface. The changes are summarised below.

Area of application

Changes

See

Course Maintenance

Module Maintenance

Allows you to maintain both single-session, and cross-sessional courses

» Designate a course as single-session or cross-sessional, below.

Allows you to add multiple instances of the same module in the same academic session

» Set up multiple instances of a module.

Search for courses

Search for modules

Allows you to locate single-session and cross-sessional courses

» View courses and modules by date or by academic session.

Designate a course as single-session or cross-sessional

When you are setting up a new course instance you can mark it as being either single session or cross sessional (see Course or module start and end dates can be independent of academic session).

You do this through the new Session Type field. This field appears on the Course Instance Maintenance screen. To see the new field, scroll to the right.

Marking a course as single-session or cross-sessional is mandatory when you set up the course instance.

View courses and modules by date or by academic session

When you are viewing the list of course instances, you can choose to see:

only the course instances linked with a single academic session

only the course instances that are allowed to cross academic sessions

both single-session and cross-sessional course instances

» For more information see To switch between different filtered views of courses.

Set up multiple instances of a module

The module maintenance screen now allows you to maintain multiple instances of the same module in the same academic session (see Modules may run several times during the lifespan of a course).

In versions of Quercus prior to Quercus 8 you could only set up a single instance of the module for a given academic session.

In Quercus 8:

The list of module instances and the list of module tutors are now grouped on separate tabs.

You can create multiple module instances for a given year.

You can use the Create Like button to base a new instance on an existing instance.

You can check which courses a module is assigned to and you can assign modules to multiple course instances in a single operation using the icon.

In addition there are complementary changes to the Module Instance Details screen (click the Open Record icon to access this screen).

The changes include:

Start and end dates can be entered for the module instance.

You can choose between session types (single-session or cross-sessional).

Student Maintenance screen now shows students on cross‑sessional courses

The Student Maintenance screen now shows students who are registered on cross-sessional courses in addition to the students registered on courses associated with a particular academic session. In the example below students registered for the 2010 single-session archaeology courses (ARCH-01 and ARCH-02) are listed. In addition students registered for the cross-sessional courses ARCH-01-FLEX and ARCH-02-FLEX (the second of which does not begin until 2012) are also listed.