Programme Manager Introduction<>

Adding courses

Adding a course

Adding a course consists of the following steps:

1adding the modules which form the course structure

2entering the basic course details

3adding a course instance with the required module structure

Adding modules

Before creating a new course it is a good idea to first create any modules you require for the course.

To add a new module

1From the opening screen of Quercus, click the Programme Manager button.

The Programme Manager Courses search screen opens.

2In the top navigation bar click Modules.

The Modules search screen opens.

3Ensure that the Modules radio button is selected and, in the Tasks panel, click Add Module.

The Add Module screen opens.

4Enter the module code (up to 16 characters) and the module description.

5Click Add.

The module is created and the Module Detail Entry screen is displayed.

6Enter the rest of the module details.

Note: the Module Level field is used to hold the level of academic attainment e.g. Honors, Diploma. It is not the same as the module’s position in the course structure.

Note: the Module Unit Type field is not currently in use.

Adding module instances

To add a module instance

1In the Modules screen, click the Add Module Instance button in the Tasks area.The Add Module Instance screen opens.

2Enter the session date and the start and (optionally) end dates and click Add

The Module Instance screen opens.

There are several panels of information associated the module instance. You access these panels by clicking the buttons which appear below the basic module information. Work through the panels and enter the rest of the module instance details.

The panel shown below is the Course Instance panel. This panel allows you to associate the module instance with one or more course instances.

The properties panel shown below allows you to change a range of core attributes which apply to the module, including the default number of credits and whether the module is single-session or cross-session.

Adding course details

Once you have finished setting up your modules you can create the course itself, and add the modules to the course structure.

To add a new course

1From the opening screen of Quercus, click the Programme Manager button.

The Programme Manager Courses search screen opens. Ensure the Courses radio button is selected.

2In the Task panel bar click Add Course.

The Add Course screen opens.

3Enter the course code (up to 16 characters) and the course description.

4Click Add.

The course is created and the Course Detail Entry screen is displayed.

5Enter the course details.

Setting up the course structure

Adding modules to the course

You can add modules to courses by either:

selecting the course instance and then adding modules to the course instance

selecting the module instance and then choosing the course instances that the module is associated with (this is known as propagating the module)

You can also take an existing course instance and copy it, and then modify it, to create a new course.

To add modules to a course instance

1From the Course Instance screen choose the Modules panel.

2Click the Add Level 1 button.

A panel opens allowing you to search for modules.

3Use the search panel to locate the modules you want to add.

4Click Save to add modules to the course.

Note: when adding modules, you must specify the module types (typcially Core or Optional). Note that if you have selected multiple modules to add they will all be added as the same type. Therefore if these modules are of different types you should divide them into separate batches (one batch for each type) when adding.

Propagating the modules to multiple course instances

When you propagate a module, you add it to multiple courses at the same time. This is an alternative to the method described above of adding a module to a course.

To propagate a module to multiple course instances

1From the Module Instances screen choose Propagate Module Instance from the Tasks panel.

The Propagate Module To Course Instances panel opens.

Use the search facilities to locate and select the course instances to which you want to add the modules.

2Click Add.

The modules are propagated to the selected courses.

Copying a course instance

A third method of creating a course structure is to copy an existing course structure and then modify it.

To copy a course instance

1From the Course Instance screen choose Copy Course Instance from the Tasks panel.

The Copy Course Instance screen opens.

2Enter a course code for the new course and set the start and (optionally) the end dates.

3Click Copy.

The course is copied and the Course Instances/Modules screen opens.

Edit the course to reflect the details of the new course.

Defining optional modules

Whether or not a module appears as core or optional depends on the setting of the Module Type options when the module is associated with the course (see Adding modules to the course and Propagating the modules to multiple course instances). The illustration below shows how the definition of a module as core or optional is used by the online curriculum building and planning services.

Grouping modules

You can organise course modules into groups. You can then mandate that students pick specific options from within each group, ensuring that students have a balanced curriculum.

You define module groups through the Module Groups panel in the Course Instance screen using the Add option.

Note that the names of the module groups themselves are set up through the Quercus Classic Interface.

Once you have set up the module groups you can add modules to them by clicking the arrow button and then choosing the appropriate modules for each group.

The groups that you set up via the Module Groups Maintenance screen appear as choices for the user within the Build Curriculum online service.

You can specify a credits target that a student must reach when selecting courses for the group. This is presented as a minimum and maximum number of credits. So, in the example above, a student must select courses worth a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 160 credits from the Archaeological Techniques group and courses worth a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 180 credits from the Prehistory group.

Alternatively you can specify the number of courses a student must take when selecting courses for the group. This is presented as a minimum and maximum number of courses. So, in the example above, a student must select at least four courses but no more than eight from each group.

You can combine the criteria using the And/Or option (e.g. ‘the student must take 4–8 modules AND they must be worth between 60 and 160 credits’). However, we advise against combining criteria unless it is absolutely necessary as this can make it difficult for students to understand the criteria being applied and to select a valid combination of modules.

Once you have set the selection criteria, the information will be reflected in the online curriculum building and planning services.

Setting up requisites

If you set up two or more modules as corequisites they must be taken together. Exclusive requisites cannot be taken together. A prerequisite must be taken before the module referencing the prerequisite.

On the Build Curriculum screen, requisites of the various kinds are highlighted. For example, when you roll the cursor over a module its co-requisites are simultaneously highlighted by a grey background shading.

To set up a requisite of a module

1Go to the Course Instance screen and select the module for which you want to set up the requisite.

2Click the Requisites button to open the Requisites panel.

3Click the Add button.

4Select the required type of requisite from the Requisite Type box and enter a choice number (this should be unique and is used only as an identifier), and the number of modules the user must choose to satisfy the requirements of the requisite.

5Us e the arrow button to add the modules from which the user should choose.

Example

If you add ‘2’ in the Required Modules field of a corequisite and add six modules to the corequisite, the user will need to choose two modules out of the six.

If you add ‘1’ in the Required Modules field of an exclusive requisite and add six modules to the exclusive requisite, the user can only choose one module out of the six.