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Course Outline Overview

Example Course OutlineThe Course Outline provides students with all information about undertaking the course in which they have enrolled.


Requirements of Course Outline:

  • The course outline is required for all onshore and offshore courses. It must be created for each course offering using the web-based Course Outline application, and made available online prior to the course commencing. APPM 2.1.1
  • Course outlines are an Assessment Policies and Procedure requirement and not designed for marketing purposes.
  • The majority of data is automatically populated in the Course Outline from the Program and Course Management System (PCMS).

Benefits of Course Outline:

  • Simple and easy to use with 'wizard' functionality.
  • Provides a consistent look.
  • Compliance with policy requirements.
  • Pre-filled data
  • Previous course outlines can be copied to a new study period.
  • Published course outlines can be accessed via a link in the Course Essestials block of the correlating learnonline course website.

Access Course Outline

The Course Outline can be accessed directly using the direct URL  https://my.unisa.edu.au/staff/courseoutline/home.aspx

Alternatively the Course Outline can be accessed via the UniSA Staff Portal at https://my.unisa.edu.au/Staff/Portal

myUniSA will open.

Select Teaching

  • Select Teaching

An authentication window will open.

authentication window

  1. Enter your UniSA Username.
  2. Enter your UniSA Password.
  3. Select OK.

Select Courses

  1. Select Courses.
  2. Select the required course and study period.

 

Select Create Course Outline

  • Select the Create Course Outline link.

Create a new Course Outline

To navigate to this point see Access Course Outline

Select Create New Course Outline

  1. Select Create new Course Outline for the offering above.
  2. Select Next.

If you have not created a learnonline Course website for this offering the following screen will display. You can proceed without creating the learnonline Course website, however, you will not be able to publish the Course Outline until the Course website is created.

Select Create or Copy Course Website

  1. Select Copy a previous learnonline course website
    OR
    Select Create a new blank learnonline course website
    Note: See Create/Copy course site for instruction on these options.
  2. Select Next.

 

Copy a previous Course Outline

To navigate to this point see Access Course Outline

Copy course outline

  1. Select Copy from a previously created Course Outline.
  2. Select Next.

The page will refresh.

Select study period

  • Select the Study Period/Year for the Course Outline you wish to copy.

The screen will refresh to display the course offering you have searched for.

Action icon

  • Select the Action icon.

The window will refresh.

Copy or create

  1. Select Copy a previous learnonline course website
    OR
    Select Create a new blank learnonline course website
    Note: See Create/Copy course site for instruction on these options.
  2. Select Next.

 

Review-only sections

Review-only sections of the Course Outline are populated from the Program and Course Management System (PCMS). It is recommended you review these sections.

Some review-only sections require selecting an option and/or simply confirming. For example:

Optional section

  1. Select the check box (if you want to include this section in your Course Outline).
  2. OR Select Confirm (if you do not want to include this section in your Course Outline.

Contact your School administrative staff to have incorrect data changed in PCMS.
Note: Data which is populated from PCMS cannot be changed in Course Outline.

Review-only sections of the Course Outline include:

Course Overview

  • Prerequisites
  • Corequisites
  • Course Objectives
  • Graduate Qualities
  • Course Content
  • Teaching and Learning Arrangements
  • Unit Value

Learning Resources

  • Textbook(s)
  • learnonline course site
  • myUniSA

Assessment

  • Assessment Details
  • Important information about all assessments
  • Students with disabilities or medical conditions
  • Variations to assessment tasks
  • Academic Integrity
  • Submission and return of assessment tasks

Introduction

The Course Outline will open the Introduction folder and display the Welcome section.

Introduction/Welcome

 

Introduction/Welcome

  1. Enter the Welcome text.
  2. Select Save.

The link to the Welcome section in the navigation frame will change to a green tick.

Select Course Teaching Staff

  • Select Course Teaching Staff.

The Course Teaching Staff section will open:

Introduction-Course Teaching Staff

  1. Select the check box(s) for teaching staff to Include in Course Outline.
  2. Select the check box for the staff member Preferred to be listed at the top of the section.
    Note: Only select one check box.
  3. Select the role of the teaching staff from the dropdown.
    Note: The roles of Teaching Staff must match staff members' contracts.
  4. Select Save.
    Note: Refresh is only used to update added/amended teaching staff data from PCMS.

Select School Contact Details

  • Select Select School Contact Details.

Introduction/School Contact Details

  1. Select the required check box(s) for the School contact details you want to include in the Course Outline.
  2. Select Save.
    Note: Course Outline uses data in OCAM (Org Contact and Address Maintenance) System. This database must be updated if School details are incorrect.

Course Overview

The Course Overview folder contains the following Review-only sections.

  • Prerequisite(s)
  • Co-requisite(s)
  • Course Objectives
  • Graduate Qualities
  • Course Content
  • Teaching and Learning Arrangements
  • Unit Value

It is recommended you review each section as you progress through the Course Outline.

Editable sections of Course Overview.

Select Course Aim

  • Select Course Aim.

 

Course Aim

  1. Select the check box if you want to include the Course Aim in the Course Outline.
    OR
    Leave the checkbox unselected if you do not want to include the Course Aim in the Course Outline.
  2. Select Confirm.

 

Select Placement Information

  • Select Placement Information.

Confirm Placement Informatio

  • Select Confirm.
    Note: If the course includes a placement (according to the information in the Program and Course Management System) this section will appear as a textbox in which you can enter placement information. If the course does not include a placement you just need to confirm the "No information will be displayed to the student regarding Placement information" message.

 

Select Product Code

  • Select Product Code.

 

For an Internal offering the product code is optional. Include a Product Code if you require dispatch by Off-Campus Services.

Product Code - Internal

  1. Select the check box to include the Product Code.
  2. Enter the Product code. Please see Off Campus Services for more information
  3. Select Save.

For an External offering the product code section is a required field. You will be required to submit a Package manifest. A product code will then be emailed to you within 24 hrs. Please see Off Campus Services for more information.

Enter the product code details

  1. Enter the product code
  2. Select Save

Select OHS&W

  • Select OHS&W.

 

OHS&W

  1. Select the check box to include any course relevant Occupational Health Safety &Welfare information.
  2. Enter text.
  3. Select Save.

 

Select Further Course Information

  • Select Further Course Information.

In this section you can add information about the course that doesn't fit in any other section of the Course Outline:

Further Course Information

  1. Select the check box to include Further Course Information.
  2. Enter text.
  3. Select Save.

Learning Resources

It is recommended you check the following Review-only sections:

  • Textbook(s)
  • Materials to be accessed online:
    • learnonline course site
    • myUniSA

Editable sections of Learning Resources.

Select Reference(s)

  • Select Reference(s).

 

References

  1. Select the check box to include References.
  2. Enter text.
  3. Select Save.

 

Assessment

It is recommended you check the following Review-only sections:

  • Assessment Details
  • Important information about all assessments
  • Students with disabilities or medical conditions
  • Variations to assessment tasks
  • Academic Integrity
  • Submission and return of assessment tasks


Editable sections of Assessment
are simple screens with basic functions such as enter text and save or, select an option and confirm.

Help for the editable section, Assessment Summary, is provided below as this section is more complex.

Select Assessment Summary

  • Select Assessment Summary

Move assessment item

The Assessment Summary window will open displaying the assessment items.

You can modify the order of the assessment items:

  • Select the down arrow icon to Move Assessments down
  • Select the up arrow icon to Move Assessments up

Once the assessment items are in the correct order you are ready to begin entering assessment item information

 

Edit assessment item

  • Select the spanner Edit icon for the first assessment item

 

Unsplit assessment

  1. Select No for sub-activities
  2. Select Step 2> button

Note: If you want to select Yes to split this assessment into sub-activities use the following instructions:

 

Assessment summary

The page will refresh

  1. Under Activity name type the activity into the field (for example Assignment 1)
  2. Either select the Due Date, OR
  3. Select Other and type into field (for example 'TBA')
  4. Type Time Due into field
  5. Select Submit via checkbox, OR
  6. Select Other and type description into field (for example 'TBA')
  7. Select Save activity button

 

Assessment summary

  1. Type a description into the text box
  2. Select Step 4 > button

 

 Save assessment

  • Select the Save button

 

  • Check the Complete column displays a green tick.

Note: Continue to edit each Assessment item until all are complete

 

  • Once all assessment information has been entered select Confirm

Course Calendar

The final section of the Course Outline is the Calendar:

Select Course Calendar table

  • Select Course Calendar table.

You will use a multi-step wizard to create a course calendar.

Select Start

  • Select Start to start the wizard.

Step 1:

Step 1 Select Yes or No

  • Select Yes where teaching weeks coincide exactly with formal study period weeks
    OR
    Select No to enter an alternative teaching period.

 

Selecting Yes will display the following windows.

Add additional weeks

A. Select Add a week to start to commence teaching period early.
B. Select Add a week to end to finish teaching period later.
C. Select Step 2>.

Step 2:

Select the first teaching week

  1. Select a radio button corresponding with the first teaching week.
  2. Select Step 3>.

Step 3:

Select Non-teaching weeks

  1. Select a purpose from the drop-down menu for each non-teaching week.
  2. Select Step4>.

Step 4:

Select additional columns

  1. Select a check box for each additional column required.
    Note: You can provide your own named column by re-naming the Comments column.
  2. Select Step 5>.

Step 5:

Edit information

  1. Select the spanner edit icon for each area to add information.
  2. Select Step 6>.

Step 6:

Enter text

  1. Enter text.
  2. Select Save.
  3. Select Step 6>.

 

Select Confirm

  • When you have finished your calender select Confirm.
    Note: Once you have confirmed the calendar you will be able to re-edit it. If you do not confirm the calendar you could lose any efforts you have put into creating the calendar.

The next step is to publish the Course Outline

 

Selecting No will display the following windows.

Set teaching period

  1. Enter actual teaching period.
  2. Select Step 2>.

 

 

Publish

Note: Course Outlines will print with a "Draft" watermark until the Publish function is completed.

Select Publish

  • Select Publish.

It is recommended you read the notice on the following screen before publishing.

Publish

  1. Select the check box to indicate you have fulfilled your School's quality assurance procedure.
  2. Select Publish.

Links to published Course Outlines will appear:

  1. In the Course Essentials block of the relevant learnonline Course Site.
  2. In MyUniSA\My courses\Course page for staff.

Document Services Printing Request

Part 1 – Publish the Course Outline. This step only places a link to the Course Outline on the learnonline course site.

Part 2 – Action the Document Services Print Request from within the Course Outline system. You will be able to adjust and confirm print settings such as cost centre and delivery detail.

Select Document Services Printing Request

  1. Select Document Services Printing Request.
  2. Select Request New Document Services Print Job.

 

Select the Open the print application for Print Job link

  • Select the Open the print application for Print Job link.

Complete the following two screens, and submit them to generate the printing of the Course Outline. You will receive a confirmation email if you have successfully generated a print request.

 

Edit a published Course Outline

A published Course Outline can be edited and re-published. This will automatically update the Course Outline link on the Course Essentials block.

An announcement will be made in the Student Portal advising that the Course Outline has been re-published. A link to the new Course Outline will also be included.

This announcement will be made to students even if the Course Site is still unavailable to students.

If you would like to edit your course outline:

  1. Log into the staff portal
  2. Hover your mouse over ‘Online Tools’ in the top right
  3. Click on ‘Course Outline’
  4. Click on the desired spanner for the appropriate course outline
  5. Make appropriate changes
  6. Publish the course outline

FAQ

Why does the formatting of the PDF document look incorrect?

When text is copied from a Word document, formatting is also included. The format of the source text may conflict with the default format of Course Outline and result in unexpected formatting in the PDF document.

When using Internet Explorer, Course Outline will automatically attempt to remove formatting from pasted text.
When using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, the browser will display the following window into which you can paste coped text and have the formatting cleaned before it is inserted into Course Outline.

Paste Plain Text

If you notice formatting issues in the PDF, it is recommended that you paste as “plain text” using the following process:

  1. Open the Notepad application. (Start > All Programs > Accessories).
  2. Paste the copied text into Notepad.
  3. Copy the text from Notepad.
  4. Paste the text into Course Outline.

Formatting can be applied using the formatting functions available in the Course Outline text editor.