What is the difference between a Course and an Organisation?

The most common type of course is a Module Course. This is an area within Blackboard (MOLE) where students work on content that contributes to their final grade. A Course has a definitive start and end date

Difference between the different courses

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Course (Module)
  • Has an allocated module code
  • Is listed in the departmental Directory of Modules (DOM) as a course being run by the University in the current academic year
  • Created electronically by the Blackboard system dependant on being listed in DOM
  • Students enrolled automatically by electronic transfer from the University's main registration system
Programme Course
  • Has an allocated programme code
  • Programme courses are available on request.
  • Students enrolled automatically by electronic transfer from the University's main registration system
Custom Course
  • Is a resource area within Blackboard created upon request from departments or individual Course Instructor
  • Is not listed in the departmental Directory of Modules (DOM)
  • Is relevant to current academic years student intake/cohort
  • Student enrollment is responsibility of course owner
  • Available on request by contacting digital.learning@sheffield.ac.uk.

Note: Upon requesting a custom course we may ask about the content of the course to ensure it is not better fitted to a module or programme course, as maintaing courses/programmes are much easier.

Linked Course
  • Is where two or more standard courses are combined into a single module
  • One course acts as host to the others which are in effect turned off
  • Students originally registered to the turned off courses then get access to the host course instead
  • Is automatically recreated each year until notification is received not to do so
Organisation Course
  • An Organisation has the same functionality of a Course but the crucial difference is that there is no student activity in an Organisation that will contribute to their final grade
  • Organisations need to be requested and are then administered by the requesting member of staff
  • An Organisation remains in continuous existence from year to year until a request is made to close it down by the owner
  • The requesting member of staff has to accept terms and conditions attached to the running of an Organisation
Organisation Terms and Conditions
  • As the requester of a Blackboard Organisation you agree to be the primary administrator of the Organisation and take full responsibility for the management of content and users.
  • You should ensure you have permission and copyright clearance where required for all content placed in the Organisation.
  • All user enrolments are managed manually , a function that Organisation Administrators can perform, however any users who leave the University will automatically be removed from all organisations during the MOLE rollover period in the summer.
  • Organisations have no end date and will not rollover like a course, so they remain in existence until a request is made to close them.
  • There is a 1Gb limit on the content of an Organisation.
  • There should be no student work contained within an Organisation that directly relates to a final grade or credit. All credit bearing content should be contained in a course.