Modules

If course module information in the central online prospectus isn't suitable for prospective students then use these Content types to show modules on your department website.

Who can use these Content types?

Group Admins, Group Owners, Group Editors (create, edit, unpublish).

Example

Here is an example of a modules page live on the School of English website.

When?

Undergraduate courses

For undergraduate courses, by default you should use the module information pulled directly from the University's Interim Module Management (IMM) system which feeds into the online prospectus modules tab.

If this data is not suitable then you can use the module Content types to publish module information on your department website. This module information still needs to be consistent with what has been approved and is on IMM. Corporate Communications can then hide the automatic modules feed and link to these pages.

The Admissions Service should also be informed of any changes you make.

Postgraduate taught courses

For postgraduate taught courses, a list of module titles will be published in the central online prospectus. You should use this Content type to publish any further module information such as module descriptions on your department website. This module information needs to be consistent with what has been approved and is on IMM. Corporate Communications can then link to these pages.

Only the two modules Content types should be used for course module information on department websites.

Any amendments to module information published should first be updated in the Interim Module Management (IMM) system. Remember that there may be consumer protection legislation implications or approval needed for some changes.

The Admissions Service should also be informed of any changes you make.

Why?

In the long term, module information will be stored in a single central system and be displayed in the online prospectus. The systems and processes to support this are still in development. These Content types provide an interim solution to ensure this content is stored in a structured location and integrated consistently for website users. They are not intended to be the long term replacement for a central module database.

How?

You have a choice of two Content types to contain the module information. Switching between Content types later on isn't easy, so think carefully about the content you want to display and then choose the most suitable one:

1. Modules - multiple courses

Use to display module information for multiple courses. Each course is presented as an accordion.

Screenshot of Modules - multiple courses page output
Screenshot of Modules - multiple courses page output

2. Modules - single course

Use to display module information with each year of study presented as a tab. Suitable for a single course or a group of courses with very similar structures.

Screenshot of Modules - single course page output
Screenshot of Modules - single course page output

Components

These are the same for the two Content types, except for the years (displayed as tabs) or courses (displayed as an accordion).

Title

Be as specific as you can. For example, 'Undergraduate course modules', 'BA Politics L210 modules'. The words you use here will be used in the page URL.

Important - make sure the page isn't just the title of the course, as this makes it look like the main course page which is confusing for website visitors.

Intro

Summarise what is on the page so someone can quickly decide if it is going to be useful. You can also include any other important information or context to support the page title.

Media

Most module pages won't require a specific image here. But if you have a video about the course structure or a particular module then you could insert it here.

Body

A space above the tabs or accordion to add any supporting text or information using the Editor.

Year tabs (Modules: single course only)

The main area of the page to place module information. Each year block is displayed as tabs. Use 'Year one' etc for headings. The content of the tab is added using the Editor. You can reorder year tabs.

Generally, we recommend that you use headers, horizontal lines and accordions to organise module information. Module descriptions don't work very well in data tables.

Course accordions (Modules: multiple courses only)

The main area of the page to place module information. Each course block is displayed as an accordion. Use course titles for headings, eg 'BA Politics L210'. The content of the accordion is added using the Editor. You can reorder course accordions.

Generally, we recommend that you use headers, horizontal lines and accordions to organise module information. Module descriptions don't work very well in data tables.

Body

A space below the tabs or accordion to add any supporting text or information using the Editor.

Related information

Related links are optional. Learn more about adding related information when creating a page based on the Basic Content type.

Promotions and Promo box (legacy)

There are three components which appear in the sidebar (on larger screens) or below the main content (on smaller screens) on a page:

  • Group Promotion - one per Group website
  • Central Promotion - one chosen per page from a bank managed by Corporate Communications
  • Promo box (legacy) - to be retired when Group and Central Promotions are established

More about Promotions

Declaration

Needs to be ticked each time you save the Content type. The last checked/saved date, time and your username will be stored and printed on the form.


Other things to note

  • To minimise confusion for website visitors, the information on these pages should be contained to just that about modules. All other core course information should be located inside the online prospectus
  • Typically these pages do not need to be linked to from other areas of your website. The central online prospectus is the core place for course information and the module page/s will be linked to from there
  • The URL for these Content types is automatically generated and is in part based on the title. They always sit within your website under /modules/ in the URL path
  • A disclaimer regarding module information always appears at the bottom of the Content types, above the Related information links. The wording for this is managed centrally
  • If you are displaying modules for multiple years then make sure the years are clearly labelled
  • Keep track of when your modules pages were last updated using the 'Modules' tab in your Group (below) and make sure that you check the content on them at least every six months
  • If you are creating a modules page for a dual course then liaise with the sharing department and if possible agree on having the the course modules information on a single page
  • If you have already created a modules page using a different Content type then we can talk you through the process for moving it over to one of the module Content types
Modules - tab

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