EMA Integration FAQ: Merged courses


Enrolments from 2 or more RISIS modules are merged into a single Merged Course in Blackboard.
From 2019-20, the Blackboard Course ID for a Merged Course will end with 19-0MOD.
The course Title will end with (Merged 2019/20).


Important information!
Integration will create separate assignments / Grade Centre columns for each module code AND occurrence.
e.g. AP1ID1 and   AP1ID2 are merged into AP1ID12-19-0MOD but there are multiple occurrences of each:

·         AP1ID1-19-0A

·         AP1ID1-19-0J

·         AP1ID1-19-0V

·         AP1ID2-19-0A

·         AP1ID2-19-0J

·         AP1ID2-19-0V

The integration will create separate assignments / Grade Centre columns for each of these.

If there are different assignments for each module code

There is no problem: you can deal with the assessments exactly as you would on any other course.

If some assignments are completed by all students, regardless of the module

Where a Merged Course combines Undergraduate and PostGraduate enrolments
you should always set up separate submission points for the UG and PG students, since the pass mark is different.

There may be compelling reasons why you do not want to create separate submission points for each of the merged modules.

If you have a single submission point for an assessment which will have submissions from students on multiple module codes, exactly how you deal with that will depend on the Mode of Submission.

Any Mode of Submission that creates a Weighted Total column

Applies to: Turnitin, Blackboard Test, Discussion Board, Multipart assessment.

You can map one Turnitin assignment or Test to more than one Weighted Total column

e.g. all students submit to Turnitin Assignment 1. You can map that assignment to the Weighted column for module A and module B.

This will mean that each of those columns shows marks for all of the students on the Blackboard course. But when you come to Approve Marks, you can send only those which relate to students on the relevant module.

Blackboard Assignments

This is trickier as the integration will create separate assignments, not just Grade Centre columns. But if necessary you could

·         hide the module B assignment

·         manually enter marks for module B students in the Grade Centre for the module B assignment

·         when approving marks, send only marks for the correct students for that integrated column.

Blackboard Group Assignments

This is trickier still. You can use the same approach as above, ensuring that module B students are added to Groups, so that they can submit to the Group Assignment – and will be able to see their marks and feedback once these are released in Blackboard.

To enter a mark manually for these students against the module B assignment is exceptionally complicated. In practice, it will be simplest to enter marks for the module B students directly into RISIS.

Please talk to the TEL team for further advice!

Blackboard Blogs, Journals, Wikis

The integration will create separate gradable Blogs, Journals and Wikis for all modules/occurrences. But you can take the same approach as outlined above for Blackboard Assignments, and manually enter the marks in the module B Grade Centre column.


Helpful tip!
In any of these scenarios, if you approve all of the marks to send to RISIS, the process will reject the “wrong” marks

i.e. it will reject marks for A module students on module B Grade Centre columns, and vice versa.

Page last updated on September 24, 2019 by andyturner

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