Course Sections


How to add a course section

We're almost done creating a course listing but there are still a few steps left. For this tutorial example, we're going to continue by creating a course section node. You'll be able to see how this module pulls information from all the different sources we've covered so far and brings them together into a cohesive resource.

Step 1: Creating a course section

Let's start by taking a look at all of the fields for our course section node:

Screenshot of the course section creation page

First, we need to create a course section name. This is helpful if you're making a course listing that has multiple sections, online sections, or laboratory sections.

Screenshot of the course section names

Next is the body text. It is useful--but not necessary--to enter body text into your course section. Each course section will be searchable, meaning that people will be able to view your course section's body text if they search for information about that course.

Screenshot of the course section body text

Step 2: Adding a course syllabus

You can also upload your course's syllabus here:

Screenshot of course section syllabus upload section

When you click on the "Browse" button, a dialog box will appear that allows you to select your syllabus file. When you do, click the "Upload" button, as seen above. Now your syllabus should be uploaded to the page. It will look like this:

Screenshot of what an uploaded syllabus looks like

Step 3: Adding a location

Next you'll see the "Location" field, found below the syllabus uploader. This is an autocomplete field that is linked to the course location field, meaning that you should enter the name of the course location you created earlier. If you enter the right name, you will see it appear below the 'Location" field, like in our example below. Because I created SCI 2 0115 before, I am able to search for "sci" to find that location

Screenshot of the course location field

You can select the correct room number by either clicking on the room name that you want or by scrolling down and selecting your room with tab or enter. After you select your room, a number in parentheses should appear after your room name:

Screenshot of the selected course location.

Step 4: Add a course instructor

Do the same thing with your course instructor. Enter the name of the course instructor that you created earlier and select it in the autocomplete field:

Screenshot of a selected course instructor

One small note: if you enter a node that does not exist into either of these fields, you will get an error message and be unable to save the page. So if you see the error message below, re-enter the information in your instructor and/or location field(s) so that you see a number next to the text you entered.

Screenshot of a course section error message

Step 5: Adding Time fields

Let's finish off by looking at the time fields. These fields describe when a course section meets. Each course section should have its own meeting time so they should each have their own page if you have multiple sections with different meeting times. Don't forget to put in the meeting time if you intend on entering your time in a 12 hour format, such as in the example below. If you don't like the extra effort of denoting am and pm, you can also list the time in a 24 hour format.

Screenshot of the course section's time

Now, click the save button at the bottom of the page. You should get a final product that looks like this:

Screenshot of the finished course section page

In the next tutorial, we're going to bring everything that we've covered so far together into a final course listing.