Course Checks Block

Blocks ::: block_bcu_course_checks
Maintained by Jez H, Mike Grant, Manoj Solanki, Kevin Moore
This block carries out a number of automated checks on a course, to encourage a minimum standard of course quality, avoid common mistakes and highlight possible areas for improvement. The block also allows for a course to be cleared of empty sections.

Course Checks Block 1.0.1

Moodle 2.6, 2.7
Released: Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:11 PM

Changes in version 1.0.1 (2014100800)

  • Fixed issues with undefined variables being used
  • Added Support for Moodle 2.6
  • Removed legacy references to $CFG prevent errors with block checking on a course

BCU Course Checks Block

This block carries out a number of automated checks on a course, that are all user configurable. The checks were designed to encourage a minimum standard of course quality, instead of forcing users and restricting their abilities.

The block also has the option to allow users to "clear down" a course, simply removing any sections that don't have content. It won't delete any sections that have content and/or a summary.

The checks that can be carried out by this block are:

  • Has the course got a summary, and image set?
  • Is the course visible to students?
  • Has guest access been disabled on the course (helps prevent issues with automatically enrolled students)
  • Have the sections been renamed from their default heading?
  • Have all of the sections got a summary?
  • Have all sections got content
  • What blocks should each course have added to them?


The block has been written and is currently maintained by Michael Grant working at Birmingham City University.


Documentation will be provided at the page at Moodle wiki if the block makes it into the Moodle plugins directory.

Version information

Version build number
Version release name
Can be updated from
Can be updated to
1.0.2 (2014101700), 1.0.3 (2014111000), 1.0.4 (2014112700), 1.1 (2015012000)
MD5 Sum
Supported software
Moodle 2.6, Moodle 2.7

Version control information

Version control system (VCS)
VCS repository URL

Default installation instructions for plugins of the type Blocks

  1. Make sure you have all the required versions.
  2. Download and unpack the block folder.
  3. Place the folder (eg "myblock") in the "blocks" subdirectory.
  4. Visit to complete the installation
  5. Turn editing on in any home or course page.
  6. Add the block to the page
  7. Visit the config link in the block for more options.