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Activities: Subcourse

Maintained by Picture of David Mudrák David Mudrák
The module provides very simple yet useful functionality. When added into a course, it behaves as a graded activity. The grade for each student is took from a final grade in another course. This allows course designers to organize the learning content into separate units.

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Subcourse is an activity module that represents the final grade obtained in another course. This allows to create "meta-gradebook" in one course, where all final grades from other courses are aggregated.

Grades are fetched automatically or can be fetched manually any time.

The grade type and other grade item settings are copied from the original grade total item and can not be changed.


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  • Picture of Александр Пушкин
    Mon, Apr 7, 2014, 2:09 AM
    Whether there will be a version for moodle 2.6+?
  • Picture of Steve Towson
    Mon, Jun 2, 2014, 4:52 PM
    Hello David ... what are the changes between this version of the module and the previous? Thanks.
  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Mon, Jun 2, 2014, 7:21 PM
    As the release notes say, it's actually just a trivial removal of a deprecated function call (contributed by Vadim Dvorovenko). More features (mostly based again on Vadim's work) are to come in v2.7.0 (for Moodle 2.7), hopefully soon.
  • Picture of Elton LaClare
    Fri, Jul 17, 2015, 2:31 PM
    Hello David. Thank you for this very useful module. We would like to begin using it after our upgrade to 2.9 next month. Before installing it, our Moodle service provider wants to be assured that it will work on 2.9. Has anyone tried it out?
  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Fri, Jul 17, 2015, 8:10 PM

    Thanks for pinging me Elton. I just released the version v3.1 of the Subcourse module. Behat tests pass on both Moodle 2.8 and 2.9.

  • Picture of Alain Bolli
    Tue, Nov 24, 2015, 10:55 PM

    I translated in French. Here is the file :
  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Wed, Dec 2, 2015, 8:47 PM

    Thanks Alain for sharing your work! I submitted your strings via for review and inclusion into the French Moodle language pack. Once they are accepted by the French language pack maintainers, they will become available.

  • Picture of Sarah Paliulis
    Sat, Jan 23, 2016, 5:25 AM
    We've been looking for a way to bundle our online courses and give students a certificate for completing all of the courses in the bundle. This module looks great and almost meets our needs. Our only issue is that it allows students to get the certificate even if they received a failing grade in one of the individual courses because the only activity completion option is "require grade." Is there any way to add the option of "require minimum score," which is available for other types of activities in Moodle?
  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Mon, Jan 25, 2016, 3:59 PM

    That's a very good suggestion Sarah. Let me look at it.

  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Mon, Jan 25, 2016, 10:05 PM

    @Sarah Paliulis: I know that Quiz provides this "Require passing grade" condition. It would be good if that feature was implemented in a way that allows to use it in any activity module. That route will take a bit longer than simply copy & pasting the code from the Quiz into the Subcourse, but I believe it would be better solution.

    Meanwhile (depending on what module you use for certificates), may it is possible to define the "Restrict access" for the certificate module. If I remember correctly, there was a way to define that the certificate module is not available unless a specific grade is achieved in another module.

  • Picture of Sarah Paliulis
    Wed, Jan 27, 2016, 7:30 AM
    Thanks for replying, David. I'm looking at the certificate's completion settings now and testing to see if that will work for us. Thanks for the suggestion.
  • Picture of Alex Denby
    Mon, Feb 29, 2016, 2:42 AM
    My employers would like to use this for their site, but they want to know just how much nesting is possible with this activity.
  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Mon, Feb 29, 2016, 4:51 PM

    If by nesting you mean a course containing a link to a subcourse which in turn contains a link to another subcourse, then there should be no limit. Just avoid circular dependencies.

  • Picture of Samuel Torres
    Thu, May 12, 2016, 1:20 AM
    I'm on Moodle 3.0.3+ (Build: 20160407). When I add a subcourse and then click on the link it doesn't take me to the course, it just gives me a 404. Do I need to do any other configuration after installing the plugin?
  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Thu, May 12, 2016, 3:00 PM

    Hi Samuel. Can you please use the Github bug tracker of this plugin (see link above) and provide more details - especially the URL of your site and the URL you are redirected to. Thanks.

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