Release Information

Here is a list of the features and changes for every version of PACOS

Those versions marked with * were not publicly released. The features are included in higher released versions.

Released Date Version Feature
September 13, 2017 Version 8.1 Tab titles are now formatted into multiple lines. This prevents the tabs from flowing and leaving a gap between it and the main tab panel.
September 13, 2017 Version 8.1 Reduced tab mode is added to the direct link feature. Following the reduced link, the user will see a special version of the directed page which only the targeted sub-tab is shown.
September 13, 2017 Version 8.1 Various other minor bugs and typos fixed
August 29, 2017 Version 8.0 The Program Outcome - Course Outcome Mappings can now be done in the 'Courses' area directly.
August 29, 2017 Version 8.0 Various other minor bugs and typos fixed.
August 16, 2017 Version 7.2 Copy to clipboard functionality is now supported by clipboard.js instead of ZeroClipboard, in order to remove the dependency on Flash, as Adobe announced the plan to stop supporting Flash.
August 16, 2017 Version 7.2 Updates to the components used by PACOS:This improves compatibility with the latest version of browsers.
March 23, 2017 Version 7.1 Fixed a bug where in new installation, administrator does not have enough permissions to see everything.
March 23, 2017 Version 7.1 Fixed the bugs in 'Program Mapping Choice' which prevented the add, edit and delete of program mapping choice and mapping choice level.
March 23, 2017 Version 7.1 Updates to the components used by PACOS:This improves compatibility with the latest version of browsers.
March 23, 2017 Version 7.1 Fixed a bug where the chart generation failed in 'Chart Generation' of 'Program' when using PHP7+.
March 23, 2017 Version 7.1 Fixed a bug where courses cannot be added to newly added category in 'University'.
March 23, 2017 Version 7.1 Various other minor bugs and typos fixed.
January 21, 2017 Version 7.0* Course information can now be fetched from external resources.
January 21, 2017 Version 7.0* The behaviour of reordering the sortable items (university objectives, program objectives, program outcomes, and course outcomes) has been changed. The update button is now disabled if the order of the items are not changed.
January 21, 2017 Version 7.0* New subtab 'System Statistics' is added. Administrator can see more detailed analysis on the system usage of PACOS.
January 21, 2017 Version 7.0* Various other minor bugs and typos fixed.
July 5, 2016 Version 6.4 Added 'Course Instructor', 'Course Syllabus' and 'Course Textbook' in 'Course' tab.
July 5, 2016 Version 6.4 Added the abilities to insert university objective, program objective, program outcome and course outcome.
July 5, 2016 Version 6.4 Added the abilities to reorder university objectives, program objectives, program outcomes and course outcomes.
July 5, 2016 Version 6.4 Added the ability to filter courses by prefix in the 'Summaries' tab.
July 5, 2016 Version 6.4 Program outcomes and course outcomes can now be copied in form of plain text.
July 5, 2016 Version 6.4 Fixed the missing file in the package, where stopping the 'University' tab from working.
July 5, 2016 Version 6.4 Updates to the components used by PACOS:
  • jQuery is updated to version 2.2.3
  • DataTable is updated to version 1.10.11
  • Chosen is updated to version 1.4.2
This improves compatibility with the latest version of browsers.
July 5, 2016 Version 6.4 Performance improvement in 'Reports'.
July 5, 2016 Version 6.4 Various other minor bugs and typos fixed.
March 13, 2015 Version 6.3 Program outcome can now be inserted into the middle of two existing program outcomes.
March 13, 2015 Version 6.3 Various other minor bugs and typos fixed.
September 4, 2014 Version 6.2 Fixed the direct link of the 'Program Outcomes - Course Outcomes Mappings'.
September 2, 2014 Version 6.1 Added 'Program Outcomes - Course Outcomes Mappings Matrix' in 'Summaries'.
September 2, 2014 Version 6.1 Fixed the display problem of the select controls in 'Manage Supporting Files' in 'Administration'.
August 21, 2014 Version 6.0 Added a help feature to all 31 tabs. Click on the question mark in the top right corner to learn more information about that tab and the information it gives you access to. Additional help messages have also been added at specific points within some tabs.
August 21, 2014 Version 6.0 The user interface of 'Course Outcomes' and 'Program Outcomes' have been reworked for a more structured and efficient experience.
August 21, 2014 Version 6.0 Added the 'Select None' option in the 'Course Information Summary', 'Course Outcomes Summary', 'Program Outcomes - Course Outcomes Mappings Summary' and 'Assessment Methods Summary' sub-tabs. Users can now deselect all the courses in a much easier way.
August 21, 2014 Version 6.0 Updates to the components used by PACOS:This improves compatibility with the latest version of browsers.
August 21, 2014 Version 6.0 The 'Reports', 'Summaries' and all other top level options are now condensed into a single navigation bar which fixed at the top of the page, leaving more space for the main content.
August 21, 2014 Version 6.0 Updated the system visual style to include buttons, icons and improved system windows (popups). Buttons are color coded. Red is used for a destructive actions, and blue for non-destructive actions. The 7 top level options use icons. All system windows now use 'Modal' from Bootstrap, which are clearer and more content focused than the approach used previously.
August 21, 2014 Version 6.0 Added 'Options for this Program' for 'Programs'. Inside 'Program Options' you can enable/disable some of the features for each program separately. Currently, you can choose between the 'Standard Mappings' mode and 'Simplified Mappings' mode.
  • In standard mappings mode, course outcomes are considered as separate items, and the mappings for each course outcome to each program outcome is to be handled one by one.
  • In simplified mappings mode, all course outcomes are considered as one single outcome, and there is one mapping from the course outcomes to each program outcome.
May 7, 2014 Version 5.11 The 'Program Outcomes - Course Outcomes Mappings' now supports also the mapping choices e.g. T, P and M. Users can now map a course outcome to a program outcome in term of the mapping choices individually.
May 7, 2014 Version 5.11 The 'Program Outcomes - Course Outcomes Mappings' now replaces the old 'Program Outcomes Mappings'. When you upgrade your version of PACOS to 5.11, all mappings in 'Program Outcomes Mappings' are automatically converted to the new 'Program Outcomes - Course Outcomes Mappings'.
May 7, 2014 Version 5.11 Added the option to show 500 log items per page in the 'Activity Log'. (Previously the maximum items per page was 100)
May 7, 2014 Version 5.11 The default option in the 'Activity Log' has been changed. Now the 'New first' (most recent item at the top) is used as default instead of 'Old first'.
May 7, 2014 Version 5.11 Various other minor bugs fixed and wordings improved.
March 27, 2014 Version 5.10* The new 'Program Outcomes - Course Outcomes Mappings' feature is introduced. You can find it in the 'Program' > 'Edit Program Outcomes - Course Outcomes Mappings' sub tab.
March 27, 2014 Version 5.10* Improved the request to delete program supporting files. The behaviour now matches the handling of deleting course supporting files.
March 27, 2014 Version 5.10* Improved the handling of course outcomes. Users have to enter the course outcomes item by item instead of as a text dump. Mappings between the program outcomes and the courses outcomes is hence enabled.
March 27, 2014 Version 5.10* Various other minor bugs fixed and wordings improved.
March 10, 2014 Version 5.9 Management of course supporting files has been separated into its own sub-tab: the 'Edit Course Supporting Files' sub-tab.
March 10, 2014 Version 5.9 A message that lists the administrators is added in the 'Request to delete a file entry' popup, so that users can contact the administrator(s) more easily if they have any special enquiry about handling the support file.
March 10, 2014 Version 5.9 For the administrator, in the 'Manage Support Files' tab, all the support file entries that have been requested to be deleted are marked with a *, for easier handling of delete requests.
March 10, 2014 Version 5.9 Users can no longer request to delete the same support file more than once. Before the delete request is handled by administrator, the support file entry will be locked and no further delete request could be submitted for that file entry.
March 10, 2014 Version 5.9 In the request for deleting support file email that is sent to the administrators, the email title is now more informative.
March 10, 2014 Version 5.9 User can now open the 'Course Outcomes Summary', 'Course Assessment Methods Summary' and 'Course Information Summary' table in a new window for easier copying to Microsoft Word.
January 24, 2014 Version 5.8 Various other bugs fixed.
January 24, 2014 Version 5.8 Reworked the UI in the 'Courses' tab so that the add/edit course routine is more logical.
January 24, 2014 Version 5.8 Added the abilities to show/hide annotations in the information shown in the 'Summaries' tab.
January 24, 2014 Version 5.8 Rearranged the order of the sub-tabs in the 'Summaries' tab according to the hierarchy.
November 1, 2013 Version 5.7 Fixed a serious bug where the 'support files upload for courses and programs' is broken for IE10.
September 24, 2013 Version 5.6 Fixed a bug where there were extra commas shown in the 'Program Outcomes Summary Matrix' in the 'Reports' tab.
September 24, 2013 Version 5.6 Fixed a bug where the 'Program Outcomes Summary Matrix' in the 'Summaries' tab was not showing the correct mappings in a rare case.
September 10, 2013 Version 5.5 Starting from version 5.5, PACOS no longer supports Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8. If you are using one of those older browsers, please move to a newer version of IE or a different browser such as Chrome or Firefox.
September 10, 2013 Version 5.5 Updates to the components used by PACOS:
  • Chosen is updated to version 1.0
  • jQuery is updated to version 2.0.3
  • blockUI is updated to version 2.65.0
  • tinyMCE is update to version 4.0.5
This improved the compatibility with the latest version of browsers and reduced pages loading time.
September 10, 2013 Version 5.5 Fixed the following bugs introduced in version 5.3 related to the use of 'dataTable' plugin in the 'Administration' > 'User Power LevelControl' tab:
  • checking of at least one administrator was not working
  • checking of at least one visible tab for user with power level not '0' was not working
  • only the changes in the current visible page of the users list was submitted, instead of changes in any page
  • having no administrators in the current visible page of the users list blocked submission of any updated information
September 10, 2013 Version 5.5 Fixed a bug where the current program is not remembered correctly when using URL shortcut.
August 13, 2013 Version 5.4 Fixed a bug where the 'Program Objective Outcome Mappings' and 'University Objective - Program Objective Mappings' in the 'Summaries' > 'Program Objective Summary' tab are not displayed correctly.
June 7, 2013 Version 5.3 Various bugs fixed.
June 7, 2013 Version 5.3 Various table display improvements.
June 7, 2013 Version 5.3 The 'Administration' > 'Add/delete Programs' tab is renamed to 'Manage Programs'.
June 7, 2013 Version 5.3 Fixed a bug in the 'Course Common to Every Program' tab, where the course position offsets when dragging.
June 7, 2013 Version 5.3 The users list in the 'Administration' > 'User Power Levels Control' tab is now sortable by user name and/or power level and is filterable. It is made possible by using the DataTables plug-in.
June 7, 2013 Version 5.3 Administrators can now change the program code of an existing program.
June 7, 2013 Version 5.3 Users can now upload supporting file(s) as attachment(s) for a program.
May 15, 2013 version 5.2* Chosen is updated to version 0.9.14 and jQuery UI is updated to version 1.10.3 for better compatibility with the latest version of browsers and better performance.
May 15, 2013 version 5.2* PACOS now can handle 'courses that are common to every program'. These common courses can also be categorized into different areas.
April 9, 2013 version 5.1* PACOS now allows the download of all supporting files of a course in the
'Courses' > 'Edit Course Information' tab. Also, all the supporting files of all courses of a program can be downloaded in the 'Summaries' > 'Course Information Summary' tab.
April 9, 2013 version 5.1* In 'Administration' > 'User Power Level Control' tab, the changes of power level now adjusts the tabs visibility automatically. Also, tabs that require a particular power level are not selectable when the power level is not high enough.
March 15, 2013 version 5.0 PACOS now handles program objectives and its mappings to program outcomes.
March 15, 2013 version 5.0 PACOS now handles university objectives and its mappings to program objectives.
March 15, 2013 version 5.0 Improved the add/delete program courses user interface for easier and faster operations.
March 15, 2013 version 5.0 Other user experience improvements in various parts of PACOS, i.e. <enter> key in some input areas no longer submits the changes.
March 15, 2013 version 5.0 Minor changes to support latest versions of browsers.
December 20, 2012 version 4.1* PACOS now keeps the last sub-tab you used.
December 20, 2012 version 4.1* 'Administration' tab now loads much faster even when there are many users.
November 28, 2012 version 4.0 PACOS now has an extra 's' added to the title. It is now called 'Programs and Courses Outcomes System'.
November 28, 2012 version 4.0 'Activity Log' feature added, which lets authorized users view all the changes that have taken place by PACOS users, with sorting and filtering of the event data.
November 28, 2012 version 4.0 Most of the drop down menus are now with search functionality, by using Chosen version 0.9.8.
November 28, 2012 version 4.0 The TinyMCE HTML editor is upgraded to version 3.5.8 for better text editing experience.
November 28, 2012 version 4.0 jQuery is upgraded to version 1.8.3 and jQuery UI is upgraded to version 1.8.24 for better performance.
November 28, 2012 version 4.0 Various other bugs fixes.
October 28, 2012 version 3.12* Users can now request the administrators to delete unwanted supporting file(s) from a course.
October 28, 2012 version 3.12* Administrators can now delete uploaded supporting file(s).
October 9, 2012 version 3.11* Administrators can now control which tab(s) any user can see.
October 3, 2012 version 3.10* Users can now upload supporting file(s) as attachment(s) for a course.
July 20, 2012 version 3.9 Administrators can now control which program(s) any user can see and edit.
July 20, 2012 version 3.9 When a list of courses is added to a program, the courses are checked for existence in PACOS and will be automatically created if missing.
July 17, 2012 version 3.8 Predefined selection for report feature added.
July 15, 2012 version 3.7 The problem 'saving course outcome mappings deleted the course outcomes and course assessment method' is fixed.
July 10, 2012 version 3.6 'Delete course in a program sometimes shows a error message' is fixed.
June 28, 2012 version 3.5 'Edit Course Outcomes', 'Edit Course Information' and 'Edit Program Information' pages are reorganized as 'Programs' and 'Courses' pages.
June 28, 2012 version 3.5 phpCAS is upgraded to version 1.3.1.
June 28, 2012 version 3.5 Export details feature added.
June 4, 2012 version 3.4* jQuery is upgraded to version 1.7.2 and jQuery UI is upgraded to version 1.8.
June 4, 2012 version 3.4* Modification records of program information added.
June 4, 2012 version 3.4* Performance of report page improved.
May 22, 2012 version 3.3* Various user interface improvements and fixes.
May 22, 2012 version 3.3* Courses order and annotations feature added.
May 10, 2012 version 3.2* Copy/merge program feature added.
May 10, 2012 version 3.2* Text content in XML files are stored as Base64 strings to prevent the loss of non-ASCII characters.
May 3, 2012 version 3.1* Control over which program(s) a user could access and edit feature added.
May 3, 2012 version 3.1* Import courses and programs information from Excel file feature added.
April 18, 2012 version 3.0* Import courses and programs information from CSV file feature added.
April 18, 2012 version 3.0* PACOS upgraded to PHP 5.
March 3, 2012 version 2.4 URL shortcuts feature added.
March 1, 2012 version 2.3 Report page for all programs added.
July 26, 2011 version 2.2 The HTML editor, TinyMCE version 3.2.1.1, used in PACOS version 2.1 is not working in most of the recent versions of different browsers. Updated TinyMCE to version 3.4.3.2 and jQuery to version 1.6.2 fixes the problem.
July 18, 2010 version 2.1 Bug fixes update only.
December 28, 2009 version 2.0 Summary pages for Program Outcomes, Course Outcomes, Assessment Methods and Course Information added.
December 28, 2009 version 2.0 Assessment methods of course(s) added.
December 28, 2009 version 2.0 Different sections of a page are now put inside tabs to enhance the user experience.
December 28, 2009 version 2.0 The user name of the logged in user is shown together with the ability to logout.
December 28, 2009 version 2.0 Various other GUI improvements have been made.
September 2, 2009 version 1.0 User interface update only.
August 28, 2009 version 0.9 Bug fixes update only.
June 19, 2009 version 0.8 Enhancement in program outcomes matrix visual parameters control.
June 19, 2009 version 0.8 Add course(s) to the system.
June 19, 2009 version 0.8 Edit course(s) information in the system.
June 9, 2009 version 0.7 Added support for Unicode characters input.
June 1, 2009 version 0.6 Bug fixes update only.
May 19, 2009 version 0.5 Ability to set any combinations of the measure of assessment. E.g. T (Teaching), A (Assessment), O (Opportunity) and in each of these, you can set the sub-levels of those choices, e.g. Ta (Taught as a major component of the class) and Tb (Taught as a minor component of the class)
May 19, 2009 version 0.5 Ability to map the outcomes to a list of sub-level outcome mapping choices
May 19, 2009 version 0.5 Logout function of the system
April 21, 2009 version 0.4 Save the program outcomes matrix as XML spreadsheet for MS Excel
April 21, 2009 version 0.4 Program outcomes matrix visual parameters control
March, 2009 version 0.3 Program outcomes mapping chart generation
March, 2009 version 0.3 Change system settings which control the system display
March, 2009 version 0.2 Add/delete programs
Feburary, 2009 version 0.1 Edit outcomes mapping and course outcomes
Feburary, 2009 version 0.1 Information modification records
Feburary, 2009 version 0.1 Generate report summary
Feburary, 2009 version 0.1 Send report through email
Feburary, 2009 version 0.1 Change program details
Feburary, 2009 version 0.1 Support for CAS authentication system
Feburary, 2009 version 0.1 User access control