PACOS Program Outcomes - Course Outcomes Mappings

PACOS lets you do mappings for each program between the program outcomes and the outcomes for each of its courses. You can see it in the lower part of the information structure.

Starting from PACOS version 6.0, the 'Program Outcomes - Course Outcomes Mappings' supports two different modes: the standard mode and the simplified mode. Each program can choose which mode to use independently.

You can find more details below:

 

Difference Between the Mappings Modes

The following two images show the difference in the user interface according to the mode selected.


Program Outcomes - Course Outcomes Mappings in standard mode (Click for bigger image)

Program Outcomes - Course Outcomes Mappings in simplified mode (Click for bigger image)

The above two images show the case when a program has been set up to use the mapping choices T (for taught), P (for practice) and M (for measurement). In PACOS, you can use any mapping choices you want. See how to change the mapping choices here.

Mappings Data Shown in 'Summaries'

No matter which mapping mode is selected, the 'Program Outcomes - Course Outcomes Mappings Summary' in 'Summaries' will always show a full mappings matrix with all the course outcomes.


'Program Outcomes - Course Outcomes Mappings Summary' (Click for bigger image)

Program Outcomes - Course Outcomes Mappings Matrix

In 'Summaries', you can find two tabs named 'Program Outcomes - Course Outcomes Mappings Summary' and 'Program Outcomes - Course Outcomes Mappings Matrix'.


'Program Outcomes - Course Outcomes Mappings Summary' and 'Program Outcomes - Course Outcomes Mappings Matrix' in 'Summaries' (Click for bigger image)

An example of 'Program Outcomes - Course Outcomes Mappings Summary' is shown below left. For each course, the program outcomes are listed first, then the mappings between the program outcomes and the course outcomes are shown.

An example of 'Program Outcomes - Course Outcomes Mappings Matrix' is shown below right. This display is different to 'Program Outcomes - Course Outcomes Mappings Summary' because courses are shown in a continuous matrix. The matrix provides an easier way to do comparison of the mappings between courses. This is illustrated for the courses COMP1021, COMP1022P, and COMP1022Q in the image. However, if a course is included which does not have the mapping data then this course is not included in the continuous matrix. In the example image, this is the case for ENGG1010, CHEM1010, and so on.


Program Outcomes - Course Outcomes Mappings Summary (Click for bigger image)

Program Outcomes - Course Outcomes Mappings Matrix (Click for bigger image)

How to Change the Mappings Mode?

You can change the mappings mode for any program by selecting 'Programs', selecting the relevant program, then selecting 'Options for this Program'. The following display will be shown, which you can use to change the preferred method of mapping for the program. However, you will not see this unless you have a high enough level of authority (level 4).


'Options for this Program' in PACOS version 6 (Click for bigger image)

Consequences of Changing Mappings Mode

If you change the mapping mode for a program, the mappings data stored for the program will not be changed automatically by PACOS. This is a feature which is designed to prevent accidental destruction of existing mappings data due to accidental mode switching. If you switch from one mode to the other mode and then back to the first mode, the mappings data will be exactly the same as it was before the changes of mode.

When switching from the standard mode to simplified mode, the mappings for course outcome 1 is used as the default mappings.

When switching from the simplified mode to standard mode, the mappings for course outcome 1 will be copied to all the other course outcomes.

Note that mappings data for each course is updated only when a user performs an update manually by clicking the 'Update program outcome - course outcome mappings for xxx' button.