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KASPER - Tools for study programme components

In this guide you will learn about to use KASPER's "Verktøy for studiets oppbygning" [tools for study programme components] to revise the study plan's course groups. You can read more about the study plan revision process in the wiki revise study plan.

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There are two models for planning a study programme: "planlegg kun neste år for alle kull" [plan all classes for the next year only] and "planlegg for alle kommende år for alle kull" [plan all classes for all upcoming years]. If the wrong model is selected, the faculty administrator can change this. You can find the faculty administrators' contact information in the wiki KASPER – Contact persons.

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Getting started

To start using tools for study programme components, do the following:

  1. Log in to KASPER by clicking the link below.

      Log in

    This will send you to your study plan overview. This is the equivalent of starting on the KASPER home page and clicking "Studieprogramleder" [Study programme coordinator] -> "Revidere studieplan" [Revise study plan].
    Image shows the tile "Revidere studieplan" highlighted in red.
  2. Click the study plan in which you wish to make edits to the components. To open the tools for study programme components, click the button at the top of the study plan.
    Image shows the button "Åpne verktøy for studiets oppbygning" (tool for study programme components) at the top of the page, highlighted in blue.

How to locate the course groups

When opening the tool, the course groups in the study plan will be grouped by the year of initial study start (1), which year in the progression they belong to (2), and which study paths (3) or specializations (4) they fall under. You open the drop-down levels by clicking on the rows. When you reach the intended course group, the courses will be displayed by semester (5). The numbers displayed to the right (see arrow) shows you how many course groups are contained at each level.

Image shows how to navigate the component tool, with arrows indicating 1) the drop-down meny where you select year of study start, 2) which year in the progression you wish to look at, 3) how the different study paths are symbolized by a branching path, 4) how the study specializations are symbolized by a right-turning arrow, 5) how the course groups are symbolized by three dotted lines, and an un-numbererd arrow pointing at the number that displays how many course groups there are under each level.

You will now be redirected to a page entitled "Verktøy for studies oppbygning" [Tools for study programme components]. Here you have an overview of all the courses in the study programme, divided into study years and course groups.
Note: If the plan is set "Til vedtak" [Pending approval], it will not be possible to make the changes described below.

Filtering by study profiles

  1. To simplify this menu you may apply filters by year and study profile. First use the drop-down menu at the top left (1) to select for which initial year you wish to view the plan. This makes a second drop-down menu called "Velg filter" [Select filter] appear (2), if the study program has more than one to choose from.
    Image shows how to use the filter function, with arrows indicating 1) first pick the study start year, 2) then select the field or place of study from the dropdown.
  2. If the study profile has even further specializations, a second drop-down menu will appear (3). When you have selected the preferred filters, only the relevant course groups will appear below.
    Image shows how a second dropdown filter appears for fields of study with further specializations, with arrows indicating 3) how it looks when you have chosen a second filter, and 4) how opening a study year now only displays groups that fit the filter.

Editing course groups

The color-coding

All changes you make in this tool will be color-coded, and sometimes registered with your name. New courses and groups will be colored green, deleted ones will be colored red and have a line struck through its text, and courses and groups where the details have been changes will be colored yellow. NB: One exception is when you delete courses or groups that have been created in the current revision cycle. These will disappear completely.

How to make edits

When you open a course group you will see the courses listed with course code, course name, number of study points, and course type. At the top right there are several clickable icons that work as follows:

  • "Add course group" (1): This is used to create a new, empty course group, that you may design from scratch. Should the study plan have different paths/fields of study/specializations, the same icon i clicked to add those.
  • "Copy changes" (2): This allows you to copy all the changes that have been made to a course group during the current revision process.
  • "Paste changes" (3): This allows you to paste the changes you have copied into another course group, given its contents were identical before revision started. This feature is meant to expedite the job of editing different paths or specializations that use the same course groups.
  • "Edit course group" (4): This allows you to edit the properties of the course group, including its name and contents.
  • "Delete course group" (5): This deletes the course group. As mentioned above, deleted courses and groups are not removed entirely, but will be color coded red and have a line struck through its texts. In addition, the delete icon (trash can) will change into an undo icon (an arrow bending to the left). In other words there is no danger of accidentally deleting something and losing all the information that was there. Image shows the editing options for a course group, with arrows indiating 1) the icon for adding new study paths, which is a circle with a plus inside, 2) the icon for copying changes, which looks like two sheets of paper on top of each other, 3) the icon for pasting changes, which looks like a sheet of paper on top of a clipboard, 4) the icon for editing a group, which is a rectancle with what looks like a pencil, and 5) the icon for deleting a group, which looks like a trash can.

Note: Changes made to courses and groups in this tool should be seen as suggestions. The changes must be processed and approved, before being implemented in EpN and FS.

Adding a new course group

  1. To add a new course group, click the plus icon. A new window will appear on the right.
  2. Enter the "Navn" [Name] (1) for the course group and preferably a "Beskrivelse" [Description] (2). When you have finished, press "Lagre" [Save] (3).
    Image shows the process of adding a new course group, with arrows indicating 1) where to fill in the required name, 2) where to fill in a description, and 3) where to click "lagre" (save).

To edit a course group, click the edit icon on the top right. A new window with an overview of courses and information about the relevant course group will appear.

Adding a new path, field or place of study

If the study programme includes different paths, like fields of study, you may add new ones to the plan in almost the same way as you would add a course group. Paths are identified by the "branching path" symbol (1). The icon for adding the new path is the same as for course groups (2).
Image shows how to identify the path under which you wish to create a new field or path of study, with arrows indicating 1) the branching path symbol, and 2) the circle with a plus inside icon, which you click to create new path.

In the window that appears you enter a "Navn" [Name] for the new path (1), and a "Beskrivelse" [Description] if needed. A new path cannot be created without content, so at the same time you need to create and name a new course group (2). Click "Lagre" [Save] when you finish.

Image shows the process of adding a new study path, with arrows indicating 1) where to fill in the required name, 2) where to fill in a name for the required course group, and 3) where to click "lagre" (save).

Editing course group contents

To edit the contents of a course group, click the editing icon (see above section). A new window will open, displaying the courses and information about the course group.

Adding a new course

  1. Press "+Ny" [+New]. Image shows the menu for editing inside a course group, with an arrow indicating where to click "Ny" (new).
  2. A window opens where you can use "Søk etter ønsket emne" [Search for course] (1) to add a course that already exists to the group. Before searching make sure to select during which semester the course is held (2). You also have the option to "Opprett et midlertidig emne" [Create a temporary course]. We will return to this option further down. Image shows the menu for adding courses to a group, with arrows indicating 1) where to search for existing courses, 2) where to choose between spring and falll semester, and 3) where to click if you wish to add a temporary course.
  3. If you choose to add an existing course you can edit some of its properties. You may change the number of study points it is worth (1), what course type it is (2), and, if needed, add a "Kommentar" [Comment] (3). When you finish, click "Lagre" [Save]. The course will appear in the course group with green color coding. Image shows the required details to fill in when adding a course, with arrows indicating 1) where to set the number of study credits, 2) the dropdown where you select course type, 3) where to add a comment if necessary, and 4) where to click "lagre" (save).

Adding a temporary course

Adding a temporary course is a feature to use if you know there is a new course coming, that you want to use for the study plan, but it has not yet been created in EpN. This adds a "dummy" course to the plan, to use as a placeholder until the actual course is imported to KASPER. If you would like know more about EpN, you can read the wiki Online Course Planner.

When you click "Opprett et midlertidig emne" [Create a temporary course], some option will appear. You may use the search bar to look for already existing temporary courses (1). If that does not exist, may enter an "Emnenavn" [Course Name] (2), "Studiepoeng" [Study Credits] (3), "Emnetype" [Course Type] (4), "Semestertilgjengelighet" [Start semester] (5), and a "Kommentar" [Comment], if needed. Only the course name and type is required for creation. When you finish, click "Lagre" [Save] (7).

Image shows you the menu for adding a temporary course, with arrows indicating 1) where to search for an already existing temporary course, 2) where to give your new temporary course a name, 3) where to set the number of study credits, 4) the dropdown where you select course type, 5) where you select if the start semester, 6) where to add a comment if necessary, and 7) where to click "lagre" (save).

Editing existing courses

  1. Select the course you wish to edit (1), and click "Rediger" [Edit] (2). Image shows how to start editing the details of an existing course, with arrows indicating 1) how to mark the desired course, and 2) where to click "rediger" (edit).
  2. In the window that opens you may change the course type (3) and add a comment (4). When you finish, click "Lagre" [Save] (5).Image shows which edits you can make to course details, with arrows indicating 3) the dropdown where you can change course type, 4) where to add a comment if necessary, and 5) where to click "lagre" (save).

Deleting courses

  1. Select the course you wish to delete (1), and click "Slett" [Delete] (2).
  2. A pop-up will ask you to write a comment explaining why you are deleting it (this is optional). When you finish, click "Save" [Lagre]. Image shows how to delete a course, with arrows indicating 1) how to mark the delected course, 2) where to click "slett" (delete), and 3)the pop-up box where you may add an optional comment, before clicking "lagre" (save).

When deleting an existing course it will be color coded red, and the text will be struck through. For this course the delete button will become an "Angre sletting" [Undo] button instead, and you may change your mind up until the study plan revision has been completed.

NB: If you delete a new or temporary course that has been added during the current revison, it will disappear.

Copying changes between course groups

For paths/fields of study that use the same course groups, you can copy and paste changes from one group to another. This will speed up the process if you are revising a study plan with several similar paths.

  1. Click the "Kopier endringer" [Copy changes] icon to copy all changes made to the course group during the current revision progress. Image shows what to click to copy changes made in a group, with an arrow indicating the icon that looks like two sheets of paper on top of each other.
  2. Locate the course group you wish to paste the changes into, and click the "Lim inn endringer" [Paste changes] icon. The changes will then be applied to the chosen course group.Image shows what to click to paste changes into a group, with an arrow indicating the icon that looks like a sheet of paper on top of a clipboard.

See also

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