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More information on managing resource lists and training

The Library’s online reading/resource list software integrates with Moodle.

To make this happen, here’s what you do:

Get in touch with your subject librarian and provide them with a unit reading list. This should be structured in the Manchester Metropolitan University approved reading list format of:

  • Up to 3 items suggested for purchase (optional).
  • Up to 10 items of essential resources. Where possible these should be available in electronic format - your subject librarian can help you with this.
  • Up to 20 items of recommended further reading. Again, where possible these should be available electronically.

Library staff will do the rest, and can also assist you in locating relevant resources, including eBooks and eJournals, and can digitise articles and book chapters to include in your reading lists.

The role of the Library in programme approval and review

When preparing a Faculty Strategic Approval Form (FSAF) you will need to consult with the Library to ensure that appropriate resources will be available to support any proposed new programmes or major modifications of existing programmes.  Similarly, the Library must be consulted for any minor modifications to existing programmes or units.  Your point of contact is your subject librarian and they will need to see the resource lists for the new/modified units. Please note that although changes to resource lists do not require approval by FAQSC you must consult with your subject librarian to ensure that these items are available in the Library. The Library Services Manager for your faculty will provide feedback in an email which you can attach to the University Modification Proforma as evidence of the consultation.

It is advisable to invite your Library Services Manager to attend PARM events as a member of the programme team. He/she will be able to respond to any queries from the panel regarding resources to support the programme and other support we provide (such as infoskills training for students), or any comments the students may have raised about library services in their meeting with the panel.

Preparing documentation for PARM events

Creating a resource list for a new unit

If the unit is new, there will not be a reading list available for it. In the view screen under the heading Learning Resources you will see something that says, "To view past reading lists for this unit go to..." and it gives you a link (screenshot below). The link though, goes to a ‘Page not found’ error message.

screenshot of learning resources section of unit specification form

In the edit screen there is currently no link or box to input a resource/reading list, just free text boxes for ICTS and additional requirements (screenshot below).

screenshot of learning resources special ICTS requirements of unit specification form

Once the Unit Specification has been generated, you should contact your subject librarian providing the details of the unit code and title. The subject librarian will get the new list created on the resource list management system and notify you when it is available. You can then enter your reading list information directly into the resource list management system, which will automatically feed into the unit specification. Library staff can enter the items into the resource list management system on your behalf if you prefer. Early consultation with the Library over the selection of items for this list is strongly advised.

The CASQE website has further guidance about Using the Online Unit Specification System

Updating resource lists

Whenever you wish to update your resource list please consult your subject librarian and once the revisions have been agreed, the list can be updated on the resource list system. No further amendments need to be made to the Unit Specification System, as the URL is unchanged.

If the unit is going through a minor/major mod and the resource list will be different for next academic year but not for current students, a new instance of the resource list for next academic year can be created. Thus, the new lists are available for the PARM event but the existing list will still be displayed in Moodle for current students.

Access to reading lists for PARM events

The online resource lists can be viewed by anyone with internet access: they do not need a username and password.

QE teams should use PMI to print out unit specifications for PARMs. Tardis should not be used for PARMs, as the current reading list is not available via Tardis.

Creating and editing your own reading lists

Library staff offer training in using the library reading list system to academic staff so that you can create and maintain your own lists. For more information please see