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Curriculum Management System (Akari)

In November 2016, the university launched a new Curriculum Management system (Akari). Delivered under the Digital Futures program, this is a significant development for Curtin that provides a single source of quality curriculum information for academics and professional staff.

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The Curriculum Management System (Akari) aims to provide quality assurance on the creation, manipulation and validation of the curriculum being taught, and to assist in the increasingly demanding process of course and unit design and quality assurance.

The scope of the Curriculum Management System Project is to implement a Curriculum Management Solution with the following objectives, to ensure that:

  • University approval process workflows for study packages (courses, majors, minors, streams, units and theses) that meet government reporting and legislative requirements,
  • Approval and re/accreditation practices assures curriculum will be or has been structured, is coherent and meets relevant regulatory and professional standards,
  • Curriculum data are held in a single, accessible and reportable repository progressively.

How do I access the system?

Go to the Akari website. Staff login using their staff number and Alesco password. Student representatives from the University and Faculty Courses Committee must get a University Associate account to be able to use the system.

TESTING/TRAINING ENVIRONMENT: If you wish to try changes in a non-live environment, please use the Akari test website.

Support

Infrastructure support and issues to do with logging in to the system, including user rights within the system, should be lodged with the CITS Service Desk by emailing Service.Desk@curtin.edu.au or calling ext 9000.

Issues to raise with CITS include:

  • Unable to load site or significant delays
  • Unable to login or significant delays
  • User rights set too low (will be forwarded to systems administrators)

Courses Management will be available for one-to-one support for Teaching Support Coordinators/Officers and other using the Akari curriculum management system. Contact Matthew Rose, Manager of Courses Management for more information (ext 5466) (matthew.rose@curtin.edu.au).

Issues to raise with Courses Management include:

  • Help with using the system
  • Checking drafts before submission
  • System configurations
  • User rights and privileges

If you have any questions about the system, or any feedback, please forward them to the Curriculum Management System: Akari_CMS@curtin.edu.au

System Capabilities

  • Units, Courses, Majors, Minors, Streams and curriculum online, utilising data migrated from Student One and other sources which is then maintained in Akari)
  • Curriculum workflows and approvals, including deactivations and reactivations
  • Process automation and improvement
  • Search, track, retrieval and report capabilities, including curriculum reports and change registers
  • Mapping and reporting against professional competencies and professional accreditation elements
  • Targeted, automatic notifications, alerting Akari users to changes that require their action or attention

What will we see in 2017?

Further development and refinement of the system is scheduled for periodic releases throughout 2017. These changes are expected to focus on improving the user experience and user interface, as well as providing additional functionality and reports. Some of the functionality that will be released in 2017 include: 

  • User Experience / User Interface
  • Integration with Student One

Training and resources

Along with the online training, available through iPerform, other resources such as User Manuals and Systems Administrator Manuals will be made available through this website when they are available.

Online Help will also be made available through this website when the system goes live. You can view training and support materials here.

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