Domain Permissions in Concourse

Domain level permissions are at a lower level than system level permissions, but are at a higher level than course level permissions and item level permissions. Domain permissions are based on the scope of a domain and around the actions that can be taken.

The scope of a domain is how a domain is organized in terms of the campuses, schools, and departments that it can control. These three factors are mixed and matched to create an appropriate domain for an individual or group of individuals.

Here are four typical examples regarding domain scope:

  • Department Chair: will be in a domain that has control strictly over that department.
  • Dean: will be in a domain that controls all departments and campuses in their school.
  • Provost: will be in a domain that controls all schools, departments, and campuses.
  • Site Director: will be in a domain that has control over all departments and schools that are strictly on his/her campus.

The actions cover the permissions available over the domain. They include:

  • Administer Courses: If you have permission to administer courses, you have "full" access to all courses within the domain. This means you can see and edit all syllabus content, assign group permissions, modify course settings, and report upon the course. Administer courses does NOT however mean the user can audit the given course as editing and auditing are purposefully separated. You will need to grant audit course permission if you also want the user to be able to audit courses within the domain.
  • Audit Courses: If you have permission to audit courses, you can view all syllabi in your domain and update the audit status and trail for these syllabi.  It also means you will receive an email if users select the notify auditors option when adding to the audit trail. To learn more about auditing, click here.
  • Report on Courses: If you have permission to report on courses, you can view all syllabus content within your domain. This permission is strictly view only.
You can add or update a user's domain permissions by going to Admin>Users and searching for the username of the appropriate user. Once you have selected the appropriate user, you will be able to update their domain permissions by selecting the appropriate campus, school, and department information and checking Administer, Audit, or Report (keeping in mind that if a user has Administer domain permissions, they automatically have Report domain permissions). The graphic below is an example of someone who has been given Administer and Audit domain permissions for all courses in the Biology department in the School of Science at the Hartford campus:
Once your comfortable with how domain permissions work, you can learn how to setup domains in your system.
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