Organising your Blackboard course unit space

Below is a checklist you can use when planning or evaluating your course unit space in Blackboard. Clicking on a link in the list below will take you to a page with further information as well as bringing together the drivers behind each point, for example, TLSO guidance or NSS questions.

Download: Checklist for organising your course unit space (pdf)


  • Does the banner on the homepage feature the unit name?
  • Is the launch page consistent with the programme’s other course units?
  • Is there a Welcome and Introduction area outlining the purpose of the unit, unit aims and other crucial aspects of the course unit?
  • Is navigation and signposting for the main content areas and tools consistent with the programme’s other course units?
  • Are the intended learning outcomes (ILOs) for the course unit clearly stated?
  • Is there a clearly labelled Assessment area, containing information about assessment and how feedback will be given?
  • Is there a clearly labelled Communication area, with Announcements and a Discussion Board, where used?
  • Is there a reading list featuring links to digital journals, digitised chapters or items for loan or reference in the library?
  • Have students from different disciplines or programmes, but who are sharing the same course unit, been sorted into groups to provide them with a custom view?
  • Have links to any unused tools or content areas been hidden, until such time as they are made use of?
  • Are the files in course management > files > local folder well organised and current?
  • Have old Turnitin assignments and grade columns that were copied over from a previous year been removed?