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How do I get started?

At the opening screen you will have a choice of clicking either the 'Load Sample Data' or 'Continue'

Selecting 'Load Sample Data' will take you to our demonstration database which you can use to practice and experiment with. It is not protected so any changes you make and save you will be able to follow through the system. The sample database consists of two fictional awards at a fictional college and university. A complete set of data is already entered for the first award and partially entered for the second.

To get to the second sample award, navigate to the main menu, where all the Modules are displayed as buttons, and click on 'Select Award'. Then double click on the award you wish to work with.

How do I add an Icon on my desktop?

If you have installed the program as a 'stand alone' application onto your computers hard disk, then a desktop icon will have been created along with an entry in the start menu.

To create an ICON on the desktop if your application has been installed on a network drive:

1. Open the Making the Grade folder on the network drive using Windows Explorer or My Computer.

2. Right click on GradeMaster.exe

3. From the dropdown menu select 'Send to'

4. From the 'Send to' menu select 'Desktop (create shortcut)'

How do I switch between awards?

To get to other awards that have been added to the system, navigate to the main menu where all the Modules are displayed as buttons, click on 'Select Award' and then double click on the award you wish to work with.

How do I add an award?

You can add new awards (up to the maximum of your licence) by clicking on 'Management Menu' from the main menu and then 'Award Data'. From here you can add an award with the 'Add a new award' button.

I get an error message saying my trial has expired?

The Making the Grade Software application is a leased product and requires registration and annual licensing for a fee. This message indicates that you need to licence the software.

I get a message when I am installing that says CORRUPTED DATA

This means that you are not allowed to run the program. You may be trying to install over the top of an existing installation or, trying to install an unauthorised copy of the program.

I am trying to add an award and I get a LICENCE INFRINGEMENT message

This means you have exceeded the number of awards you have purchased licenses for. If you contact us, we can arrange to increase your licenced allowance.

When I add a student there are now modules shown in the Module Panel

When the Module Information data is enterd the awards on which it is taught must be identified using the 'Select / Change Award' button. If no award is selected this new module will not show on the student option list.

I want to add modules I have already put in for one programme to another programme. Is there a way I can extract them from Programme A to Programme B without having to put them in again.

If you have common modules between two (or more) programmes (Awards) there is no need to enter the Module data twice. If you Select the Management Menu option, then Module Information.

Click on the 'Find to Edit' button and the module you want to 'extract' should be listed on the right hand side, if there are too many modules to list, scroll down to find it - and then double click on the module name.

About half way down the screen on the left, there is a box that say 'Taught on which award' and to the right of this a button that says 'Select/Change Award', click on this and a list of the awards so far entered will be shown.

Now just point to your first programme 'Programme A' and click, then hold down the Ctrl key and click on your second award 'Programme B', (and any other Programmes required), release the Ctrl key and the button above the box will have changed its name to 'Click here to store data'.

Click on ‘Click here to store data’. That module will now appear on each award / programme that is shown on the left of the box. Use Save Data button to save changes to module.

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