Module instance start date(MODINSTSTARTDATE)

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Module instance start date
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All ModuleInstance entities

This field records the date of the start of the Module instance.

Where returned, the start date of the Module instance is the point at which scheduled learning and teaching begins for this Module instance. If students do not commence their module during an Induction or 'Freshers'' week, the start date should reflect the start date of the module attendance and not the induction week.

If a ModuleInstance is recording a student's engagement with a Module that started in a previous StudentCourseSession, the start date should reflect the start of the engagement within the current StudentCourseSession, rather than backdated to the original start date. The ModuleInstance.MODULESTARTDATE should therefore always fall within the start and end dates of the associated StudentCourseSession.

Where the ModuleInstance is being returned with no activity associated with it (ModuleInstance.INACTIVEMOD = 01), this date should align with the start date of the associated StudentCourseSession.

As MODINSTSTARTDATE relates to the student’s engagement with the module it may be different to the rest of their cohort if, for example, the student joined the module late. This is to ensure that Module Instance dates do not fall outside of the StudentCourseSession dates. Therefore it is not necessary for dates to be exact, particularly if the difference is only a few days.

All date fields must be completed using the ISO8601 format of YYYY-MM-DD.

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To indicate the date on which the Module instance commenced, to determine whether to include the Module instance in any particular population definition.
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Coding Manual VersionElement VersionNotes notes amended for clarity on student's engagement with the module. only for clarification and consistency.