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Key Information Set 2013/14 - Course title

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Key Information Set 2013/14

Fields required from institutions in England

Course title

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Short nameTITLE

This field records the title of the course.

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All KISCourses where KISCourse.KISTYPE = 1 or 2.


This text provided in this field will be used together with the KISCourse.KISAIM and the KISCourse.HONOURS fields as the title on the full KIS and KIS widget (information box).

This field must not be returned when KISCourse.KISTYPE = 3.

This field should not include the qualification aim or the honours provision of the course. These should be returned in KISCourse.KISAIM and the KISCourse.HONOURS fields.

This field is optional when KISCourse.KISAIM equals 039, 044, 045, 083, 085 and 086.

This field should not include any references to additional course components such as sandwich placements or years abroad.

This field should be completed with natural capitalisation only, see the example below for further guidance

Example - Medieval History BA (Hons)

  • KISCourse.TITLE: 'Medieval History' - natural capitalisation only.
  • KISCourse.TITLEW: 'Hanes Canoloeso' - natural capitalisation only. (Welsh institutions only)
  • KISCourse.KISAIM: 000 'BA'
  • KISCourse.HONOURS: 1 'This is an honours (Hons) degree course'

Valid characters

The valid characterset available for this field follows the Data Standards in the HESA student record.

  • The general policy is to support all Latin-based characters for names, addresses and general text fields, but not non-Latin characters.
  • All Unicode code charts for Latin characters are supported. These are Basic Latin (excluding the C0 control characters), Latin-1 (excluding the C1 control characters), Latin Extended A, Latin Extended B and Latin Extended Additional. This set corresponds to Unicode code points U+0020 to U+007F, U+00A0 to U+024F and U+1E00 to U+1EFF.
  • Schemas are built in such a way that an individual project can further restrict the set if required.

Please note that this field excludes non-breaking spaces, tabs, carriage return, line feed, form feed and vertical tab characters, as these will affect formatting.

The character set chosen will support Welsh and Gaelic languages as well as all European and most other languages using a Latin-based character set.

The Unicode charts that list each of the characters in this range can be found on the Unicode web site. The specific sets that are defined here are shown in the following PDF documents:

Files must be encoded with UTF-8 and schema validation will be in place to ensure this. Institutions must specify the encoding used in their XML files in the first line of the file (i.e. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>) and to ensure that their files are actually saved with that encoding. If XML files are edited with some text editors and the encoding is not specified or does not match the actual file encoding, there may be problems when submitting these files for validation.

Quality rules
Quality rules to follow
Reason required

To enable consistent display of course titles on the Unistats website.

Part of
Field length255
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Element: TITLE
Data type: TITLEType
Year this field relates to2014/15
Date modified2013-06-18
Change management notesBusiness rule 1 updated to make this field optional where KISCourse.KISAIM equals 039, 044, 045, 083, 085 and 086. Guidance added to support this.

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