The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) seems to provide an easy information portal to access the syllabus. Each UTSA student is allowed to access their syllabus easily through UTSA Bluebook. If you are an incoming student, you may wonder what the Bluebook is, considering a lot of UTSA students talk more about it.
No worries! This post will show you everything related to the UTSA Bluebook that will make it more understable for you to use. Let’s see how to search the syllabus for your subjects through Bluebook!
How to Find Your Syllabus with UTSA Bluebook?
In short, UTSA Bluebook is a place to find course syllabus, course titles, description, faculty vitae, textbook requirements, work-study opportunities and evaluation results for instructors and courses. Through the UTSA Bluebook, you will get your syllabus in an easy way.
However, you must refer to the Syllabus that you receive from your instructors. In other words, the syllabus which is posted in Bluebook is for reference purposes only. The Syllabus in Bluebook is posted individually by faculty members. Sure, you need to check it back at a later date if you cannot find the syllabus.
When you are looking for the Syllabus in Bluebook, you may find the fields which are labeled ‘n/a’. The label reflects the items which are not available at this time. Then, if you find fields which are labeled ‘n/r’, it reflects the courses which may not have formal syllabus such as thesis courses and an independent study.
- To find the syllabus, go to UTSA Bluebook page HERE
- On the page, you will see some search options including Course Subject, Faculty and Keyword. If you do a search for faculty, course and keyword, it will produce up to three years of historical data. The keyword search includes the course descriptions and course titles.
- After you search either by course subject, keyword or faculty name, you can then enter text in the search field to view the results.
- For example, we choose the ‘Accounting (ACC)’ syllabus on the course subject. Then, click on the ‘Search’ button.
- You will get a result which shows you the information about Accounting (ACC) course information.
- You can also make a selection for current courses, all courses, past courses and future courses.
From the table, you will find a bunch of information, here are they:
- Semester/ Year
- Instructor Evaluation
- Course Evaluation
Certainly, you can also download the ‘Accounting’ Syllabus by clicking on the PDF icon available in the Syllabus column.
That’s it! You successfully find your Syllabus that you can use for a reference.
Learn More about UTSA Bluebook
UTSA Bluebook is an app that is designed to assist the public (focus on students and parents) to find integrated information about UTSA courses and faculty easily. Moreover, the Bluebook is a place providing the UTSA courses titles, textbook requirements, syllabus and many more.
Developed and maintained by the UTSA Enterprise Application and Data Solutions, the UTSA Bluebook aims to design an app that will not only comply with the Texas House Bill, but also exceed the requirements by putting high emphasis on usability and also user experience.
The Bluebook was launched on October 22, 2010 and the beta version on August 26, 2010. Then, the latest revision, released 2.4 was launched on August 25, 2020. The background of the Bluebook is the Texas house Bill 2504 that requires certain course information to be provided online. This app seems to ease the student by providing three clicks from the UTSA homepage with keyword searchable without login or also registration.
How to use Bluebook? The Bluebook app allows the students or parents or also instructor to navigate between course information, faculty information and also departmental information easily.
The Bluebook can be searched by subject, faculty name, academic department or keyword. In the case of a keyword field, it will allow you to look for course titles and descriptions by using one search term at a time.
To start a search, you need to choose the desired radio button. Then, type in the term that you want to look for in the search field. You can also use the drop-down arrow if it’s available. Last, you need to click on the ‘Search’ button to get the results.
How to navigate Bluebook? You may find the links which are underlined in Bluebook to inform you that the links are clickable. In this case, the underlined blue links will show more results or perform as a filter.
We take an example when searching for the Accounting course subject where it will generate a list of all Accounting courses. Sure, you are able to click on the title of the course to get a list of all courses with the course title.
Aside from that, you can also click the faculty name to get any information about faculty including the courses that they are teaching or have taught and also know their vitae, as well as other relevant information. It’s important to note, the faculty names in Bluebook cannot be changed. If you want to go back to the homepage, you can click the ‘Home’ tab located at the top of each page.
How about instructor and course evaluations in Bluebook? Well, the classes which meet certain criteria will be evaluated during the last two weeks of the term. One of the questions which are available on all UTSA Course Evaluation definitely allows the students to rate the class on a scale from 1 to 5.
Then, the number which is displayed in Bluebook is an average of all submitted responses for the question. Well, the fields which are labeled ‘n/a’ means that there was no evaluation data available.
How about the Overall Evaluation for Courses? You will find the value which is shown as the overall evaluation score. Well, it is the average for all courses with the same title for the past 5years of data if it’s available. However, the fields which are labeled ‘n/a’ means that there was no evaluation data available.