Overview of Curriculum Management System

As part of the University’s curriculum transformation work a new Curriculum Management System (MQCMS) has now been launched. The MQCMS is a new system for all activities relating to the Macquarie University curriculum, integrating our new Curriculum Architecture Principles and approval workflows. It brings together multiple systems (such as webforms and spreadsheets) to provide a better user experience for staff and a ‘single source of truth’ for course and unit information.

This site explains how the MQCMS is being implemented in the Faculty of Arts and provides information, resources and step-by-step guides to help staff to amend units for delivery.

Faculty of Arts is taking a systematic approach whereby all changes will be made in consultation with department heads. 

Timeline for 2020/2021 MQCMS submission

The Executive Dean has received the final round of the 2021 course and unit change proposals for approval by executive action.

In the future, the only MQCMS proposals that will be permitted are emergency changes that will need to go to the Faculty Education Committee and then the Faculty Board for approval.

Changes to the MQ coursework suite and delivery are expected as part of the University Operating Plan 2020-2024. The faculty strongly discourages changes to any units or courses until this work is completed and we have a University and Faculty curriculum action plan.

Minor editorial corrections to approved MQCMS unit offerings can still be made at any time up to the final approval of Unit Guides for the relevant teaching session.

Please note that these corrections will be rejected and returned if they constitute a change to any of the information in Unit Design: Unit Description, Offerings, Requisites, Learning Outcomes, Assessment Tasks, Learning Activities, Student Workload.

Please see "when is an amendment considered an editorial change" in the FAQ section below.



Corrections only to S3 2021 units

22nd October 2021 (5 weeks prior to start of session) 


Last day for Faculty approval of the following for existing units (MQ and OUA) for 2022: learning activities; assessments; student workload and editorial amendments to learning outcomes (i.e small changes only to text). Please ensure all ULO’s are mapped to the assessment 

15 November 2021 


Step by Step Guides


Resources and Support

Project Beacon Wiki Support page

Program Beacon is an initiative that supports the MQ2020 Curriculum Transformation, which aligns with the Student Success Strategic Framework (SSSF).  Program Beacon incorporates five interdependent projects including those listed below as well an e-student login and a new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system to replace Tracker and webforms. The Program is a body-of-work that includes IT projects, business process re-engineering and the redesign of service delivery focused on student success.

Visit Project Beacon Wiki Page here 

User Guide for CMS Fields
Arts Support