Grade settings modules

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Moodle 2.0

Executive Summary

Module grade settings should be provided and stored in a central location rather than being handled by each individual module. In the UI, grade settings should appear in their own section provided by grade library.

  1. Reduce duplicate code - Requiring each module to be aware of grading settings leads to unnecessary duplication of grading code.
  1. Allow centralized grading - Shifting all grade related settings into the grade tables makes it easier to provide a centralized marking UI.

Note that this document only deals with centralizing grade settings. The centralization of grades themselves is at



Database structures

Altered tables


The field assignment.grade need to be migrated to use grade_items.grade then be removed.

Code Alterations

Class moodleform_mod()

course/moodleform_mod.php contains the definition of the class moodleform_mod. Modules extend this class to create their configuration form.

the following new method will be added


Similar to standard_coursemodule_elements(). Adds elements to an instance of moodle form. A new method is being added rather than adding grading elements to those already output by standard_coursemodule_elements() to allow the grading elements to appear near the top of page, just below the General section. Standard elements are usually added at the bottom of the settings. The assignment and quiz modules in 1.9 have their grade settings at the top and shifting them to the bottom would be unexpected.

It will determine whether to include a grade, grading method etc element by calling plugin_supports() found in lib/moodlelib.php like this...

if (plugin_supports('mod', $mod, FEATURE_GRADE_HAS_GRADE, false)) {
    //include grade element

mod/%modulename%/lib.php defines a function called %modulename%_supports() that lists the elements that the module supports.

Module Enhancements

Specifying required form elements

Each module's %modname%_supports() method, for example assignment_supports() in the assignment modules, will need to be checked and possibly altered to specify the modules support for a grade.

Adding grading elements to module forms

Each module's mod_form.php definition() method, for example in mod/assignment/mod_form.php, will call $this->coursemodule_grading_elements() to insert the grading elements.

General module refactoring

Affected modules will need to be refactored to reference the relocated settings like 'grade'. For example the class assignment_base has a member variable 'assignment' that consists of a row from the assignment table. This previously included the column 'grade' accessed at $this->assignment->grade. See line 121 of mod/assignment/lib.php for where it is loaded.

In addition to loading a row from the table application it will be necessary to load a row from table grade_items. Retrieve the correct row from grade_item as follow:

$grade_item = grade_item::fetch(array('itemtype'=>'mod', 'itemmodule'=>'assignment', 'iteminstance'=>1))

or by joining on those columns (itemtype, itemmodule and iteminstance).

The result of the call to $DB->get_record should be assigned to $this->grade_item. The references to 'grade' ($this->assignment->grade) such as at line 823 of mod/assignment/lib.php will need to be updated to instead access grade at $this->grade_item->grade.