Creating Articulations

There are actually two ways of creating articulations:

  1. Create Articulation link on the left sidebar menu on the MAP Dashboard
  2. Articulate with Other Courses

In this section, we will discuss in detail the first way of creating articulations through the left sidebar menu on the MAP Dashboard.

To get you started:

  1. Click Articulations > Create Articulation
  1. Once you are on the Articulation page, you will notice two different sections.

These two sections are significant in creating your articulations. But before we continue with the process, let us first discuss the information on each of these sections.

Two Sections of the Articulation Page #

Left Section (A) #

The left section lists all your college’s curriculum that can be articulated by Catalog Courses as a default. It also gives you an option to articulate this section by Programs of Study.

Articulate by Catalog Courses

There are five columns in this list; namely: Articulated Courses, Published Courses, Subject, Number, and Title.

Each column allows you to filter based on what information you want to be displayed. The columns can also be rearranged by clicking and dragging the header to where you want the column to be placed. By default, it is arranged as displayed on the image.

You also have an option to expand/collapse the entire list, or individually by clicking the right arrow > . Expanding the list will show you the related ACE Course/Occupation articulations.

Anything with a check mark under Articulated Courses means that the specific course has been articulated. Anything unchecked is ready to be articulated.


Clicking a specific course twice will bring up a pop-up window providing details on it. You will find the Catalog Description, Student Learning Outcomes, Program Learning Outcomes, and Cross Listing Courses.

The window can be closed by clicking X on the top right corner.


Articulate by Programs of Study

Choosing this option will allow you to select from a list of programs. Selecting a program will display its related courses (Required and Restricted Elective).

In this example, I selected Anthropology for Transfer IGETC – NAA618. After selecting the program, it displayed its Required Courses, and Restricted Electives.

Like all other pages, you can expand/collapse the list.

Double-clicking any of the items will open a pop-up window showing more information about the course.

Right Section (B) #

On the right is where you choose your articulations either by ACE Occupation Code or ACE Course.

By default, it is set by ACE Occupation Code, as well as Service, and Search Recommendations are pre-selected.

If you want to find ACE recommendations containing a specific word, you may easily do so by using the Advanced Search field. It will show you related keywords which you may or may not select.

In the image below, I typed “human” which gave me some recommended keywords already available in the database.

Once you select any of the suggested keywords, click the symbol (search button). This will then display all ACE Occupations containing the specific keyword.

Sometimes, if your typed keyword was not found, you have the option to add it to the database.

In this example, you may have noticed that “human” is not in the drop-down menu. When you click the button, you will be given an option to add the specific word to the database.

Clicking + Add Smart Keyword will add this word to the database.

So next time you type “human,” you will now see this option in the drop-down menu.

As mentioned earlier, you are also able to articulate by ACE Course.

By default, the entire ACE Course Catalog is displayed. You can use the Advanced Search functionality for specific course information display. You are also able to pull up specific Occupation  from the drop-down list.

There is also an option to display only similar courses. However, you would need to select a program from the left section under Programs of Study. Make sure you click the Show Similar Course checkbox.

For Anthropology for Transfer IGETC – NAA618, as an example, you will see on the right side all the similar courses. By default, its Matching Attribute is Course Title, and its Matching Factor is Weak.

You do have an option of changing the Matching Attribute to Course Detail, and the Matching Factor to Average or Strong.

Process of Creating Articulations #

Now you have a better understanding of the two sections of the Create Articulation link, you can actually begin articulating by:

3. Dragging and dropping ACE Occupation Code or ACE Course to any course within your college’s course catalog. Basically, select a course/occupation on the right section and drag it to the left section.

You need to make sure that the selected college course is still available to articulate, which is indicated with no checkmark on the Articulated Courses column.

4. After successfully creating the articulation, a separate tab will open where you will see a side by side view of your college’s Course Information, ACE Occupation/Course information, and Recommendations Criteria.

You may notice that this page has 3 tabs: Selected Articulation, All Recommendations, and Articulate with Other Courses. The Selected Articulation is the page that we are currently discussing. The other tabs will be discussed in detail in another section of this User Guide.

5. In this page, you should be able to start highlighting criteria under Recommendations Criteria. You have an option to add any additional criteria, add any notes, or upload any documents.

6. After providing all the necessary information, you should be able to move the articulation forward to the next step by clicking Move Forward Articulation.

Before it actually moves the articulation forward, it will ask you a couple of questions before proceeding:

           1. “Are you sure you want to submit this articulation?
                Once you click OK, it will ask you another question, 
            2. “Are you sure you want to close this window?
                Once you click OK, the window automatically closes.

After the window closed, you are back to the Articulation page where you can continue articulating more courses.

If you want to verify that your articulation was moved forward, then go to the selected course, and click the edit button. You will notice that the buttons at the top right of the screen are all disabled.