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Requirement f "must be able to identify the period over which the course events are offered" arises from use case 1.3 where the searcher is concerned about the date & time at which course events are offered. There are two aspects to this, the date and times of individual events associated with the course and the time span over which the course as a whole runs: this requirement arises from the latter.

Proposal

Use the startDate and endDate inherited from Event for each CourseInstance.

See email discussion thread starting at dates of a course and previous thread on Dates and locations of a CourseInstance & the lessons it comprises.

Examples

Example 1. Describing one offering of an online course.

Based on Coursera Data Scientist's Toolbox Code example


PRE-MARKUP:
<!-- A MOOC / free online course. As a simple one-off course -->
<!-- Based on https://www.coursera.org/course/datascitoolbox -->
[Course]
  name: The Data Scientist’s Toolbox
  hasCourseInstance [CourseInstance]:
    startDate:  February 15
    endDate:    March 21

MICRODATA:
<!--TODO-->

RDFA:
<body vocab="http://schema.org/">
<!-- A MOOC / free online course. As a simple one-off course -->
<!-- Based on https://www.coursera.org/course/datascitoolbox -->

<main typeof="Course">
  <h1 property="name">The Data Scientist's Toolbox</h1>
  <div rel="hasCourseInstance" typeof="CourseInstance">
    <h2>Session dates</h2>
    <span property="startDate">February 15</span> - 
    <span property="endDate">March 21</span>                
  </div>
</main>
</body>


JSON:
<!--TODO--> 

Example 2. Describing two offerings of a face-to-face course.

Based on Fife College Accounting Code example

PRE-MARKUP:
[Course]
  name: HNC Accounting
  description: This course is designed for those wishing to take up a career in Accounting 
        and Financial Administration within a range of organisations....
  hasCourseInstance [CourseInstance]:
    courseMode: Full Time
    startDate:  2016-08-29
    location:   St Brycedale Campus Kirkcaldy
  hasCourseInstance [CourseInstance]:
    courseMode: Evenings only and weekends
    startDate:  2016-08-31
    location:   St Brycedale Campus Kirkcaldy

MICRODATA:
<!--TODO-->

RDFA:
<body vocab="http://schema.org/" typeof="Course">
<!-- A college course offered at several locations -->
<!-- based on http://www.fife.ac.uk/student/courses/course/HCACC -->
  <h1>Course Details</h1>           
  <h2 property="name">HNC Accounting</h2>
    <p property="description">This course is designed for those wishing to take up 
       a career in Accounting and Financial Administration within a range of 
       organisations....</p>
  <h2>This course is currently offered on the date(s) and venue(s) listed below.</h2>
    <table >
      <tbody>
        <tr >
          <th scope="col" >Method of Study</th>
          <th scope="col" >Starts</th>
          <th scope="col" >Ends</th>
          <th scope="col" >Based at</th>
        </tr>
        <tr rel="hasCourseInstance" typeOf="CourseInstance">
          <td property="courseMode">Full Time</td>
          <td property="startDate">29 Aug 2016</td>
          <td property="endDate">23 Jun 2017</td>
          <td property="location">St Brycedale Campus Kirkcaldy</td>
        </tr>
        <tr rel="hasCourseInstance" typeOf="CourseInstance">
          <td property="courseMode">Evenings only and weekends</td>
          <td property="startDate">31 Aug 2016</td>
          <td property="endDate">21 Jun 2017</td>
          <td  property="location">St Brycedale Campus Kirkcaldy</td>
        </tr>
      </tbody>
    </table>  
</body>

JSON:
<!--TODO-->