Find a Missing Course

If you cannot find your course in Blackboard, the first step is to verify that your course is assigned on Self-Service.

When Blackboard Course Lists Are Updated

Courses on Blackboard are added based on course assignments in My Portal's Self Service section.

The list is updated on the odd hours (so, 1, 3, 5, 7, etc). The process takes a few minutes to run, so changes may not be immediate. 

If a course is not displaying, first check Self Service (via to confirm you've been assigned to the course there. 

If a course is not listed on Self Service, students should contact the Office of the Registrar (313-993-3313). Faculty should contact their program chair (co-ordinator, etc).

Find Courses by Title or Number

If you're still not seeing it, there are a couple steps to take. First, try searching for the course.

At the top of the Blackboard Courses page you'll find a Search Your Courses box.

Search Your Courses box

If you enter all or part of your course title or number into the search box, the list on your course page will filter down to display only courses that contain the information in your search box.

For example, if you were searching for this course --

course card for NUR 5800

You could enter any or all of the following:

  • "Pharmacology"
  • NUR5800
  • 5800
  • 23690 (the course CRN)
  • 2022

Because this performs the broadest possible set of results, entering more information into the search won't necessarily produce better results. For example, if you search for "NUR 2022" you will get ALL your courses from the 2021-2022 academic year (courses with an ID ending 2022) and ALL your NUR courses from previous and/or future years.

If you have it, CRN will produce the most accurate, narrowest result.

Find Courses by Term

If a search doesn't return the course, narrow to the specific term that the course has been assigned to.

The "Current Courses" label at the top of Blackboard's Courses page is a filter. Click the heading to narrow displayed courses to a specific course group.

Course Group pulldown opened

If you are looking for a course, particularly a course from a previous term (or for a future term), it will likely not appear in the CURRENT COURSES list. Switch to the term in which the course was (or will be) offered, and try searching there.

Find Hidden Courses

If you're still not seeing the course, it may be hidden. Change the filter to view hidden courses.

At the top of the Courses page, open the FILTER pulldown list (right of the search box) and select HIDDEN FROM ME.

Courses filter with hidden from me selected

If this brings up the course you're missing, you'll want to un-hide it. To un-hide the course, click the "..." button on the course listing and choose SHOW COURSE.

show course selection