LEO Guides

Create a new unit

In order to create a new unit, you must be an editing lecturer in LEO. Unit creation is started from the 'Unit Creation' block on the LEO homepage. This block usually sits near the bottom of the blocks on the right side of the home screen.

unit creating block

If you do not see the 'Unit Creation' block on the LEO homepage, it is probably because you are not set up as an editing lecturer in LEO. You will need to ask your faculty eLearning team for assistance.

Before you start there are answers to some questions you will need to know:

  • Will students be enrolled in this unit (banner vs non-banner)?
  • Do I copy an existing unit (perhaps from a previous semester)?
  • Do I start the unit from scratch?
  • If I start from scratch, which template should I use?
  • What is the unit code, campus and section for the unit and will there be more than one cohort of students enrolled in this unit?

If you are unsure about the answer to any of these questions, contact your faculty’s Course Administrator, Course Coordinator or your faculty eLearning team.


The Learning & Teaching Centre (LTC) advised all academic staff to a Turnitin issue that has arisen in LEO as a result of a recent upgrade by Turnitin.

Previously the Editing Lecturer was not automatically enrolled in new Semester 2 unit.

This occurred when an editing lecturer tried to roll over an existing Semester 1 units that contained one or more Turnitin assignments. LEO returned the following error message “Exception - Using $this when not in object context” (see image below). The LTC worked with Turnitin and LEO support to resolve this issue urgently. W

displays error message displayed when rolling over unit with Turnitin assignment

NOTE: The Turnitin issue with regards to 'Editing lecturers is now resolved. Editing lecturers are now automatically enrolled in Semester 2 units. However note that, when rolling over your previous unit into a new unit, the Editing Lecturer must create a new Turnitin assignment from scratch.

For more information about creating Turnitin assignment, please refer to How to create a Turnitin assignment.

You might want to create what is called a sandbox unit. You can use this unit as your personal, safe playground in LEO – a place where you can try out features or activities to learn how to use them prior to creating them in a live unit (i.e., a LEO unit with students enrolled in them).

To create a sandbox unit without students, you need to ensure that it is not associated with a banner cohort (i.e., it is a non-banner unit).

Other cases for non-banner units:

You may also want to create a LEO unit for use in a project and not for teaching purposes. This project may involve collaborating with staff in your faculty or department.

For faculty-specific examples of non-banner units, please contact your faculty eLearning team.