Student Scheduling Assistant

Screen Description

In the Student Scheduling Assistant screen, a student may enter a prioritized list of courses he/she would like to take in a given term. It is also possible to enter course alternatives and free time requests. Then a personal schedule is offered to the student and he/she can enroll in the classes as offered.


Courses and Priorities

The student begins with the screen in this mode to set up a list of prioritized courses with alternatives and free time requests.

Courses

Table of courses ordered by student's priority (courses on the first line have the highest priority). Each course can have up to two alternatives that have the same priority for the student as his/her first choice on a given line. The second or third choice are only used if the first choice is unavailable or does not fit with higher priority courses in the list.

Click on the magnifying glass to get to the Course Finder screen for more information about possible courses.

To move a line with a course and its alternatives one line up or one line down, click on the appropriate arrow at the end of the line.

Alternatives

Table of alternative courses in the order of priority. These alternatives will be used if some of the courses from the Courses table and their alternatives cannot be scheduled (due to conflicts with higher priority courses or because they are full already).

Operations
  • Schedule
    • Run the scheduling assistant, then display the resulting timetable

Personal Schedule

The Personal Schedule mode of the Student Scheduling Assistant screen presents a list of classes with their assigned times and rooms to which further changes can be made. The user can click on any class and get to the Alternatives screen where there are options for change (if any change is possible) - for example, to take a course at a different time or in a different location.


List of Classes

  • Lock
    • When checked, the class cannot be changed in the Alternatives screen - the changes that would include the class are not even displayed
  • Subject
    • Subject area of the class
  • Course
    • Course that contains the class
  • Type
    • Type of class (Lecture, Recitation, ...)
  • CRN
    • External ID of the class
  • Avail
    • Number of free, still available seats / capacity of the class 
  • Days
    • Days of the week
  • Start
    • Start time of the class
  • End
    • End time of the class
  • Date
    • Dates during the semester on which the class is taught
  • Room
    • Room where the class meets
    • If there is this road runner icon: , it means that the room is far from the previous class; roll the mouse over the icon to see the distance to travel from the room of the previous class to here
  • Instructor
    • Instructor for the class
    • Click on the envelope icon () to send an email to the instructor (if there is no icon, the email address is not available)
  • Requires
    • External IDs of other classes from the List of Classes that are required to be taken together with this class (for example, a specific lecture may be required for a given recitation)
  • date.png
    • Export timetable in the iCalendar format
    • Warning: there are more students expected than seats available; please, try to avoid this class if possible
    • To see if another class is available, click on the class; that will take you to the Alternatives screen
Click on any class in the list to get to the Alternatives screen to see if there are alternative times or rooms for that class.

There is a small toggle Show unassignments in the lower right hand corner. When the checkbox is checked, any classes that would be unassigned as a result of the current work with the Student Scheduling Assistant will be displayed.

Timetable

Student's schedule displayed as a timetable (as opposed to a list of classes).
Click on any class in the timetable to get to the Alternatives screen to see if there are alternative times or rooms for that class.

Operations
  • Requests
    • Go back to the list of prioritized courses and course alternatives
  • Re-schedule
    • Reschedule the requested courses all over again (as opposed to just adding a new course with as few changes as possible, which happens when a course is added to the prioritized list in the previous screen)
  • Enroll
    • Enroll the student in the classes displayed in the List of Classes or in the Timetable
    • This option is available when Online Sectioning is enabled for the academic session
  • Print
    • Print out the Timetable and the List of Classes
  • Export - export the timetable as an iCalendar file


Notes


Free time requests

There are two ways to enter a free time request
  1. In the list of courses, enter the request in the form of "Free F 10:00a - 10:30a" or "Free TR 2:00p - 3:00p" etc.
  2. Go to the Course Finder screen and click on the "Free Time" tab; then click on the times that should stay free and then press Enter

Shortcuts for navigation through the Courses or Alternatives table

  • Windows (Firefox)
    • Moving a course up or down the list of courses
      • Click on any editable field of a line and press "Ctrl+Shift+↑" to move the course up the list of courses
      • Click on any editable field of a line and press "Ctrl+Shift+↓" to move the course down the list of courses
    • Jumping through the editable fields in the table
      • Ctrl+↑ - move one editable field up
      • Ctrl+↓ - move one editable field down
      • Ctrl+→ - move one editable field to the right
      • Ctrl+← - move one editable field to the left
  • Mac (Chrome, Firefox, Safari)
    • Moving a course up or down the list of courses
      • Click on any editable field of a line and press "control+↑" to move the course up the list of courses
      • Click on any editable field of a line and press "control+↓" to move the course down the list of courses
    • Jumping through the editable fields in the table (it is also possible to use the "command" button instead of "alt")
      • alt+↑ - move one editable field up
      • alt+↓ - move one editable field down
      • alt+→ - move one editable field to the right
      • alt+← - move one editable field to the left

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