The first step to building a schedule in Coursedog is ensuring you have properly configured all of your courses and sections. Depending on your institution’s process, some of this may be taken care of within the SIS. In this section, we will teach you everything you need to know to make sure your courses and sections are ready for scheduling.
2.2 Viewing Courses
In order to configure our sections, we must first configure our courses. You can access your department’s courses in two ways.
Option1: Select ‘Section Editor’ from the left navigation
Option 2: Select your department from the Home page on the left navigation (Departmental Status).
You will then be taken to the list of courses within your department.
2.3 Adding Courses
The first step to configuring your courses is ensuring you have all of the courses you wish to schedule within the Coursedog system. Coursedog can push and pull courses directly from the SIS (confirm with your administration), so it is likely that all of your courses will already be within the system. However, if you need to make any changes, they will be reflected in your SIS.
To add a course, select '+ Course' and you will see the following modal.
You may also be able to take a course from the course inventory, and add it into the existing schedule.
2.4 Editing & Deleting Courses
To edit or delete a course, click the course in the list view to expand it. Then select 'Course Info.'
You will be taken to a modal similar to the 'Add Course' modal. To edit the course, simply overwrite the values in the fields. YTo delete the course, click 'Delete Course' and confirm you wish to delete the course. Once your course list is accurate, it’s time to configure your sections.
2.5 Viewing Sections
To access the sections of a specific course, simply click on the course in the list and it will drop down to reveal any associated sections.
For information on how to view 'Section Demand Analytics,' refer to this article.
2.6 Adding Sections
As with courses, sections will sync with the SIS. If you need to make any changes, you can create new sections within the Coursedog platform. To create a new section, click on the course you want to create a section for and select '+ Section.'
This will open the section editor modal where you can edit all of the settings for your sections. Some of these fields may be locked or hidden, and some of them may be fields that you will want to edit. Any warnings or conflicts will be shown in yellow at the top of the card. Additionally, required fields are denoted with a red star.
Note: We do not recommend adding instructors, meeting patterns or rooms just yet - we will add those later. Before adding flexible fields (such as meeting patterns, instructors or rooms), we need to configure fixed settings. This will help guide the assignment of those variable fields. For now, fill out the General Information card and hit 'Save Section' to add the section to the schedule.
2.7 Deleting Sections
There are two ways to delete a section.
Option1: From the section list, hover the mouse over the section number and click the red trash icon.
Option 2: From the section editor modal, click "Delete Section" at the bottom.
Note for Banner SIS users: Banner integrations support the ability to delete sections on the back-end. However, this is disabled by default to prevent sections from being accidentally deleted if schools want such safety mechanism in place.
2.8: Configuring Sections
This section will likely differ depending on the scheduling policies of your University. However, the general idea is the same. Before adding the flexible fields such as meeting patterns, instructors or rooms, we need to configure the fixed settings. This will help guide the assignment of those variable fields.
2.8.1 Section Relationships
Section Relationships is a very important card to fill out prior to assigning meeting patterns and rooms.
Linked sections are for defining time relationships between sections. For example, two sections can have a non-overlapping relationship which means they cannot be scheduled during overlapping meeting times.
The linked sections relationship options are as follows:
Once a Section Relationship is assigned, it will appear in the Section Editor as follows:
Depending on your school’s configuration, you may need to fill out the credits field in order to assign a meeting pattern. You have the ability to assign fixed credits as shown below, or variable credits by selecting 'Switch to Variable Credits.'
Credits are often tied to curriculum, and the intersection of credits and scheduling differs for different SIS systems. Refer to this article for an outline of the current Coursedog functionality, known SIS functionality, and features that we could build.
2.8.3 Enrollment Settings
Make sure all of your sections have designated enrollment capacity. This will ensure that the room selected for the section is large enough to hold all enrolled students.
2.8.4 Room Preferences
For each section, you have the option to add room preferences. If these are filled out, they can be used to help select rooms based on type, location, size and features.
2.9 Department, Calendar, and Instructor View
2.10 Video Walk-throughs