Section Scheduling

Section Scheduling at USC

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The goal of the Registrar’s office is to help academic departments create and maintain their list of course offerings each term. To meet the goal, the Registrar’s office has launched this website, which provides information, instructions and tools that departments can use to build their schedule of classes.

The development of the university’s Schedule of Classes is a joint effort that involves academic departments and the Registrar’s office. Each academic department must determine which courses to offer in its schedule of classes for fall, spring and summer. Each department’s schedule of classes coordinator, or scheduling coordinator, must also enter the course data in the university’s Student Information System (SIS).

The Registrar’s office establishes the deadlines for the production of the Schedule of Classes, collects the schedule data from all departments, reports the schedule data to the appropriate school dean, and assigns classrooms, if necessary. Schedule data, as well as other important information for students such as the Registration Calendar, is hosted on the Schedule of Classes website.

Scheduling Coordinators and the Registrar’s Office must meet several deadlines to produce the university’s Schedule of Classes in time for students to plan their class schedules. The timeline begins several months before the first day of classes for each term. A list of these dates for the current and upcoming terms is provided in the table below.
EventSpring 2015Summer 2015Fall 2015
Begin section input6/9/201410/3/201410/13/2014
Section input restricted by Registrar’s Office8/1/201411/26/20141/2/2015
Begin free-form email requests to Frank Chang and Fern Iwata8/4/201412/1/20141/5/2015
Deadline to submit Courses of Interest Form8/13/2014Not Offered1/7/2015
Textbook orders due at Bookstore8/25/20141/2/20151/28/2015
Frank Chang emails Excel-based schedules to scheduling coordinators9/22/20142/6/20152/23/2015
Registrar sends copies of schedules to deans for review / approval. Last day to send free-form email requests9/24/20142/11/20152/25/2015
Coordinators submit Kuali eDoc to add, change, or delete sections9/25/20142/12/20152/26/2015
School coordinator must e-mail Hourly Summary Sheets to Doug Shook (shook@esd.usc.edu)10/1/2014Not Required3/4/2015
Schedule of Classes released10/6/20142/20/20153/9/2015
Registration begins10/27/20143/9/20153/30/2015
There are three distinct periods in the schedule production timeline. First period: Departments can add, change and delete any section using RNR.U.SCHEDULE. Second period: Departments lose the ability to add, change and delete in RNR.U.SCHEDULE (unless the department owns the respective classroom space). During the second period, departments may request additions, changes and deletions of sections by emailing the request to Frank Chang (fjc@usc.edu) and CC’ing Fern Iwata (iwata@usc.edu). Third period: After the school’s dean has reviewed and approved the Schedule of Classes, departments make requests using the Kuali section scheduling eDoc.
Scheduling coordinators should meet with department chairs before the production timeline begins and use the previous year’s Schedule of Classes (www.usc.edu/soc) to determine which existing courses the department will offer. Coordinators should also consult with department chairs to determine if faculty wish to offer any Special Topics courses (499s and 599s) and if any courses have been approved by the Curriculum Office. With this information at hand, scheduling coordinators can enter section data in RNR.U.SCHEDULE. Since courses offered in the fall and spring semesters remain constant, the Registrar’s office conducts a “roll-over” of the previous year’s schedule to make the data entry process easier for academic units. In other words, coordinators do not have to create their schedules from scratch each fall and spring. Coordinators must create each section for the summer schedule. As the timeline indicates, coordinators have at least six weeks to input section data in SIS before the Registrar’s office restricts access (unless the department own the classroom space involved). Most courses at USC are offered within the university’s established Academic Calendar. Courses that follow the academic calendar dates, are taught at USC facilities and do not carry higher or lower tuition rates should be scheduled in session 001. If a course falls outside these parameters, it should be scheduled in a “Special Session.” Please visit the Special Session Request Guidelines for more information. Once you have read the guidelines please save a copy of the Special Session Request Form.

FAQ:

The Schedule of Classes (www.usc.edu/soc) contains course information for the current and last two terms. There is also an archive of course offerings up to spring 2007.

In SIS, enter RNR.R.SECT.SUMM to request the report. This report will print on a SIS printer only. The report will be delivered to your office within one business day of your request. If you need the report immediately, please contact Frank Chang (fjc@usc.edu).

If you are a scheduling coordinator in Dornsife College, you have access to your sections only during the data entry period (see the Timeline chart for exact dates).

If you do not work in Dornsife College, your department is locked out of RNR.U.SCHEDULE for sections assigned a room owned by Classroom Scheduling. If you need to add, change or cancel a section for an online course or a course that meets in a facility that your department owns, you can do so on SIS.

The best place to find session dates is in SIS using SIS.D.SESS. The Schedule of Classes offers a comprehensive listing of session dates in summer only.

Page 2 of RNR.D.CATALOG will list the component parts that must be offered with a course. Look in the InstMode column to see the modes that must be scheduled for your courses.

Check page 2 of RNR.D.CATALOG. Make sure that you scheduled the modes listed under the InstMode column. If the InstMode column reflects a mode that your department does not intend to offer, please contact the Curriculum Office at (213) 740-1162.

When departments wish to introduce a new or emerging aspect of a field or to take advantage of the expertise of a new or visiting faculty member, a Special Topics course can be offered. The course numbers 499 and 599 are reserved to designate undergraduate and graduate levels, respectively.

  • During the first period, departments can enter 499 and 599 courses in RNR.U.SCHEDULE. Departments must submit syllabi for 499 and 599 courses to the Curriculum Office at curriclm@usc.edu for approval.
  • During the second period, departments can email Frank Chang at fjc@usc.edu and CC Fern Iwata at iwata@usc.edu. Please attach the course syllabus to this email.
  • During the third period, departments in Dornsife College must submit an eDoc with the course syllabus attached.

 

The sample syllabus template can be viewed as Attachment 13 in the Curriculum Handbook.

Enter your name in the Overseer field on page 5 of RNR.U.SCHEDULE for every section you wish to view.

Scheduling coordinators can grant GRS access on pages 4 and 5 of RNR.U.SCHEDULE by entering the individual’s name in the appropriate field. (Please refer to the description of GRS roles in the next question).

For instructors or TAs with common names (like John Smith), you should also have the individual provide you his or her USC ID number to avoid confusion. It can take up to four hours for GRS to allow a user entry after his or her name has been entered in SIS.

  • Instructor: Highest level of access. Can view roster, enter grades in GRS, and submit grades to SIS.
  • TA: Has viewing rights in GRS but cannot enter grades in GRS.
  • Grader: Has viewing and grade entry rights in GRS but cannot submit grades to SIS.
  • Overseer: Has viewing rights in GRS.
  • Approver: Can view grades entered for a section. The approver is a second layer of review for grades. Enter a name in the Approver field only if directed to do so by your department chair or director

Blackboard access is created on page 4 of RNR.U.SCHEDULE.

You must submit the Courses of Interest Request Form to the Registrar’s office according to the dates specified in the Events timeline above.