Section Scheduling at USC
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.
The Schedule of Classes Development Timeline
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.
|Event||Summer 2021||Fall 2021||Spring 2022|
|Begin section input||11/30/2020||1/11/2021||6/3/2021|
|Section input restricted by Registrar's Office||1/8/2021||2/12/2021||7/30/2021|
|Coordinators submit Curriculog form to add, change, or delete sections||1/11/2021||2/15/2021||8/02/2021|
|Coordinators run final review of their entries by running the RNR.R.SECT.SUMM report||2/1/2021||3/8/2021||9/13/2021|
|Registrar sends email schedules to deans for review||2/8/2021||3/10/2021||9/15/2021|
|Schedule of Classes released||2/15/2021||3/15/2021||10/4/2021|
There are two distinct periods in the schedule production timeline.
- First period: Departments can add, change and delete any section using RNR.U.SCHEDULE. See the table above for section input and lockout dates.
- Second period: Departments lose the ability to add, change and delete in RNR.U.SCHEDULE (unless the department owns the respective classroom space or is not part of Dornsife). During the second period, departments may request additions, changes and deletions of sections by submitting requests using Kuali.
- The Kuali Course Scheduling Form will be disabled by the end of May. Starting from May 28th, please use the Section Scheduling Form for your section scheduling requests. For questions, please email email@example.com.
|Upcoming Semester for Which You Can enter information in SIS||Time of Year|
|Fall||Late October through early January|
|Spring||Early June through early August|
|Summer||Late September through late November|
|Upcoming Semester for Which You Can Submit a Kuali Course Scheduling eDoc||Time of Year|
|Fall||Early January through Mid-December|
|Spring||Late July through Mid-May|
|Summer||Late November through Mid-August|
Course scheduled in a General-Use Classroom?
Able to Add/Change/Delete in SIS after Deadline
Must Submit Curriculog Form for Additions/Deletions
The Kuali Course Scheduling workflow streamlines the process of scheduling course additions, deletions and changes. Electronic requests are to be filled out by Scheduling Coordinators and are automatically routed for the appropriate approval. Users can track where their requests are in the review process and are also immediately notified when a request has been approved or needs modification.
Starting from May 28th, please use the Section Scheduling Form for your section scheduling requests. For detailed instructions on submitting a Section Scheduling Form, on Ciurriculog, please see the SSF User Manual.
Creating a Department’s Schedule of Classes
Scheduling coordinators should meet with department chairs before the production timeline begins and use the previous year’s Schedule of Classes 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 largely 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 during the Fall and Spring semesters.
If a course falls outside these parameters, it should be scheduled in a “Session Request Guidelines.” To avoid costly errors for the coordinator's academic department (the loss of financial aid eligibility for students in the program), scheduling coordinators must take the Financial Aid Eligibility Considerations in Course Scheduling in Trojan Learn. To access the course, please login to Trojan Learn and type Financial Aid Eligibility Considerations in Course Scheduling in the search engine. Once the coordinator is informed of the implications of offering courses in non-standard sessions, the next step is to learn the mechanics of how to request a session. Refer to the Session Request Guidelines for more information. Coordinators can access the Session Request Form.
How can I get help if I am a new scheduling coordinator?
Each USC department has a scheduling coordinator. Please view the list of Scheduling Coordinators at USC to find another coordinator nearby.
· For questions about SIS access, contact the Student Information System User Coordination Group (SIS UCG) at (213) 740-5337.
· For questions about data entered in SIS and the Schedule of Classes, contact the Registrar’s Office at (213) 740-4623.
· For questions regarding classrooms, visit the Classroom Scheduling page.
How can I find out what sections have been scheduled for my department for the next term?
In SIS, enter RNR.R.SECT.SUMM to request the report. After you enter the semester and the department prefix you want to see on the report, SIS will email the report to you.
How can I find out what my department offered in semesters past?
The Schedule of Classes contains course information for the current and last two terms. There is also an archive of course offerings that goes as far back as spring 2007.
Where can I find session dates?
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 for every semester. Please note that the sessions listed on the Schedule of Classes have been assigned to other departments. Often times, the sessions listed have different tuition charges than the standard university tuition amount. For this reason, scheduling coordinators should not use the Schedule of Classes sessions list to find a session that has the dates needed for a course. Please contact us at (213) 740-4623 if you need a session code assigned for a course that will deviate from the university's main session (001 in UPC for Fall and Spring; 046 for HSC in Fall, Spring, and Summer; and 050, 051, 052, 053, 054, 055, 056, 057, 058, and 059 in Summer).
How do I request a session for an upcoming semester?
If your department offers online courses or courses that run on a different calendar from the university’s main calendar, which you can find by visiting academics.usc.edu, you need to request the activation of a session. A session is simply a numeric code in SIS that has the beginning and ending dates for a course for a given semester. Your department chair will tell you whether online courses or alternative academic calendars are part of your department’s course schedule. To request a session, review the Session Request Guidelines, take the Financial Aid Eligibility Considerations in Course Scheduling in Trojan Learn, and then submit the Non-Standard Session Request Form. Once your session has been activated, you can schedule courses in the session.
What is a Special Topics course?
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.
How can I schedule a Special Topics course?
To request a 299, 499, 599 or 699 course, scheduling coordinators should submit a proposal using the dedicated Special Topics Section Scheduling approval process in CurriculogTMsup>. The proposal will require a Section Title for the course and a course syllabus. The syllabus (in .docx or .pdf) must be saved with the name of the Section Title, without spaces. A syllabus template can be downloaded from the Curriculum Office Resources Website. Once the Registrar's Office reviews the request, the course will be approved and scheduled, or returned to the proposing department for correction. To request access to CurriculogTM and for general assistance, please contact the Curriculum Office.
How can I give myself access to GRS?
Enter your name in the Overseer field on page 5 of RNR.U.SCHEDULE for every section you wish to view in GRS.
How do I set up GRS access for an instructor or TA?
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.
What are the different access levels in GRS?
· 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.
Where can I find GRS instructions to give the instructors in my department?
Midterm and final exam instructions are available on the Grades Department web page.
What other avenues may I try if no room is available through the Registrar's office in scheduling classes or events?
Visit the Venue Guide on the USC Office of Protocol & University Events homepage for details about alternate spaces on campus.
How do I list a course on the Courses of Interest page of the Schedule of Classes?
Scheduling coordinators must enter the courses to display on the Courses of Interest page in SIS in process RNR.U.CSA 30 days before the release of the Schedule of Classes. Please refer to the table showing the dates for the Schedule of Classes release above.
Where can I find more information?
Contact the Registrar's Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).