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Specifying Room Preferences/Requirements

After you place the term in Set Preferences mode, three options that can be used in conjunction with each other are available for completing the preferences and requirements phase. In addition, you can complete the phase independently, or you can solicit input from the academic units.

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If a course must take place in a specific room that you plan to exclude from optimization, you can pre-assign it to a specific room. This process is outlined during the Scenario phase. See To create a pre-assignment scenario”.

For any of these methods, the following caveats apply:

• An academic unit -level user can request any building, area, or view and up to three rooms that have been defined for the domain with which it is associated.

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If needed, you can set the Lock Academic Unit Room Access system parameter to limit the users to their specific academic units. See System Parameters in the EMS Setup Guide.

• An academic unit can require only those buildings and rooms that have been assigned to its unit within the Academic Planning > Configuration > Academic Units area of EMS Campus. If the academic units specify requirements, then only a single room can be specified.

• Room types can be requested or required for all courses. By default the “limit by course type” selection is designated, but you can change it to honor a specific room type.

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Configuration of the Course Types/Room Types matches is carried out in the Academic Planning > Configuration > Match Course Types/Room Types area of EMS Campus. See the EMS Setup Guide for detailed information.

• You can set features to Preferred or Required. The # of Rooms Available label that is displayed above the Features pane is dynamically updated based on the building, room type, and features selected.

• The Seat Fill Percentage, in conjunction with the estimated enrollment, is used to determine the size of the room needed for the class. For example, a Seat Fill Percentage of 50% and an estimated enrollment of 100 means that the course should be held in a room that can accommodate 200 people.

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The Seat Fill Percentage is initially set to the default value that is specified in EMS (Campus) system parameters, but you can update the value on a per course date basis. See System Parameters in the EMS Setup Guide.

• Ignore Term Excluded Dates schedules bookings on all dates that adhere to the meeting pattern, regardless of the Excluded Dates that are marked on the term when the course dates are published.

• Publish In SIS Room (No Optimization) allows the course dates to avoid the optimization process. Bookings are published in the room that was carried over from the SIS.

• Require SIS Room flags buildings/rooms that come across from the SIS as Required. Courses with requirements still go through the optimization process.

• Requires Different Room (For Courses That Share Space) identifies a meeting pattern that should be in its own room despite the cross-listed or shared space status. You can set preferences for this room.

• Same Room (ALL Selected Course Dates are to be in the same Room) flags courses that should be in the same room but at different times when optimized.

To use the Manage Terms Copy Preferences tool

1. On the EMS Campus menu bar, click Academic Planning > Courses > Manage Terms. The Terms window opens.

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2. Click Copy Prefs. The Copy Preferences dialog box opens.

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3. In the Copy Preferences From pane, select the domain and term from which you want to copy room preferences and requirements.

4. In the Copy Preferences To pane, do the following:

• Select the domain and term to which you want to copy your room preferences and requirements.

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A term can be displayed in the To pane only if it is in Set Preferences mode.

• Indicate if the preferences are to be copied only if the instructors match.

5. Click OK. A message opens, informing you that copying preferences will overwrite any existing preferences, and asking you if it is OK to continue.

6. Click Yes. The message closes. After the preferences are copied, you return to the Terms window.

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Preferences are copied based on the Course Section (Math 101 01) and Course Type information (lecture or lab). If you have added new sections or changed course type designations on course dates within a section, then even after you complete this procedure, some courses still will not have preferences. Be sure to review your list of courses and set preferences where applicable.

To use the Academic Browser Set Course Preferences tool

1. On the EMS Campus menu bar, click Academic Planning > Courses > Academic Browser. The Academic Browser opens.

2. If needed, open the Filter tab.

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3. On the Domain dropdown list, select the appropriate domain and on the Term dropdown list, select the appropriate term.

4. Set any other criteria (academic unit, subject and so on) as needed to provide assistance in locating the courses for which you want to set preferences and requirements, and then click Get Data. The courses that meet your search criteria are displayed on the Results tab.

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For detailed information about searching with the Academic Browser, see Searching with the Academic Browser”.

5. CTRL-click to select the courses for which you are setting the room preferences and requirements.

6. On the Tools menu, click Set Course Preferences. The Set Course Preferences dialog box opens.

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7. Indicate whether the preferences that you set are to override any existing preferences, or whether they are to be added to existing preferences.

8. Set your preferences for the selected courses. See Specifying Room Preferences/Requirements”.

9. Optionally, do one or both of the following:

• In the Notes field, enter any pertinent or supporting information that substantiates or explains your preferences.

• By default, the preferences/requirements that you specify are applied to all course dates for all selected courses. If the preferences/requirements are applicable for only specific course dates, open the Selected Course Dates tab, select the course dates for which these preferences/requirements are not applicable and then click Remove.

10. Click OK. Two results are possible:

• If any of the selected courses are cross-listed and/or share space, and you did not select the corresponding cross-listed/shared space courses, then a Related Course Dates dialog box opens. This dialog box lists all the related courses that have not been selected. Go to Step 11.

• If none of the selected courses are cross-listed and/or share space, then a message opens indicating whether the selected preferences will override any existing preferences, or be added to existing preferences and asking you if it is OK to continue. Go to Step 12.

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11. Optionally, select any or all of the related courses for which you want to set the same preferences/requirements, or do not select any of these related courses, and then click OK. A message opens indicating whether the selected preferences will override any existing preferences, or be added to existing preferences and asking you if it is OK to continue.

12. Click Yes. The message closes and another message opens indicating that the preferences were set successfully.

13. Click OK to close the second message and return to the Academic Browser.

To use the Course Navigator to set preferences and requirements

1. On the EMS Campus menu bar, click Academic Planning > Courses > Academic Browser. The Academic Browser opens.

2. If needed, open the Filter tab.

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3. On the Domain dropdown list, select the appropriate domain and on the Term dropdown list, select the appropriate term.

4. Set any other criteria (academic unit, subject, and so on) as needed to provide assistance in locating the courses for which you want to set preferences and requirements, and then click Get Data. The courses that meet your search criteria are displayed on the Results tab.

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For detailed information about searching with the Academic Browser, see Searching with the Academic Browser”.

5. In the search results, double-click the course for which you are setting the preferences/requirements. The course opens in the Course Navigator.

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For detailed information about working with the Course Navigator, see Using the Course Navigator”.

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6. In the middle pane of the Navigator, select the specific course date for which you are setting preferences/requirements, and then click Edit. The Course Dates dialog box opens.

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7. Set the preferences/requirements for the course as needed, and then click OK. See Specifying Room Preferences/Requirements”. The Course Dates dialog box closes and you return to the Course Navigator. The preferences/requirements that you set for the course date are displayed on the Preferences tab in the lower pane of the Navigator.