Understanding Class Types and Associated Class Numbers

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Class Types

The Class Type of “Enrollment” indicates which Component is the primary section of the class. The Class Type of “Non-Enroll” is used for secondary component sections. (“Non-Enroll” does not indicate that the section is optional. It is only a label used for secondary component sections of a class.) When a class has multiple types of class sections, only one type of component section can be the “Enrollment” Class Type. 

For example, for a class where students must attend a primary lecture (LEC) and also a discussion (DIS) section, the “LEC” section would have the Class Type of “Enrollment” and the “DIS” section would have the Class Type of “Non-Enroll.”  These Class Types can be linked in different ways through an Associated Class number.

Note the differences in these examples of two sections within the same class:

Enrollment Section
Class Section: 001
Component: LEC (Lecture)
Class Type: Enrollment
Associated Class: 1

Non-Enroll Section
Class Section: 101
Component: LEC (Lecture)
Class Type: DIS (Discussion)
Associated Class: 9999

Associated Class Numbers

Associated Class numbers link class sections within a single class offering. Generally, multiple enrollment sections will have a unique associated class number, and the non-enroll sections will have a matching associated class number for the enrollment section it’s linked to.

If there is more than one enrollment section, and it is not necessary to have certain non-enroll sections linked to each, an associated class number of “9999” would be assigned to the secondary component sections. In other words, having “9999” as the associated class number (for secondary class sections), indicates that a student who enrolls in any primary class section can then choose any of those secondary class sections.

Examples:

Scenario 1:         

a)    A class has one lecture section and two discussion sections. The students who enroll in the one lecture can choose from either of the discussion sections.

The Associated Class set up looks like this:
Class Type: Enrollment = LEC 001
Associated Class = 1

Class Type Non-Enroll= DIS 101, DIS 102
Associated Class = 9999

b)   However, for the next term, there is greater demand for this class. The department now wants to offer a second lecture and two more discussion sections. There are two ways the department can use the associated class number field to structure the enrollment options for students.

Option 1:     Two lectures, with four discussion sections shared between them.

A student enrolling in either lecture will be able to choose from all four associated discussions, regardless of which lecture the student has selected.

The Associated Class set up would look like this:

Class Type: Enrollment = LEC 001, LEC 002
Associated Class = 1.2

Class Type Non-Enroll= DIS 101, DIS 102, DIS 103, DIS 104
Associated Class = 9999

Option 2:   Two lectures with two discussion sections each.

When a student enrolls in one of the lecture sections, they will be directed to choose from two of the associated discussion sections, not all four. The discussions that the student will be able to choose from are determined by the chosen lecture.

The Associated Class set up would look like this:

Class Type: Enrollment = LEC 001, LEC002
Associated Class = 1, 2

Class Type Non-Enroll = DIS 101, DIS 102
Associated Class = 1
Class Type Non-Enrol = DIS 201, DIS 202
Associated Class = 2

Associated Class numbers are used the same way for classes with multiple Non-Enroll sections.

Scenario 2:

A class has two lecture sections and multiple discussion and laboratory sections. The department wants students who enroll in a certain lecture to only be able to choose specific discussion and laboratory sections.

The Associated Class set up would look like this:

Class Type: Enrollment = LEC 001
Associated Class = 1
Class Type Non-Enroll = DIS 101A, DIS 102A, DIS 103A*, LAB 101B, LAB 102B, LAB103B*
Class Type: Enrollment = LEC 002
Associated Class = 2
Class Type Non-Enroll = DIS 201A, DIS 202A, DIS 203A*, LAB 201B, LAB 202B, LAB 203B*

* Sections within a class cannot have identical Class Section numbers. Letters are added to differentiate the section numbers for discussions (A) and Labs (B).


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