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Course Groups

To make it easier for students, parents, or staff members to enter requests, you have the option of creating course groups. Course groups represent the courses that are available to a student for a specific request.

For example, when eighth-grade students select a ninth-grade elective course for the next school year, they are presented with a list of valid ninth-grade elective course options. Students must make their selection from the list of courses that you determine are valid for a particular selection.

Note: It is recommended that course groups for scheduling use should only contain courses that require the same number of student course requests. For example, you should not combine single semester courses with year-long courses, as this could lead to an inaccurate count of requests and credit hours.

Create the lists by making a course group for all predetermined requirements. For example, in the case that you need to create six course groups for a particular grade level, you might create three groups for core courses, one for semester electives, one for year-long electives, and one for no credit electives.

Course group

Example

Core courses

Software Application I and II, General Science 1 and 2, Health, Word Processing

English 9: English 9, Honors, Basic Skills

Mathematics 9: Consumer Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry

Semester electives

Woods I, Woods II, Beginning Pottery, Art I, Art II, Beginning Foods, Fitness for Life (PE), any other Physical Education class, any computer class

Yearlong electives

Band, Chorus, Audition Choir, any first-year Foreign Language, Agriculture I, Horticulture I

No credit electives

Study Hall, Work Experience, Released Time, Independent Study

How to Create a Course Group

Repeat this process for all course groups required for each grade level or request type at your school.

  1. On the start page, choose PowerScheduler from the main menu.
  2. Under Requesting, choose Course Groups from the PowerScheduler menu. The Course Groups page appears.
  3. Choose in which order you want courses to be listed on student course request pages—either by course name or course number—from the pop-up menu.
  4. Click New in the courses menu. The Edit Course Group page appears.
  5. Use the following table to enter information in the fields:
  6. Field

    Description

    Name

    Enter a name for the course group. All course groups and graduation requirement sets must have unique names in all schools.

    Note: If there are multiple schools on your server, you may want to create a system for naming your course groups so that they sort in a certain way. For example, you might call the course group containing Apple Grove High School’s ninth-grade core courses AGHS-9-Core Courses. If you followed this system, all of your schools would sort together, as would the grade levels within them.

    Type

    Choose the type of course group from the pop-up menu:

    • Both: Course group is for both scheduling and graduation requirement purposes. Existing groups are set to Both by default.
    • Scheduling Only: Course group is used for scheduling purposes only.
    • Graduation Set Only: Course group is used for graduation requirement purposes only.

    Applies to

    Set course groups to apply either to all schools or to the current school only. Existing groups are set to all schools by default.

  7. Select the checkbox next to the name of each course that should belong to this group.
  8. Click Submit. The Course Groups page appears.

How to Delete a Course Group

  1. On the start page, choose PowerScheduler from the main menu.
  2. Under Requesting, choose Course Groups from the PowerScheduler menu. The Course Groups page appears.
  3. Choose the course group to be edited from the courses menu. The Edit Course Group page appears.
  4. Click Delete. The Course Groups page appears.
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