This document is a brief guide to the Banner registration system Enhanced Class Search screens as currently implemented at Northeastern University. This is the part of the system that allows a student or an advisor to search for courses and class sections.
Enhanced Class Search is a vast improvement over the class search facilities provided natively in Banner.
Enhanced Class Search can be reached directly from the web or via Self-Service Banner (SSB) after login to myNEU. It is much more convenient to access Enhanced Class Search directly from the web because then one can stay focused in the Add/Drop pane of SSB when doing course registration. In addition, from the web, it is possible to open multiple class search tabs.
Here is the link to go to Enhanced Class Search directly from the web:
Once you go to this page, you may wish to bookmark the link in your browser.
The first page that you reach when click the Enhanced Class Search link is a page where you must choose the academic term in a dropdown menu.
Currently this dropdown contains academic terms for 3 different units at Northeastern:
A term that refers to the latter units will normally mention Law or CPS explictly. An exception to this rule is that CPS courses that run on the semester calendar currently use the same term selection as the undergraduate, Masters, and PhD programs.
As a user, your task on this page is to select the term in which you wish to find courses and then click Submit.
When you click Submit on the Search by Terms screen, you are directed to the following screen:
In Enhanced Class Search, this screen makes visible the 6 options that are used most frequently:
To see more specialized options, click on More Options.
If the CRN zone contains 1 to 5 digits, then the class search will look for all classes whose Course Reference Number contains that sequence of digits. All other options will be ignored in this case. This facility is primarily useful to an advisor who may be asked by a student to register them for a class with a given CRN and the advisor wants to see beforehand what the class is.
We will now explain how to use each of the other 5 zones to make selections and refine the class search.
The Subject, Attribute Type, and Course Level zones use a scrollable selection box that permits one or more items to be selected. These selection boxes work similarly.
The Course Number and Title zones use a simple text box. These text boxes may be empty, may have specific text to search for, or may use the symbol % one or more times to indicate a more sophisticated wildcard search.
Note that when you have made all of the selections needed to define your search, click the Submit button to perform the search.
Although we will explain many techniques below, keep in mind that the simplest of searches may be done by selecting one subject and clicking the Submit button to see all courses being taught in that subject. You should look into the more sophisticated techniques only on a need-to-know basis.
Both the Subject and Attribute Type zones contain an All option. You must make a more specific selection in at least one of these zones or the search software will refuse to proceed. This avoids downloading a vast number of classes that would strain the server and be impossible for you to easily view.
Click anywhere in the Subject zone. Then quickly type the first few letters of the subject. You will either hit the subject or be very close to it. You may use the up or down arrow keys on the keyboard to adjust this selection to find the single subject that you are seeking.
To make the search results more specific, you may want to add constraints before clicking the Submit button.
The same techniques for multiple selection apply to the Attribute Type and Course Level zones.
The match of text in the Title zone with course titles is case-insensitve. Furthermore, the match of a complete title requires a lot of typing and precision and so is not recommended.
Let us give some examples of Attribute Type selection using the NU Core as the starting point. For convenience, you may see the list of NU Core categories by expanding the next section.
This table is in the order used in the Attribute Type selection box.
|NU Core Category||Abbreviation|
|Writing: First Year Writing||NU Core 1st year Writing|
|Writing: Advanced Writing in the Disciplines||NU Core Adv Writing in Discpln|
|Arts/Humanities Level 1||NU Core Arts/Humanities Lvl 1|
|Capstone||NU Core Capstone|
|Comparative Study of Cultures||NU Core Comp Stdy of Cultures|
|Experiential Learning||NU Core Experiential Learning|
|Mathematical/Analytical Thinking Level 1||NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 1|
|Mathematical/Analytical Thinking Level 2||NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 2|
|Science/Technology Level 1||NU Core Science/Tech Lvl 1|
|Social Science Level 1||NU Core Social Science Lvl 1|
|Writing: Writing Intensive in the Major||NU Core Writing Intsv in Major|
Remember, to find all courses that match one or more Attribute Type selections, select All in the Subject zone.
Now let us give the examples.
The Course Level zone is very simple because besides All there are only 6 options:
Normally, you can eliminate the return of courses you are not interested in by selecting one of these 6 options. In a few cases, you may wish to select both undergraduate and graduate listings.
Finally, there is one extremely important check box option:
Show only courses with seats available
This check box allows a student or advisor to hone in on sections that still have space for registration.
Let’s start with a general piece of advice. If you want to go back from the search results to the Enhanced Class Search screen, we recommend that you use the browser back button. This is the best way to return to the search context that you left.
In this section, we illustrate the kind of results delivered directly by Enhanced Class Search. For this search, we selected:
ENGL 1111 is the fundamental freshman writing course required for undergraduates. Therefore, this course has many sections and the search results page is lengthy. For illustration, we selected one section, 75, out of the long list of search results. This section happens to have some extra features that make it a good example.
The first line of these results has very important information:
|The Type of Information||The Specific Instance|
|The Course Title||College Writing|
|The Honors Designation, if appropriate||(HON)|
|The Course Reference Number (CRN)||11561|
|The Course Number||ENGL 1111|
|The Section Number||75|
|The Campus||(Boston, Main)|
|The Credits||Credits 4|
The Course Reference Number (CRN) is the code that is used to add this particular section to a student’s schedule and to later reference the section for rosters, grades, etc.
The first line is also a link to the catalog course description page. The linked page also repeats the information on levels and course attributes that is available on this screen.
The second line for this section begins with Please Note:. Most sections do not have such a line. If the unit offering the course or the Registrar’s Office has special information concerning the particular section, it will be displayed in such a line.
You can see that there are many additional facts about the section on this screen. We will summarize the most important information.
The Seats number represents the number of seats that are available within the capacity limit set by the unit offering the course. This number must be positive for a student to register for the course or for an advisor to register the student.
You will notice in the above example that the value of Seats is actually negative, -7. This can happen in one of two ways:
The above screen snapshot was taken in mid-June for Fall semester so it is definitely the case that this is an instance of situation 1.
Let us comment on situation 2. In some cases, a unit will recognize special circumstances presented by a student and override the section capacity in order to admit the student into a section. This does not happen often. The best process is for a student who seeks an override to speak to or e-mail their advisor and have that advisor inquire on their behalf if the override may be granted. Note that an override may be impossible to grant simply because the actual number of students in the section has reached the room size.
Link to: A Guide to Banner Course Add/Drop
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