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  • Use this page to add a new section to an existing course. Enter Information about an existing section to use in creating a new section (you can copy an existing section if that section has been offered within the past 3 yrs.) Click Search if needed Enter additional information in the new...
  • If a course has consent requirements (department/instructor consent), students will not be able to register themselves into the course.  They must see the department or instructor first.  When students are approved for registration, whoever in your department has been authorized and trained to...
  • CAPS automatically assigns an associated class number for graded sections. For non-graded sections (labs & discussions), pick the graded section you want your section to be linked with. When students register for this class, they first pick a graded section, and then are presented with...
  • A Catalog Requisite instructs SPIRE to automatically enforce a prerequisite for this course. It applies to all sections of the course. The system must find the requisite already met by the student or see that the student is currently enrolled to allow the student to register for a section of this...
  • A Class Association Requisite tells SPIRE to enforce eligibility restrictions.    Class Association Requisites are visible to students in the schedule of classes, so please do not repeat them in Class Notes. Examples:  “Seniors & Juniors only”; “Cryptozoology majors only” CAPS...
  • Class Notes text is information for students. This information will appear in the schedule of classes and the SPIRE class search. Click the Change button to add or change a class note. Click the Delete button to delete a class note. Examples of good uses for Class Notes:  Use “Same as...
  • Class Status indicates the availability of the section. “Active” means the section is viewable in the Class Search and students can register for it until capacity is reached. “Cancelled” classes do not appear in the Class Search and are not available for registration, but they may be re-...
  • The Comms page in CAPS is used to send internal correspondence to Registrar’s staff. The RSS (Registrar Scheduling Staff) will read the comment as part of the request. The Email Recipients section of the Comm page is optional. You can email yourself or someone else in your department a notification...
  • This is the full capacity of the section. It is used for room scheduling as well as registration purposes. In a multi-component course, combined laboratory and/or discussion section capacities greater than or equal to the capacity of the related lecture section(s). CAPS glossary
  • If this course will have a final exam, please choose ‘Y’. If there is no final exam offered, please select ‘N’.  
  • Grading Access controls the instructor’s access to final grade rosters in SPIRE.   “None” – No access SPIRE to grade roster “Grade” – Can enter grades in SPIRE but not approve them for final processing “Post *” – Can enter and approve grades in SPIRE * There must be at least one instructor with “...
  • Grading Basis defines the range of valid grades for a class. Each course will be coded with one of the following grading basis options:   Grading Basis         Code                                        Description Opt: Grad OPG Standard grading for graduate courses. Student...
  • The CAPS History page displays information about what has happened to a section, by who and when. The history of CAPS Status, Element Requests and Registrar actions are listed, including  the name of the person who made the request or change and the date it happened. CAPS Reference Guide CAPS...
  • Instruction Mode describes the way in which the class content is delivered. Instruction Mode choices for class sections can be as follows: Blended In-Person Independent Study Online Online Plus In Person Department Scheduling Representatives can choose 'Blended' only after they...
  • Instructor Edit is “No Choice” for most classes, indicating this is not an individualized study course. If you want SPIRE to allow you to record the individual instructor with whom each student is studying, use “Instructor”. This can only be used for practicum and independent study....
  • Primary Instructor (PI) – Instructor of Record This person is responsible for delivering the primary instruction in the class. Only faculty (including lecturers) and grad students may be designated as PIs. Grad students responsible for lab or discussion...
  • The Instructor page displays information on the instructor teaching the class. You have the option to change the instructor details, delete an instructor and/or add a new instructor. Inst Type what type of instructor role (Grad Faculty, Lecturer, Emeritus, Instructor) Subj...
  • The Meetings page allows you to change, add or delete class meeting patterns. Choose a Meeting Pattern and Meeting Start time from the drop-down boxes.  Meeting Start times calculate the Meeting End times automatically, but you can override the Meeting End time. Use the Meeting Comment field to...
  • CAPS, the Class Automated Proposal System, is the online class scheduling system built in SPIRE by OIT in collaboration with the University Registrar’s office and academic departments. This system completely replaces the cumbersome paper process that the academic departments used previously to...
  • Print in Schedule controls whether this instructor’s name appears in the schedule of classes. PIs are usually set to “Yes” so students may see who is teaching while they are registering. TAs and Moodle only instructors cannot be printed in the schedule. CAPS glossary

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