An academic department is an organizational unit to which courses are associated. Once configured, the department becomes useful as a way to filter courses and course section offerings throughout the application. Department filters are available on list pages, room optimization sandboxes, and various reports and dashboards where applicable.
To view the list of departments in the system, select the Departments option in the Admin section of the Academics tab.
You may search for a specific department and limit the number of departments displayed using the filter area on the left side of the page. To search for specific departments, enter keyword search criteria in the text box at the top of the form and then click Search to view your results. Only those departments with matching keywords will be returned in the list.
You may also limit the number of departments returned in the list by using the subject and/or course filter options. Choose one or more subjects or courses using the filter controls on the left and click Search. Only those departments that have applicable course associations will be returned.
Finally, use the Active drop-down option to view departments that are active, inactive, or either.
Click on the department name to view additional details about the department record.
To add a new department to the Astra Schedule system, perform the following:
1.Click the Add a Department button at the top of the Department list page.
2.Enter the department name in the Name field.
3.Add a text description if desired.
4.If desired, click the + option to associate courses with the department.
Use the pop-up window to select all applicable courses (optionally filtering by subject). Selected courses will appear on the department list as they are selected. Click on the department page to close the course list.
5.When finished, click the Save button to save and return to the list page.
You may use the delete icon to the right of the list page entry to remove a Department from the list, or use the edit icon to modify the record.