Specify Room Preferences/Requirements

Set Preferences is an optional mode in which the Domain Scheduler can solicit preferences from academic units about the type of rooms that would be suitable for each course that they teach. These preferences can then be used to run an optimization, or to have EMS automate room scheduling based on preferences and additional user-specified criteria.

To enable and use Set Preferences Mode:

  1. The Domain Scheduler enables Set Preferences mode.
  2. The academic units review courses and specify their room preferences and requirements using EMS Campus Planning Interface (typical) or EMS Campus desktop client (if granted access).
  3. The Domain Scheduler verifies and reviews the room preferences and requirements that the academic units have specified.

After you place the term in Set Preferences mode, three options that can be used in conjunction with each other are available for completing the preferences and requirements phase. In addition, you can complete the phase independently, or you can solicit input from the academic units.

This topic will provide information about:

If a course must take place in a specific room that you plan to exclude from optimization, you can pre-assign it to a specific room. This process is outlined during the Scenario phase.

For any of these methods, the following caveats apply:

  • An academic unit-level user can request any building, area, or view and up to three rooms that have been defined for the domain with which it is associated.
  • If needed, you can set the Lock Academic Unit Room Access system parameter to limit the users to their specific academic units.
  • An academic unit can require only those buildings and rooms that have been assigned to its unit within the Academic Planning > Configuration > Academic Units area of EMS Academic Planning. If the academic units specify requirements, then only a single room can be specified.
  • Room types can be requested or required for all courses. By default the “limit by course type” selection is designated, but you can change it to honor a specific room type.

    Configuration of the Course Types/RoomTypes matches is carried out in the Academic Planning > Configuration > Match Course Types/Room Types area of EMS Academic Planning. Learn more about EMS Desktop Client Configuration Guide.

  • You can set features to Preferred or Required. The # of Rooms Available label that is displayed above the Features pane is dynamically updated based on the building, room type, and features selected.
  • The Seat Fill Percentage, in conjunction with the estimated enrollment, is used to determine the size of the room needed for the class. For example, a Seat Fill Percentage of 50% and an estimated enrollment of 100 means that the course should be held in a room that can accommodate 200 people.

    The Seat Fill Percentage is initially set to the default value that is specified in EMS (Campus) system parameters, but you can update the value on a per course date basis. See the EMS Desktop Client Configuration Guide.

  • Ignore Term Excluded Dates schedules bookings on all dates that adhere to the meeting pattern, regardless of the Excluded Dates that are marked on the term when the course dates are published.
  • Publish In SIS Room (No Optimization) allows the course dates to avoid the optimization process. Bookings are published in the room that was carried over from the SIS.
  • Require SIS Room flags buildings/rooms that come across from the SIS as Required. Courses with requirements still go through the optimization process.
  • Requires Different Room (For Courses That Share Space) identifies a meeting pattern that should be in its own room despite the cross-listed or shared space status. You can set preferences for this room.
  • Same Room (ALL Selected Course Dates are to be in the same Room) flags courses that should be in the same room but at different times when optimized.

Use the Manage Terms Copy Preferences Tool

To use the manage terms copy preferences tool:

  1. On the EMS Academic Planning menu bar, click Academic Planning > Courses > Manage Terms

    The Terms window opens.

  2. Click Copy Prefs

    The Copy Preferences dialog opens.

  3. In the Copy Preferences From pane, select the domain and term from which you want to copy room preferences and requirements.
  4. In the Copy Preferences To pane, do the following:
    • Select the domain and term to which you want to copy your room preferences and requirements. A term can be displayed in the To pane only if it is in Set Preferences mode.
    • Indicate if the preferences are to be copied only if the instructors match.
  5. Click OK

    A success message opens.

  6. Click Yes.

    The Terms window opens.

    Preferences are copied based on the Course Section (Math 101 01) and Course Type information (lecture or lab). If you have added new sections or changed course type designations on course dates within a section, then even after you complete this procedure, some courses still will not have preferences. Be sure to review your list of courses and set preferences where applicable.

Use the Academic Browser Set Course Preferences Tool

To use the academic browser set course preferences tool:

  1. On the EMS Academic Planning menu bar, click Academic Planning > Courses > Academic Browser

    The Academic Browser opens.

  2. If needed, open the Filter tab.
  3. In Domain, select a domain and in Term, select a term.
  4. Set other criteria (academic unit, subject and so on) as needed to provide assistance in locating the courses for which you want to set preferences and requirements, and then click Get Data. The courses that meet your search criteria are displayed on the Results tab.

    Learn more about Searching with the Academic Browser

  5. Ctrl-click to select the courses for which you are setting the room preferences and requirements.
  6. On the Tools menu, click Set Course Preferences

    The Set Course Preferences dialog opens.

  7. Indicate whether the preferences that you set are to override any existing preferences, or whether they are to be added to existing preferences.
  8. Set your preferences for the selected courses.
  9. Optionally, do one or both of the following:
    • In Notes, enter details that explain your preferences.
    • By default, the preferences/requirements that you specify are applied to all course dates for all selected courses. If the preferences/requirements are applicable for only specific course dates, open the Selected Course Dates tab, select the course dates for which these preferences/requirements are not applicable and then click Remove.
  10. Click OK
    • If any of the selected courses are cross-listed and/or share space, and you did not select the corresponding cross-listed/shared space courses, then a Related Course Dates dialog opens. This dialog lists all the related courses that have not been selected. Go to Step 11.
    • If none of the selected courses are cross-listed and/or share space, then a message opens indicating whether the selected preferences will override any existing preferences, or be added to existing preferences and asking you if it is OK to continue.
  11. Optionally, select any or all of the related courses for which you want to set the same preferences/requirements, or do not select any of these related courses, and then click OK

    A message opens indicating whether the selected preferences will override any existing preferences, or be added to existing preferences and asking you if it is OK to continue.

  12. Click Yes

    A success message opens .

  13. Click OK.

    The Academic Browser appears.

Use the Course Navigator to Set Preferences and Requirements

To use the course navigator to set preferences and requirements:

  1. On the EMS Academic Planning menu bar, click Academic Planning > Courses > Academic Browser

    The Academic Browser opens.

  2. If needed, open the Filter tab.
  3. In Domain, select the domain and in Term select the term.
  4. Set other criteria (academic unit, subject, and so on) as needed to provide assistance in locating the courses for which you want to set preferences and requirements, and then click Get Data

    The courses that meet your search criteria are displayed on the Results tab.

  5. In the search results, double-click the course for which you are setting the preferences/requirements. 

    The course opens in the Course Navigator.

  6. In the middle pane of the Navigator, select the specific course date for which you are setting preferences/requirements, and then click Edit

    The Course Dates dialog opens.

  7. Set the preferences/requirements for the course as needed, and then click OK.

    The preferences/requirements that you set for the course date display on the Preferences tab in the lower pane of the Navigator.