Multi-Component Classes

Multiple component classes consist of more than one type of class that must be taken together to satisfy a requirement. An example is a science class that may require a lecture, lab, and recitation class to be completed for one grade. Each type of class is scheduled as a component of the course and all required components must be selected in order for students to enroll in the class.

One way to tell if a class is multi-component is by navigating to the Class Search:

LionPATH Navigation:

  1. Curriculum Management
  2. Schedule of Classes
  3. Class Search

When you look up a class, you can see all of the components, but often times you cannot determine the associations. The class below has three different components, lecture (LEC), lab (LAB), and recitation (REC). Students must select all three components or they will not be able to complete their registration.

Screenshot of the listing of class components for a course on the Class Search screen in LionPATH.

Class Associations are important for all classes but especially multi-component classes. Class Associations in LionPATH reflect which components of a class are tied together. When creating the classes, you will need to differentiate between the enrolled sections and non-enrolled sections. Enrolled sections are the sections that control the class and should be scheduled first. In multi-component classes, there will be one or more enrolled sections and there could be one or more non-enrolled sections. Classes that are tied together have the same class association.

To see which sections are tied together, navigate to Update Sections of a Class:

LionPATH Navigation:

  1. Curriculum Management
  2. Schedule of Classes
  3. Update Sections of a Class

The class associations are noted in the "Assoc" column. You will need to click the Assoc column (yellow box) to sort the column in numerical order. This screen will also reflect which section of each Class Association number (red box) is considered the enrolled sections (green box) and the non-enrolled sections (purple box).

Screenshot of the class associations column on the Update Sections of a Class screen in LionPATH.

In the example below, Class Association number 2 has one enrolled section (E) and two non-enrolled sections (N). Section 002L (LAB) is the enrolled section (E), while sections 003R (REC) and 004R (REC) are the non-enrolled sections (N). When a student registers for this class, they will need to select section 002L first because this is the enrolled section and then they will need to select either 003R or 004R as the non-enrolled sections.

A class association of 9999 is a wildcard in the system and allows any class association to enroll in it. Once you sort the "Assoc" column (yellow box) in numerical order, any sections with class association number 9999 will be listed at the bottom of the list.

Screenshot of the 9999 class association on the Update Sections of a Class screen in LionPATH.

Once sorted, you can see that class association 9999 has four non-enrolled sections (N): 001, 002, 003, and 004. After a student selects 002L (LAB) and either 003R (REC) or 004R (REC), the student needs to select section 001, 002, 003, or 004 which are the lecture sections. Once a student selects the lab section, one recitation section, and one lecture section, the student will be successfully registered for the class.

If students are having problems registering for a multi-component class, you will need to make sure that all of the components that are listed in Adjust Class Associations are scheduled for the class.

Navigate to Adjust Class Associations:

LionPATH Navigation:

  1. Curriculum Management
  2. Schedule of Classes
  3. Adjust Class Associations

When you are in Adjust Class Associations, click on the "Class Components" tab. The Class Components box will reflect which components are available for the class. The Class Sections box located below the Class Components box will show the sections that have actually been scheduled for the class. In the example below only a lab component and a recitation component has been scheduled so you will need to click on the minus button next to the lecture component to remove the lecture component so students can register for the class.

Screenshot of the class components section on the Adjust Class Associations screen in LionPATH.
Screenshot of the class sections section on the Adjust Class Associations screen in LionPATH.

When a class has a section or sections with the class association number 9999 you can see the sections in Adjust Class Associations. Navigate to the "Class Components" tab and you will see the sections listed in the Class Association 9999 box.

In the example below, the Class Components box lists four components: Lab, Lecture, Recitation and Discussion. In the Class Sections box you can see two components have been scheduled: Lab and Recitation. In the Class Association 9999 box you can see one component has been scheduled: Lecture.

Since only three components have been scheduled for the class (Lab, Lecture and Recitation), you will need to delete one component from the Class Components box (Discussion) so students are able to register for the class. Remove the component that is not scheduled by clicking on the minus button next to the component, which in this case is the Discussion component.

Screenshot of the class sections section with 9999 class associations on the Adjust Class Associations screen in LionPATH.