Screen 129 - Creating Independent Study/Graduate
Study Auto-Create Sections

129 Course Section Maintenance         ELEMENTARY ITALIAN       96A


Screen: ___  SID: _________  Course: ITAL110301  Term: 96A

      Function:     A=Add; D=Delete; X=Change to Section

                                                              Time Patterns: 2

      Activity: SEM  Activity Group: _                      Reg Ctl Entries:

Instructor SSN: XXX-XX-1234    Schedule Name: GENTILI N         Instructors: 1

  Session Code:                       Status: C CLOSED             Two-term: _



     Type: CU         Max:  20   Enrolled:  20     Group:  5.0     Sect Ctl: _

  Maximum:  1.00      Min: ___  Available:         Indiv: ____     Spcl Grd: _

  Minimum:  1.00      Exp: ___                    Credit:  1.00

Connector: F            Unclaimed Permits:                         Sess Dup: N

                 REQUESTS:  30     AUDITS:                        PRTY RULE: C

                    DROPS:  10


Section Title: ELEMENTARY ITALIAN           Subtitle Code: 00 Subtitle Print:

Extended Title:                                  Old Section ID: _____________




Change Reason: _                                     Date Last Maint: 02-12-96


Sometimes it is not possible to tell how many sections of a course will be needed until students register. SRS has a facility called "Auto-Section Create" to deal with these situations.

An auto-section template is set up in the Course Term File with a section number of 000. The department assigns the next available section number (002-099) to the student. The student can then go to PENN InTouch and request that section. The section will automatically be created. (Section 001 should only be used if a student has not yet secured an instructor to work with but MUST register for an independent study. The instructor for section 001 will always be the department chair and this section will only be a "holding section" for the student until an instructor is determined.)

Courses that have auto-sections are set up in the Course Inventory with the following attributes:

  • Activity type IND (independent study), MST (master's theses), DIS (dissertation), or DAB (dissertation abroad).
  • SESS DUP (session duplication) field should be Y, for Yes.

See Creating an Independent Study Course and Creating a Dissertation or Master's Thesis Course, in the Course Inventory Section for complete rules and procedures for setting up courses that allow auto-sections.

Automatic sections require at least one of the following entries on Screen 131, Section Registration Controls:



A course publications message to advise students to see department for section numbers (see Placing Messages and Memos in Publications for this procedure).



A "Permission" requirement (see Establishing Course Sections that Require Permission for this procedure).

To create an automatic section:


Establish the context by entering the COURSE and the TERM on Screen 129.


Press Enter.

You should receive the message - "COURSE NOT ON COURSE TERM FILE".


Tab to FUNCTION field. Type A, for Add.


Press Enter.



System creates a section 000, with default values from the course inventory and with a Section Control of "S".

Return to Course Term File