CampS: Using the Planner (Students)

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This document offers information on what the planner is, its advantages and disadvantages, and how to use it.


What is the Planner?

The Planner is a semester by semester listing of courses you plan to take before you graduate. It allows you, with the help of your advisor, to look ahead and plan out your course of study.

What are the advantages of using the Planner rather than writing courses on a piece of paper?

The primary advantage is that the CampS Planner can be reviewed each semester by you and your advisor. Other advantages include:

  • It indicates whether a course has a prerequisite, although it does not let you know whether you have met the prerequisite -- you will need to verify that you will have met the prerequisites before the term in which you plan to take the course.
  • You can move courses from semester to semester easily.
  • It is a way of keeping track of the courses you planned to take, so your advisor can look to see if you were successful in getting those courses.
  • Once the planner is created, you can generate a “Planner Report” to easily check if all of your requirements will be met.

What are the disadvantages/warnings?

There is no guarantee that the courses will be offered the semester you want them. While the Catalog will indicate when the courses are typically offered, circumstances could change that.

There is also no guarantee that you will get into the class when you plan to take it.

You should always plan your future courses in consultation with an advisor and remember that the University catalog is the official record of requirements for your degree.  Use your degree audit as a tool to see what requirements you have fulfilled and what you have left to fulfill.  Final confirmation of degree requirements is subject to department, college, and University approval.

Instructions for Using the Planner

Adding Courses to the Planner Using "Add Course"

  1. Log in to CampS.
  2. Go to the Manage Classes tile. 
  3. Select Planner
    The My Planner screen appears.

  4. Click on Add Course.
  5. Use the linked letters to navigate to the course type you are looking for (e.g., click E for ECON - Economics).
  6. Find the course you want and check the box in the Select column to the left.
    HINT: You can check multiple boxes at one time.
  7. Click Add to Planner.
    Repeat as necessary. 
  8. (Optional) Click on the linked title to view a description along with prerequisites.
    NOTE: You can either click Add to Planner to add the selected class to your Planner,
    Click Return to Browse Course Catalog to view other courses.

    Class descriptions
  9. When finished, select the My Planner link in the upper left corner.
    HINTS: If you plan to study abroad one semester, you can choose the abbreviation for that program. If you plan to do an internship, you can choose a course number for the departmental internship. 
    If you know you want to fulfill a particular requirement in a certain semester (e.g., a K2 course), but don't know which course, pick a place holder and change it later.  To add a placeholder, click Add Courses and navigate to PLANNER-Planner Placeholder in the catalog. Select the placeholders you wish to add.

Adding Courses to the Planner Using "Load Required Courses"

In some cases, you can bulk load courses to your planner based on your major.

To load required courses,

  1. Click on Load Required Courses from the My Planner main screen.

  2. Click on the magnifying glass next to the Title box

  3. Search to see if your program is in the list and select it.

  4. Click OK

Note: The courses loaded may not include all of the courses needed to complete your degree. You should use your Planner Report to identify additional courses that you need to add to your plan to complete your degree. When using this function, you would need to delete any courses previously or currently taken.

Organizing Courses in the Planner

After you have added the courses you need to your Planner, you can organize the courses by the semester you would like to take them.
NOTE: My Planner is meant to be used as a resource for planning your academic schedule; courses can be added regardless of prerequisites, and spots are not guaranteed to students who have placed the course in their planner.

To move courses to a future academic semester,

  1. Select the course(s) by checking them in the Select column to the left of the course.
    Select courses
  2. Next to Move Selected Courses to Term, click the pull-down menu.
  3. Select the academic semester you would like to place the courses in.
  4. Click Move.
    The courses will be moved from the Unassigned Courses portion of My Planner to the selected academic semester.
    Move courses

NOTE: You can move classes multiple times from different academic semesters as needed.

The Planner Report

The Planner Report generates a degree audit using the courses in your planner.  The Planner Report can help you identify any course requirements that are missing from your planner.

Note: If you use a Planner Placeholder for LE or electives, the Planner Report will still reflect the requirements as being unmet. It is important to delete all past/current semesters and terms from your planner before running the Planner Report to ensure accuracy.

To run a Planner Report,

  1. Click Create Planner Report
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  2. Click View Report as PDF

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