Student Planning Instruction Guide for Students - Extended

These are extensive instructions for using Parkland Student Planning, which is used for registering for classes and planning your degree.

Step 1: Login

Step 2: Review Important Items about Your Account

At the top right, you can access your User Profile, Emergency Information, and Account Preferences. You can also Sign Out and ask for Help.
  • From User Profile, you can confirm your address, email address, and phone number.
  • From Emergency Information, you can confirm emergency contacts.
  • From Account Preferences, you can access your Finances and Financial Aid.
  • You can use Test Summary to view your admission, placement, and other test scores that have been reported to the institution.
Generate your student account by selecting the View Statement link to generate a PDF version of your account activity for the selected time period or term.

Note: You must have a PDF reader installed in order to view your account statement.

If you select Pay for Registration, you will see one of the following:
  • Registration Summary for your most recent registration, which includes the terms and conditions of your registration.
  • Registration Complete message indicating that you have completed payment arrangements for your registration.

Note: If you see the Registration Summary displayed, do not use the Make a Payment view to pay your registration charges. Instead, select the Terms and Conditions check box at the bottom of the Registration Summary and select Accept to continue making your payment arrangements.

Step 3: Access Student Planning
  • Select Student Planning. Review your academic program(s) and associated cumulative grade point average on the Student Planning Home page.

Step 4: Review Progress
  • Select Go to My Progress to view additional information.

Note: You may need to select the right arrow to find the program you are currently enrolled in. If you took classes at Parkland as a non-degree-seeking student, this will show up first on My Progress.

My Progress should display information about the program you are currently enrolled in. If you are not enrolled in a program or you want to switch to another program or certificate, skip to the third to last bullet starting with "To view a different program." Adding a new program does NOT change your major. It simply shows a what-if scenario to see how your credits apply to a different program. To officially change your program/major in student planning, see your adviser.
  • Review At a Glance to see your major, GPA, credits (completed, planned, and in progress), and Program Notes.

The progress graphic shows an approximate percentage of program requirements you have completed. Contact the Office of Admissions and Records for final determination of program completion. The Total Credits bar shows you how many credits are completed, in progress, and planned. In the parentheses beside Total Credits, (# of #), the first # refers to the total credits you've planned, are enrolled in, and have completed. The second number refers to the total number of credits required to complete the program. The Total Credits from this School shows you how many institutional credits (credits that need to be completed at Parkland) are completed, in progress, and planned.

A program can have a combination of credits and course requirements, which means the completion percentage of requirement components completed is not 100% accurate. Use the progress bar as a guideline, and look at the My Progress page to review your completed coursework against the program's requirements. 
  • Review Major Requirements, General Education Requirements, and Other Courses.

Note: Read all requirements carefully. Depending on what needs to be completed, you will not take every course listed in the requirements table within each section. The requirements are broken down by subject requirements (e.g. "General Education Social Science Requirements") and course requirements (e.g. "Complete Three Social/Behavioral Sciences Gen Ed Core Courses 0 of 3 Courses Completed").
  • If the course is planned, you see a yellow box that says Planned.
  • If you withdrew from the course, you see a red box that says Withdrawn.
  • If you completed the course, you see a green box that says Completed.
  • Within At a Glance, under Description, it is important to view "More...". This will open a new window to display other program requirements (regarding courses, fees, etc.) you need to know about.

  • To view a different program, select + on the View a New Program tab.

  • The new window, Academic Programs, will display all programs available. Scroll through or search for the program in which you wish to view.
  • Once you have selected a program, select View Program

Step 5: Plan Courses

A course plan is based on the requirements of your academic program and consists of the courses laid out by term. My Progress provides you with up-to-date information about your progress toward completing your academic program. You can review:
  • credits completed
  • grades received
  • graduation requirements
  • cumulative and major GPAs
  • in progress, completed, and outstanding courses
  • non-course requirements
  • exceptions granted by academic departments

Note: You cannot delete a past or current term from your course plan.

To compare course plans, you can change which academic program requirements you are viewing in My Progress. To view another active program, select it from an available tab or select View a New Program.

Plan courses through your entire college career in the following ways:

  • Method 1: Add via Requirements tables on My Progress.
  • Select the Course in the requirements table.

  • Select Add Course to Plan.
  • A new window will appear. Select the term you plan to take this course.
  • Select Add Course to Plan.

  • Method 2: Plan the entire course plan (rather than just individual courses).
  • At the top right on My Progress, select Load Sample Course Plan.

  • Search for the program you want to add courses from.
  • Select the program.
  • Select Preview Plan.
Note: This plan preview presents a list of suggested semesters and their courses; this is not the exact order or number of classes you should take each semester. Use the suggested semesters as a guide to build your plan, but you will likely need to sign up for classes using Methods 1 and 3. Courses you have already planned or registered for in these listings will not be added to your plan again; there will be no duplicates on your Plan & Schedule page. However; courses you have already taken will be added to the left-hand panel of your calendar with an error message.

Additionally, you will notice courses which have 0 credits. These are not actual courses but a placeholder course, which represents another course you will need (for example, a math elective).
  • Select Load.

: Loading these courses enrolls you for these courses. Planned courses display yellow in your calendar on the Plan & Schedule page, and registered courses display green. Although you can automatically register for all of these courses, this does not mean you are automatically enrolled in the program. You need to contact your adviser to enroll in a program. Additionally, loading the sample course plan may not add all of the program requirements. It is best that you check your plan against the program requirements and check with your adviser.
  • Method 3: Plan courses using the Course Catalog.
  • There are two ways to access the Course Catalog. Select Course Catalog either from the navigation pane at the top under Student Planning or from the navigation panel on the left under Academics > Student Planning.

  • Select the subject area or enter the subject in the Search for Courses text box. Please note that you need to search for the specific course name. For example, you can only search "Mat-108" not "Math". 
  • Find the course you wish to take by scrolling on the page or entering the subject into the text box.
Note: You can filter the course results by checking boxes on the left-hand side of the page. Select boxes based on your preferred Location, Term, Days of the Week, Time of Day, Instructors, Levels and Types.
  • Select Add Course to Plan.
  • Select term where you will take this course.
  • Select Add Course to Plan.
Check if your selected courses were actually added to your plan. If you add courses but they do not show up in your calendar as planned or registered, this means you do not have the requirements to enroll. When this happens, instead of appearing in your calendar, your selected course(s) will appear on the left-hand panel of your Plan & Schedule page next to your calendar. This left-hand panel will indicate why course(s) were not added. This panel lists courses in alphabetical order, not the order in which they were added. Sections with no meeting time appear at the bottom of the calendar.
  • In this example, DHG-210: Periodontology was not added to the calendar because it requires other courses to be taken first (prerequisites).

  • In this example, HCS-156: Aseptic Techniques was not added to the calendar because you need to be admitted into the Medical Assisting program.

  • In this example, SOC-101: Intro to Sociology does not have a note, but it was not added to the calendar because there are no sections available. 

Step 6: Create a Schedule for a Particular Term

Your plan and schedule can be accessed from the Plan & Schedule page. You can access this page by hovering over Student Planning on the navigation panel at the top of the screen and selecting Plan & Schedule, or you can access this page by selecting it from the navigation panel on the left-hand side of the screen, under Academics and Student Planning.

Note: You can search for and add course sections to your schedule from terms that are currently available for registration. You may not remove a course or section from the plan once you have registered for a section of it in that term or if the course has been marked as protected.

By using the "Search for courses..." box, you can view all of the available sections for a subject by browsing a list of subjects in the Course Catalog. You can also search for a section by keyword. When adding a section to your schedule from your search results, you can:

  • Add different sections of the same course to your schedule in the same term.
  • Add the same course or section to more than one term in your schedule. However, you cannot add the same section to the same term multiple times.
  • Add a section to your schedule whether or not the course is already on your course plan.
  • If the course is already on your plan, use the View Other Sections (?) link to add sections to your schedule.
  • Add sections with no meeting time. These will appear at the bottom of the view.
Add courses for a term to your schedule.
  • Select Course Catalog
  • Select the appropriate course subject.
  • Select the course by selecting Add Course to Plan, or, if you want to see more information first, select View Available Sections.

: Notice all the information available in the Section Details. These details can also be viewed by clicking the course name. The last item listed is whether this course can be transferred or not. For those looking to transfer from Parkland, this information is particularly important. You can see how many seats are available; if there are no seats available, you cannot sign up for the course. Notice the times the class meets; classes can meet once, twice, or even three times a week. Additionally, some classes may not last the full 16 weeks. (8-week classes are called "split semesters.") Notice the location; although most of your classes will be on Parkland College's main campus, some classes will be offered online. And finally, notice the instructor.
  • Select the desired section by selecting Add Section to Schedule.
  • Select Add Section.
  • If desired, change a planned section on the Plan & Schedule page by selected View Other Sections on the appropriate course on the left-hand side of the calendar. Then you will be able to switch the course section.
Note: Once a course has been added to your calendar, you can view Section Details by clicking on the course in your calendar. Viewing Section Details from the Course Catalog is almost the same as viewing Section Details from a course in your calendar, but viewing Section Details in your calendar displays the price of Books Total. Another way of viewing Section Details is to select Search on the My Progress page. This will display the Section Details of all the grouped required courses of a particular program.

Note: Another way of viewing Section Details is to select Search on the My Progress page. This will display the Section Details of all the grouped required courses of a particular program.

Step 7: Submit Plan to Adviser for Review
  • From the Plan & Schedule page on the Advising tab, add notes for your adviser in the Compose a Note text box.

  • Select Save Note.
  • Select Request Review in the right-hand corner of the box.
Note: Courses approved by your adviser will show the Timeline (inside Plan & Schedule) with a green approved box above the course name. If you deviate from what is agreed upon between you and your adviser on your plan, it could delay the amount of time it takes for you to fulfill the graduate requirements for your selected program(s).

Step 8: Register for a Term

Make sure you have met with your adviser to ensure he/she approves of your overall plan. You have the following options to register for the available courses:
  • Refer to your "Permission to Register" email to view your registration date and time.
  • Select Register for the section you want to register for in the course container. If the section is not available, the register option is not displayed. When you submit a schedule that contains some available and some unavailable sections, you will be registered for the available sections only. Then you can search for the remaining available sections that you need.
  • From the Plan & Schedule page, click the arrow to get to the appropriate term open for registration. In the upper right corner of the schedule, select Register Now.

: Successful registration will turn all boxes green and the left-hand section list will say "Registered." 
If you are not allowed to register, you will get a warning notification with the specific reason you are unable to register. Some reasons you may not be allowed to register include the following:

  • Your registration window is not yet open or has already closed.
  • You have a hold against your account.

Step 9: Removing Planned Courses and Dropping Registered Sections

Remove a planned course:
  • From the Plan & Schedule page in the Schedule view, select the arrow to get to the correct term.
  • Select the X in the upper right-hand corner of the section box.
Drop a registered section:
  • From the Plan & Schedule page, select the arrow to toggle to the appropriate term.
  • Select Drop in the green box at the course section list to the left of the Schedule. This will turn the course back into "planned" on your calendar. 

Keywords:plan courses account registration my progress schedule   Doc ID:69575
Owner:Treasa B.Group:Parkland College
Created:2016-12-19 11:40 CDTUpdated:2017-04-07 11:32 CDT
Sites:Parkland College
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