TUSC Process Guide

Guide for creating a Course Schedule during the
Tentative Upcoming Schedule of Classes (TUSC) Process

Creating the new term

The upcoming semester courses begin with a “roll” from the previous “same” term (e.g. the next Spring semester starts with all of the course sections that were in place at the end of the prior Spring term).  These classes appear just as they were when the last term ended, with whatever settings that were in place then; so they would have the maximum enrollment, instructors, meeting patterns and restrictions that were on those sections at the end of that term the year before.

eTUSC as the tool to add, modify and update your classes for the coming term

The eTUSC (electronic TUSC) web application provides the means to view the class sections as they are set in the Banner database, after the roll from the prior year’s semester (fall to fall; spring to spring).  We currently do not use the eTUSC application to prepare the Summer Session course schedule; for that term we send a printed TUSC report and receive class changes marked on the report by the department.  For the Fall and Spring TUSC process we import the Banner course settings into the eTUSC application to allow departments to work on their class sections and make whatever updates and modifications are needed for the upcoming semester.  TUSC consists of two rounds; we import the course schedule from the database into eTUSC to start each round, then turn off eTUSC at the end of the round to allow us to export those course changes back to the Banner database.  After round 2 ends, eTUSC is turned off and any further changes need to be set directly into the database by contacting classreq@nd.edu.
For information on how to maneuver and work within the eTUSC application see the eTUSC User Manual on the Registrar website

Creating a brand new course

To set up a new course, that does not currently exist in the Course Catalog, you will need to prepare a new course form - the link is provided under the Faculty and Departments section on the Registrar website.
New courses need to be approved by the dean of the college overseeing the subject/department of the course.  After completing and submitting the new course form, we will create the new course at the catalog level, and then import that course into eTUSC so that it will appear in your list of courses, by subject, to allow you to create active sections of it for the upcoming term.  You can check the status of your submitted new course forms through the View Submissions tab at the top of the form, as you’ll see if they’ve been processed by being stamped (eTUSC), and finding them grayed out and no longer available for editing.  Until they’re run and processed you are able to go back into the form and make any changes and edits needed.

Since eTUSC lets you put the section level information in place, we only need to create the course itself in the catalog and send it to you to create and work active sections for the next semester during TUSC.  When we are not in the TUSC period, and eTUSC is not available to you to directly to put changes in place on your sections, you would use the new course form for creating new courses as well as for any new sections to add to the term (adding in the section level specifics on the form, such as instructor, meeting pattern, class max, restrictions, etc.).

Considerations for a new course

Naturally, we could modify any section of the class to have a different arrangement from the standard model of the course, but this way you’ve set the “template” of how that class would typically be offered.  Plus, any new sections created of the course will inherit the standard features that are in place on the course at the catalog level.

TUSC Tips:

Scott Ball - 631-8597