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Student Needs


  • Student Needs are represented by Course Combinations.
  • Course combinations are the semester prescriptions of required courses that need to be offered conflict-free.
studentNeeds1  from Botany Fall 2009
Semester 3 Option 1 = CHEM30475 (CORE),
(50 students)
Semester 3 Option 2 = CHEM30475 (CORE),
(50 students)

Assembling Course Combinations from Roadmap Data


  • Each course combination will represent the course requirements of a particular semester for a given program and catalog year.
  • Every semester on a roadmap can potentially yield one or more course combinations based on the type of course requirements found in that semester.

Roadmap Data

  • Every line on a roadmap represents a requirement.


Requirement Categories: SINGLE

  • SINGLE Requirements
    • Students must take one course and may only choose from one course
requirementSingle1   Ex: BSCI10120 is a SINGLE requirement.  A Botany student must take this course.  In this semester, CHEM10061 and CHEM10063 are also SINGLE requirements.

Requirement Categories: SHORT-LIST

  • SHORT-LIST Requirements
    • Students must take one course but may choose from a list of two or three courses
requirementShortList1  Ex: (MATH12003 or MATH30011) is SHORT-LIST requirement. A Botany student must take one course but can choose between either of these two courses.

Requirement Categories: LARGE-LIST

  • LARGE-LIST Requirements
    • Students must take one course and may choose from a list of four or more courses
    • LARGE-LIST requirements are not represented in our course combinations.
requirementLongList1  Ex: BSCI or CHEM or PHY Elective is an example of a LARGE-LIST. The actual number of courses that a Botany student may choose from to satisfy the requirement is four or more courses. In this semester, Foreign Language and Botany Core Course are also LARGE-LIST requirements.

Program Milestones and Categories

  • All SINGLE and SHORT-LIST requirements will make up a course combination.
  • Whether a requirement has been flagged as a milestone (critical) has no bearing on its course combination requirement category.

Student Count

  • Student Count is the number of students who are expected to need to take a combination of courses in a given scheduling term.
  • This data is based on each student’s academic history and general student record in Banner.
  • Semesters producing multiple options will have their student counts divided equally among the options.

Roadmap Q and A


 Q1: Will Kent Core and General Electives be included in the combinations?
A1: No – they are LARGE-LIST requirements.

Q2: What requirement categories are attached to CHEM10060, CHEM10062, MATH11002?
A2: They are all SINGLE requirements

Q3: How many options/paths to completions does this semester have?
A3: One option/path since all requirements are SINGLE – CHEM10060+CHEM10062+MATH11022


Q1: What type of requirement is (MATH11012 or MATH12002)?
A1: It is a SHORT-LIST requirement.

Q2: How many paths/options to completion does this semester have?
A2: Two options exist: (MATH11012+ECON22060+MIS 24053) OR (MATH12002+ECON22060+MIS 24053)

You! - My Course Combos

  • Through SPFS you are able to edit course combinations. Examples of why you might edit your existing combinations include:
    • A course is a FALL-only course and will not be offered in SPRING. You can replace the FALL-only course with a suitable substitute, if necessary.
    • Ensure that certain popular LARGE-LIST courses are also offered conflict-free with the required SINGLE/SHORT-LIST courses.

Additional Information

  • Course combinations will not contain the following information:,/li>
    • LARGE-LIST requirements
    • Courses where historically many sections are offered such as US 10097, ENG 11011 and ENG 21011.
  • Course combinations will not be submitted under the following circumstances:
    • The related semester had less than two SINGLE and/or SHORT-LIST requirements.
    • The related semester had no students.