The purpose of CSS- The Course Scheduling System - is to provide a mechanism for departments to submit updates, additions or deletions via the web for future course offerings.
Access to the CSS application may be obtained by filling out a paper copy of the Administrative Computing Services General Access Form. The General Access Form can be downloaded at https://ess.rutgers.edu/getting-access.html. Access to the application will allow you to view (not update) the course information. In addition to access to the CSS application, access to update course information is obtained by filling out the paper copy of the Course Scheduling System Course Access Form.
If you work for the Scheduling Office and need permission to approve courses, please state so on the Access Form, and obtain approval from the Scheduling director. Your account will be created with an approver role.
After connecting to the Internet with your Browser,
type in the following URL: https://sims.rutgers.edu/fco
The Welcome page will appear.
Once connected to this URL, save the site by using the "Favorites"
drop down menu located on the top toolbar, within the Internet Browser.
This will eliminate the need to retype the URL for subsequent connections.
Click the EDIT COURSE OFFERINGS button to continue to log in and view or edit course offerings.
Click the VIEW MASTER COURSE LIST button to continue to the public list of courses (log in not required).
Internet Explorer 8 and higher, Mozilla Firefox 5 and higher or another browser of the same generation is required.
For Macintosh users, IE and Safari are supported.
Some reports are viewed with Microsoft Excel. Some reports are in PDF format, and are viewed with Adobe PDF reader.
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You can print the active document by clicking Print icon on the Standard toolbar or open the File menu and choose Print. Additionally, a PDF file can be generated for Section Listing screen (requires Adobe Reader). The PDF document is easier to read and takes less paper than the screen printout
Select the term from the dropdown box, and enter the index number of a specific section or a combination of Unit/Subject/Course/Section/Supplement codes for the course or group of courses you would like to retrieve. You may also search for sections by a combination of the term and activation, change, review and approved flags.
Click on the Search button to continue to the Course Listing page
Note:Large results sets may take a long time to be retrieved; in addition, the size of result set is limited. For faster performance and more meaningful results, use more specific criteria - enter as much data as you know. If you need a report on a large data set (for example, all changed sections for a term during active editing by departments), you may request it from one of the administrators.
The courses listed on this page are a result of the selection and sort information entered on the previous page. This page allows you a number of options:
There may be times when no changes are required to the listed course sections. To submit all sections without changes, click on the submit button. This will mark all listed sections as reviewed. See the following result page.
PLEASE NOTE: For this option to be available and the submit button displayed, the minimum selection from the Course Selection and Sorting page must be UNIT/SUBJECT/COURSE.
After submitting all sections an status message will be displayed and all listed sections will be marked as reviewed.
Note: You may still make changes to any of those sections until the end of your access window.
When viewing the Course - Listing page after updates have been made to the section, all information that has been modified will be bolded, underlined and highlighted in yellow. The Reviewed indicates that the section has been reviewed by the appropriate Department. Modifications can still be made to all reviewed sections until the Departmental time period closes. After that the Scheduling Office will reconcile all requests and create the final schedule, which you may be asked to review later.
Because the Scheduling office may override your requests, consider saving a record of your changes. To do that, click on the PDF version link which is near the top of Course Listing screen, and save or print the PDF file. This way, you will be able to compare the final schedule with the changes that your department requested.
The Section Detail page is the main page used by Departmental clients to view and request modifications to detailed section information. The data is initially created by 'rolling over' (copying) all course data from the prior year’s term. Rollover data includes general section data as well as meeting times, prerequisites, and co-requisites. This data is known as the original course data. It is important to note that any changes entered on this page are requests for modifications. All requested changes to the data are stored and later reviewed and approved by the Campus Scheduling Officers to create the final Course Schedule. You may be asked to review the schedule once the approval is complete.
It is important to review the original course data. When modifications are needed, enter the changes in the appropriate text box or select an entry from the drop down box. When submitted, these changes will be saved separately from the original values. The original values will not be modified.
All required fields are marked with a red *. Validations are done on these fields. If the data is missing an error message will be displayed stating the missing fields.
The following logic applies to Requested Time/Building/Room/Campus. If a validation error exists, an appropriate error message will be displayed.
Sometimes several sections of the same course meet for lectures together.
In this situation, the lecture room assignment is associated with only one of those sections,
called a lead section. Other sections are linked to the lead section. The CSS system will not
allow you to change a room assignment for a lecture on a linked section. You can only change the lecture
room assignment for the lead section, and then the system will automatically update all sections linked to it.
You can distinguish between lead and linked sections as follows:
When all modification have been made, click the Save button to save the data and mark
the section reviewed. You will return to the Course Listing page, and the
page will scroll to the section you have just finished editing.
Note: if the updated section no longer meets the listing’s search criteria, it will no longer be on the screen (for instance, if you have searched for inactive sections and then activated one of them, it will “disappear” from the listing)
If you do not wish to save the changes, press the Back To Listing button, to return to the same place in the listing that you left off from. This will discard all the changes since the last save.
Please refer to the User Guide for the approver-specific information
The Enhanced Classroom Request page is displayed when the Request Enhanced Classroom button is clicked. To submit a request for an enhanced classroom:
Enter the Unit (required) and Subject/Course/Supplement codes for the course or group of courses you would like to retrieve. Select the Sort Option according to your preferences.
Click on the Search MCL button to continue to the Master Course List page
The courses listed on this page are a result of the selection and sort information entered on the previous page. To add a course from the Master Course list, click the Select Course button located next to the course you would like to add. When the Select Course button is clicked, control will be passed back to the Section Detail page (see Section Detail). The following fields will be mapped:
PLEASE NOTE: You must be logged in in order to be able to add a course. The Select Course button will only be displayed next to courses that you are authorized to update. See Authorization Requirements.
Please refer to the User Guide for instructions on using approver features
Please refer to the User Guide for instructions on using administration features