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Falcon Self-Service for Students

This guide will demonstrate how to use the various functions of the MyDaytonaState Student Falcon Self-Service portal.

Introduction & Accessing Schedule Builder

Introduction

Users should go to Schedule Builder after reviewing their Paths in Degree Planner. Schedule Builder automatically imports courses from Degree Planner, so all adjustments and course selections should be made in Degree Planner first. Once in Schedule Builder, users can deselect courses to omit them from generated schedules, but they cannot remove the course completely. This InfoGuide explains how to access and use the various features of the Schedule Builder.

Watch our overview to see some important features and basic navigation.

Accessing Schedule Builder

After logging in to Falcon Self Service, expand the Enrollment menu and select Schedule Builder.

Schedule Builder main screen

Explanation of Main Screen

Explanation of Schedule Builder Main Screen

This is Schedule Builder's home page. Users may enter their preferences to generate schedules that meet their selections.

Annotated Schedule Builder

  1. Favorites: Clicking this button will show the user any schedules favorited during previous sessions.
  2. Tips: Displays tips for different buttons and filters.
  3. Term: * (Always defaults to the current term).
  4. Collapse Filters: Schedule Builder expands all the filters automatically. Filters are optional and will not prevent users from building schedules if left unselected, except for the “class status” filter.
    1. Class status: Automatically set to “open,” so Schedule Builder generates schedules with courses open for enrollment. If this is empty, the “build schedule” button becomes inactive.
  5. Import Courses: Courses automatically import from Degree Planner.
  6. Start Date: Select the date unavailable times (9) begin.
    1. i.e. if the user will be unavailable during the evening for two weeks, enter the start date here.
  7. End Date: Select the date unavailable times (9) end.
  8. Unavailable time: Select the time range and the days of the week that the user is unavailable. 
    1. Users can add multiple time ranges that they are unavailable.
  9. Min. Break time: Select for breaks between courses. Breaks range from 5 minutes to 120 minutes.
  10. Campus: Users can select campuses they would like to take courses at. If no Global Filters are selected, Schedule Builder will pull course options across all campuses.
  11. Session: If left blank Schedule Builder will pull courses offered across all sessions.
    1. If the user is registering for a B semester, especially, they will need to select a filter from the dropdown.
  12. Class Status: Automatically set to “open,” but users can include “closed” and “wait list” status classes.
  13. Instruction Mode: Select this filter if users have preferences, if not selected Schedule Builder will pull courses with all varieties of instruction modes.
  14. Reset Filters: Removes all filters.
  15. All Course Selection Box: Clicking this box will deselect all courses, and Schedule Builder will not generate schedules.
  16.  Individual Course Selection Box: Clicking on an individual course box will allow the user to deselect the course which will exclude it from appearing on generated schedules.
  17. Select Sections: Allows the user to select sections for the course.
    1. This will limit the generated schedules, so we recommend building schedules (18) before selecting sections.
  18. Build Schedule: Button is blue when active.

Explanation of Schedules Page

Explanation of Schedule Builder's "Schedules" Page

After building schedules, Schedule Builder will display a maximum of 100 schedules that fit user preferences. Users can click "Not Now" to proceed if they do not want to add any filters.  

  1. Favorites: Clicking this button will show the user any schedules favorited during previous sessions.
  2. Tips: Displays tips for different buttons and filters.
  3. Show Unavailable: Allows the user to show or hide unavailable times if previously entered in the "availability" section of the main screen. 
  4. Sort Type: Sort schedules by Earliest Average Start Time, Latest Average Start Time, Most Days Scheduled, or Least Days Scheduled.  
  5. Enroll: Register for the schedule displayed on the screen.
    1. The enroll button will be blue during active enrollment periods or gray if all courses in the schedule are not open for enrollment. 
  6. Favorite Button: Clicking on the heart icon will favorite a schedule.
    1. The heart icon turns blue to show if the schedule is a favorite. Unclicking the heart icon unfavorites the schedule.   
  7. Compare: Clicking on this icon will add the schedule to the compare view.  
  8. List View: Change the schedule view from a calendar to list view.   
  9. Calendar View: This is the default view on Schedule Builder. It displays courses on a calendar.   
  10. Other: This is where Schedule Builder displays online courses.  
  11. Course Card: View course details and/or pin a specific section of a course to the user's schedule options.  

How to Pin a Course

Pinning Courses

Users may use the "pin course" feature in Schedule Builder to filter available schedules containing the "pinned."

  1. To pin a course, users may click on the course card (step 11 above).
  2. A new window will open.

  1. Select the "pin" button.

 

 

For step-by-step instructions please review to the video below:

How to Enroll in Courses

Enrolling in Courses

Schedule Builder makes the enrollment process simple. Once a user is ready to enroll in a schedule they should follow the steps below.

  1. Select the "enroll" button (1). The enroll button turns gray when a user is trying to register for courses outside of an active enrollment window.
  2. A new window will open.

  1. Users may select to enroll in all (1) or individual (2) courses.
    1. Schedule Builder will automatically select all courses on the schedule for enrollment. 
  2. To complete the enrollment process, select the "enroll" bar (3).

 

For step-by-step instructions please review to the video below: