What is the difference between a course and a class in SchoolInsight?

In SchoolInsight, courses and classes are separate entities.  Courses represent an area of study pertaining to a specific subject, grade level, and rigor.  Classes differ from courses in that they represent sections of a course that are scheduled for a specific academic year, they are assigned to teachers, and they include a roster of students.  Classes inherit the attributes of the courses that they are assigned to and, as such, classes can be referred to as sections of a course. 

See the table below for the differences between courses and classes.  For more information about courses and classes, click here.

Courses

Classes

Used across academic years

Specific to an academic year

Can have attributes directly assigned to them

Inherit the attributes of the course that they are assigned to

Are not assigned to a teacher

Are assigned to a teacher

Do not have a roster of students

Have a roster of students

Example:
Title: Honors Physics
Course Number:  1412H
Credits: 1

  

 

Example:
Title:  Honors Physics (inherited from course)
Course Number:  1412H (inherited from course)
Credits:  1 (inherited from course)
Section: 1
Teacher:  Mrs. Boop
Students:  John Baker, Mary Jones

 

 

 

Courses in SchoolInsight

Courses represent an area of study pertaining to a specific subject, grade level, and rigor. Courses have predefined attributes which describe the course (ie. title, course number, subject, rigor) and determine characteristics of the course such as the number of credits that a student can earn, grade reporting, state reporting, and scheduling options.  Courses are consistent from year-to-year, can be used across multiple academic years, and are usually defined in the course catalog section of a school’s handbook.  You can create and manage courses at Admin Main > Yearly Setup > Course Catalog

 Classes in SchoolInsight

Classes are sections of a course that are scheduled for a specific academic year.  Classes are assigned to courses and, as such, they inherit the attributes of the courses that they are assigned to.  This makes it easy to create many class sections of a single course when more students may register for a course than can be enrolled in a single class.  When creating a schedule for an academic year, teachers are assigned to classes and students are scheduled into class rosters.  You can create and manage classes at Admin Main > Yearly Setup > Classes/Sections.

The below diagram illustrates the relationship between classes and courses.  This diagram shows that there are 3 class sections of the HONORS PHYSICS course:  

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