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Introduction

The purpose of the Projected Course Offerings Search site is to guide you through the process of viewing projected course offering (PCO) information. The PCO system will display course periodicity (when a course is offered) and modality (how a course is offered) for the three years following the most current publically accessible course schedule. The PCO system will not display the specific date, time, and section numbers for future course projections. The system is designed to assist in student and advisor planning. Understandably, unpredictable circumstance may affect a department's projected course offerings and may lead to final class schedule that is different than what was originally projected. You will see the following reminder message on the PCO website:

Note: There is a separate Experts site created for PCO system administration instruction.

Accessing the Projected Course Offering (PCO) System

To access the PCO system, students will go to My Missouri State>Academics tab>Registration Tools channel>Resources section>Projected Course Offerings Search. Faculty and staff will go to My Missouri State>Teaching & Advising tab>Faculty Services channel>Resources section>Projected Course Offerings Search. Additionally, there is a public (non-login required) view in the Planning Tools portion of the University's Class Schedule page.

Projected Course Offerings Main Menu Options

Under the Projected Course Offerings heading, there is a maroon menu bar. The following options are available:

Menu Option
Where It Goes
SearchThis takes the user to the PCO search menu available to the public.
Class Schedule SearchThis takes the user to the University's class schedule search tool.
Search HelpThis takes the user to the University's Projected Course Offerings Viewers Experts site.

Projected Course Offerings Semesters Publically Displayed

The Projected Course Offerings system is designed to show information for three years past the current publically available class schedule. As the class schedule for a new semester is made publically available, the projections for that semester will be removed from public view in the Projected Course Offerings system. This is intented to provide clear deliniation between what is actually offered (currently available class schedule) and what is projected in future semesters where the class schedule is not available. The chart below provides an example of how this rotations works. A "Y" means the semester is available for public view on PCO. A "N" means the semester is not available for public view on PCO. New information will enter the Projected Course Offerings system each February.

Scenario
Spring 1
Summer 1
Fall 1
Spring 2
Summer 2 
Fall 2 
Spring 3 
Summer 3 
Fall 3 
Spring 4 
Summer 4 
Fall 4 
Spring 5 
Summer 5 
Fall 5 
Spring 1 class schedule becomes publically available

N

YYYY N
Summer and Fall 1 class schedule becomes publically availableNNNY N
Spring 2 class schedule becomes publically availableNNNNY
Summer and Fall 2 class schedule becomes publically availableN

Projected Course Offering Semesters Available for Viewing

The opening for a semester to be viewed in the Projected Course Offering system will be tied to class schedule viewing ability. When a semester is made available publically available for viewing, the corresponding semester for the calendar year three years in the future will open in projected course offerings to be viewed.

Semester open for class schedule viewing
Semester open for projected course offering viewing
Publically viewable beginning
Spring 2015Spring 2018September 2014
Summer/Fall 2015Summer/Fall 2018February 2015 
Spring 2016Spring 2019September 2015
Summer/Fall 2015Summer/Fall 2019February 2016 
Spring 2017Spring 2020 September 2016
Summer/Fall 2017Summer/Fall 2020 February 2017 

General Projected Course Offerings Search Instructions

Search Selection

The opening screen will bring you to a choice between two search methods you can use on the Projected Course Offerings system. One is to search for all courses with a specific course prefix (or prefixes). The other is to search for information on a group of courses specified by you. To make your choice, click the radio button to the left of your preferred search method. If you change your mind later, you can always click on "Search" in the maroon main menu bar and return to the search selection screen.

Specified Course Prefix Search

If you selected the "I want to search through all available courses that use specified prefixes" choice, an "Enter prefix(es)" box will appear. Click in the first empty box to type the three letter prefix you wish to search under. As you type your first letter, a menu will display that shows the prefixes that begin with that letter. You may either continue typing or click on the prefix of your choice. If you continue to type, your menu choices will continue to shrink to show only those that still meet what you have typed so far. Continue filling in the additional empty search boxes in the same manner if you wish to search for more than one prefix.

Next, select the display period you wish to review. You can choose to look at one year, two years, or three years worth of data.

Finally, select the modes of study. You may select all by clicking "Check All" or select the various modes you wish to review. If you click "Off-Campus," a sub-menu will appear that will allow you to select various off-campus sites. When you have completed all of the sections, click the "Find Courses" button in the bottom center of the page to submit your search.

When you use this type of search, only those courses which include your selected mode of study will appear. Some semesters of the course may be blank. This means the course is not available for your selected mode of study in the semester that is blank. 

Specified Group of Courses Search

If you selected the "I want to search for a specifc group of courses that I select" option, an "Enter class course codes" box will appear. Click in the first empty box under "Course Prefix" to type the three letter prefix you wish to search under. As you type your first letter, a menu will display that shows the prefixes that begin with that letter. You may either continue typing or click on the prefix of your choice. If you continue to type, your menu choices will continue to shrink to show only those that still meet the criteria of what you have typed so far. Next, click in the first empty box under "Course Number" to type the three digit course number you wish to search under. As you type your first number, a menu will display that shows the numbers that begin with the first digit you type. You may either continue typing or click on the course number of your choice. If you continue to type, your menu choices will continue to shrink to show only those that still meet the criteria of what you have typed so far. Continue filling in the additional "Course Prefix" and "Course Number" boxes if you wish to add additional courses. If you fill in all of the selection boxes, an additional line will add each time to allow an additional course code selection.

Next, select the display period you wish to review. You can choose to look at one year, two years, or three years worth of data.

Finally, select the modes of study. You may select all by clicking "Check All" or select the various modes you wish to review. If you click "Off-Campus," a sub-menu will appear that will allow you to select various off-campus sites. When you have completed all of the sections, click the "Find Courses" button in the bottom center of the page to submit your search.

When you use this type of search, only those semesters in which the course selected has your specified mode of study will contain data. If a semester is blank, this means the course is not offered during that semester under your selected mode of study.

General Projected Course Offerings Usage Instructions

After clicking the "Find Courses" button under either method, a chart will open below the selection area that displays your requested data. It will include the course number/prefix, title, and the semesters you requested. It will list the various periodicity and modality for each course for each individual semester. It does not list specific section numbers and times. That will only be available once the class schedule is made live to the public. The possible options you may see in the table are:

Periodicity or Modality
What It Means
ArrangedCourse that does not have a traditionally defined date and time. Examples may include internships, independent study, and other types of courses.
DayCourse offered weekdays during daytime hours. Blended classes are also listed this way since they require an on-campus meeting.
EveningCourse offered weekdays after 4:00 p.m.
iCourseCourse where lectures are offered through iTunes U through the MSU website. Campus visit for initial meeting, exams, and final are common.
Not OfferedCourse is not offered in any format.
Off-CampusCourse is offered at an off-campus location. When this is selected, the specific off-campus location will also be displayed.
OnlineCourse is offered online.
WeekendCourse meets on Saturday and/or Sunday.

You will notice that "blended" (seated plus online) courses are not listed as a choice. Since such courses have a seated compontent, they are listed under the choice that best fits the seated portion of the course (e.g. Day, Evening).

After viewing your requested information, you can do a new search by scrolling up to return to the selection block to change your selection criteria.

 


For questions or comments, contact the Computer Services Help Desk
HelpDesk@MissouriState.edu
417-836-5891