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Bound Section Group Description

Often you want to put two sections in the same location at the same time. 25Live normally treats such double-bookings as errors and does not allow them, but there are two ways you can intentionally create double-bookings:

  • Cross-list or combine the sections in your SIS. Such sections are imported into 25Live via LYNX with binding location assignment locations. Consult your SIS documentation for information on how to do this.
  • Create or upload a Bound Section Group for the sections in LYNX as described below.

A Bound Section Group is made up of two or more section meeting patterns that have been designated as requiring assignment to the same location, even if meeting at the same dates/times.

One advantage of using Bound Section Groups is that you are able to bind sections that should meet together but aren't preassigned, and that you'd like to assign space to using the Schedule25 Optimizer.

LYNX allows you to create bound section groups in two ways:

Identifying the Sections That Need To Be Bound

Before you begin creating Bound Section Groups, go through the term data in your SIS and determine which sections should put in bound groups. List all of them on a spreadsheet or word processing document. Don't include sections that are already cross-listed or combined in your SIS; these will be taken care of automatically.

Having this list will make entering them in LYNX or creating and uploading a file of them much easier.

To Add Bound Section Groups Manually

Workday Section Data Export Limitations

In the Workday version of LYNX, co-location section relationships (bindings) are lost after an export. If you use LYNX for Workday, create and maintain bound section groups using Interface functionality as described below.

  1. From the LYNX Configuration menu, choose Data Binding.
  2. Choose Bound Group - Sections from the Type drop-down.
  3. Click the Term Code edit icon, select the term code(s) of the sections you want to include in the bound section group, then click Done.
     Selecting term codes for a bound section group

    Image: Selecting term codes for a bound section group
  4. If you want to narrow the search results to a specific section or sections, enter the full or partial section name in the Keyword field.
  5. Click Search. The bound section groups for the term code(s) you selected and the full or partial section name you entered (if you did) are displayed. If no groups are displayed, there are are no bound section groups based on your search criteria.
  6. Click Add New Bound Group to open the Add Bound Group window.
    Use the Add Bound Group window to add a  new bound section group 

    Image: Use the Add Bound Group window to add a  new bound section group.
  7. Enter a meaningful name for the group (40 character maximum).
  8. Select additional or other term codes if needed.

  9. In the first Bound Meetings field, enter the SIS unique identifier of one of the section meeting patterns in the group. If you don’t know how to access the unique identifier, contact your SIS database manager. In the second Bound Meetings field, enter the SIS unique identifier of another section meeting pattern in the group. To add more section meeting patterns to the group, click the “Add New Value” link and enter the unique identifier for the next section meeting pattern in the group. Repeat for all remaining section meeting patterns in the group.
  10. If you don’t want the group to be active at this time, select "No." The default is "Yes" (active).
  11. Click Submit.

To Upload Bound Section Groups

If you need to add a large number of bound section groups, rather than creating them manually as described above, you can create a CSV file containing them and upload it to LYNX. Bindings created in this way overwrite any existing bindings for those section meeting patterns.

Section Meeting Patterns Can Be in the Same or Different Terms

The section meeting patterns in each bound section group can be in the same or different terms, but if they are in different terms, only the term of the first section meeting pattern of the imported group will appear in the user interface.

CSV File Format

For each section meeting pattern in the bound section group, the CSV file should include: the name of the bound section group, the term code, the section ID, the days of the week the section meets, the start time and end time of the section, and the start date of the section, as shown in the required file format below.

"GROUP_NAME","TERM","SEC_ID","DOW","START_TIME","END_TIME","START_DATE"

"A1","201920","15445","MWF","0900","1005","2019-01-08"

"A1","201920","15447","MWF","0900","1005","2019-01-08"

and so on...

Here is a template file you can download and use to create your own file: CSV File Template.csv

Date and Time Formats

The correct abbreviations to use for days of the week are:

  • M = Monday
  • T = Tuesday
  • W = Wednesday
  • R = Thursday
  • F = Friday
  • S = Saturday
  • U = Sunday

The correct format for times is HHHH or 24-hour time. (e.g. 0900, 1330)

The correct format for dates is YYYY-MM-DD.

Note: Be careful when editing or saving CSV files using spreadsheet editors like Excel, because they can inadvertently change the date or time format. (e.g. from 2019-01-08 to 1/8/2019). You may want to use a text editor like Notepad++ to work with CSV files.


To Upload a Bound Section Group CSV File

  1. From the Interface Configuration menu, choose Data Binding.
  2. Choose Bound Group - Sections from the Type drop-down.
  3. Click the Term Code edit icon, select the term code(s) of the section meeting patterns in your CSV file, then click Done.
  4. Click Search. The bound section groups for the term code(s) you selected (if any) are displayed.
  5. Click Upload Bound Groups to open the Upload Bound Groups of Sections window.
    Use the Upload Bound Groups of Sections window to upload a CSV file of bound section groups
    Image: Use the Upload Bound Groups of Sections window to upload a CSV file of bound section groups.
  6. Browse to and select the CSV file.
  7. Click Submit.



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