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 ACATLYT1(COM) 

Alphanumeric, 6 characters

Default Setting

Space

The catalog year and term to be used for analysis of a requirement in place of the COM.CATLYT value when DP.ALTCFLG is equal to "1". Logical format expected is CCYYTT and must be consistent with all other 'year/term' type fields in value placement.

 ACATLYT2(COM) 

Alphanumeric, 6 characters

Default Setting

Space

The catalog year and term to be used for analysis of a requirement in place of the COM.CATLYT value when DP.ALTCFLG is equal to "2". Logical format expected is CCYYTT and must be consistent with all other 'year/term' type fields in value placement.

 ACATLYT3(COM) 

Alphanumeric, 6 characters

Default Setting

Space

The catalog year and term to be used for analysis of a requirement in place of the COM.CATLYT value when DP.ALTCFLG is equal to "3". Logical format expected is CCYYTT and must be consistent with all other 'year/term' type fields in value placement.

ACATLYT4(COM) 

Alphanumeric, 6 characters

Default Setting

Space

The catalog year and term to be used for analysis of a requirement in place of the COM.CATLYT value when DP.ALTCFLG is equal to "4". Logical format expected is CCYYTT and must be consistent with all other 'year/term' type fields in value placement.

ACATLYT5(COM)

Alphanumerica, 6 characters

Default Setting

Space

The catalog year and term to be used for analysis of a requirement in place of the COM.CATLYT value when DP.ALTCFLG is equal to "5". Logical format expected is CCYYTT and must be consistent with all other 'year/term' type fields in value placement.

ACATLYT6(COM)

Alphanumeric, 6 characters

Default Setting

Space

The catalog year and term to be used for analysis of a requirement in place of the COM.CATLYT value when DP.ALTCFLG is equal to '6'. Logical format expected is CCYYTT and must be consistent with all other 'year/term' type fields in value placement.

 ACATLYT7(COM) 

Alphanumeric, 6 characters

Default Setting

Space

The catalog year and term to be used for analysis of a requirement in place of the COM.CATLYT value when DP.ALTCFLG is equal to '7'. Logical format expected is CCYYTT and must be consistent with all other 'year/term' type fields in value placement.

 ACATLYT8(COM) 

Alphanumeric, 6 characters

Default Setting

Space

The catalog year and term to be used for analysis of a requirement in place of the COM.CATLYT value when DP.ALTCFLG is equal to '8'. Logical format expected is CCYYTT and must be consistent with all other 'year/term' type fields in value placement.

 ACATLYT9(COM) 

Alphanumeric, 6 characters

Default Setting

Space

The catalog year and term to be used for analysis of a requirement in place of the COM.CATLYT value when DP.ALTCFLG is equal to '9'. Logical format expected is CCYYTT and must be consistent with all other 'year/term' type fields in value placement.

ADDSTU (COM)

Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting

Space

When DARSweb is used in conjunction with a student system, staff will need to be able to enter exceptions using the DARSweb form, but may be submitting audit through the student system. ADDSTU will insert the stu_master record automatically when an audit is run. Using ADDSTU set to Y can minimize the number of times a student record will have to be created manually before an exception is created.

blank = DARwin stu_master record is not inserted automatically.

Y = DARwin stu_master record is inserted automatically when an audit is run in DARSweb.

 ADJALLC(COM)

Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting

Space

Control field option which must be initialized by the user. Releases previous to 4.3 of DARwin would not "move" or "adjust" a course with a zero ADDCT and CREDIT values from the first sub-requirement within any requirement grouping set that they "matched". This normally would mean that a failed course would continue to show with the sub-requirement it would have satisfied if it had been passed.

' ' = Value of blank will continue this approach.

'A' = Permits DARwin to move or adjust these zero value courses down to other sub-requirements.

'L' = Cause failed courses to be given full credit and with an ADDCT of one throughout DARS processing so that they will "look like" a passed course and will be retained, if needed, in a sub-requirement. However, at the end of processing the credit and count will be removed.

ADJDOWN(COM) 

Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting

Space

Affects the course adjustment phase of the DARwin program in an effort to have "in progress" courses appear in the lowest level unsatisfied requirement(s).

' ' = In the course adjustment phase, courses will continue to be moved down to satisfy some lower level unsatisfied requirement only as long as that requirement/sub-requirement remains unsatisfied. If another lower level requirement is unsatisfied, then DARwin begins the process again and once again moves only courses until the unsatisfied one is satisfied. The affect of this approach has been to first move the "last taken" (often a course "in progress") to satisfy some intermediate requirement (and stopping with that course) and later moving another course (often one already completed) to fill an elective requirement (the "in progress" one would not have been chosen since the requirement it had first been moved to could not now "give it up"). A blank COM.ADJDOWN value will continue this normal processing of releases prior to 4.4.

'D' = In the course adjustment phase, once DARwin has started to satisfy an unsatisfied requirement by moving courses downward from the higher level satisfied requirements, it will continue to move all possible courses downward. This will have the affect of bringing some completed as well as "in progress" courses into the unsatisfied requirement, thereby making it possible with the next lower unsatisfied requirement to have the last taken ("in progress" course) moved downward into it. The result should be more "in progress" courses appearing in the lowest level or elective requirement. Note: More processing time is required with this option.

'S' = In the course adjustment phase, this will retain all the functions of the 'D' value. It may also cause courses to be adjusted down in other situations, e.g., within satisfied requirements during the adjustment phase.

 ADJUSTFLG(COM)

Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting

2

A control field set by the "driver" program which instructs the audit to take an additional pass through the course adjustment logic (ADJUST) after making any necessary credit or course count or X grouping limit adjustments OR instructs DARwin to process through the BLDREQT phase and then to directly report to assist with testing.

Normally, one pass, as in releases prior to 4.2, should be adequate for proper assignment of courses. However in some instances when RQ.MAXCT and RQ.MAXHRSCK limits are used, and in certain combinations of requirements with a "never satisfied" requirement (such as an elective course requirement), requirements may end up as not satisfied even though there are course combinations which would apply.

When opting to use the DP.CALCFLG and CALCGRP function, ADJUSTFLG must be set to 2.

Blank = one pass through the adjustment logic for re-assignment of courses - as operational in all releases prior to 4.2.

Zero = Testing option - DEGA51/CDAR51 runs through the matching phase then advances to the table dumping and reporting phase.

2 = causes a second pass to be taken. Subrequirements with an REQFLG value of X (not counting toward the requirement total count) are not "adjusted" until the second pass. Additionally, unsatisfied higher priority requirements can pull courses from lower priority requirements which should help satisfy some conditions when "overlapping" requirement grouping sets are used.

NOTE: This option will increase operational overhead and is not likely to be needed by most institutions.

T = Testing option - DEGA51/CDAR51 runs through the BLDREQT phase (performs the automatic table processing and builds all internal tables) then advances to the table dumping and reporting phase.

NOTE: When any of the following options are chosen, DARS will continue to do its final wrap-up and reporting processing.

1 = Stops the processing after the first ADJUSTment phase.

3 = Stops processing after the LIMIT Phase.

4 = Stops processing after the Second ADJUSTment Phase.

5 = Stops processing just BEFORE the Second MATCH Phase. Slightly different than 4 in that AssignC2 assignments and estimated hours calculations occur after second ADJUST phase.

2 = Second MATCH phase processed.

 ADJUSTZERO(COM) 

Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting

Blank

Indicates that the sub-requirement will accept the zero credit courses during an adjust. The zero credit/count courses will only adjust in sub-requirements with this option set, unless AdjustZero(COM) = Z.

Blank ' ' = Do not adjust the zero credit courses (equivalent to current u.achieve and DARwin processing)

'A' = Remove all of the zero credit courses. Only allow these courses to adjust into sub-requirements where seqChz = Z

'R' = Remove the zero credit course as long as the sum of the attempted hours on the remaining courses >= required hours. Only allow these courses to adjust into sub-requirements where seqChk = Z.

'Z' = Same as 'R," but courses are allowed to adjust into any sub-requirements (acts as if seqChk - Z on every sub-requirement in the program.

 AESTRFLG(COM) 

Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting

E

Determines whether STRING Table processing will use attempted or earned values of courses matching STRING table entries when calculating whether a string's conditions are met or not.

' ' or 'E'= Use "earned" values unless STRING AEFLG field value overrides.

'A' = Use attempted values unless STRING AEFLG field value overrides. Similar to the capability provided by COM.REPEATATT for REPEAT Table processing, this value would permit a course's attempted credit (RCREDIT) and a forced ADDCT of 1 to be used within the STRING Table.

 ALLOWGPA(COM)

 

Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting

Space

Enables earned GPA to be reported on the interactive Audit, even when reporting is suppressed on the text audit. 

' ' = No affect.

'Y' = Global control to continue reporting of Earned GPA in a GPA chart in the Interactive Audit when the Sub-requirement or Requirement REQGPAF is encoded with either X or E (to suppress all or Earned GPA).  Refer to REQGPAF = A for individual requirement/sub-requirement control.

 ALLOWSPLIT(COM) 

Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting

Space

Allows a course to be "split" in those situations where it could be used to meet more than one sub-requirement. A split can only occur when neither sub-requirement specified that some number of courses must be taken or GPA earned. Also for a course split to occur, each sub-requirement must specify that some number of credit hours are needed.

' ' = Normal - a course split will only occur when specifically permitted by an allow code in the sub-requirement's REUSE field. (RQ.REUSE = 'A'- would need to be present for BOTH sub-requirements which could use the course., other RQ.REUSE values: 'I'/ 'O', 'W'/ 'B')

'Y' = Allow course splits UNLESS specifically prohibited by an 'X' code in the sub-requirement's REUSE field.

'N' = Do not allow course splits in any situation.

ALTTEXT(COM)

Alphanumeric, 14 characters

Default Setting

>>MATCHED AS:

Text which is to be reported - along with the alternate course value - when an alternate (substitute) course value has been matched within a sub-requirement. DEGA/CDAR expects this field to be initialized to whatever text an institution wants to be reported before the alternate course value. Suggested value: '>>MATCHED AS: '

NOTE: while a blank value is valid, it is not recommended. To report an alternate course text message with a course, refer to TEXTPNT6 and TEXTORDER.

 ANYC(COM) 

Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting

*

A value used in several ways throughout DARwin to indicate a "universal replacement" character For instance, the COM.ANYC can be used within a course field at either or both ends of any other non-blank characters (or imbedded as of 4.4) to indicate that "any" character in that position will be accepted. COM.ANYC can also be used as the character value in DP.GRP to depict a requirement grouped to every other requirement with a non-blank requirement group value in DP.GRP. The COM.ANYC can be a "universal" GRADE value in the GMASTER Table in connection with processing of CREDITCK or EFFDTE.
Typically an asterisk ("*") will be used as the COM.ANYC value.

 ARROWTEXT(COM) 

Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting

-->

Text value to be reported in place of the hard-coded arrow (prior to v5.1X) pointing to the NEEDS summary line at the requirement level. The user must define a value for this field if one is to be reported. Note: The DARwin "driver" program does set this value '-->' in the internal SETCOM procedure and the client may override that value either by changing the code in that procedure, or by using the COM. override support screen - v5.1X.

 ARTHOMETA(COM) 

Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting

Blank

Provides DARwin logic during the articulation process to treat original home courses with

COM.INSTID/INSTCD which were taken before the current home Institutional Reference record's first year/term (IREF.FYT) as courses needing articulation (COM.EVALHOME is blank).

Using this option, an institution would set up one (or more) Institutional Reference tables for itself (same INSTID and INSTCD as the corresponding COM field values) but with a date range below (earlier) than the date range used by the current Target Institutional Reference table for the articulation run. These earlier dated Institutional Reference tables would act as Source tables.

' ' = Only courses with INSTID/INSTCD values different from COM.INSTID/INSTCD are articulated.

'Y' = Courses taken before the current Target Institutional Reference table's FYT will be processed by earlier dated Institutional Reference table(s) with the same INSTID/CD value acting as Source Institutional Reference table(s). Because these earlier Institutional Reference tables can have different field values (different calendar (ACTC), different RPT-INSTID, and/or different grade values, for example), this facilitates articulating earlier taken quarter system course work to current semester system course work. Correspondingly, an articulation table - with the same source and target INSTID and INSTCD values - can provide the rules for converting those early, original courses. The date ranges for these tables should correspond and be less than that on the current Target Institutional Reference table.

 ASSIGNC2(COM) 

Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting

Blank

Set by DEGA/CDAR to indicate a condition code was assigned to courses at the completion of the final adjustment phase by both/either the requirement and/or sub-requirement RQ.ASSIGNC2 field.

' ' = No ASSIGNC2 condition codes assigned to courses.

'2' = Automatically set to indicate ASSIGNC2 condition codes have assigned to courses.

 ASSIGNM(COM) 

Alphanumeric, 1 character

Condition code which will be assigned to any course which is "forced" out of a sub-requirement due to one of the groups maximum value fields being exceeded. Refer to COM.FORCEM.

Any byte value - except blank - which is in the COM.CONDTB field is valid. A condition code assigned in this manner can only be tested by a sub-requirement being processed during the second match phase. Refer to SRTYPE = 'X' line (ASSIGNM) and EXCeption field (AC1).

 AUDITEXCPS(COM) 

Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting

F

Audit pseudo exception configuration option for determining which pseudo to use in exceptions from the audit.

F = First pseudo in course list (default)

L = Last pseudo in course list

1-9 = nth pseudo in course list. If few than n pseudos exist in the list, the last pseudo will be used.

 AUTHSPACES(COM) 

Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting

Space

Controls handling of blank auth code values.

Blank = Exception auth code is blank matches ALL requirement auth codes (same as *); Both requirement auth codes are blank matches ALL exceptions.

'S' = Exception auth code is blank matches ONLY when both requirement auth codes are blank; Both requirement auth codes are blank ONLY matches blank exception auth codes.

 BACKOUT(COM) 

Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting

Space

Makes it possible to eliminate the separate user written module READRQ. This field must be initialized by the user.

blank ' ' or zero '0' = will trigger DARS to call READRQ as in previous releases.

'1' = will cause DARS to return to the "driver" program so that the "driver" itself can perform the READRQ function needed.

All field values which define the READRQ task to be performed are the same as for a direct call to READRQ from DARwin. After the "driver" program has completed the READRQ function and set the COM.DARETCD appropriately, it should simply "loop back" to the original DARS "call" statement. (No attempt should be made to set or reset any of the COM values normally set, as they all have been appropriately retained throughout this process.)

 BDEPTEND(COM) 

Numeric, 2 characters

Default Setting

0

Set by DARwin to represent the maximum departmental abbreviation ending position in the COURSE field. DARwin will use the department ending position (BINSTID/BINSTCD institutional reference record's DEPTEND field) if it has been set; otherwise a default value of 15 will be used.

 BINAME(COM) 

Alphanumeric, up to 60 characters

Default Setting

Space

Institutional name for the 'reference' articulation institution. DARwin will use the BINSTID/CD Institutional Reference Table's INAME field value as this value. This name will automatically be reported, along with the BYTTAKEN field value, at the beginning of the audit report information prepared by DARwin.

 BINSTCD(COM) 

Alphanumeric, 3 characters

Default Setting

Space

Contains the source institution's component identification code when a 'reference' articulation is performed. Please refer to BINSTID.

 BINSTID(COM) 

Alphanumeric, up to 8 characters

Default Setting

Space

Contains the source institution identification when a 'reference' articulation is performed. This must be set before DEGA51/CDAR51 is invoked and must refer to an existing articulation table with the home institution. If the fields are not set, then DARwin will put the first 8 characters of the COM.NAME (student's name) in the BINSTID field and attempt the 'reference' articulation. If an articulation table with the home institution is not present, then the error message: "ET01E: NO SOURCE MREF TABLE: cvtkey" will be issued where cvtkey is the generated key for the reference articulation institution.

When BINSTID is identified by the COM.ANYC character, the institution selected will be a transfer institution with a course taken most recently.

 BLANKC(COM) 

Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting

#

The character value which will be used to force a blank. Within a course field, the COM.BLANKC may be used at either end to indicate that only a blank character will be acceptable in that position. In EXCeption processing, the COM.BLANKC character often represents the ability to remove (or blank out) a previously defined field value.

Typically, the pound sign ("#") will be used as the COM.BLANKC value.

 BOTCTL (COM) 

Default Setting

Space

NOTE: BOTCTL is text read from the toptext files in the server install

Controls how the COM.USER.HOLD-BOT area, which is the internal working storage for text to print on the bottom of the audit, is used.

Two user routines (User Written Modules) have been historically provided through which DARS can be provided text to include at the beginning of the audit (INCLTOP) and at the end of the audit (INCLBOT). The routines, currently provided by CollegeSoruce, will transfer "canned" preformatted text from either the VSAM Requirement file or from the text TOPFILE or BOTFLE into the corresponding COM.USER.HOLD-TOP or COM.USER.HOLD-BOT internal working storage table.

Additionally these COM.USER areas can be loaded directly by the user in the STUINST student data interface routine and/or via the SYSIN job stream using the "TOP" and/or "BOT" records.

R = Use text read from the bottext files in the server install only.

I = Sets up for STUINST or SYSIN only input. No call to bottext files in the server install will be made

B = Sets up for STUINST or SYSIN only input. Unlike the I option a call to Bottext files in the server install will be made

N = turns off loading of bottext. Bottext will not be included from the files and from the sysin fields.

' ' = Sets up for STUINST or SYSIN only input. COBOL does not show text from the bottext files. No call to bottext files in the server install will be made.

 BSYSCOND(COM) 

Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting

Space

Indicates a DARwin system condition code which is to be automatically turned ON if 'reference' articulation is requested and the articulation/audit run option (COM.EVALRUN='A') is chosen. This field may be set with any valid DARwin system condition code - any valid byte value in the COM.CONDTB field. The purpose of setting this field, among any other possible reasons, is to provide the system condition code to activate a conditional requirement (text or otherwise) for some informational purpose when an audit with reference articulation is reported.

 BYTTAKEN(COM) 

Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting

Space

Provides the catalog year/term for 'reference' articulation to indicate the year and term within which the reported equivalent courses are to be taken. If the BYTTAKEN value is not set, then COM.CATLYT value will be used by default.

DARS uses the technique of generating a dummy course representing the source institution and year/term in order to trigger the process of saving all the articulation rules for that institution. This approach insures that the same rules being applied for the regular course evaluations are applied in determining which articulation rules are appropriate for the reference articulation.

As of v5.1X3, the reporting format of BYTTAKEN will be in accordance with the setting of COM fields: TT, TTOVR, REVYT, and TTYR.

 

 

 

 

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