To set up courses that the institution is running, you have to click on 'Courses', one of the options in the 'Settings' page. Any courses that already exist will be listed on the right (as seen in the image below).
To add a new course, click on the 'Add New' button on the right. This will bring up the dialog window (shown below), and you could create a new course by giving it a title and code (preferably 3 characters or less), choosing an existing grading system and colour and clicking on Create.
It is useful to note here the difference between a Course and a Class (or Batch) in Breeze. One course could have more than one Class/Batch in a given Academic Year. For e.g. Grade 5 could be a Course that has 60 students enrolled in it, and Class 5A, Class 5B, & Class 5C could be the classes that have these 60 students divided into 3 batches of 20 students each.
Adding Subjects to a Course
A course can or may not have subjects associated with it. Some examples of courses without subject are Football, Swimming, Music etc.
By default, when a course is created, it does not allow subjects. When you select the Subject option, it will show you the following screen.
The highlighted section says "This course currently doesn't allow subjects. If you would like to add some, first activate subjects for this course". To activate subjects simply click on the words 'activate subjects' which is a clickable link, and the course will be activated for subjects.
Now you can add subject to the course. To do this you should click on the 'Add New' link on the right of the Subject screen (see image below)
This will bring up a 'Choose Subjects' dialog window where you can select from a list of existing subjects. If your subject is not found in the list, you have the option of clicking on 'Click Here' just below the subject field to create a new subject.
If you choose to add a new subject, the following window will be displayed.
When you create a new subject, besides naming it and giving it a short code, you also do the following :
- Select a Grading System - more details about this in the Assessments/Report section
- Select a Syllabus - more details about this in the Lesson Planner section
- Choose whether this subject will appear on report cards
- Choose whether this subject will appear in the lesson planner
- Choose whether this subject has electives - e.g. Second Language - where students pick a language of their choice.
Click on Create when done to add this new subject to the list of subjects. Back in the Choose Subjects dialog you can now pick up the subject added and click on Create to add the subject to the Course.