Computing at Glasgow University
Paper ID: 6478

A Student Advisory System: a configuration problem for constraint programming
McDonald,K. Prosser,P.

Publication Type: Conference Proceedings
Appeared in: ECAI 2002 Workshop W4 on Configuration
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Publisher: N/A
Year: 2002

Today, many universities are opting for modular degree programmes. Such modular courses provide greater flexibility for students, allowing them to learn about subjects previously inaccessible to them. Such a system is naturally complex. Modules may feature pre and co-requisites and may run over differently periods of times (and have different credit values). General university requirements will need to be met by students to continue their studies. Students themselves may further complex the process by explicitly wanting to take or avoid modules. They may require a general overview to see what options are available to them, such as the different routes to a particular degree. The University of Glasgow currently has no automated process to help with this. To find answers students may need to visit several different faculties to investigate possible module selections. Students may have to spend large periods of time with their adviser manually working through the university course catalogue finding what modules are and are not available to them. This paper describes our initial efforts in applying constraint programming to this problem.

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