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Activity availability

A description of the activity's availability during the weeks that comprise the teaching year. You can specify the availability of entire weeks, and the availability of individual periods during each week.

For example, you can specify that the activity can occur only within the first semester and between 09:00 and 18:00, Monday to Friday, excluding Wednesday after 13:00:

Figure 32: Example of an availability pattern

For information about the components of the availability pattern editor, see Components of the availability pattern editor.

If some patterns of availability are used regularly, you can create named patterns of availability that can be reused. For example, the pattern above can be named Semester 1. You create named availability patterns in Enterprise Desktop Reference Data Manager.

If an item is associated with a named availability pattern, its Named availability property contains the name of the pattern. If it is associated with a custom pattern, the property value is [Custom...].

Apply availability to the appropriate item

It is unwise to constrain the availability of the activity if the constraint should really be applied elsewhere.

For example, suppose that Activity X must be taught by Staff Member Y who is not available on Mondays or Thursdays. If the activity is made unavailable on Mondays and Thursdays, this constraint will remain in place even if the activity is reassigned to another member of staff. If Staff Member Y is made a preset requirement of the activity, and the unavailability is applied to the staff member, then the constraint is applied to the activity only while the staff member remains a requirement of the activity.