A pathway is used to represent a combination of modules (within a programme) whose activities must be kept clash free. A pathway usually represents a valid way of satisfying the rules of the programme. Exceptions to this rule are discussed below.
For example, a programme might have four mandatory modules (A, B, C, and D), and four options (E, F, G, and H) of which the student must choose two. This programme would have six pathways:
The user can build pathways in any of the following three ways:
- Use the credit requirements of the programme to auto-generate pathways
- Auto-generate pathways from real student choices
- Create pathways manually.
If you auto-generate pathways or create pathways manually, you might create pathways that do not represent a valid way of satisfying the rules of the programme. For example, the programme may require students to accumulate x credits, but a few students have been allowed to make selections that give them more than x credits. Enterprise Course Planner does not prevent you from generating pathways like these, but it will detect the discrepancy.