Welcome to the new version of the Class Schedule search tool. It was designed
with modern search layout like Amazon or Newegg. There is a main search bar at top and filters and
departments listed to the side. Below is a quick tutorial on the functionality. If you are already familiar
with the layout, skip to the second section on how to search.
Remember Me – this will help remember your selected classes that you
bookmark between sessions, if left unchecked, once the browser is closed any bookmarked classes will be cleared.
Where to search – helps you narrow down where you are trying to search, All YVC
will give you any matches from wherever it can, department title, course title and instructor will
search for partial matches under those specific groups.
Search button – once typed what you want to search, click the search button
or hit ‘enter’ on your keyboard to list the results.
Results View – Most searches will give you the count of how many items
matched the last search. It can be dismissed with the little ‘x’ to the right-hand side.
Below are all the classes found.
Bookmark and Description – the Bookmark button to the right of each result
item will save your selection for later review. The bottom icon when clicked will
open/close the description section for that course.
Saved Bookmarks – clicking on here will bring you to your saved list of
bookmarked classes, from here out can remove, and review your personal list.
Selected Quarter – changing this will reload the class list for the selected quarter.
Courses and Distributions – both can be expanded to show full lists of each,
Courses will be grouped by Departments such as ‘Mathematics’, by expanding any you can see
all the current Courses for each. Clicking on any of the sub-categories will start a new
search and display all the classes in the search results.
Filters – Filters let you trim all the classes you don’t want to see,
like unchecking Grandview and Yakima and leaving Online, will only show you online
classes, and partial online classes. Show Open classes only will filter out any classes
that have zero open seats.
Ranges – Helps you narrow down results list by selecting Credits and Start Time ranges for classes.
How To Search
There are three different ways to find what you are looking for: Browsing Courses, Browsing Distributions
and by key word search.
Browse Courses - This is the most direct root to finding known courses. If you know you need a "Math 95"
use the tree expansion to navigte to "Mathematics", then expand that node to get all the courses being offered for the
quarter. By Clicking on any Course like "095 - Inter Algebra" the search results will update to show all the classes being
offered for course on the selected quarter.
Browse Distribution - If you know you need something for "Humanities" or other catigory needed to
apply to your degree then this is where you will find it. Simply expand the tree for Distributions and click on the needed
subject and the search results will update to show all the classes being offered for the selected quarter.
Key Word Search - This has two parts: First there is where we will be searching; all of YVC or a specific area
such as an instructor name. The second part is the words typed in, as the database uses text matching to find things;
here is a quick rules for best results:
The search is not case sensitive so: "MATH" is equal to "math" or "MaTh"
Quotes around words for an exact match are not supported yet.
Number of spaces between words make no difference in the matching, but one space is needed to seperate the
words in the parser
Short or partial words work best. Much of the database that gets searched mostly has partial words stored. We do have
look up tables to translate some full words to what the database stores, but it is limited. Take for example:
"Business", it's better to search for "bus" will find a lot more matches
A partial word can be anywhere in the parent word and it will still find it like: "soph" is a match for "Philosophy"
Words must be in the same order as the origional text match: "math 75" works but "75 math" will not. We are currently
investigating ways to fix this small issue.
The fewer words the better. When the match is working it only looks to one column of data at a time to match all the
words. We are currently looking at ways to rank matches based on how many words are matched.
Misspelled words will not find matches, or at least the wrong results.
Fields searched: Instructor Name, Course Title, Course Number, Class Number, and Department. Note many of these fields
have reduced or abbreviated text, like "Drama" will occasionally show up as "drma"