Understanding Student Blocks
Important! Mass Change is a deprecated product. Support will be maintained for this product, but no new development will be produced for Mass Change. It is strongly recommended that you use Application Engine instead. For more information on PeopleSoft Application Engine, see PeopleTools: Application Engine.
A student block is a grouping of student information into blocks based on a number of common academic characteristics. Student blocks can be essential during enrollment because they enable you to mass enroll groups of students into blocks of courses.
You can create student blocks on the Create Student Block Page (STDNT_BLOCK) by manually entering student IDs into a student block, but this becomes inefficient when dealing with large groups of students. For example, you may want to enroll hundreds of first year computer science students into a common, core curriculum based on their academic level and academic plan.
To meet this need for mass enrolling large student blocks, your system includes a mass change type and mass change template called Create Student Block. With these mass change tools, you can create and run mass change definitions that will generate SQL for large student blocks based on your criteria and defaults.
After you create your student block through a mass change definition, you can use the Mass Enrollment process to create a course enrollment block, associate the student block with the course block, and then post the enrollment transactions.
Mass change is a SQL generator that you can use to develop and perform custom applications. Using mass change, a developer can set up a series of INSERT, UPDATE, or DELETE SQL statements that the end user can run to perform business functions.
When you use mass change, you are essentially running SQL statements to manipulate the data in the application. The overall structure of mass change is similar to that of PeopleSoft Query, except that Query retrieves data from the database, while mass change actually updates the database.