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Curriculum Advising and Programme Planning


What is CAPP?

CAPP is an online degree auditing tool within Banner. 

The key components are:

  • the programmes that you offer within your department or school;
  • the areas/groups within those programmes;
  • the courses that are part of each area/group.





Programme General Requirements

Programmes are the highest level in CAPP, and each programme corresponds to a specific academic goal, such as a degree, diploma, certificate or other goal defined by departments, centres or schools. 

Programmes can have a set of general requirements, such as:

  • Minimum required number of course units and/or credits;
  • Minimum grade for any course used to fulfill a programme requirement;
  • Non-course requirements, such as an industrial placement, or international year.

Programmes also have areas attached to them, and each area has its own requirements.  In turn, areas can have detail requirements (such as specific courses) or groups that have their own detail requirements.  

CAPP Areas (Programme Stages)

Areas are the subsets of a programme's requirements and might correspond to mandatory requirements or joint honours, major/minor requirements.  Areas are created in the Banner table SMAALIB.


An undergraduate (UG) degree will normally have three CAPP Area Codes corresponding to each year of the course. These will be composed of six digits (e.g. 110802).

CAPP Groups

Groups are subsets of an area's requirements and might correspond to mandatory course requirements. Groups are created on SMAGLIB and controlled by the area to which they are attached.


An area might include two groups, for a joint honours degree, where each group contains the mandatory courses for each separate subject (e.g. BA Comparative Literature and Culture (CLC) and Drama contains two groups, with two mandatory courses).


CAPP Rule Details

The rules within a group will normally relate to optional courses, wherein a programme may require students to select a certain number of credits from a basket of options. These are usually accompanied in the CAPP Full Programme Structure with an Extended Rule Description.


CLC joint Stage 1 contains the Level 1 Rule - 1:15 EXT. This means that students must select a further 15 credit option from a predetermined list, alongside 45 credits of mandatory courses. 

Supplemental Data Engine (SDE)

SDE is a tool that allows institutions to add data fields to Banner 8.0 forms without customisation. In the case of CAPP, SDE relates to the mandatory / optional status, and level of condonability. SDE is entered into SMAGROP.