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LMS_BUSINESS_UNIT_TYPE Table

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Explanation
Reference table for codes indicating the business unit type, which determines whether and how Knowledge Link users and courses can be assigned to the business unit. (A business unit--also known as a BU, role, Knowledge Node, or K Node--is a set of one or more Knowledge Link users.) The LMS_BUSINESS_UNIT_TYPE table contains the 3-digit BUSINESS_UNIT_TYPE_CODE and its full and abbreviated descriptions (BUSINESS_UNIT_TYPE_DESC and BUSINESS_UNIT_TYPE_ABBR, respectively). For example, the description corresponding to BUSINESS_UNIT_TYPE_CODE 158 is "Knowledge Community."

Common Uses
Displaying the full or abbreviated description of the business unit type, rather than the code that appears in a related table. ("Don't show the codes in the report. Show the English instead.")

Primary Key Indexed Data Elements Related Tables
BUSINESS_UNIT_TYPE_CODE
BUSINESS_UNIT_TYPE_CODE
KNODE
LMS_BUSINESS_UNIT_GROUP
LMS_DEFINITION


Cautions

  • There are three types of business units:
    • Knowledge Position (KP)
      • A Knowledge Link user can be assigned to it directly. That is, the KNODE_USER_JOIN record cites the KP.
      • A course can be assigned to it either directly (where the KNODE_CRS_JOIN record cites the KP) or indirectly (where the KNODE_CRS_JOIN record cites a Knowledge Community or Knowledge Microcommunity that is above the KP in the business unit hierarchy).
    • Knowledge Community (KC)--a group of KPs, corresponding to a University org., academic division, or major; to a University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) entity (process level) or department (cost center or accounting unit); or to an auxiliary Penn Community affiliation. (Auxiliary members of the Penn Community are members whose training records and current training assignments are stored in Knowledge Link, but who are not UPHS employees or persons with a FAC, STAF, or STU affiliation.)
      • A Knowledge Link user cannot be assigned to a KC directly. A KC includes a user if the user has a KNODE_USER_JOIN record that cites a KP that is below the KC in the business unit hierarchy.
      • A course may be assigned to a KC either directly (where the KNODE_CRS_JOIN record cites the KC indirectly (where the KNODE_CRS_JOIN record cites a BU that is above the KC in the business unit hierarchy).
    • Knowledge Microcommunity (KMC)--a group of KPs that was created to allow courses to be assigned to Knowledge Link users from unrelated UPHS departments (also known as cost centers or accounting units)
      • A Knowledge Link user cannot be assigned to a KMC directly. A KMC includes a user if the user has a KNODE_USER_JOIN record that cites a KP that is below the KMC in the business unit hierarchy.
      • A course may be assigned to a KMC directly (where the KNODE_CRS_JOIN record cites the KMC). A course may not be assigned to a KMC indirectly. That is, if the KNODE_CRS_JOIN record cites a BU that is above the KMC in the business unit hierarchy, the KMC does not have the course assigned to it.
  • Although the LMS_BUSINESS_UNIT_TYPE table may be joined to any of the related tables listed above, it is recommended that it be joined only to KNODE (to decode TYPE). There is no need to join LMS_BUSINESS_UNIT_TYPE to LMS_BUSINESS_UNIT_GROUP, because LMS_BUSINESS_UNIT_GROUP stores the full and abbreviated descriptions of the business unit type (as well as the business unit type code). LMS_DEFINITION is the source of the data in the LMS_BUSINESS_UNIT_TYPE table.

Source

Knowledge Link, the learning management system used by the University and by the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) since March, 2005.

Knowledge Link enables authorized administrators to schedule training courses, assign resources to courses, assign groups of trainees to courses, and to create online courses. It enables trainees to find out what courses have been assigned to them, to register for those courses (whether those courses are on-line or instructor-led), to take on-line courses, and to provide feedback via course evaluations. Knowledge Link was first used to track information on training required by regulation, but it now tracks information on a variety of training courses.

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