Banner – Understanding the Language (Form Names) (IT Training Tip)

If you are new to the Banner Administrative System or even a seasoned user, you may have noticed that Banner users have their own speak or language. You may have heard Banner users talking and using acronyms like SPAIDENFAIVNDH, and GJAPCTL. Trying to follow a conversation with a Banner user using these acronyms can sometimes be difficult to follow or to understand.

When Banner users are engaged in Banner speak or language, they are talking about Form names that are part of the foundation to the Banner Administrative System.

When Banner users interact with Banner, they do so through the use of Forms. A Banner Form is an online document/template that is used to add information into Banner or can be used to look-up information from within Banner. A Banner Form is similar to a paper form, except the information is entered once into Banner, and then it can be used by other modules, forms, and reports.

Once you know how to break the code, trying to follow a Banner conversation can be much easier. Every Form within Banner has a seven character name. Each character in the Form name has a purpose and is used to describe the particular use of the Form.

As each character position for a Form is being defined below, the SPAIDEN Form is used in the examples. This Form is used to view and maintain biographic information.

Position 1: (S)Identifies the Banner product owning the form, report, process, or table.
Example: A = Advancement, F = Finance, G = General, R = Financial Aid, S = Student

Position 2: (SP)Identifies the application module owning the form, report, process, or table. Each application module has its own set of characters used within that module. Therefore the same character in one module may have a different purpose in another module. In the example below, the letter “P” has a different purpose dependent on the module.
Example: P = Person (Student Module), P = Constituent/Person (Advancement Module), P = Packaging and Disbursements (Financial Aid Module), P = General Person (Human Resources Module), P = Purchasing/Procurement (Finance Module)

Position 3: (SPA)Identifies the type of form, report, process, or table.
Example: A = Application, I = Inquiry, V = Validation, M = Maintenance, Q = Query

Positions 4, 5, 6, 7: (SPAIDEN)Identifies a unique four character code or descriptive name for the form, report, process, or table within that specific module.
Example: IDEN = Identification, STDN = Student Relation, PERS = PersonPutting it all together:SPAIDEN
S = Student Product
P = Person Module
A = Application Form
IDEN =Identification Descriptive Name

If would you like to see a comprehensive list of the characters based on their product, module, or position, you must be logged into your Bates G Suite (Gmail) account.

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