Class Maintenance - Mark Book bar

Use the Mark Book bar to set up and maintain mark book assessment areas against a class. For example, topic tests and assignments that are not part of the mainstream class assessment. These assessments will not be printed on semester reports.
For more information about using mark books, see Class Maintenance - Markbook tab in the Synergetic Assessments and reports manual.


 Opening the Mark Book bar

To open the Mark Book bar:

  1. Select Curriculum > Class Maintenance from the SynWeb main menu.
    The Class Maintenance Search Criteria window is displayed.
  2. Search for the class. See Searching for classes.
  3. Scroll down to the Mark Book bar, if required.
  4. Click the Mark Book bar.

    : You can click anywhere on the bar to open it.

    The Mark Book bar of the Class Maintenance window is expanded.

Class Maintenance - Mark Book bar key fields and buttons




Class Code

Code for the selected class.


Description for the selected class.

Staff Member

Name of the staff member that teaches the selected class.

Note: This field is only visible when the Multiple Staff Markbook field is enabled on the General bar.

Grid area fields




Identifying sequence number.
Use to place assessment areas in a specific order if required.


Name of the assessment area.

Warning: If you alter the name of an assessment area, you may change the meaning of results already in the system. If you need to do this, then you should either create a new assessment area or merge it with another one. See Merging other assessment areas into the current assessment area in the Synergetic Assessments and reports manual.

Result Type

Result values available for the subject assessment area.
Result types restrict the valid values that you can enter in this field. This is so that the data presented on reports is consistent.

Note: Values are maintained in the luReportResultType lookup table. See luReportResultType lookup table in the Synergetic System maintenance manual.

Result Group

Group of subject assessment areas.

Tip: Use to create groups if you have a large number of assessment areas to manage. You can work with the groups instead of each individual assessment area in Results Maintenance. See Student Results Maintenance - Single Student tab in the Synergetic Assessment and reports manual.

Note: Values are maintained in the luReportResultGroup lookup table. See luReportResultGroup lookup tabletable in the Synergetic System maintenance manual.

Mark Out of

Specify the maximum numeric value for the mark.


Priority that this assessment is to take in the calculated result.
For example, a Weighting of 1 is greater than a Weighting of 0.5.

Override Mask

Range of valid result values. Staff can only enter values within the range specified.

For example, an Override Mask of 0-100 restricts your values to between 0 and 100. You can have a numeric or alphanumeric result.

In most cases, it is a good idea to have a comma at the front of your mask. This allows you to select a blank value for the result. If you do not have the leading comma, you will have to enter a value for every student. Use a comma to separate each result value

Note: You only have to select a Result Type when entering an override result mask if the results are numeric. In this case, select a numeric Result Type, for example MARK, as well as entering an Override Mask.

Numeric masks. For example:

  • ",0-10"
  • ",0-100"
  • ",80-0"

If the higher number is first then the numbers are in descending order, rather than ascending order.
You can also:

  • Specify a mask as 100-0(0.5). This generates a value list of 100, 99.5, 99, 98.5 ... 0. If you leave off the (0.5) suffix then the default increment is 1.
  • Force a fixed decimal place by specifying a mask such as 100.0-0(0.5). This generates a value list of 100.0, 99.5, 99.0, 98.5, 98.0 ... 0.0.
  • Specify a larger increment by specifying a mask such as 100-0(2). This generates a value list of 100, 98, 96 ... 0.

Make sure that it goes down to 0 (zero) so that even students who receive a 0 will get a grade.
Alphanumeric masks. If you want to define values like Beginning,Consolidating,Established then you set up these values as follows:

  • ",B|Beginning, C|Consolidating, E|Established”
  • “,G|Good, VG|Very Good, E|Excellent”
  • “,A+, A, B, B+, C, C+, UG”

The pipe (vertical bar) within each type indicates that the characters before it is the value stored in the database. Those characters (for example, B) and the description after them (Beginning) are displayed when you enter results. You do not need to use the pipe but it is recommended so that you are only storing B and not Beginning in the database for each result.

Also see How the combined result is displayed in the Assessments and reports manual.

Show in Portal

Select whether the mark book results are displayed in the Community Portal.

Test Date

Date of the assessment.




Launch the Mark Book window to add a mark book assessment area.

Launch the Mark Book window to edit the selected mark book assessment area.

Delete the selected mark book assessment area.

Launch the Import Mark Book window to import a mark book assessment area.

Move the mark book assessment area above the one immediately above it.

Move the mark book assessment area below the one immediately below it.

Common buttons



Navigate between the selected courses.

Launch the Create New Course window to add a new course to the database. Enter the details for the course and click .

Display the Course Maintenance Search Criteria window.

You can update the search criteria and search for new courses. See Searching for courses.

Customise how the bars are displayed. See Customising navigation bars in the Introduction manual.

Create a new task relating to the current course. See Managing tasks in the Introduction manual.