Banner Terminology


Every Banner form consists of two or more blocks. Each block contains similarly related information fields. Banner blocks are visually separated by a solid horizontal line.

Chart of Accounts (COAS):

This field is required on any form where it is present. The value is always 1.


The lowest level of detail in a form is a field. A field displays a specific data element. Examples of data fields include last name, vendor ID, fund, account, document number, etc.


Banner screens are referred to as forms and are where you interactively enter and look up information. Every form has been assigned a unique name. For example, the organization budget status form is named FWIBDST. A form is comprised of blocks and fields.


The relational database management system developed and copyrighted by the Oracle Corporation and used by Banner.


Querying is a means of looking up information by having Banner retrieve and display the information on screen (form). It is an informational retrieval function.


Every transaction is stored in Banner as a record. A record is analogous to a paper in document in a file cabinet. If a query retrieves several transactions that match your query, Banner will state the number of records found.


The company that developed the Banner products. Formerly known as SCT (Systems and Computer Technology).


Each financial event is a transaction. Issuing a purchase order and processing a departmental billing are examples of Banner Transactions.


A window is a framed, rectangular area within a form. A Banner form has one or more windows. The first window in a form is called the main window. Any other windows in the form are called additional windows. Multiple windows can be opened at the same time. Not all windows are the same size, so you may see parts of more than one window if multiple windows are open at the same time.