There are several distinct advantages to following a computer-assisted, centrally coordinated timetabling system. This system will allow:
It is recommended that the University Registrar make a formal annual report on timetabling and space usage as it pertains to this system to Senate, through SCAP, and to the Vice-Principal (Academic).
It is recommended that the University make university-wide timetabling information available via the web.
It is recommended that the University test the current slot system against alternate systems. Ideally, the final recommendation on the slot system should be made available for implementation in September 2004.
It is recommended that the normal teaching week continue to be from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Changes in the slot system may result in changes in the normal teaching week. Regular academic activities will not normally be scheduled or held between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to create open time in the week for student activities.
Evening courses should be:
Courses offered outside the regular slot system (No Slot Designated courses) create significant complexities and inefficiencies in both timetabling and room allocations. The Working Group recommends that requests for such offerings should be:
In producing an annual timetable for the University it will be the responsibility of all involved, at both Unit and central levels, to ensure that the Principles of Timetabling established by the University Timetabling Committee are followed.
It is recommended that a set of procedures for the development of the timetable be developed to outline the interrelationship among the individual units and certain timetabling offices.
Every effort should be made to resolve conflicts at the unit or Faculty level. Inevitably cases will arise in which there are conflicts in timetabling and room allocation. It is recommended that, in cases where no easy resolution can be found, these conflicts should be referred to an adjudicating body established by the VP Academic. This body will be called the University Timetabling Appeal Committee.
The Working Group recommends that the University implement these recommendations by September 2004, with the exception of 5. The committee recommends that this item, "The Teaching Week," be implemented for timetabling effective September 2003.
Latest revisions as at 15 October 2002