Anatomy of a Timetable | Creating Your Timetable
Timetable Planning Form (PDF) | Class Schedule (Aurora)
First Year Timetable & Planning Sessions
Anatomy of a Timetable
Most lectures/labs follow the guidelines below, however, there may be exceptions.
Lectures: Classes are generally 3 hours a week, and can be offered in the following ways:
- M/W/F (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) - 50 minutes per class
- T/R (Tuesday, Thursday) - 75 minutes per class
- Once per week classes - 3 hours per class
Labs: Lab periods are most often held once a week for 1 to 3 hour time periods
Creating Your Timetable
If you have not yet done so, see Plan Your Schedule for information on finding out where and when your courses are offered.
Using the information you find in the Class Schedule, write a list of your courses and the options for when they are offered. This list should include the Course Reference Number (CRN), the course subject code and number, and the days of the week and the times on which the class meets.
Where a course requires a laboratory session, you must register in it as well - don't forget to write these down!
To create your timetable you must follow a process that prioritizes the scheduling of some courses before others, until all the courses you want to take have a place to fit into your timetable.
Use the Timetable Planning Form (PDF) and the timetable building process outlined below to prepare a timetable that is free of Time Conflicts.
Timetable building process:
- Start by scheduling the courses that are offered the least number of times; courses with more offerings can be scheduled later in the process as there are more options to fit them in around your other courses.
- Schedule courses that require both a Lecture and a Lab section; some Lectures must be taken with specific Labs, which may restrict your options.
- Schedule spanned courses that require the same day and time to be available in both terms; get this done early before too many of your spaces are filled up with other courses.
- Continue through your list until you have scheduled all of your courses.
- In the Fall/Winter Session, complete this process for both Fall and Winter, as you will register for both sessions during your initial registration time.
- Balance your course load over the Fall and Winter Terms.
- Schedule breaks, for lunch and to study.
- Keep a list of alternative sections that fit your schedule, in case your first choices are not available when it's your turn to register.
- Pay attention to prerequisites and corequisites – you may have to schedule these courses in a specific order.
- Be aware of sections with reserved spaces – you may want to avoid selecting one of these sections in you initial timetable, as you may have to wait until the reserves expire before you can register for these sections.
Attend a First Year Timetable & Planning Session for
further instructions on how to create a timetable.
Updated May 20, 2015