The objective is to compose a curriculum consisting of 120
Credits for a full acadmic year, normally 60 Credits in each
Semester. Students must consult their Directors of Studies on
Course selection. Timetab can help by providing some workable
ideas to take along to an interview.
Timetab is intended to be very simple to use. You can try out
all of the buttons without fear of harm. The general procedure is
- Load the data set that is appropriate to your needs! If you
load all the data into an older computer over a slow connection
it will take ages to load and will be slow in use. However, if you are a Director of Studies you are
advised to load all data and keep the browser window open as
long as you are using Timetab. Use a separate browser window
for Wisard and/or other Web purposes.
- Select either the College or the School or the Subject in
which you are interested. If the list of Available Courses does
not change automatically on your browser then click the
appropriate Go button.
- Select the Normal Year of Study (and click Go if
- You may wish to select courses that only occur in Semester
1 or Semester 2 (60 Credits in each semester).
- Some combinations of Selection critera
may have no courses. For example, in Year 1 Biology has no
Whole Year courses. They are all Semester courses
- Select one or more Courses from the list of Available
Courses and add to the list of selected courses.
- There may be various warnings when a course is added to the
- Impossible combination: a Director of Studies
will not allow a student to take a course combination which
has clashing classes. An override button is provided for
special circumstances. For example, a pair of related
Engineering courses appear to be incompatible but are not
because the lab classes alternate. Students should not
override the Impossible Combination message.
- Sequential classes on different sites: Some
courses that are timetable compatible actually involve
classes on sites too far apart to allow time to travel
(typically the Central Area and Kings Buildings). Such
courses should be avoided. Directors of Studies may allow
the combination where transport arrangements are clearly
- Special Arrangements: Any message about special
enrolment arrangements for individual courses.
- Add other courses to complete your curriculum of 120
- Enter your name in the Print Name window. This is important! In a public laboratory the
printer may produce many printouts that appear superficially
- Click the Print button to open a new browser window
containing the timetable. If you are satisfied - use the
browser to print your timetable.
- When you have finished with the Print window you can close
it to return to the Course Selection window.
Colour scheme: The form layout is designed to fit,
without scrolling, the smallest screen commonly in use
(800 x 600). The colour scheme is intended to provide a
little help with grouping: the green areas are associated with
input (i.e. selection of Courses); the beige areas are associated
Frequent: and Set: Directors of Studies see many
students with similar curricula. The Set dialog allows any number
of standard curricula to be saved for the current session - keep
the selections in a standard text file to be copied and pasted
into the dialog after startup. A standard curriculum may then be
selected from the Frequent dialog.
Pre-enrolment: Directors of Studies may use the
Pre-enrolment utility to prepare a list of their own Students and
Courses suitable for pasting into the Set dialog. They can then
use the Frequent dialog to select individual students.
Search: Sometimes it may not be obvious in which
College or School lists a Course will be found. For example,
Geography courses are listed under Science and Engineering
although taken by many students from other Colleges. The Title
search will search Course Titles for any given contiguous
characters. Geography, geography and GEOGRAPHY are all
equivalent. Parts of words work too: ography will find any
courses with this ending. The search only works on the currently
loaded data set. If you have loaded data for First and Second
Year courses you will not find courses in other years. The Course
Code search is for some users who happen to know Codes but not