Online Timetable - Help

This page provides help information for the online timetable system

Note: You should try to ensure that you organise your programme of study so that you can attend the lectures and the associated practical sessions for all of your papers.

Searching for a Paper

If you know the code or part of the code for a paper, you can use the search by code to search for details for paper(s).

If you don't know the code, but know the paper title or part of a paper title, you can search by name to find details for a paper.

There is also the option to browse by subject in the University of Waikato Catalogue of Papers which you might find useful.

How do I tell when a paper is taught?

Papers are taught over a variety of teaching periods within the year. The main teaching periods are:

Semester Dates
A Semester 18A at the end of a paper code indicates that the paper will be taught in the A Semester 2018, for example ACCT341-18A Auditing. The A Semester runs from 26 February to 24 June.
B Semester 18B at the end of a paper code indicates that the paper will be taught in the B Semester 2018, for example COMPX101-18B Introduction to Computer Science. The B Semester runs from 9 July to 4 November.
Y Semester - Full year 18Y at the end of a paper code indicates that the paper will be taught over the full year, for example LEGAL106-18Y Legal Systems and Societies. Full-year papers start at the beginning of the A Semester on 26 February and continue until the end of the B Semester, on 4 November.
S Semester - Summer School 1 18S at the end of a paper code indicates that the paper will be taught in the Summer School 1, for example COMPX151-18S The Computing Experience. Summer School 1 runs from Wednesday 3 January to 18 February.
T Semester - Summer School 2 18T at the end of a paper code indicates that the paper will be taught in the Summer School 2, for example FINAN200-18T Financial Management 1. Summer School 2 runs from 5 November to 16 December.

Sometimes papers are taught over periods other than those outlined above. These papers have C, D, E, etc at the end of the code.

Normally the weeks in which these papers will be taught are detailed in the entry for a paper in the University of Waikato Catalogue of Papers. If details aren't given, contact the Faculty or School of Studies teaching the paper for information.

For a full list of the 2018 teaching weeks of the University see the 2018 Teaching and Assessment Periods.

Understanding paper codes

Each paper has a unique code which uniquely identifies it and is structured in the following way:

  • The first 4 or 5 letters (or subject code) normally identify the subject which offers the paper.
  • The following digit indicates the level of the paper (Level 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 7)
  • The first letter at the end of the digits indicates the period over which the paper is taught (S = Summer School 1; T = Summer School 2; A = A Semester; B = B Semester; Y = full-year; C, D, E etc indicate other times of the year)

What is a lecture, stream, tutorial, laboratory and workshop?

Teaching activities are scheduled to last 50 minutes and begin on the hour until (and including) 12 noon, and at 10 minutes past the hour from 1:10 p.m. This allows a lunch break of 20 minutes from 12:50 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. for students with continuous teaching activity commitments. Normal teaching hours are between 8.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m.

Lectures
A lecture is a presentation by an academic staff member who has particular expertise in a subject area. Most papers have at least one or two lectures per week. The day, start and finish times and room numbers are shown for each lecture. Students are generally expected to attend each lecture scheduled.
Streams
Sometimes lectures are divided into streams to cater for large numbers of students. The streams are indicated by bold text following the room number in which the lecture is held. (e.g., "Lecture: Mon 10-12 [TA.2.05] V" indicates that the lecture is in V stream.). Students are generally expected to attend each lecture within their chosen stream.
Tutorials
These are meetings of smaller groups of students with the lecturer or a tutor. Tutorials provide an opportunity to discuss the material covered at lectures. Tutorials normally begin in the second week of the paper. There is usually a large number of tutorials scheduled each week. Usually students are expected to attend only one per week - select one which best suits your timetable. Information on tutorials will be given during the first week of lectures, or can be obtained from the School of Studies or department teaching the paper.
Workshops and Laboratories
These are classes where you work in specialist teaching space, conducting practical experiments or exercises that relate to the lectures. There may be more than one workshop or laboratory scheduled each week. Information on workshops and laboratories will be given during the first week of lectures, or can be obtained from the School of Studies or department teaching the paper.

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