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.

Understanding paper codes

Each paper is identified by an alpha-numeric code.

For example:
HISTY107-21A (HAM) New Zealand Histories: Fresh Perspectives

HISTY This is the subject code. In this case, History
107 This is the level of the paper, followed by a unique identifier:
100 = 100 level
200 = 200 level
300 = 300 level
21A This is the year and trimester in which the paper is taught
(HAM) This is the location where the paper is taught

How do I tell when a paper is taught?

Classes 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.

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


Teaching Period Dates
Trimester A Is indicated by 21A at the end of a paper code. 1 March to 27 June 2021
Trimester B Is indicated by 21B at the end of a paper code. 12 July to 7 November 2021
Trimester C Is indicated by 21C at the end of a paper code. Trimester C starts in 2021 and ends in 2022. 15 November 2021 to 20 February 2022
Full year D Is indicated by 21D at the end of a paper code. Trimester D papers are taught over Trimester A and Trimester B. 1 March to 7 November 2021
Trimester H Is indicated by 21H at the end of a paper code. 5 January to 21 February 2021
Trimester G Is indicated by 21G at the end of a paper code. 15 November to 21 December 2021


Teaching Period Dates
Trimester C Is indicated by 20C at the end of a paper code. 16 November 2020 to 21 February 2021
Trimester B Is indicated by 20B at the end of a paper code. 13 July to 8 November 2020
Trimester G Is indicated by 20G at the end of a paper code. 9 November to 20 December 2020

Sometimes papers are taught over periods other than those outlined above. These papers have X, I, J, K etc at the end of the code.

For a full list of the teaching weeks of the University see the following:

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

Any of these activities can be offered online. Activities with ‘See Moodle’ are being taught online, not on campus. More detail about each activity is available on each paper’s Paper Outline or in Moodle.


A lecture is a presentation by an academic staff member, often in a lecture theatre but not always. Some lectures are online. Some are interactive with participation required from students. Most papers have one or two lectures per week. Students are generally expected to attend each lecture scheduled.


These are meetings of smaller groups of students with a staff member. Tutorials provide an opportunity to discuss the material covered in lectures and are interactive. Most papers offer a number of tutorials each week, and you choose which one to attend (select which best suits your timetable).

Most tutorials start in the second week of the trimester but you can check this on the ‘Weekly Schedule of Activities’ for each paper on

Workshop, Laboratory, Studio

You might conduct practical experiments or be on a computer in a computer lab.

Workshops, labs and studios are like tutorials in that there are generally different options offered each week, and you pick one to go to. Sometimes our staff select a particular lab for you (based on your timetable) and they will notify you on Moodle which lab you are in.


Sometimes lectures or other activities are divided into more than one class to cater for large numbers of students. When this happens, the same material is covered in both streams each week. If an activity is streamed, you will see an * in the name of it. For example, PAPER202-21A (HAM) LEC01 *A or PAPER202-21A (HAM) LEC01 *B shows that the Lecture 01 has been split into two streams A and B. You pick one - either *A or *B, not both.

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