Online Timetable - Help

New semester codes: From 2020 the University will change it's teaching periods from semesters to trimesters

Paper code prefixes: five-letter prefixes e.g. MATHS replaces MATH, are now in place for most papers.

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

  • The first 4 or 5 letters (or paper code prefix) 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; G = Summer School 2; A = Trimester A; B = Trimester B; C = Trimester C; D = full-year; X, I, J, K etc indicate other times of the year).

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:

2020

Semester Dates
Trimester A 20A at the end of a paper code indicates that the paper will be taught in the A Trimester 2020, for example ACCTN305-20A Auditing. 2 March to 28 June 2020
Trimester B 20B at the end of a paper code indicates that the paper will be taught in the B Semester 2020, for example COMPX101-20B Introduction to Computer Science. 13 July to 8 November 2020
Trimester C 20C at the end of a paper code indicates that the paper will be taught in the C Semester 2020, for example CHEMY101-20C Structure and Spectroscopy 16 November 2020 to 21 February 2021
Full year D 20D at the end of a paper code indicates that the paper will be taught over the full year, for example LEGAL106-20D Legal Systems and Societies. 2 March to 8 November 2020
Summer School 1 20S at the end of a paper code indicates that the paper will be taught in the Summer School 1, for example COMPX151-20S The Computing Experience. 6 January to 23 February
Summer School 2 20T at the end of a paper code indicates that the paper will be taught in the Summer School 2, for example FINAN200-20T Financial Management 1. 9 November to 20 December 2020

2019

Semester Dates
A Semester 19A at the end of a paper code indicates that the paper will be taught in the A Semester 2019, for example ACCT341-19A Auditing. The A Semester runs from 25 February to 23 June.
B Semester 19B at the end of a paper code indicates that the paper will be taught in the B Semester 2019, for example COMPX101-19B Introduction to Computer Science. The B Semester runs from 8 July to 3 November.
Y Semester - Full year 19Y at the end of a paper code indicates that the paper will be taught over the full year, for example LEGAL106-19Y Legal Systems and Societies. Full-year papers start at the beginning of the A Semester on 25 February and continue until the end of the B Semester, on 3 November.
S Semester - Summer School 1 19S at the end of a paper code indicates that the paper will be taught in the Summer School 1, for example COMPX151-19S The Computing Experience. Summer School 1 runs from Thursday 3 January to 17 February.
T Semester - Summer School 2 19T at the end of a paper code indicates that the paper will be taught in the Summer School 2, for example FINAN200-19T Financial Management 1. Summer School 2 runs from 11 November to 22 December.

Sometimes papers are taught over periods other than those outlined above. These papers have X, I, J, K or C, D, E (2019 and before) etc at the end of the code.

The dates above include examination periods

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


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 activities are divided into streams to cater for large numbers of students. The streams are indicated by a character after the activity name (e.g. "CHEMY202-20A (HAM) LAB 01 *A" indicates that the laboratory activity is in the A stream.). Students are generally expected to attend each activity 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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