How timetabling works

Who needs to use Class Timetable?

The Class Timetable shows when all units are timetabled. It can help you choose units to avoid clashes and to plan your class times around other constraints, e.g. work.

Students who have more complex timetabling needs will benefit from using Class Timetable. The timetable within a year level and within a faculty will, in most cases, be clash-free.

You may benefit most from using Class Timetable if you:

  • have failed units and need to take units spanning several year levels where clashes are more likely
  • are doing a double degree and have a wide variety of cross-faculty unit options
  • have limited on-campus availability, perhaps due to work commitments. Check Class Timetable before enrolling in units and again before using Allocate+ to select your class times.

Who doesn't need to use Class Timetable?

First-year undergraduates will not need to use Class Timetable. At this stage, you will generally use Allocate+ to enter preferences after enrolling. Some faculties will do this for you.

Off-campus students don't need to check the timetable in Class Timetable, unless you have an on-campus component, (e.g. weekend school), as advised by your faculty.

Allocate+ opens on specific dates so you can enter your preferred class activity times (tutorials, labs etc). After closing, it sorts the preferences to give you a workable timetable and reopens so you can make adjustments. See Allocate+ dates.


You can use the timetable planner in Allocate+ to check times of classes and build your potential timetable. You can use the planner to view:

  • the options for units you’re enrolled in
  • times for units you would consider enrolling into.

For further details, see student timetable planner.

Entering preferences

In the preference entry period, select a time-slot for your lectures. The earlier you do this, the better chance you’ll have of getting the times you want.

You also need to enter your preferences for your other activities. It doesn’t matter how quickly you nominate preferred time-slots for activities other than lectures, as the system will sort your preferences, along with everyone else’s.

Making changes

During the allocation period, get in early to check your timetable for clashes and make changes if free time-slots are available. You also have the option of requesting a swap. The system works on a first-come, first-served basis during this time.

Some faculties can't allow much timetable flexibility and create your timetable for you.


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Codes and abbreviations

It's important to understand the codes and abbreviations used in the Handbook, Class Timetable and Allocate+.

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