While it is your responsibility to plan your timetable, there are some useful resources to help with the process:

Whether you're planning your timetable for the semester, or for the entire academic year, some important issues to consider are:

1. First or second semester?

Some courses aren't offered every semester or every year.

Use Courses and Programs to confirm a course's availability:

  1. Search for and click on your program page.
  2. Click "What you can study".
  3. Click "course list" to view the available courses.
  4. Click individual courses to see when they are offered.

2. When are timetables released?

Class timetables are released as early as possible to let you plan your studies and the year ahead.

Semester Timetable release date
Semester 2, 2017 (Doctor of Medicine) 5 June 2017
Semester 2, 2017 (all other programs) 12 June 2017
Summer Semester 2017/18 11 September 2017
Semester 1, 2018 11 December 2017

3. When and where are classes held?

Use mySI-net Course and Timetable Info or the UQ Timetable Planner app to view class times and venues for your chosen courses.

mySI-net Course and Timetable Info

  1. Choose the correct semester and year.
  2. Search by course code or subject area.
  3. Select courses to view class times and venues.

UQ Timetable Planner app

  1. Choose the correct semester.
  2. Enter course codes to view class times and venues.

Finding your way around campus

Use UQNav to find classrooms, school offices, refecs, and other locations on St Lucia, Gatton and Herston campuses.

4. Class sign-on

If a course offers multiple options for class times, you may need to sign-on to a particular class (i.e. you may need to sign-on to a specific lecture or a specific tutorial at a specific time).

Please note:

  1. In large courses, the same class might be offered at several different times a week. You usually only need to attend one group number for each class type. Class groups will be numbered in sequential order (e.g. L01, L02, L03 etc.) – attend one of these.
  2. Some courses will have two or more interrelated classes a week. You need to attend all interrelated classes each week. Class groups will be numbered in sequential order (e.g. two or more L01 classes, two or more L02 classes, two or more L03 classes etc.). Attend all classes in one group number (i.e. attend all L01 lectures, all L02 lectures etc., all L03 lectures etc.)
  3. When a class only has the number 01 attached, attend all times. You don't have a choice of class group. You must attend all the specified times for 01-numbered classes.

For most courses, class sign-on is available three to four weeks before a semester begins. Each faculty has a slightly different sign-on date.

Some courses have unique class sign-on dates and do not follow faculty dates. You will be notified via email if a course has a different class sign-on date.

See Enrolment and Class Sign-on for more information.

5. Timetables can change

Timetables are subject to change, especially during the first two weeks of semester.

Enrolment numbers may affect which rooms a course is taught in (and room availability may affect what time a course can be offered).

Check your mySI-net timetable regularly for changes to course times and room allocations, particularly during the first two weeks of semester.

When you view timetable information on mySI-net, you will see:

  • a summary of the course (e.g. course code, contact hours, units, campus/location etc.), and
  • a timetable with different column headings (e.g. location, class, day, start etc.)

Some information is communicated using various letters, numbers, codes and abbreviations. This page explains what these mean. 

Course summary

Course code

Each course taught at the University is allocated an eight-character code.

  • The four letters describe the course discipline (e.g. ANCH for ancient history, MICR for microbiology, PHTY for physiotherapy etc.)
  • The four numbers uniquely identify the course. The first number identifies the level of the course (e.g. first year, second year etc.) and the remaining numbers are used for administrative purposes.

Please pay close attention to the first number in a course code:

  • 1: first year, or first-level undergraduate course.
  • 2: second year, or second-level undergraduate course.
  • 3: third year, or third-level undergraduate course.
  • 4: fourth year, or fourth-level undergraduate course.
  • 5: fifth year, or fifth-level undergraduate course.
  • 6: honours course, or graduate certificate or graduate diploma course.
  • 7: master's course.
  • 8: used for professional doctorates.
  • 9: used for HDR programs (i.e. PhD and MPhil).

Ensure the courses you choose are at an appropriate level – especially if you are selecting elective courses from a different discipline, or if you are in your first year.

Use mySI-net Course and Timetable Info to view a full list of four-letter abbreviations:

  1. Select an option from the "Subject Area Code" drop-down menu.
  2. The "Subject Area Description" field will automatically fill-in the name of the discipline.

Contact hours (e.g. 2L2P)

Class contact hours are abbreviated with a combination of letters and numbers. The number represents the amount of time and the letter represents the type of class.

The example "2L2P", for instance, means two hours (2) of lectures (L) and two hours (2) of practical work (P) each week.

Other letters you might encounter include:

A Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS)
B Clinical-based learning
C General contact hours (e.g. group learning)
E Excursion
F Fieldwork
I Information technology session
L Lecture
M Placement
N Clinical hours
O Clinical coaching
P Practical (e.g. a laboratory or project work)
R Problem-based learning
S Seminar
T Tutorial
W Workshop

Units

Courses are rated in terms of units, which reflect the amount of effort required to complete a course (including both class contact and private study).

A hashtag (#) is sometimes used to represent the word "unit".

Most courses are 2 units (#2) each.

Campus/Location

This refers to the primary location where a course is taught.

Please note that not all classes are taught from this location (e.g. practicals, clinical-based learning, industry placements etc.)

Class status

Courses marked "Active" are available for enrolment.

Instruction mode

The words "internal" and "external" refer to types of attendance at the University.

  • An internal course is offered on a campus.
  • An external course is offered by distance education (e.g. online).

Enrolled

The number of students enrolled in a course. Courses with large enrolment numbers will have a greater number of classes timetabled in order to accommodate all students.

Coordinator

This is the person who is primarily responsible for designing, planning and teaching a course.

Please note that course coordinators are responsible for teaching – they aren't responsible for administrative areas such as timetabling, or dropping a course, or academic progression.

Talk to administrative staff in your school office or faculty office about these areas.

Prerequisites, Companions and Incompatibles

  • A prerequisite refers to the assumed knowledge requirements for a course. Prerequisites must be completed before you enrol in a course.
  • A companion refers to the assumed knowledge requirements for a course, however, a companion can be studied simultaneously with a specific course.
  • Two or more courses are incompatible if their content is very similar, or substantially overlaps.

Restrictions

This means a course is restricted to students who are enrolled in one of the listed programs.

Coordinating unit

The University department responsible for administering the course.

The coordinating unit will usually be a school (e.g. School of Communication and Arts, School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering etc.) The school's name is often abbreviated.

Pay close attention to school names. The school that administers a course will be different to the faculty that administers your program. During the semester you may need to contact your school.

Academic career

This refers to the academic level of a course (e.g. undergraduate, postgraduate coursework etc.)

Session

The specific dates a course is taught. Courses may be offered during a "Standard Semester" or a "Teaching Period" (i.e. a non-standard semester).

Session information also includes the Census Date for a course.

 

Timetable

Location

This is the campus, or other site, where a class is held.

Class

All the classes offered in a course. Classes are usually abbreviated with a combination of one letter and two numbers.

The letter represents the type of class and the numbers represents the group number (e.g. T01 is tutorial group 1, T02 is tutorial group 2 etc.).

Other letters you might encounter include:

A Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS)
B Clinical-based learning
C General contact hours (e.g. group learning)
E Excursion
F Fieldwork
I Information technology session
L Lecture
M Placement
N Clinical hours
O Clinical coaching
P Practical (e.g. a laboratory or project work)
R Problem-based learning
S Seminar
T Tutorial
W Workshop

Please note:

  1. In large courses, the same class might be offered at several different times a week. You usually only need to attend one group number for each class type. Class groups will be numbered in sequential order (e.g. L01, L02, L03 etc.) – attend one of these.
  2. Some courses will have two or more interrelated classes a week. You need to attend all interrelated classes each week. Class groups will be numbered in sequential order (e.g. two or more L01 classes, two or more L02 classes, two or more L03 classes etc.). Attend all classes in one group number (i.e. attend all L01 lectures, all L02 lectures etc., all L03 lectures etc.)
  3. When a class only has the number 01 attached, attend all times. You don't have a choice of class group. You must attend all the specified times for 01-numbered classes.

Day

The day of the week when the class is held.

Start/End

A class's start time and finish time. Please note that classes finish 10 minutes before the hour or half-hour, so you can get to your next class on time.

Building Name

The building where the class is held. To find your way around campus, download the UQNav app or use the UQ maps database.

Building Number

The building number where the class is held. All campus buildings are numbered.

Room

The room number where the class is held. The first digit typically refers to the floor number (e.g. room number 715 is on floor seven).

Weeks Taught

The specific week numbers when a course is taught. Standard semesters (i.e. Semester 1 and Semester 2) are usually 13 weeks long.

Consult the Academic Calendar to work out what week it is. Week 1 begins with the first day of classes (i.e. Orientation Week is not counted as Week 1).

Please note some courses are taught in non-standard teaching periods or in intensive mode – see information listed under Session for the exact dates a course is taught.