Plan

Draft a timetable

Drafting a timetable goes hand-in-hand with choosing courses. When you start working out your timetable, good advice to remember is:

1. Semester, trimester, teaching period or medical rotation?

When you click on each course in your course list, you can see whether it’s offered in a semester, trimester, teaching period (TP) or medical rotation (MR).

Semesters

An academic year at UQ has three semesters: Semester 1, Semester 2, and Summer Semester (optional for most programs).

Semester 1 and Semester 2 are usually 13 weeks long and Summer Semester is usually eight weeks.

Pay careful attention to your course list – some courses aren't offered every semester or every year.

When you view a course profile, go to ‘Learning Activities’. This will show you the exact dates when a course is taught.

See an example from the catalogue


Trimesters

If you're studying the Associate Degree in Business at UQ College, your academic year is split into three trimesters. Each trimester usually runs for 14 weeks, with a break in between.

Pay careful attention to your course list – some courses aren’t offered every trimester. 

When you view a course profile, go to ‘Learning Activities’. This will show you the exact dates when a course is taught.

See an example from the catalogue


Teaching period

Most courses are taught during semesters, but a small number are taught in non-standard teaching periods (TP).

An academic year has eight teaching periods, running from the beginning of January (TP1) to the end of December (TP8).

Teaching periods run on different schedules to semesters. While semesters are usually 13 weeks long, teaching periods are between four and eight-weeks long.

Pay careful attention to your course list – a course may be offered in a teaching period or in a standard semester.

When you view a course profile, go to ‘Learning Activities’. This will show you the exact dates when a course is taught.

See an example from the catalogue


Medical rotations

Medical rotations are only for Phase 2 Doctor of Medicine students who are completing their clinical placements.

An academic year has five medical rotations (MR), running from the beginning of January (MR1) to late November (MR5). Each rotation is eight weeks long.

The Faculty of Medicine will provide MD students with more information about medical rotations in Phase 2 of the program.

See an example from the catalogue


2. Does this course have unique dates?

Some course dates diverge from semester schedules.

We recommend checking the course date variation tables to see whether your course has unique dates.

See course date variations

3. What day, what time and where?

Use the UQ Timetable Planner to see class times and venues. First choose the correct semester from the drop-down menu, then:

  1. Enter the course code
  2. Click the 'Add Course' button
  3. Click on each class type to view other times and venues.

See an example

Class venues appear below the course code on each class entry and use the format 'building number'–'room number'. You can search for building numbers, names and locations on UQ Maps.

For class times, remember:

Some courses have two or more linked classes each week. If there are multiple timetable entries for the same group number, you have to attend all classes (i.e. attend all L01 lectures, all L02 lectures, all L03 lectures, etc.) 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.) Choose one group number and attend all classes. Linked classes turn green simultaneously on Timetable Planner.

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Some courses offer the same class at different times. If there is only one time scheduled for a group number, you only have to attend one class. Class groups will be numbered in sequential order (e.g. P01, P02, P03, P04 etc.) – choose one group number and attend the one scheduled class time.

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Attend all times when the only class offered has the number 01 attached. You don't have a choice of class group. Attend all times for 01-numbered classes.

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Problems with Timetable Planner?

4. Class sign-on

When a course has lots of options for class times, you may need to sign-on (i.e. you may need to sign-up for a specific class at a specific time).

Class sign-on usually happens about three to four weeks before semester begins.

When drafting your timetable, make a shortlist of two or three preferred times for each class.

Classes fill up quickly and sign-on is competitive – it’s best to have several possibilities on hand when the sign-on window opens.

It's also important to remember that Timetable Planner is just a planning tool. You aren't guaranteed a spot in any class until you officially enrol and sign-on.

We’ll teach you how to enrol and sign-on in the next step ‘Enrol’.

How can we help?

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