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University Course Timetabling

Then conditions to be considered for university course timetabling
Then conditions to be considered by the timetabling and room planning software Moses

University course timetabling is the campus-wide coordination of all classes of a given semester. For obvious reasons, the timetabling plays a central role in the organization of a university. In creating such a timetable, it is especially important to consider the preferences of the teachers: They have become accustomed to the "organically grown" timetables, which take into account other regular events like committee meetings. Hence, to increase the acceptance of auto-generated timetables, it is very important to consider organizers' wishes. The software Moses therefore allows them to put in the data required for sound planning, such as:

  • Room and time priorities
  • Required equipment in the room
  • Allowed campuses
  • Definition of sequences for certain classes
  • Definition of set-up times

After inserting/updating the relevant data for their courses, faculty staff confirm their input. This is expected to happen before a certain deadline. Timely input and confirmation will be monitored by an administrator. An optimization tool then generates a schedule in which no room is occupied twice, no student group has to take several courses simultaneously and the preferences of the organizers are met as well as possible. The created timetable can be displayed according to various criteria. Staff can view alternative time slots for their classes and even reschedule them as long as this does not create new time conflicts for their students.

The timetable of one study program
The timetable of one study program as generated by the timetabling and room planning software Moses.

In The scope of the carpe diem! Projektes at RWTH Aachen University, the software has been applied at another major German university for the first time.