Course Schedule Building Guidelines
Standard Meeting Patterns
- In order to minimize class conflicts for students and maximize classroom utilization, classes must use standard times, listed below, unless approved by the Office of the University Registrar.
Non-Standard Meeting Patterns
- Departments must have approval of the Office of the University Registrar in order to schedule a class at a non-standard time.
- A class which meets longer than the standard meeting time must not cross more than two 75-minute standard class times. Example:
Allowable: Monday 8:30-11:10 crosses Monday/Wednesday 8:30-9:45 and 10:00-11:15
Not Allowed: Monday 9:00-11:40 crosses Monday/Wednesday 8:30-9:45, 10:00-11:15, and 11:30-12:45
- A class scheduled one day per week must be paired with another class of similar size on the opposite day of the week, unless it’s after 5:00 P.M. This allows full utilization of the classrooms.
Example: Monday 8:30-11:10 should be paired with Wednesday 8:30-11:10
- Classes will be allowed to meet four or five days per week if pedagogically necessary.
Level Scheduling Guidelines
- “Primetime” is defined as Monday through Thursday from 10:00am to 2:15 pm.
- No more than 50% of each departments sections can be scheduled during Primetime.
- If the department schedules 10 or fewer sections for the semester, they must have no more than 65% of their sections during Primetime.
- No more than 50% of each department’s sections can be scheduled on the following days:
Tue/Thu, Tuesday only, or Thursday only.
- At least 40% of each department’s sections must be scheduled on the following days:
Mon/Wed, Mon/Wed/Fri, Monday only, Wednesday only, or Friday only.
- For cross-listed or combined sections, the department “owning” the course (i.e. the department in which the Primary instructor belongs) counts it toward their percentages.
- “TBA” meeting patterns are only allowed on courses that are independent in nature, and have no need for a general purpose classroom.
- Classes using standard meeting patterns will be given priority over those using non-standard meeting patterns.
- Classes are assigned to rooms based on seating capacity and maximum enrollment.
- Instructors teaching back-to-back sections will be given priority in order to schedule them in the same building or classroom.
- Room requests based on health reasons will be given priority.
- Room requests based on pedagogical reasons will be considered, but cannot be guaranteed.
- Non-standard classes that can fully utilize their given rooms may be given priority.
- Departments owning lecture classrooms will be given first priority in their rooms; open class times may be used for other departments.
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