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From 11 November there will be a new way to plan and build your class schedule with MyTimetable.

Timetabling is a critical part of your university life. Your timetable needs to help you plan your semester so you can balance study, classes, work and personal life. We received your feedback that the current "first come, first serve" system to register for classes is stressful, unfair and a recognised frustration for you.


Introducing MyTimetable

We have heard you! In response to your frustrations around the current process, the University reached out to students to understand what would be best for you to create a calmer, fairer timetabling experience. As a result we're introducing MyTimetable, a new way to plan and build your class timetable. MyTimetable will be available to all students to view and plan 2020 class options from Monday 11 November 2019.

MyTimetable uses a preference-based process involving three steps:

Image showing the timetable process: Plan, Preference, Review and adjust

With this new preference-based process, you can rank your preferred class times, and MyTimetable's allocation system will give you a fair and equitable chance of being getting allocated into a class time that you've ranked highly.

  • MyTimetable will provide you with an easier, faster way to view the University’s timetable to assist you in choosing subjects to enrol in for the year ahead.
  • Use the Planner to see class times for subjects you're enrolled in, as well as those you are interested in enrolling in. You can plan for multiple subjects at once, and see if they fit together, and fit with your personal schedule.
  • While you can plan your ideal timetable at any time, you need to enrol in your subjects before you can continue with the steps below. Re-enrolment for 2020 subjects will open on Monday 11 November 2019.
  • When the preference entry period opens for your subjects, it’s time for you to tell us what timetable you want. Log in at any point during this period and select your preferred times for each class type. Classes with no options (eg lectures that only run once) will be automatically allocated to you so you can factor them in to your preference selections.
  • You can log in at any time during the preference period to make changes to your preferred class times. Remember to check your preferences before this period closes, as some class times may have changed due to movements in the timetable.
  • You need to enrol in your subjects before you can enter your class time preferences in MyTimetable. Re-enrolment for 2020 opens on Monday 11 November 2019.
  • Once the preference period closes, MyTimetable executes a sorting process which takes all the preferences into account to find the best fit for everyone's individual timetable. After sorting is complete, your allocated timetable will be available for you to review and adjust where required.
  • You can keep the times you are allocated, or adjust your timetable by either selecting another available class or requesting a ‘swap’ into a full class by going on its waiting list.
  • If you decide to change your enrolment during this period you can log back in to MyTimetable and adjust your timetable by allocating yourself to available classes.

How is MyTimetable different to the current class registration system?

  • MyTimetable's sorting process finds the best fit for everyone’s individual timetable, ensuring students have a fair chance of getting their preferred class times. Being the first student to submit preferences will not provide an automatic advantage. The sorting process balances a range of factors including the submitted preferences, core subjects, class size limits and potential clashes.
  • You will have more time to enter your class preferences compared to the current class registration process. You no longer need to be online when class registration opens to maximise your chance of getting a class time that you want!
  • You can plan and build theoretical timetables using both enrolled subjects, and other subjects you are considering studying to help you decide which subjects to enrol in.
  • The MyTimetable interface is intuitive and simplifies the process of planning your timetable.
  • You will have more choice and control over your timetable. MyTimetable's functionality allows you to move into a class if it has availability, or request to move into a full class if a spot frees up in the future.

Who will use MyTimetable?

The move to MyTimetable is only applicable for students currently using my.unimelb (eStudent) for class timetabling. Students who use other systems for timetabling (eg ASIMUT in Fine Arts and Music), will continue to use those systems where appropriate.


Key dates

  • Monday 11 November 2019: MyTimetable will be available for students to plan their 2020 timetable
  • Tuesday 26 November – Monday 9 December 2019: Preference entry period is open for Summer subjects
  • Tuesday 26 November 2019 - Monday 3 February 2020: Preference entry period is open for Semester 1 and Year Long subjects
  • Wednesday 11 December 2019: Review and adjustment period opens for Summer subjects
  • Monday 10 February 2020: Review and adjustment period opens for Semester 1 and Year Long subjects

Different dates apply for Master of Teaching students. Please refer to the MGSE student timetabling site for details.


How will I be supported?

  • MyTimetable support pages (including help guides and videos) will be available from 11 November
  • There will be a timetable lab at Stop 1 from 11 November to 13 December 2019
  • If you have issues using MyTimetable you can contact Stop 1 for assistance