Step 1: Plan your timetable

Find out what class types will be available based on your subject’s delivery mode and see an automatically generated example of what your class timetable may look like.

Once the Handbook and timetable have been published, you can begin planning your timetable before. The planning step is not compulsory for building your timetable, however it’s best to do so before you enter preferences or select classes so that you have a clear idea of:

  • What class times are available
  • If your subject delivery mode requires you to attend campus or participate online
  • How many contact hours your subject requires.

How to plan your timetable:

  1. Use the Handbook to check your subject’s delivery mode, contact hours, attendance requirements and class times.
  2. Find out how your classes will be delivered based on the subject delivery mode (eg online or on campus)
  3. You can use the MyTimetable planner tool to generate an example of a clash-free class timetable for a selected set of subjects, or to view class times for all University subjects offered in the upcoming study period. Refer to the information below for instructions on how to use the planner tool.

Due to the changing situation with COVID-19 there may be timetable changes to subjects that have not yet opened for Preferences Entry. Please keep this in mind when you are planning your timetable.

For information on when the planning period opens, see timetable dates.

Log into MyTimetable

New to MyTimetable?

Here's some tips to help you navigate the homepage before you begin planning.

  • How to navigate the homepage

    The MyTimetable homepage gives a summary of your enrolled subjects and the allocation statuses for each class type.

    Allocation status summary

    At the top of the page under your personal details, you can see a summary of your allocations:

    • Allocated: You have been allocated to a class.
    • Pending: You have entered your preferences and are waiting to be allocated.
    • Not Allocated: You have not selected any preferences and/or have not been allocated into any classes.

    Enrolled subjects and their allocation statuses

    The left sidepanel contains a list of all your enrolled subjects. Subjects will be grouped together under their study period/semester. The study periods that require your attention will be expanded to show your enrolled subjects, as well as information about the allocation and preference statuses of your class types for these subjects. You can open and close the list of subjects in a study period by clicking on the arrow.

    Click on a class type (eg Lecture1) to see a list of all its available classes, and details such as when and where the class is held.

    Class allocation statuses

    The allocation status for each class type (eg Lecture 1) is shown in brackets beside each class type:

    • Read only: This class type is available for viewing only. Check timetable dates for information about when it will be available for preference entry, or review and adjust.
    • Adjust: you have an allocation but you can choose to change it.
    • Select: you have not been allocated to a class and will need to select one.
    • Off: This class type is currently closed. Please contact Stop 1 for more information.

    Icons beside the subject or class type

    • Blue: The info icon links to the subject's entry in the University Handbook.
    • Green: You have been allocated to a class.
    • Orange: You have entered your preferences and are waiting to be allocated.
    • Red: You have not selected any preferences and/or have not been allocated into any classes.

How to use the planner

1. Access the planner

Log into MyTimetable. On the MyTimetable home page, click on the 'planner' tab on the menu bar.

2. Select your enrolled subjects, or view unenrolled subjects

Select all subjects you want to include in the generated timetable.  You  can:

  • Choose from the list of subjects you are currently enrolled in, or
  • Scroll down to search for subjects you are not enrolled in, to see if they fit with your currently enrolled subjects.

screenshot displaying Enrolled list view in MyTimetable

screenshot of MyTimetable where user has part of the subject name in the search bar at the top of the screen and the search has returned a list of subjects. The user has checked a box on the lefthand side next to the subject to make their selection.

3. Generate a timetable plan

Click the 'generate' button when you have selected all subjects. The planner will generate a possible timetable that avoids class time clashes for the subjects you have selected.

4. Save and edit your timetable plan

When the planner has finished generating the plan, you can save it by clicking on the save symbol. You can edit the plan by clicking on the pencil symbol. This will take you into the grid view of your plan.

screenshot of MyTimetable displaying an unsaved plan. The save icon is third from the left above the calendar view and the edit icon is fifth from the left; the user can use these icons to save and edit the plan.

You can view other options for a class type by clicking on any class which has the two arrows. The classes with the lock symbol does not have any other options and cannot be changed.

screenshot of MyTimetable displaying calendar view of a plan where a class has a lock symbol in the top right corner, indicating that there are no other options for this class. Another class has two arrows pointing in opposite directions in the same location, indicating that the user can select other options for this class.

When you click on the class with the arrow symbol, a dark blue border will appear around it and other options in that class type will be light blue. You can change the planned class by clicking on one of the light blue options.

screenshot of MyTimetable where user is editing their plan. The class they have selected to edit has a dark blue border and the options for the class appear with a light blue background.

5. Check if any of your planned classes are ready to enter preferences for or allocate into

Click on the List view icon to view the classes in your timetable plan as a list.

screenshot displaying MyTimetable Planner where the user has selected list view, forth icon on the top left, to view ready to allocate classes

The generated timetable plan in list view will show you any classes that are Ready to Allocate. You can use the blue Select buttons to allocate to these classes. The green Allocated button shows you classes that you are already allocated to.

For any subjects that you cannot allocate yourself to classes through the timetable plan, you will see the status in the Status column. If it shows Preference Entry, you can go to that subject and class type and enter your preferences. You can go directly to a class type (eg. Workshop1) by clicking on the link with the name of the class type.

Screenshot of MyTimetable Planner showing a list of ready to allocate classes where the user can click the 'select' button to be allocated into a class. The image also shows the 'Enrolled' list below the Ready to Allocate list where the Status column reads "Preference entry by activity" to indicate that preference entry is open for this class.

Please note that the timetable plan is a possible timetable and not the same as your allocated class timetable. You still need to enter preferences, review your timetable and select classes if you are not allocated.

You can repeat the above for different combinations of subjects, for example to help you decide when you want to take a subject offered in both semesters of the year. You can access your saved plans at any time.

The planner is open for most of the year, so you can view timetables and create plans at any time, including during the preference entry and review and adjust periods.

How to view all classes for a subject

For a subject you're enrolled in

All of your enrolled subjects and their associated class types (eg Lecture1) are listed in the left Enrolment sidepanel. Click on a class type to see all the classes available.

For a subject you're not enrolled in

You can search for other University subjects that you're not enrolled in using the left Search sidepanel, below the list of your enrolled subjects.

  • After searching for a class, click 'view' to see the class details for the subject.
  • The search results will not contain subjects for which you are currently enrolled in.
  • Note that while you can see the class details, you will not be allocated into any classes for subjects that you are not enrolled in.
  • You can make enrolment changes in my.unimelb. There will be a slight delay while MyTimetable updates enrolment changes from my.unimelb. There could be a delay of up to 7 hours during peak times.

Timetable support

For class timetabling help and troubleshooting information, visit our timetable help page.

I've planned my timetable. What's next?

Step 2: Selecting your timetable preferences