When MyTimetable opens for preference entry, you can enter class time preferences for your enrolled subjects.
You can enter or change your class preferences any time during the preference entry period for your enrolled subjects. After the preference entry period has closed, MyTimetable sorts the class preferences, then generates everyone’s timetables.
As enrolment numbers change, so do classes. Keep an eye on MyTimetable during the preference entry period to see if any new classes have been added, or if your preferred classes have changed.
There's no advantage to entering your class preferences first. When classes are sorted and timetables are allocated, all preferences will be weighted equally.
For information on when the preference entry period opens and closes for each study period, see timetable dates.
How to select your preferences
1. Select a class
Click on the class type from the enrolment list on the left side panel, eg Lecture1.
2. Select your preferred times in order of preference
Use the drop-down menus for each class to enter your preferences, with '1' being your most preferred. You can refer to the plan generated for you in the last step to help you select classes.
3. Ensure you select the minimum number of preferences
Make sure you select at least the minimum number of preferences indicated for each class type. Preference numbers must be consecutive (eg for a minimum of four preferences, order your preferences as '1', '2', '3' and '4').
4. Check the class popularity
You will see a percentage value associated with each class. This indicates the popularity of the class, and is based on the number of students who have selected it as their first preference, relative to the maximum number of places allowed. A class with more than 100% is over-subscribed with first preferences. You can still preference an over-subscribed class, but selecting a class with a lower percentage will increase your chance of being allocated to it.
These percentage values will change throughout the preference entry period as students update their preferences. We recommend checking back regularly throughout the preference entry period, as you might want to update your preferences if their popularity changes.
5. Check for flags
Some classes might have a flag icon next to them. The flag icon means that you are required to include that class in your preferences. If you haven't selected enough flagged classes in your preferences, you will see an error message. Flagged classes don’t need to be your first preference, but they do need to be included.
6. Check whether your classes have a recorded option
Some classes may be categorised as ‘recorded’ (ie available on Lecture Capture) which means you don’t need to attend in person. Recorded classes can be watched at any time, so these classes can clash with in-person classes in your timetable.
MyTimetable indicates these classes in list view as ‘_recorded’, or in the grid view as a dotted outline around the class.
To choose a recorded class, preference this first. You will be guaranteed allocation into a recorded class, so you can preference clashing classes at the same time.
7. Check for clashing preferences
Unless otherwise indicated (ie recorded classes) MyTimetable will only allocate you a clash-free timetable so it's important that your class preferences don't clash with other preferred or allocated classes.
8. Check for sectioned subjects
For sectioned subjects, you must select classes in groups, meaning you will be with the same classmates for two or more classes (eg the same lecture and studio workshop). To preference sections:
- Enter your preferences next to each section name (eg in the below example, preferences can be selected for ‘Section 001’ and ‘Section 002’).
- If there is a '1' next to each class within a section, no further action is required. However if a section has multiple classes without a 1, you must enter preferences for these. In the below example, in Section 1 there is only one option for Lecture1 and Studio1, so you do not need to do anything. For Studio2, there are two options you need to preference.
9. Save your preferences
Click Save and repeat the above for all remaining class types.
Viewing your saved preferences
Click on the Preferences tab on the menu bar to view all your saved class preferences. You can make changes to your preferences anytime during the preferencing period.
You must finalise all your preferences before the preference entry deadline. When the preference period closes, MyTimetable will sort the preferences and allocate everyone’s timetables.
During the sorting process, MyTimetable will only allocate you to classes that you have selected as a preference. If you have not selected any preferences for a class type by the time the preference entry period closes, you will have to manually select from remaining available classes when the review and adjust period opens.
All first year classes for Semester 1 and 2 will have a small number of spaces reserved for late-arriving students. If you were unable to submit your preferences by the preference entry deadline, you can select your classes when the review and adjust period opens.
For information on when preference entry for each study period opens and closes, see timetable dates.