1. Important notes
     
    • Patterns are scheduling templates you can associate with courses to speed up the scheduling of classes. Generate Master Schedule uses patterns to automatically assign meeting times to classes. 
    • Patterns consist of blocks. Each block represents a possibility in which a class can be scheduled, such as Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in period 1 or Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in period 5. A rotating pattern (BB409880) is one in which the class moves to the next consecutive period/time each cycle day. 
    • To require that meeting times in patterns be based only on period times defined in the associated timetable, you must mark the Allow class meetings to occur only using periods checkbox on the Periods tab of the timetable. Review How to schedule overlapping meetings (BB219878). 
    • When defining a session of an academic year, you designate the patterns available for that session (BB386042). When defining restrictions for an academic year on the Restrictions 2 tab of course records, you can restrict the course by pattern and select the pattern that classes of the course should use.
       
  2. How to manually create a pattern
    1. From the Configuration page, click Registrar Setup. 
    2. From the list on the left, select Patterns. 
    3. Click New Pattern on the action bar.

      New Pattern
       

    4. In the Pattern field, you must enter a name (maximum of 60 alphanumeric characters). 
    5. In the Description field, you can enter a pattern description (maximum of 255 alphanumeric characters). 
    6. In the Timetable field, you must select a timetable to associate with the pattern. 
    7. If all meetings in a block must last the same amount of time, mark the checkbox titled Meetings for a block must be the same length in time. If you do not mark this checkbox, meetings can have different lengths.  
    8. If all blocks in the pattern must have the same number of meetings, mark the checkbox titled Blocks must have the same number of meetings. If you do not mark this checkbox, blocks can have different numbers of meetings. For example, one block may define a class to meet for 1 hour on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, while another block defines a class to meet for 3 hours on Tuesday evenings. 
    9. To define a block, click New Block on the action bar. 
    10. In the Block field, you must enter a name (maximum of 12 alphanumeric characters). 
    11. In the Cycle Day column, select each cycle day for which to define meeting times.
      Note: You must define at least one block meeting for each block. 
    12. If, on the timetable selected for the pattern, you marked the Allow class meetings to occur only using periods checkbox ...

      Allow class meetings to occur only using periods checkbox
       
      . . . then the Period and Length in Periods columns appear on the New Block screen. 

      Period and Length in Periods columns 

      Select a period and enter the number of periods that comprise the meeting. You can define a meeting to last multiple periods (for example, enter 2 in the Length in Periods column), but you cannot define a meeting to overlap any period (for example, all of period 1 and part of period 2).  

    13. If you did not mark the Allow class meetings to occur only using periods checkbox, the Start Time and End Time columns on the New Block screen instead of the Period and Length in Periods columns. You can define a meeting to occur outside of the defined periods. For example, if the timetable defines Period 1 on A Day as 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and Period 2 as 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., your pattern block can define the first meeting on A Day as 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
      Note: A meeting cannot exceed 24 hours. 
    14. To save the block and open a new block, click Save and New. To save the block and return to the Pattern screen, click OK. 
    15. To review the blocks and meeting times in a grid format, click Grid View on the action bar.

      Grid View 

    16. You can select filters for viewing the pattern grid. 
    17. Each day or block appears in the grid in a different color. To change the font color or color of a day or block, click the applicable color box to the right of the grid and select a new color.
       
  3. How to create a pattern with the Pattern Wizard

    You can use the Pattern Wizard to quickly create blocks in the pattern based on the associated timetable and selected pattern type. You can edit a pattern created using the Pattern Wizard. Using the Pattern Wizard, you can also add extra meetings for specific times, such as an extra lab meeting.

    Note: If you open the Pattern Wizard after blocks exist, a message appears stating that if you run the Pattern Wizard, the program removes all existing blocks. 

    1. On the New Pattern screen, click Pattern Wizard on the action bar.

      Pattern Wizard 

    2. In the Pattern Type field, select "Same period each day", "Rotating", "Lab", "Every other day", "MWF", or "TTh". 
    3. In the Timetable field, the timetable selected for the pattern automatically appears. 
    4. In the Cycle day field, select the cycle day on the timetable to determine what period start and end times to use to create blocks. This field is enabled only if Only allow class meetings to occur using periods is not marked on the timetable. 
    5. If you selected "Lab" in the Pattern Type field, the Length of extra meetings field is enabled.
    6. If you marked the checkbox titled Allow class meetings to occur only using periods on the timetable, enter the length in periods.
    7. If you did not mark the checkbox titled Allow class meetings to occur only using periods on the timetable, enter the length in minutes. You can enter up to four digits. Do not enter decimal places.
    8. If you selected "Every other day" in the Pattern Type field, the Start day field is enabled. Select "First day" or "Second day". 
    9. If you selected "Lab" in the Pattern Type field, the Days to add an extra meeting box is enabled. Select the cycle days to which to add the extra meetings. 
    10. If you selected "Lab" in the Pattern Type field, the Extra meetings occur field is enabled.
    11. If you select "Specific times" and you marked the checkbox titled Allow class meetings to occur only using periods on the timetable, the Start period field appears. 
    12. To create the blocks, click Create Now. You return to the New Pattern screen and the blocks appear in the grid.