1. Important notes

    • Patterns are scheduling templates you can associate with courses to speed 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.
       
    • 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.
       
    • When defining a session of an academic year, you designate the patterns available for that session.
       
    • 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. In Configuration - Registrar Setup, click Patterns.
       
    2. Click New Pattern on the action bar.
       
    3. In the Pattern field, you must enter a name (maximum of 60 alphanumeric characters).
       
    4. In the Description field, you can enter a pattern description (maximum of 255 alphanumeric characters).
       
    5. In the Timetable field, you must select a timetable to associate with the pattern.
       
    6. If all meetings in a block must last the same amount of time, mark the Meetings for a block must be the same length in time checkbox. If you do not mark this checkbox, meetings can have different lengths.
       
    7. If all blocks in the pattern must have the same number of meetings, mark the Blocks must have the same number of meetings checkbox. 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.
       
    8. To define a block, click New Block on the action bar.
       
    9. In the Block field, you must enter a name (maximum of 12 alphanumeric characters).
       
    10. 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.
       
    11. If, on the timetable selected for the pattern, you marked the Allow class meetings to occur only using periods checkbox, the Period and Length in Periods columns appear on the New Block screen. Select a period and enter the number of periods that comprise the meeting.

      Period and Length in Periods columns
       

      Note: 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). 

    12. If you did not mark the Allow class meetings to occur only using periods checkbox on the associated timetable, the Start Time and End Time columns appear 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.
       
    13. 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.
       
    14. To review the blocks and meeting times in a grid format, click Grid View on the action bar.
       
    15. You can select filters for viewing the pattern grid.
       
    16. 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.
       
    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 the Allow class meetings to occur only using periods checkbox is not marked on the timetable.
       
    5. If you selected Lab in the Pattern Type field, the Length of extra
      meetings field is enabled.

      If you marked the Allow class meetings to occur only using periods checkbox on the timetable, enter the length in periods.

      If you did not mark the Allow class meetings to occur only using periods checkbox on the timetable, enter the length in minutes. You can enter up to four digits. Do not enter decimal places.
       
    6. If you selected Every other day in the Pattern Type field, the Start day
      field is enabled. Select First day or Second day.
       
    7. 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.
       
    8. If you selected Lab in the Pattern Type field, the Extra meetings
      occur field is enabled. If you selected Specific times and you marked the Allow class meetings to occur only using periods checkbox on the timetable, the Start period field appears.
       
    9. To create the blocks, click Create Now. You return to the New Pattern screen and the blocks appear in the grid.