If you're copying your academic year from a previous year, refer to How to copy an academic year.
If you're copying your master schedule from a previous year, refer to How to automatically create classes and copy a previous year's schedule.
Creating the foundation for scheduling using Cycles, Timetables, and Patterns
- Define cycles and timetables if you're changing your schedule this year or if you're creating a new schedule from scratch.
- Create scheduling patterns to define templates for your class meetings. Patterns are not necessary for scheduling, but they will speed up the scheduling process and will help you control how class meetings will be scheduled when using the automated scheduling process.
- Not sure of the difference between a timetable, pattern, period and block? Check out What is the difference between timetables, patterns, periods, and blocks?
- If you're planning on keeping the same setup for your schedule but need to make small changes, you can edit existing cycles, timetables or patterns.
- If you have days that don't follow your usual schedule such as exam days or field days, refer to How to include a day that doesn't fit the typical schedule before setting up your cycle.
- There are multiple ways to set up lunch for your students. Check out How to schedule lunch periods for students for more info.
- Need to schedule a common period or mandatory course? Refer to Scheduling a common period or mandatory course to see how to set those up.
- Create scheduling rules to define the relationships courses can have when scheduling meetings or enrolling students. For example, you can define a rule that classes of Newspaper and Yearbook have to meet at the same time with the same teacher in the same room, or a rule where students must take Government and Econ in separate terms but with the same teacher.
- For more detailed information about Configuration, review the Configuration Guide for Registrar's Office (PDF).
When creating the academic year, also refer to:
- If you have a general set of courses that a group of students will take, you can save time by defining core curricula.
- Course requests can be entered by course, by student or globally. You can enter alternate requests to indicate what course a student can take should they not be able to enroll in their first choice.
- You may want to consider adjusting request priority if using automated scheduling.